Educator Alexander's Newsletter

September 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.


Are you a Tween/Teen Librarian?

Brag about your AMAZING programs and you may be included in a book and WILL be entered to win a $100 Amazon Gift Card!

Answers are due September 30, so send in those incredible programming stories NOW!

FREE For Grades 3-5 Storytelling Coders Club

Write and code your own choose-your-own-adventure story this month with Storytelling Coders Club.

It's FREE~ Register at

P.S. The sessions will be recorded.


Join me at the ISTE Creative Constructor Lab Virtual Oct. 3-10! Use my code CCLPRESENTER for $10 off any ticket. But hurry! This code expires after Sept. 10 and is limited to the first 150 people! Get the discount before it's gone. Discover how to create vibrant, media-rich learning environments at #ISTECCL.

$1000 Award for Teachers of the Ark-La-Tex Due September 15

Information about One Class at a Time:

KTBS-3 & Barksdale Federal Credit Union are helping the teachers of the Ark-La-Tex!

KTBS-3, with Barksdale Federal Credit Union are giving a $1000 award, to classes in our viewing area. If your class is in need of money that would enrich your students' learning experience, apply for this award!

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Virtual Edcamp Louisiana

Virtual edcamp Louisiana

EVERYONE invited

Sat., October 10

9am-12pm central

UPDATED Distance Learning Help Page

Need practical help with distance learning?

This page is for you! It is constantly updated as GREAT things are shared!!!!! More sections than before. Check it out.

Click to learn more!

Educator Alexander Online, Self-Paced Classes

SLLA Test Prep Certification

Google Level 1 Certification

Google Level 2 Certification

Click here to sign up anytime:

🎥 Webinars of the Month

Differentiating Assignments in Google Classroom with Inkie Landry
There's a Bitmoji for That! with Jennifer Hall
Intro to Schoology with Sarah Kiefer and Alyssa Bruck
Misinformation in the Information Age with Andy Meyers

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension helps you use your Bitmoji anywhere just by copying and pasting it. In honor of our Bitmoji webinar this month, this is our extension of the month. You will have to create an account on the app (on your phone, tablet or Chromebook) and create your Bitmoji there. Then, you can log in with the same information to the extension and use your Bitmoji!

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!

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

New Google Meet features coming later this year

Anticipating that many schools will continue this year in hybrid or remote environments, we have worked around the clock to make Google Meet work better for schools. We will be rolling out a multitude of new features for G Suite for Education users that include larger tiled views, background options, and handraising. Additionally, G Suite Enterprise for Education users will be able to access features such as attendance tracking, polling, and breakout rooms.

Learn more

The latest features in Classroom

As educators and students have transitioned to a virtual learning model, Classroom usage around the world has grown. With this growth comes improvements to help make using Classroom easier for students and educators. Updated features include link-based sharing for adding students to classes and to-do improvements, which help students to prioritize and easily track assignments. Additionally, Classroom is able to sync with eligible student information systems, allowing instructors to directly push grades to their SIS and eliminate duplicative work.

Learn more

Assignments is now available to all users

Google Assignments is now available to everyone as a core service within G Suite for Education. Assignments, an app for your learning management system (LMS), gives educators a simpler and faster way to analyze, grade, and share student work - all through the power of G Suite. Assignments is compatible with any LMS that supports LTI 1.1 or higher.

Learn more

Improvements to Originality Reports

Originality reports, available in Classroom and Assignments, help teachers to analyze student work and check for plagiarism and missing citations. Coming soon, users can run up to five originality reports per class for free, as well as save and print reports. Additionally, originality reports will be expanded to other languages and are available in Spanish, Portuguese, Norwegian, Swedish, French, and Italian. G Suite Enterprise for Education customers will have the ability to make matches between student submissions within your domain, allowing users to see school matches in addition to web and book matches.

Learn 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.


Follow the directions for each Freebie!
A Bunch of Freebies from Companies for COVID19

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✏️ Commenting to Educator Alexander

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 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 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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