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Teaching Students with Autism about Digital Citizenship

I nstructional Technology Specialist at Cumberland Academy of Georgia Jennifer Liang knows all about digital citizenship. But teaching the fundamentals of digital citizenship to students with High Functioning Autism is all the more important, especially as they prepare to enter college or the workforce. Digital citizenship at Cumberland Academy began when the school started thinking 21st about century social skills. “A

100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033

Shake Up Learning

The post 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom – SULS033 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Did I actually title this 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom? 100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom. If you have Chromebooks in your classroom, you are going to love what the Chromebook App Hub has to offer–100+ Ways to Use a Chromebook in the Classroom. I want to introduce you to the Chromebook App Hub from Google.


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Chromebooks in the Classrooms–Friend or Foe?

Ask a Tech Teacher

AATT contributor, Krista Albrecht, has a balanced evaluation of Chromebooks in the classroom I think you’ll find useful. Krista is a NY State certified Instructional Technology Specialist working in public education on Long Island, NY. Chromebooks in the Classrooms… Friend or Foe? Chromebooks…those little computers that everyone is talking about. In my opinion, yes, but like any other piece of technology they do have their own list of pros and cons.

5 Home and Smart Phone Filtering Options for Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

We may install things on their Chromebooks, but when they are on their phones, they are getting unfiltered access to the internet. Again, I think the way it works — from the technology behind the scenes — I don’t feel like I’ve seen any slowdown whatsoever with any of them. Mike Daugherty is a husband, father, author, technology director, Google Innovator, and possible Starbucks addict.

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Building Good Relationships with Your Students’ Parents

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Daugherty, a Director of Technology in Ohio, has been studying this topic and experimenting for the last several years to find optimal ways to communicate with today’s parents. Mike Daugherty Director of Technology, Ohio Mike Daugherty is a husband, father, author, technology director, Google Innovator, and possible Starbucks addict. He has eighteen years of experience in K-12 technology support serving in a wide variety of roles.

Wanda Terral: 5 Ways to Help Kids Understand Digital Safety Without Scaring Them To Death

The CoolCatTeacher

Safe experiences with monitoring and support can help children understand digital safety. In today’s show, Wanda Terral talks about how to help kids understand digital safety. Free Digital Citizenship Webinar: Thursday, May 10 at 5pm ET, join me for the 9 Key P’s of Digital Citizenship sponsored by NetRef AND get a free pilot of NetRef’s internet management and monitoring solution. Use the technology to keep an eye on them.

The Edtech Revolution: 2010 – 2017


In December 2010, The Journal –“t he leading Technology based education publication for K-12 and higher education”– published an article with a 5-prong prediction for the following year. These were the pressing questions of the time – a time 8-months after the release of the first iPad and 6-months before the release of the first Chromebook. However, it was the Chromebook (2011) that truly revolutionized 1:1.

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7 Strategies I Use When Students Make Apps (or Do Any Genius Projects)

The CoolCatTeacher

Each nominee and nominator will be entered to win a classroom technology package. The winning nominator and his or her nominee each win a $20,000 package including one 7000 series SMART Board and SMART Document Camera, 30 Chromebooks, and SMART training and implementation. I create a template or a hyperdoc in Google Doc. Complete the Google Doc. So I see which kids are coming into class, I’ll pull up the four or five Google Docs for all those kids.

Is technology outpacing you?

Ask a Tech Teacher

In considering the question, Is technology outpacing you? , let’s first look at technology’s place in the current education landscape. We gush over new hardware like iPads and Chromebooks. We darkly predict that the day will soon arrive when technology erases the need for teachers. But truthfully, technology is less a magic wand than a unicorn. The attention and care provided by a teacher — technology may measure it but can’t provide it.

Picture Surfing for Students and Teachers

Class Tech Integrate

Part of the purpose for student usage of technology in the classroom is to allow students to become creators not just consumers. Many students and teachers go directly to Google and search images. Camera Chromebooks curate digital citizenship edtech education graphic design innovation iPad ipaded motivation photography production SAMR technology integration

Connecting Parents to Student’s Digital Lives

The CoolCatTeacher

Mike Daugherty is helping connect the parents at his school to the digital lives of students. Connecting Parents to Student’s Digital Lives. Vicki: Today we are talking with Mike Daugherty @MoreThanATech , Director of Technology in Ohio. He also won 2016 Outstanding Technology’s Administrator of the Year for Ohio. So he’s done quite a few things with Chromebook implementation and Google Level 1 Certification for all of his teachers.

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Ask a Tech Teacher

Building Digital Citizens. delivered digitally to your school or District. The 21 st Century lesson blends technology with teaching to build a collaborative, differentiated, and shared learning environment. In this course, you will use a suite of digital tools to make that possible while addressing overarching concepts like digital citizenship, internet search and research, authentic assessment, digital publishing, and immersive keyboarding.

Digital Literacy–What is it?

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Digital literacy’ is one of those buzz words floated by experts as being granular to 21st century students. ‘Literacy’ is simple: the ability to read and write– so ‘digital literacy’ should be achieving those goals digitally. Here are a few of the definitions I found: “ the ability to find, evaluate, utilize, share, and create content using information technologies and the Internet. Digital databases.

Extending Classroom Discussions with Technology

Dr. Shannon Doak

While I enjoy face-to-face discussions, I noticed something interesting taking place in the technology facilitated online discussion. Technology to enhance and extend classroom discussions. This is where I believe technology facilitated discussions can be used by educators to take the discussions happening in the classroom further. The latest release has multiple features that help this platform become a perfect place for classroom discussions to move into the digital space.

Google Updates and Improves its Learning Center for Teacher Training

Educational Technology Guy

Google has updated and improved its Learning Center for Teacher Training with new use cases and best practices, making it even more useful and easier to learn about Google apps. This post originally appeared on Educational Technology Guy. Follow me on Twitter and Google+. google google applications Google for Educators training

How to Insert Audio in Google Slides (Step-by-Step)

Shake Up Learning

The post How to Insert Audio in Google Slides (Step-by-Step) appeared first on Shake Up Learning. The long-awaited Google Slides audio feature has finally arrived! We can now insert audio in Google Slides–this can be voice, music, narration, sound effects, any type of audio you have access to or want to create. For many years, teachers have been asking me how to add audio–usually narration or background music–to Google Slides.

Picture Surfing for Students and Teachers

Class Tech Integrate

Part of the purpose for student usage of technology in the classroom is to allow students to become creators not just consumers. Many students and teachers go directly to Google and search images. Camera Chromebooks curate digital citizenship edtech education graphic design innovation iPad ipaded motivation photography production SAMR technology integration

Back To Basics: Device Tips For #BackToSchool

The Web20Classroom

When I was a Director of Instructional Technology it was always a fun day when we could deliver brand new devices to a school. The focus on our instructional technology team was on the “stuff” kids could create when we should have started our conversations on the obvious. Norms are important when it comes to using technology. (Of Of course technology allows us to do things truly transformational and we will deviate from the documented ways tools are to be used.)

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Students help launch one-to-one Chromebook program

eSchool News

As students filtered into the library at Susquehannock High School and sat down before new Chromebooks, help was just steps away — in the form of some of their classmates. This year marks the first time every student at Susquehannock will receive a Chromebook for use at school and at home, and students have been involved in the process, from trying out devices to designing the rollout, which started Wednesday. Google McClatchy News Top News

10 Tips for Teachers who Struggle with Technology

Ask a Tech Teacher

With technology moving out of the lab and into the classroom, it’s becoming a challenge for some teachers to infuse their teaching with tech tools such as websites, educational games, simulations, iPads, Chromebooks, GAFE, and other geeky devices that used to be the purview of a select group of nerdy teachers. In addition to rewindable online learning, try live webinars and Google Hangouts. You’re allowed to Google an answer and then teach it the same day.

5 Ideas for Writing with Technology

The CoolCatTeacher

Jacqui Murray shares how we can encourage an improvement in writing using technology. Screencastify is the screencasting tool I recommend for Google Chrome and Chromebooks. Built for Chromebooks, it saves all of your recordings directly to Google Drive. 5 Ideas for Writing with Technology. Vicki: Today we’re talking with Jacqui Murray @askatechteacher about writing with technology. But, Jacqui, how do we teach writing with technology?

New Training Courses from Google - DigCit and Accessibility

Educational Technology Guy

Google has some great resources for educators at the Google for Education Training Center. Included are courses on Chromebooks, becoming a Trainer, and Fundamentals and Advanced training for using G Suite in the classroom. The Digital Citizenship and Safety Course helps teachers learn how to help their students stay safe online and become responsible digital citizens. Related: Google for Education Resources. Follow me on Twitter and Google+.

The Problem With Expecting Student Access


Birthplace of Apple, Facebook, and everyone’s favorite edtech company, Google. Other classrooms provide instruction through Google Apps for Education. Teachers can put together HyperDocs – linked apps with instruction, video, activities, ability to explore a topic on a Chromebook through curated web links. There is more and more pressure to eliminate as many non-digital learning activities as possible, both at home and in the classroom. Yes, use technology.

Tech Tip #159: Create a Macro

Ask a Tech Teacher

Here’s a video on how to create a macro in MS Word: If you use Chromebooks , you can adjust what some keys do (such as the Search key can become the Caps Lock) through Settings. Google Apps call Macros ‘scripts’ and they’re popular.

How to Use Google Sheets in the K-12 Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

There are many options (Numbers, Excel, and Open Office to name just a few), but arguably the most popular is Google Sheets. If you’re using Google Classroom or G Suite, you already have it. Most spreadsheet programs have similar options, so what characteristics make Google Sheets stand out? It works on all digital devices whether it’s a Mac, Windows, Chromebook, or iPad. Google Forms data is collected in Google Sheets.

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6 Digital tools that encourage computational thinking


6 Digital tools that help educators teach computational thinking. This tool also allows students to create digital stories, games, and animations. Also, through Google’s free curriculum, CS First, teachers and students can access over 1,000 instructional videos and lesson plans.

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4 Great Alternatives to Google Classroom

Ask a Tech Teacher

This includes typical LMS (Learning Management Systems) functions like homework, classwork, schedules, quizzes, resources, and gradebooks so stakeholders–teachers and students–can access them from any location and any digital device. The first ‘lite’ option that most educators think of is Google Classroom. If you have an LMS you love, Google Classroom often won’t work well with it because it isn’t well-aligned with industry standards.

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How To Use Chromebooks For Powerful Creation in School


As technology becomes more ubiquitous in classrooms, many schools are choosing Chromebooks because it’s one of the least expensive devices, a big win for schools balancing spending priorities. A 2017 report of the education market found Chromebooks dominate with 58 percent of the market for school mobile device purchases. She piloted iPads in one school she worked at and Chromebooks in another. “By

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Hyperdocs Literacy Task Boards and Flipgrid Reading Circles

The CoolCatTeacher

Vicki: So it’s a Google Doc, and they can make a copy of the doc, review it read only, right? Then I actually have Google Classroom, which is where I put it so it’s a little bit easier for them to access. Vicki: So when they do these activities, are they turning them back in, in Google Classroom? Once they finish it, there’s another Google Doc that they’ll go to, to type their responses. Vicki: Well, we know that they’re more literate now in the technology.

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What Happens When Technology Fails? 3 Work-Arounds

Ask a Tech Teacher

Technology enables it to differentiate authentically for the diverse group of learners that walk across your threshold daily. Until the day of, the technology that is its foundation fails. All that matters is an effort to use technology to add rigor and excitement to an old and tired lesson plan fails, leaving the teacher more technophobic than ever. But if fear of failure is a reason NOT to use technology, no one would ever cross that digital threshold.

It’s Not About Google (Part 4) – SULS047

Shake Up Learning

The post It’s Not About Google (Part 4) – SULS047 appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Even when we love technology and Google tools, we have to remember that it’s NOT about Google. Or use the keyboard shortcut: Control + Shift + N (PC and Chromebook).

Creating an Elementary Tech Team

Tech Helpful

For six weeks I will have the opportunity to lead 15 students that chose to be in this elective to become technology leaders in the lower school. I've mapped out a plan of attack associated with each of the six weeks the students will earn badges in the form of stickers that they can place on anything they own to show others that they have earned the right to be considered lower school technology superstars. Lesson one was all about digital citizenship.

The Process of Self-Publishing Using Kindle Direct Publishing

Tech Helpful

Lady Lightning Fingers with some students that actually graduated high school this year For many years when I was an elementary technology teacher, my alter-ego "Lady Lightning Fingers" would show up to challenge students in their timed typing tests. Every year I still go into the elementary classrooms and do lessons on the 9 elements of digital citizenship with concepts based on grade level appropriateness. The Digital Citizenship Adventures of Lady Lightning Fingers).

25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects

Shake Up Learning

The post 25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects appeared first on Shake Up Learning. Are you ready to use audio in Google Slides? One of the most common questions that I get is how to insert audio in Google Slides, a feature that many have missed after leaving PowerPoint. Rolling out in April 2019 is the ability to insert audio into your Google Slides presentations and projects! There are so many ways to use audio in Google Slides projects.

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Google for Education Selects Frontier for “Media Literacy Apps on Chromebooks” Program


eSpark Learning is proud to announce that Frontier has been selected for Google for Education’s " Media Literacy Apps on Chromebooks " program. This news was first shared this week at the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE) 2017 conference in San Antonio. Google for Education is empowering classrooms across the country to explore the online world with safety and confidence.