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Hey Google…How Can I Not Feel Exhausted at the End of a Summit?

How do you normally feel after attending an all day conference or summit? Exhausted both mentally and physically? Sluggish? Overwhelmed? Funny thing happened to myself and two of my colleagues after attending a recent all day summit at Google in Pittsburgh called “Be Internet Awesome.” We weren’t exhausted mentally or physically. We weren’t sluggish. And […]

Introducing Google Apps from Scratch

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One of my colleagues recently got the position in a new school. This got me thinking, in a school with no prior practices and protocols, how could something like Google Apps for Education help: Sharing Work On a basic level, Google Apps provides an easy way for students to share work. As I have written […]

The Share to Google Classroom Chrome Extension!

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Google Classroom is designed to help teachers and students communicate and collaborate, manage assignments paperlessly, and stay organized. This robust application is a must for teachers using Google Apps with their students, and allows them to focus more on teaching and less on “teching.” Google has also created the Share to Classroom Chrome extension that […]

What Schools Can Learn From Creative Companies

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In 1924, esteemed cultural observer and journalist H. L. Mencken offered this critique: “The aim of public education is not to fill the young of the species with knowledge and awaken their intelligence… Nothing could be further from the truth. The aim… is simply to reduce as many individuals as possible to the same safe […]

A Blended Journey

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School is an adventure. We never know what we may encounter on any given day. Our adventure is filled with twists and turns, open roads and newly created paths. With any journey, we must plan what we want to see, always knowing that we may need to venture down a new path. At the beginning […]

Online assessments

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No more grading numerous quizzes and tests by hand. No more bringing a number 2 pencil to the test. The days of scantron sheets are over. Online assessments allows teachers the ability to grade quickly and easily. Data is compiled into a Google Sheet that can help drive future instruction. A few options that are […]

3 Icebreakers with GAFE

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Icebreakers are a great strategy to get to know students at the beginning of the year. Here are some ideas on how use Google Apps for Education (GAFE): 1. Google Drawings: Have students draw themselves now and how they will look once they graduate. Create a pet that has special powers. Draw your favorite fruit […]

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