Thursday, July 19, 2018


Shift-Z is one of my favorite keyboard Shortcuts!

Shift-Z allows you to save almost any file into multiple folders in Google Drive.  Check out the video walkthrough, below.

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

More Details On Google Classroom Updates

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Recently I blogged about upcoming changes to Google Classroom in August.

A Deeper Dive

John Sowash, author of The Chromebook Classroom and blogger at The Electric Educator,has posted a YouTube video and blog post that goes into greater detail about these upcoming changes. Using screenshots and narration, this video takes a deeper dive into the new features and how each could impact the way you use Google Classroom with your instructional activities.

Just a quick note

The previous video noted that, when the updates do apply, they will not change the way existing Classroom environments look or behave. So, if you want to utilize the new features, wait to create & set up your Google Classroom sites until Google rolls out the update.


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See the Official Google Announcement

Monday, July 16, 2018

Create Your Google Classroom Strategy with John Sowash

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Google Classroom is a great tool to help teachers organize & manage digitally-enhanced classrooms. John Sowash, blogger at The Electric Educator and author of The Chromebook Classroom, offers some great tips for you to consider when organizing your online learning environment.
  • Create a new class every year or semester when your roster changes
  • Create a separate section for each period 
  • Create a unique environment for each subject (elementary) OR use topics to organize them
  • Break up year-long courses into semesters
  • Avoid reusing courses - you can reuse content from old, archived courses
  • Include grade, year, period, etc., in course title to help organize your Drive folders 
One item I learned from this: If you don't yet have access to the new Google Classroom tools, wait until you do or your class will have to go through the whole semester using the old Classroom interface, and you'll miss out on a lot of the new features. I would encourage you to follow John's advice and wait until these new features become more widely available.
Watch & listen to all of John's tips in the video below: 

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Sunday, July 15, 2018

New Google Sites Conversion Tool

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The New Google Sites is supremely easy to use to create your own classroom website. But what if you already have a website using the older Google Sites tools? These will be deprecated later this year, but in the meantime, it is super easy to convert your old Google Sites to a New Google Sites! Just check out the video tutorial below from Richard Byrne of Free Tech For Teachers

Saturday, July 14, 2018

Big Changes for Google Classroom

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LOTS of changes are coming that will make Google Classroom even more helpful for managing your tech-enabled classroom! Google is moving away from just document management and is starting to look even more like a full-on Learning Management System.
  • Stream page: Expand/Collapse items to see more assignments, announcements, etc.
  • Classwork page: Re-order items more easily and group into topics or units
  • People page: View & edit all Teachers/Co-Teachers, Students, and Parents/Guardians on a single page
  • Settings: Settings have all been consolidated on a single page (as it should be)
  • CREATE LOCKED QUIZZES! Finally, teachers can create a quiz/assignment directly in classroom and lock down the browser so students can't Google your answers in another tab!

These are supposed to become available to us before school starts. Will let you know as soon as these are enabled for us!

Read more: Upcoming Changes to Google Classroom - Google Support

Friday, July 13, 2018

Suicide: The Ripple Effect

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Bridgeway is hosting a special screening of the new inspirational documentary Suicide:The Ripple Effect. This event is scheduled for Tuesday August 14, 2018 at 6:30PM at the Orpheum Theatre.

Tickets can be purchased at Bridgeway in Galesburg or at the Orpheum Theatre for $5. All proceeds from this event will directly benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention’s Out of the Darkness Walk on September 15, 2018.

The film chronicles the story of Kevin Hines, who at age 19 attempted to take his life by jumping from the Golden Gate Bridge. Since then Kevin has been on a mission to use his story to help others find recovery and stay alive, and has become the world’s most prominent suicide prevention speaker and advocate. The film also features some of the world’s leading suicide prevention experts and shines light on people who are using personal experiences with suicide to help others find the hope they need to stay alive.

Thanks go out to Sarah Bates for sharing this information with us.

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Mandated PD & EdLeaders Network

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EdLeaders Network is up and running! You can log in at any time to get a head start toward satisfying our Mandated PD requirements. New staff are being loaded now and should be ready to go within a week or so.

Last year we had a lot of catching up to do. This year we are largely in-compliance, so the load should be significantly less for each of us to complete - around 6 or 7 instead of all 14 last year!

I have submitted a proposal for the scope and sequence of this to school and district administrators. I'll be happy to share the entire 2-year plan with you as soon as it is approved.

Please Note: There are programs of courses in EdLeaders Network called "IL Annual Mandated Training," and "IL Biannual Mandated Training." These contain more courses than you actually need to complete, according to ROE 33's listing. Make sure that you do the courses marked "2018-2019" though!

Getting Started with ELN 

ELN Learner Tutorial 

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