Technology Notes

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

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 and Ross Garison for gathering some great info to share!

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? What happens if they just like Office products better?

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). Read the TCEA blog post here!

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