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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.

Free One Pages for Schoology and Google Classroom

Sarah Kiefer, with Tech You Can Do, shares "one-pagers" for each to help you start using Schoology and Google Classroom.

Check them out here.

Read Along is Now Available

Read Along is now available as a website! Students can practice reading on bigger screens like laptops and PCs at home or in school. Visit and enjoy reading with Diya through the magic of your voice!

Read Along: Now Available Online

TechNotes Blog Submissions

TCEA's TechNotes is a digital publication with an average of 400,000 readers each month. It's deeply tied to TCEA's mission of advancing teaching and learning through the use of technology. Through our blog, we provide educators working in PreK-16 settings with resources, research, "how-to" instructions, tools, tips, ideas, strategies, and more.

And we love to feature guest authors.

Learn more and submit your blog ideas here.

Welcome to Pear Fair 2022

Educators, our virtual Pear Fair event is back! We’re excited to energize, enrich, and equip you with resources for an inspiring school year. Enjoy one, two, or all of our back-to-school sessions — where educational thought leaders discuss topics like teacher wellness, starting the school year successfully, and reconnecting to the joy of learning and teaching.


The first 1,000 registrants will be entered to win a Pear Fair swag pack.

Present at ISTE 2023--Proposals Open

The call for participation for ISTELive 23, June 25-28 in Philadelphia and online, is open! Be sure to check out all the new format options, including playgrounds, campfires, forums and tours. Submit your session idea by Sept. 30, 2022.

Present at TCCA 2022--Proposals Open

Attention Captain, your services are requested at TCCA 2022 on October 22nd in Houston. Our call for presenters is officially open! Show us how you are using EdTech Tools in your curriculum, and how you are impacting your students in their learning journey.

To apply, simply submit your presentation proposal below. If you have more than one presentation that’s great. Feel free to submit more than once.

Apply to Present at TCCA

More Information Here

Goodbye Edmodo

It has been our honor and privilege to create this community platform that has been loved and used by millions of teachers, students, and parents around the world. This has been especially true during the global pandemic, when all of us looked for connection with our fellow colleagues and classmates. However, after more than a decade of ensuring Edmodo can stay a free tool for all, we have found that it is no longer viable for us to maintain the level of service you deserve and that we can take pride in ourselves. As a result, we have made the difficult decision to shut down The last day you will be able to login into Edmodo web and mobile applications will be September 22, 2022. Find more information here.

10 Hacks For Making the Most Out of PBS LearningMedia

With the ever-evolving digital landscape, staying up to date can take so much time! So we asked a few of our expert PBS LearningMedia users — teachers and PBS LearningMedia team members — to share their go-to, timesaving, and value-add hacks. Check out what they had to say and be sure to bookmark for future reference!

Apply for Breakout EDU's Unlock Creativity Microgrant by September 12

Bring Breakout EDU to your school with this limited-time opportunity! Apply for The Unlock Creativity MicroGrant 2022 which includes a free school-wide subscription, ten physical kits, professional development for educators involved in the implementation, PLUS ongoing support for the 2022-2023 school year- up to $3,000 per award! Learn more and apply here.

The Apple Education Community

Your new hub for professional learning. The Apple Education Community is here, and it includes even more ways to support your ongoing practice of professional learning.

Take a first look at the Community

Here’s $100 Off ISTE Certification!

Heads up! We’re having a sale starting Monday, August 15 on ISTE-led cohorts with September through December start dates. All new ISTE Certification cohorts led by ISTE experts are now forming! To give you a little nudge to start your certification journey, we’re giving you $100 off ISTE-led cohorts with September through December start dates.

This offer only applies to purchases made between 8/15/22-9/6/22 for ISTE-led cohorts and expires Sept. 6, so choose start date now and on 8/15 use promo code SALE100 to receive your discount.

Hey, get paid for your learning resources!

You can now earn money from your learning resources on Kahoot!'s new marketplace!

Who can offer learning resources for sale?
All Verified creators on paid plans Kahoot! Plus, Pro, Premium or Premium+ for teachers can offer their content for sale on the marketplace.

First, create content to support deeper learning & engagement

Explore guidelines

Then, become Verified to offer your content for free or for sale

Become Verified

Next, sign up as a seller & upload your learning resources

Sign up

LACUE--Submit Proposals, Be on the Board, Nominate for and Award and Join for Free

The Board of Directors of the Louisiana Association of Computer Using Educators (LACUE) invite you to participate in the 2022 Annual Conference which will be held Tuesday - Thursday, November 29 - December 1, 2022 in New Orleans at the Hyatt New Orleans.

Call for Proposals

Apply for LACUE Awards

LACUE Board Nominations--Nominate Yourself or Others

Join LACUE for Free

18th Annual Louisiana Book Festival

The Louisiana Center for the Book in the State Library of Louisiana is proud to present the 18th edition of our free, world-class literary celebration. Come join the fun on October 29, 2022, in downtown Baton Rouge at the State Library of Louisiana, the State Capitol, the Capitol Park Museum, and nearby locations.

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

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:

  • 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!

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

Insert Illustrations from 365 Library Into PowerPoint
Google Meet Options in Google Calendar
Turn Chrome Tab Into Mute Button

🎥 Webinars of the Month

Creating Follow Ups with Form Mule with Kathryn Laster
Immerse Students in Learning Exploring in ARVR! with Rachelle Dené Poth

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension allows you to add emojis anywhere you can copy and paste!

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

ChromeOS Flex is now ready to scale broadly to PCs and Macs
ChromeOS Flex is now available! Upgrade the PCs & Macs you already own for free and reap benefits like proactive security, fast deployment & easy management, fast, modern work experiences and a more sustainable solution.

Classroom Add-Ons Are Now Available
You can now easily find, add, use and grade content from popular EdTech tools, like Pear Deck and Kahoot!, right within Google Classroom. Admin setup is required and add-ons are available with the Google Workspace for Education Plus edition and the Teaching and Learning Upgrade.

Live Stream Meetings with YouTube
You can now live stream Google Meet meetings publicly via YouTube! To access, admins can enable live streaming by organizational group or for your entire organization. Use this to host school board meetings and much more.

Get Ready for Back to School with Applied Digital Skills
With the start of the school year right around the corner, we are excited to share our updated Back to School 2022 Collection. In it, we offer technology lessons to help support student self-expression, well-being, organization, and fun icebreaker activities.

Teacher Center Resources Now Available in New Languages
Did you know that the Teacher Center has a resource library with guides, templates, tools and apps? Now in multiple languages, explore resources on Accessibility, Cultural learning, and Distance learning for Education Leaders, the classroom, the family, 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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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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