Educator Alexander's Newsletter

February News


Here are some things that you should know! Click on the pictures or words to find out more information about these new things that have been announced.


Free webinar about what you can do to create a more engaging classroom by helping students collaborate!

Register NOW:


SLLA Test Prep

Saturday, February 29, 2020
9am to 5pm
(1 hour for lunch on your own)

Shreveport/Bossier City, LA


Register Today at

2020 ISTE Digital Citizenship and Equity Joint Playground Application Due February 28

Going to ISTE 2020 and interested in presenting on equity and digital citizenship?

Learn more and apply here.

WriQ Free Webinar

Join us for a free overview webinar on Wednesday, February 12 at 3:00pm ET.

Learn how to grade student essays using rubrics in an easy way using WriQ!

Register for the webinar here!

No More .heic on iPhone

If you have an iPhone and do not want your phone taking the "new" file type .heic (which computers have a hard time reading), you can turn off that setting.

Go to Settings.

Click on Camera.

Click on Formats.

Choose Most Compatible.

Chromebook Help Here: Shortcuts

Going crazy over no DELETE button on your CHROMEBOOK?

Well, this keyboard shortcut is here to help!

ALT-BACKSPACE is your delete button on a Chromebook! Try it out!

If you like Chromebook Shortcuts, this is a great list here!

SheetsCon 2020

Come and celebrate Google Sheets at SheetsCon 2020, the world's first, dedicated online conference for Google Sheets users.


Find out more and register here!

Free Book Creator for Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE)

To celebrate the fact that Book Creator now works on MicrosoftEdge, they're giving away FREE LIFETIME UPGRADES to Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts (MIEE)!

Claim yours here:


Maximize the Power of Google Classroom: Using the Best Cutting Edge Tools to Strengthen Student Learning

Specifically for ALL teachers of Grades 6-12

Knoxville, TN

Houston, TX

Chicago South, IL

Peoria, IL

Chicago North, IL

Click on your area to see more information!

Great Library or School Program for Tweens/Teens

For some tweens/teens, Valentine's Day can be hard.

Have an Anti-Valentine's Scary Movie Night after school as a great program! Find a PG or PG13 scary movie (start here for some ideas) and show the movie for fun!

If movies aren't your jam, try a poetry slam or dance party or really anything with the Anti-Valentine's Day title will become a hit!

Check Out these amazing free self-paced trainings for tech tools from nandine Gilkison

Nadine has created AMAZING self-paced training guides using Google Slides for teachers who use Read&Write, EquatIO, Makey Makey and Ozobots!

Read&Write and EquatIO

Makey Makey


Discount on BER Professional Development

BER seminars, in person or online, provide teachers with relevant, easy to implement strategies from REAL teachers! PD designed by teachers for teachers!

Click here to retweet and follow @LeslieLederman to receive a discount on one of BER's online seminars.

Google Slides Templates and Tips

Joli Boucher has curated many Google Slides templates and tips for educators using Wakelet!

Check them out!

Google Slide Templates

Google Slides Tips

Slides Carnival

Slides Go

Problems with Screenshot and Print Screen on Chromebooks! Solutions Here!

Missing the Snipping Tool on your Chromebook?

See how to screenshot and print screen on your Chromebook without extensions here.

If you want a quick extension, Awesome Screenshot is indeed AWESOME!

Chrome Keeping Tabs Open Even After You Close...Help is Here

Is your Chrome keeping tabs open after you close the browser even if you have it set to open on the new tab page?

Click the 3 dots in the top right hand corner and go to Settings>Advanced>System>and uncheck 'Continue running background apps when Google Chrome is closed.'

Submit Questions for SPED or ADMIN Panels

We are accepting questions to ask the two upcoming webinar panels in April and May.

Click here to ask a question to the panel:

Be the Master of Your Craft: What SPED Teachers Need to Know on April 18 at 11am central

Real Talk from Education Administrators on May 9 at 11am central

Register at

Wakelet has started a Student Ambassador Program

The Student Ambassador program is designed to help students gain valuable Digital Citizenship skills to enhance their future prospects. Through a range of exciting activities and tasks, students will be able to gain Wakelet badges to help them track their progress.

Find EVERYTHING you need here!

QR Codes So People Can Follow You on Twitter and Instagram Faster

You can create a QR code people can scan to follow you on Twitter and Insta!

On apps, go to bottom left corner & click on QR code (Twitter) & go to three lines in top left corner and click name tag (Instagram).

Pull them up on your phone and have people scan or put them on flyers and presentations!

NEW Freebies, Free Webinars, and Appearances

Always scroll through to the bottom of the newsletter!

We add new things all the time, like new freebies, free webinars and appearances!

Drive integration in the address bar

Google Chrome users are now able to search for Google Drive files that they have access to from the address bar (Omnibox). Their input will search through both titles and document contents and the most relevant documents based on their history will appear.

Learn more here.

Live Presentations in PowerPoint for the web and SO many Updates from Microsoft

Using your devices and new resources to improve communication skills and make learning easier on the web

Live Presentations in PowerPoint for the web

Educators know the importance of cultivating strong communications skills in students. And, like most of us, educators want to improve their own communications skills, whether they give presentations at staff meetings, conferences or curriculum nights. We’ve continued developing support for these critical skills in PowerPoint. With smart assistance like Designer built right into PowerPoint, educators and students can quickly and easily craft and design their message. And teachers and students can hone presentations by practicing with the real-time feedback offered with Presenter Coach.

In addition, on the day of a presentation, educators and students now can help every person in the classroom or audience understand what they’re saying by clicking on “Present Live.” Live Presentations enables every audience member to view the presentation on their own device, such as a laptop, tablet or phone. Each audience member can turn on live captioning and choose subtitles from more than 60 languages. They can even navigate between slides, so they don’t miss a single, important detail. The audience is engaged throughout the presentation and sends reactions in real time. After the presentation, the audience can provide feedback on the content and delivery of the presentation, which educators and students can use to improve skills over time.

Live Presentations will be coming soon to PowerPoint for the web as part of Office Education, which educators and students can access for free. If you haven’t already done so, get started with Office 365 Education now.

And check out this video for more on how to use Live Presentations.


Google Certified Innovator Program Application Opening Soon

The GoogleCertified Innovator Program application is opening soon ! Want to be the first to know our 2020 cohort dates, locations and when applications open? Sign up for #GoogleEI program updates here:

Originality Reports and Rubrics Available for Google Classroom Users

Originality reports (3 per class, per year) and rubrics are now available for education users. Learn more here.

Rollout pace

Free Spring Webinars: What do you want to see...what do you want to teach?

What free educational webinars do you want to see in 2020?

Do you want to present or facilitate a webinar in 2020?

(We already have guest, first time webinar presenters in January and can be next...)

Let me know in this ONE question survey:

🎥 Webinar of the Month

Creating Opportunities for Collaboration with Students with Jessica Reed

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension allows you to use your cell phone (or any device) as a clicker to go through Google Slides! It also allows you to read your speaker notes, a timer and more!

No more buying expensive clickers!

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💻 📱 Tech Certification of the Month

Click on the image to find out how to get certified with the featured tech certification of the month.

Certify for Read&Write, EquatIO and more!


Here is a great way to get support and tips from Microsoft!

Office 365 You Can in :90 Video Series

Have questions about how to use Office 365 Education in the classroom?

You Can in :90 video series is here to help!

Educators Can Get Office 365 for FREE

Students and educators at eligible institutions can sign up for Office 365 Education for free, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, and now Microsoft Teams, plus additional classroom tools. All you need is a valid school email address. It’s not a trial – so get started today. -- Microsoft Website

Sign up here!

Flipgrid Newest Newsletter with Updates

Click Here to find the newest information on Microsoft's Flipgrid!

🌈 Google Updates

Here are some updates from Google!

A Couple More Google Updates

Start the year off with new product features and updates from Google for Education.

Google for Education's series EDU in 90 is back for season six. Check out new episodes below to learn about product updates, Chrome security features, and more.

The Latest, January 2020

Looking for the latest Google for Education news? You’ve come to the right place. Join Tim as he shares the latest news on the Chromebook App Hub, rubrics, and more.


Chrome OS Security

Get a quick look at Chrome’s multi-layered security features and the unique protections that make Chromebooks the trusted choice of 30 million teachers and students worldwide.


More Time-Saving G Suite Tips

We’re back for the second half of a two-part series on 20 time-saving tips for G Suite for Education tools. In this episode, we’ll cover ten tips, but make sure to catch the previous episode to collect them all!


Time-Saving G Suite Tips

EDU in 90 is bringing you 20 time-saving G Suite and Google Classroom tips for 2020. We’ll cover 10 tips in this episode and 10 in our next episode. Get ready for some rapid-fire learning!


Newest Updates from Chrome OS

The newest Chromebooks, including the Lenovo 10e Chromebook Tablet are here, some with more than 8 years of automatic updates. Learn about the latest on the Chrome Education Upgrade and the new Automatic Update Expiration date policy.

Learn more

Chromebook App Hub Announcements

Based on user feedback, you can now search the Chromebook App Hub’s 270+ apps and ideas and use new filters to find apps optimized for Chromebook tablets, information about data policies, and Google integrations.

Check it out

Creativity Apps for Chromebooks

Introducing a new collection of creativity apps for Chromebooks, all managed and licensed through the Google Admin Console, and purchased through your Chromebook provider.

Learn more

Google Classroom Updates

Educators can now create, attach, and reuse rubrics to an assignment in Google Classroom, and use originality reports to help students improve their writing.

Try it today

💡Upcoming Trainings & See Me Here

Here are all of the in-person trainings, online trainings, and webinars that are upcoming! Also, come see me at some of the following events.

Click on the pictures below for more information and to register and find more information such as dates, times, room numbers and links to register HERE.


Follow the directions for each Freebie!

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If you have taken any professional development from Educator Alexander and/or have taken the SLLA test after attending any of her test prep classes, please click the picture below to leave comments.

Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting

Ms. Desiree Alexander, Ed.S. is an award-winning, multi-degreed educator who has been in the educational field since 2002. She is currently the Regional Director of North Louisiana for the Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana. She is the Founder CEO of Educator Alexander Consulting, LLC. She consults with members of several schools/businesses and presents at conferences nationwide.

Ms. Alexander is lifetime certified in Louisiana in Secondary English Education, as a Reading Specialist, as a School Librarian, as an Educational Technology Facilitator, as an Educational Technology Leader and in Educational Leadership 1. She is certified in Texas as a Principal, in English Language Arts and Reading for grades 4-8 and grades 8-12, as a Reading Specialist for grades EC-12, and as a School Librarian. She holds multiple technology certifications, including, but not limited to, IC3 certification, Google Certified Trainer and Innovator, Apple Teacher 2016, and a Microsoft Innovative Educator Trainer and Expert.

She holds a Bachelor, a Master + 30, and an Education Specialist Degree in Curriculum and Instruction from Louisiana State University. She holds a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University. She holds a Master of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Technology Leadership from Nicholls State University. She is currently pursuing a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

She is​ the 2019 Customer Commitment Award Honoree from Better Business Bureau's Torch Awards for Ethics, a 2019 Shreveport National Pan-Hellenic Council Mover and Shaker, a 2017 Young Professional Initiative 40 Under 40 Awards Honoree, 2017 Center for Digital Education Top 30 Technologists, Transformers & Trailblazers, 2017 PBS Learning Media Digital Innovator for Louisiana, 2016 A+PEL Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators, and her recent campus's 2015 Teacher of the Year in the Zachary Community School District.

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