Educator Alexander's Newsletter










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.

Tech Smith Level Up Event

It’s the FREE digital event everyone’s talking about, and it’s almost here. Level Up is happening August 16, and it’s your chance to get the inside scoop on how to make your best product demos, explainer videos, and more!

Register for 10am Greenwich Mean Time

Register for 12pm Eastern Time

CS Teacher Mentor Application from University of Florida College of Education

University of Florida College of Education needs CS Educators to serve as mentors. A grant from UKG through Reboot Representation has made it possible for us to offer the UF Computer Science Education Graduate Certificate program scholarships. The funder has specified that the scholarships are available for in-service teachers who are Black, Latina or Native American and identify as women.

More Information and Apply Here

Flipgrid is Now Flip

Flipgrid is now Flip! We have a new name, a new look, and even a new mascot, Smubble, but we’re still the same product you know and love. Why the change? Over the past decade, you took the technology we built and made it something more than we ever imagined. Your innovation and creativity inspired us to make our video discussion tool better than ever. Flip is for the classroom, your home, and wherever you want to take it because learning happens everywhere.

More information Here

**See more Flip updates in the Microsoft section of this newsletter.

Ed3 Unconference: Evolution of Education with Web3

A virtual, gamified, learning & networking experience focused on web3, & contextualized for education.

Apply to present, sponsor or register to attend here!

BEE-Tech 2022 Application Due August 15

Building Environment and Educational Technology Competence and Leadership Among Educators (BEE-Tech)

This exploratory project will support the professional growth and development of current secondary STEM teachers in urban and rural districts in Louisiana by providing year long support around three specific areas.

Click Picture to See Flyer & See More Information and Apply Here

IDEAcon Call for Proposals Due August 29 and Registration is NOW Open

IDEAcon 2023 Call for Proposals is now OPEN! We hope you will consider joining us either in-person or virtually for what promises to be another amazing IDEAcon. More information and submit your proposal here. IDEAcon 2023 registration is NOW OPEN!!

I Stand with Amanda--Censorship in Libraries

To disagree is normal.

But to use someone’s image & lies to BULLY them online & then private message if they say what you want them to say, you’ll remove the horrible posts is a coward’s move.


Legal Fees for Librarian Amanda Jones

An Infographic About Censorship in Libraries from Twitter

Apply for Figma Beta

Figma is the first design tool built for the web that combines powerful features with multiplayer functionality. Figma makes it faster, easier, and more fun for students to design together—all in one place.

Apply for the beta today Figma & Google for Education are excited to offer a new beta to US high schools using Chromebooks (if you are outside of the US you are still eligible for the free Figma for Education program - By submitting this form, you may be contacted about the beta for Figma and Chromebooks.

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:

  • Monday, August 29, 2022, 10:00 AM EDT
  • Thursday, September 22, 2022 12:00 PM ET
  • Wednesday, October 19, 2022 9:30 AM ET
  • Tuesday, November 15, 2022 3:00 PM ET
  • Monday, December 12, 2022 4:30 PM ET

For more information and to sign up, click here!

🎤 Interviews of the Month

The Myth of the Superhero Teacher
Overcoming Challenges and Staying Motivated with Dr. Desiree Alexander!

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

Bookmarks in Google Docs
Slides Timer Chrome Extension

🎥 Webinars of the Month

Ditch Those Reading Logs & Engage Your Readers with Spaces! by Melody McAllister
ISTELive Interactive Google Slides in 20 Minutes
Launch Your School Year with Spaces with Melody McAllister
CLIMBE With Spaces with Dene Gainey
All in the Right Spaces with Dene Gainey

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension allows you to create shortcuts to use when wanted to type longer text in google comments and Gmail. For example, you can type tardy1 to insert the tardy policy.

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.


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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!

Flip Blog with Updates

Click Here to find the newest information on Microsoft's Flip (formerly Flipgrid)!

🌈 Google Updates

Here are some updates from Google!

A Couple More Google Updates

To Stay Updated, Watch ALL Here or EDU in 90: The Latest, July 2022

New in Google Forms
Options for styling fonts and rich text formatting is now available in Google Forms, enabling you to customize and add emphasis with new fonts, font size, bolding, underlining, italicizing, hyperlinks, and lists.

Applied Digital Skills Teacher Resources
Are you looking to get started with Applied Digital Skills but not sure where to start? Our Teacher Resources webpage offers several resources such as video tutorials, a getting started guide, classroom poster, and certificates of completion.

Create a Digital Album with Applied Digital Skills
Looking for a fun summer project? In Get Organized in Google Photos you can organize your photos, make edits and share albums with family and friends using Google Photos. This lesson makes it easy to find photos when you need them.

Your Organization's Free Transformation Report is Now Available
Workspace Super Admins can log in to view their organization’s Google for Education transformation report - a free tool designed to help K12 education leaders quantify the impact of their Google implementation. Track usage, view certification counts, receive recommendations, and more.

💡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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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.

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 Deputy Director 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 2022 & 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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