Monday, August 22, 2016

Welcome Back to School - tips, resources and more to help you get off to a great start.

Welcome back to school! I hope everyone had a great summer and was able to relax and recharge. Most schools around here start next week, with new teachers starting this week.

The beginning of the year is always a little crazy for all teachers. Getting your room setup, implementing new ideas into your lesson plans, getting to know your students, and just settling back in to the routine can be busy and stressful. Remember to not over do it and take time for yourself.

One thing I've done in the past that helped me is using a check list of everything I have to do when school starts, including setting up my room (computer, bulletin boards, etc), things I want to post in my room, lesson ideas and more in Evernote. I modify it each year, adding new things for the following year.

Here are some more tips, resources, and help to get your school year started on a positive note, and keep it that way.

Advice to New College Graduates about to enter the Teaching profession

Summary of new teacher tips, urban schools issues, technology resources

Google for Educators - Google has a huge number of free resources for teachers and students. Check them all out (they're all free).

Evernote for Education Resources - the ultimate note taking, web clipping, lesson planning resource

Create a Personal Learning Network - a PLN is an excellent resource for help, advice, and sharing ideas.

Overview of some free technology that can help you be more organized and efficient.

Good luck and I hope everyone has a great school year!!


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Microsoft Education Resources, including Office 365


Microsoft has a lot of Education resources for IT, Educators and Students. Here are some of them that I have found useful.

Microsoft for Education Resources

Office 365 Training Resources


Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Google for Education Sessions and Discussions at ISTE 2016

Google will be hosting some great sessions and discussions at ISTE next week.

We hope to see you at ISTE 2016 in Denver. Visit us in Room #103 (street level of convention the center) where educators and Googlers will be giving short presentations throughout the conference. We look forward to seeing you.

Full Schedule


Monday, June 20, 2016

ISTE 2016 - Some Great Sessions to consider attending, including 2 by me

ISTE 2016 is only a week away! There are so many great sessions to attend throughout the conference, but I wanted to share a few here, including two that I am doing.

These sessions are geared at educators and administrators and will offer some great information and resources. Presenters are former educators and educational technology specialists (and a CIO).

RSVP HERE. or click on the image.


Friday, May 27, 2016

How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software - guest post

How educators and teachers can get the most out of online forms software

Online forms might not be the first thing that comes to mind as a helpful classroom tool. 10 years ago the idea would have seemed absurd. But today? Online form tools can save hours, paper, and your budget.

That’s because the way students and teachers interact with technology has completely changed.

I work for JotForm, a popular online form building platform, and below are a few of the popular ways that we’ve noticed educators are utilizing online forms.

Survey students and get instant results
Depending on your classroom cell phone policy, you could have all of your students submit survey responses at the same time straight from their phones and have the results show on a screen in front of the room. Interactive learning has come a long way, and online form builders have mobile-ready forms at the click of a button.

Scheduling parent conferences
Imagine a world where the only thing you needed to do to schedule important one-on-one meetings was just to distribute a single form that lets the recipient know what remaining slots are available.

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Paperless quizzing
A quick trip to the computer lab is all it takes to administer a paperless quiz using an online form that grades itself and provides instant feedback immediately upon submission. Quiz responses can be sent directly to your inbox or integrated into a spreadsheet to make it easy to compare which questions students consistently had trouble with or answered correctly.

Collect signatures digitally
If you need signatures from a parent, skip the middle man (or child). Send permission slip and waiver forms straight to parents’ emails and use the e-signature capabilities already built into the form. No more printed paper, forged signatures, or nagging students to return the completed form. The added benefit to this method is that you don’t have to worry about organization; all of your signatures are neatly stored for you.

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Student group project evaluations
It can be tough for students to give accurate feedback about fellow students for group projects, especially when one of them didn’t pull their weight. That’s why an anonymously submitted online form can be so effective: it encourages honest feedback. Consider open-ended questions like “how well do you think the group performed?”.

Online form building software has increasingly become a fixture in schools all around the world over the past decade, and for good reason: it just makes collecting and organizing information easier. The best part is that it’s insanely affordable. Most form builders are free based on a certain threshold of monthly responses, and generally pretty cheap even for the paid plans.

Chad Reid is the director of communications at JotForm, a popular online form building platform based in San Francisco.



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