Sep 102012

First of all, thank you all for your patience during the migration from your old school site management software to the new Concrete5 based system. Concrete5 should be MUCH easier for you to use – no more sections and categories! Just go to the page you’d like to update, and edit!

Your new school site is located at – it’s linked from the district site as well. If you need to access anything from your old site to bring it to your new page, you can find that at

To log in, your username is your first name and last name combined with no spaces – firstlast. Your password is pes1234, and the first thing that we’ll need to do is to change that password!

If you have questions about how to make changes to your site after today, you can always refer to the Concrete5 Documentation Page where you’ll find instructionsl and videos on about any topic you’ll need.

Jan 182012

Google Apps for Education has brought some amazing tools to Garfield School District, to the SEDC region, and to all that use this service around the US. I’m constantly finding new ways that these tools can and should be used in the classroom to make both teachers and students life easier. If I were to share them all with you, it would take much more than the time that we have allotted today, so I’ll try to highlight 10 of my favorite uses or applications that you have access to simply by logging into your school email account. 

Before I begin, however, I’d like to direct you to an amazing resource that will help guide our time today, and will be a valuable resource after – the Google Apps Education Training Center. Whatever you’d like to learn how to do in Google Apps: Gmail, Calendar, Docs Sites, or some of their other tools, this site has easy to follow instructions and training modules that will help you learn how in just a few minutes. 

Now, let’s go to the Top Ten List!

  1. Gmail: Creating contact groups for parents, classes, teachers, & organizations
  2. Gmail: Built in Chat using textvoice – even video!
  3. Calendar: Creating different calendars for classes, projects and school activities
  4. Calendar: Sharing your calendars as a web page
  5. Docs: Manage documents with multiple editors, up to 50 simultaneous editors/collaborators, adding and replying to comments
  6. Docs: Improving the writing process with feedback and revision, tracking progress, and publishing work
  7. Presentations: Collaborative presentations that student groups create from your template
  8. Spreadsheets: Collaborative editing of spreadsheets – up to 50 at once
  9. Forms: Collecting student/parent contact information, and then creating contact groups in Gmail
  10. Forms: Check and submit assignments, or delivering quizzes and assessment – even automatic grading and score notification!
If you’ve never seen or experienced a collaboration session in a Google Doc, feel free to join me here or type in to take a look! Also, if you have any questions about what I’ve presented today, or anything else about Google Docs, let me know here.
Jun 152011

Here’s the link to the full version of today’s presentation.

Best place to start? The Interactive Notes complete with links to all of the sites and apps that we’ll discuss (and the ones we don’t have time to cover today). 

Next best place? The iOS Educational Apps list of reviewed and recommended apps for the iPad, iPod Touch, and iPhone from myself and the other Utah regional service center trainers. This list will be updated from time to time as new apps are discovered.

Also, check out all of the information that I’ve posted on the iPad on my Training Site –