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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.

Apple Helps You Get Ready for Computer Science Education Week

Explore app design during Computer Science Education Week.

Great apps start with great ideas. During Computer Science Education Week — from December 6 to 12 — inspire your students’ great ideas with our new Inclusive App Design activity. Challenge your class to identify problems they care about, then plan, prototype, and share app ideas that everyone can access and understand.

Get started

Early Learners Can Code: Build fun into fundamental coding skills.

Everyone Can Code Early Learners is designed to introduce coding in the early grades, when learners are first developing computational-thinking skills. Through these lessons, learners in kindergarten through third grade will discuss, discover, and play to build a foundation in core coding concepts using Swift Playgrounds on iPad.

Download the guide

Mark your calendar.

Tune in to a Computer Science Education Week edition of #AppleEDUchat on Tuesday, December 7, at 6:00 p.m. PT on Twitter. Apple Distinguished Educator hosts Leticia Batista and Larry Reiff will lead a discussion about teaching the app design process to students.

Learn more

PearDeck and EverFi Helps You Teach Financial Literacy

Financial Literacy for Kids

We've partnered with EVERFI to create a collection of free, real-world lessons powered by Pear Deck. This course on financial literacy teaches students how to make wise financial decisions — both now and in the future.

Get the Deck Here

Two Scholarships for Louisiana Educators Due December 15

Professional Educator Scholarship--Do not have to be a member of A+PEL

The Professional Educator Scholarship is a scholarship designed to provide tuition assistance to professional educators. The Professional Educator Scholarship is not a scholarship for student teachers, but is primarily aimed at those teachers who are taking graduate coursework or seeking alternative certification from an accredited university or alternative certification program.

Associate Member Scholarship--Must be a member of A+PEL

This scholarship is intended to assist A+PEL associate members in achieving certification as professional educators through university coursework or alternative certification programs.

Apply for both by December 15 here!

ISTE Certification Informational Webinars

Do you have some questions about ISTE Certification for Educators that you wish a human would answer? Here’s your solution … plus a couple of special deals from ISTE!

Attend one of the 30-minute info sessions with Certification Director Carmalita Seitz for real talk, and real answers to your certification questions.

Choose from these upcoming dates and times:

  • Tuesday, November 9, 2021 7:00 AM EDT
  • Thursday, December 9, 2021 8:00 AM EDT
  • Tuesday, January 18, 2022 12:30 PM EDT
  • Wednesday, February 16, 2022 3:30 PM EDT

For more information and to sign up, click here!

Learning for Justice Teacher Resources


Bring social justice topics to life with our classroom-friendly films and user guides. Learning for Justice film kits are FREE for use in K–12 schools, schools of education, public libraries, houses of worship and youth-serving nonprofit organizations. You can go to the website and click on films to order or stream online, based on availability.


These classroom-ready films align with Teaching Hard History: A Framework for Teaching American Slavery and the resources that support that framework. In these short, streaming films, historians and scholars explore the undertaught history of African and Indigenous enslavement, explain critical concepts, and share recovered narratives that can help students better understand the individual and collective impact—and the damaging legacy—of hundreds of years of American slavery.

Learning for Justice Magazine

Learning for Justice provides timely articles to make you think and publications that are perfect for sharing and discussing with colleagues. These resources are designed to help educators improve their practice and turn K-12 schools into strong communities where all students have the opportunity to learn.

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

Group and Color Coordinate Tabs and Reading List in Google Chrome

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension lets you speed up or slow down YouTube videos while you are viewing them.

Click on picture below for more information.

💻 📱 Tech Certification of the Month

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


Here is a great way to get support and tips from Microsoft and stay update by subscribing to their newsletter!

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 Blog 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

To Stay Updated, Watch Here: EDU in 90: The Latest, November 2021

Google Meet Updates:

Built with enterprise-grade security, Meet helps keep your virtual classes safe spaces for learning. You can easily engage students with hand raising, digital whiteboards, breakout rooms and more. And Meet integrates seamlessly with the Google tools you already use, like Classroom, Calendar, Docs, Drive, Forms, and Gmail, making your life that much easier and allowing you to focus on teaching.

Get started

With Meet, you can host classes, parent-teacher conferences, schoolwide assemblies, and more. Easily join a meeting from school or home, on a laptop or mobile device.

Free training

The Getting Started with Meet training welcomes you to Meet with video tutorials and tips from schools. From the basics of setting up a Meet video call to breakout rooms, attendance tracking, and more, you’ll find the information you need to feel confident your first day using Meet, and beyond.

What's new

Meet is regularly updated with new features and tools based on feedback from schools. Check in frequently to discover the newest features and how you can use them with your students.

Find out how Meet can help connect and nurture your school community now, and in the future.

💡See Me Here

Here are all of the in-person trainings 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.


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Dr. Desiree Alexander, Educator Alexander Consulting

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

Dr. 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, 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, a Master of Library Science from Texas Woman’s University and a Master of Educational Leadership with a concentration in Educational Technology Leadership from Nicholls State University. She also holds a Doctorate in Education with a concentration in Educational Leadership from Lamar University.

She is a 2021 Texas Computer Education Association Featured Thought Leader, 2020 International Society for Technology in Education Featured Voice, 2020 Future of Education Technology Conference Featured Presenter, 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 Associated Professional Educators of Louisiana Member of the Year, 2015 Librarian of the Year for Louisiana Librarian Association, 2015 Campus Teacher of the Year in the Zachary Community School District and 2014 Leader of the Year for Region 2 Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators.

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