December 2015


Saw this at the conference I went to just before break and it is really awesome, especially if Kahoot is not as engaging for your students as it once was. I have included the "Welcome" video below, but if you are interesting in learning more, check this out and let me know if you want to use it in your room and need help!
Quizalize Welcome Video

Thinking of Using Canvas?

At the semester is always a good time to think about changing a few things up. I started using Canvas more in depth and it does even more to help than I thought it would. I was able to reassess so much easier than I thought I would. I was also able to show parents where a student logged into an assignment several times and just didn't participate in it.

We are having another Canvas Klatch on Wednesday, December 16 at 4:20-ish until we are done. If you would prefer some more/different instruction, let me know and we can work on it together. If you want some of the basics, check this out for more information.

Computer Science Week!

This week is Computer Science Education Week and is held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906). As part of this week, all students, parents, and teachers are encouraged to participate in the hour of code. Below are a few resources that you can use to learn more and get started.

Students aged 4 to 104 can participate! Be sure to tag all social media posts with #HourofCode. The organizers are watching and you could win prizes for your school and classroom! Thanks Dwight Goodwin for gathering some great info to share!

Export Your Entire Gradebook from Google Classroom

Share Directly to Your Google Drive

Sharing files inside Google Drive is great, but what happens if the person does not create it inside their Gmail/GAFE account? What about parents who don't use either?

There is a script that automatically provides you with a URL that allows any user to upload a file to a designated folder in your Google Drive. Anyone can send the file to your Google Drive without signing in to a Google account! No scripting ability required!

Allow Anyone to Upload Files Directly to Your Google Drive

EdTech Appreciation Day

Last May, the Texas Legislature proclaimed that December 9 would be "Ed Tech Appreciation Day". An email to past and present people who have affected your use of technology would be a wonderful surprise (even if they don't fall in the traditional educational technology categories). I have included emails below of those who no longer work at GHS/DISD. Read the TCEA blog post here!

Feel free to comment at the bottom if you know more emails of those who have worked with GHS staff and students in the past that are no longer at the school!

Want more help? Have something else to share or work on? Contact me!