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December NEWS



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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.

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) starts on December 7

CSEdWeek is an important opportunity for millions of students around the globe to get excited about learning computer science through doing an Hour of Code.

Check out the new CS First Unplugged lesson, an activity booklet from Google with three computational thinking activities for students (grades 4-8) to learn about how computer science shapes the world around us -- no device or wifi needed!

Learn more here.


Students will learn the principles of friction, difference between static and kinetic friction and so much more!

And it is ALL on ZOOM!!!!! AND ALL FREE**!!!!!

**A kit will need to be picked up if you are in the BR area. If you are too far away, you may have to pay $10 for the kit to be mailed to you.

ALL K-12 grade students are welcome!

Saturday, December 12

12pm-2pm central


APPLY TODAY--School Ambassador Fellowship

The U.S. Department of Education (ED) is seeking outstanding teachers, administrators, and other school leaders to join the School Ambassador Fellowship and lend their voice to the national education dialogue.

Visit the SAF Website

Applications for the 2021-2022 cohort of the School Ambassador Fellowship applications are open through 11:59pm EST on January 11, 2020. Please visit the Applicant Information page and sign-up for updates to stay in contact with the program.

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!

🎥 Webinars of the Month

Intro to WeVideo Video Creation Made Super Easy! with Sarah Kiefer
Cooking, Baking Math! Graphics in the Math Classroom with Ruth Manlandro
Add Spark to Your Classroom with Adobe Spark with Ruth Manlandro
Mastering Mindfulness for Educators with Tanya C. Chapman
Teaching Digitally with Nadine Gilkison
Tech Abilities for Struggling Readers with Nadine Gilkison

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

Share Sound WITHOUT Sharing Screen in Zoom
Top 10 Tips for Attending a Virtual Conference
One Fix to Students Not Attaching Work in Google Classroom
What Can Public See on Your Facebook Profile

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension helps you change your cursor so people can see where you are pointing when you are showing them something on your screen!

This extension gets mentioned two months in a row because I get asked about it so much!

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.


Ambassador Program for Educators now accepting applications

for the 2021/2022 ambassadors program.

Applications are open between November 9 – December 11, 2020.


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

Watch Here: EDU in 90: The Latest, November 2020

**Tour Builder will be retired, links to tours will no longer function and all user data will be deleted after July 15, 2021. Learn more here.

**Starting June 30, 2021, Google Expeditions and Tour Creator will no longer be accessible.

Solve Math Equations using Google Search

Get help solving equations by typing them into the Search bar or snapping a picture with Lens to get a step-by-step solution, live in English and coming soon to 70+ languages including French and Japanese.

Sign up for Early Access Pilot Program

The Google for Education Pilot Program is looking for teachers and school leaders covering grades 6-10 who are interested in piloting two new classroom learning solutions beginning January 2021. If your school is eager to get early access to our tools in exchange for your honest feedback, please express interest!

Single Sign on is available for Minecraft Education on Chromebooks

Available as an Android app on Chromebooks, you can also now sign into Minecraft: Education Edition with a Google account. With the right configuration and Single Sign On, it's now easy to set it up and login with your G Suite for Education account.

Deploy Web and Android Apps to your Chromebook Fleet

Learn how to deploy and manage Android apps on Chromebooks with this handy guide. IT Admins can now pre-select a collection of websites or apps from the Google Play Store in the Google Admin console and designate groups of users to receive the apps.

Find out what's New on ChromeOS

Every 6 weeks, Chromebooks get the latest and greatest with automatic updates. You can keep up to date on the latest with our Chrome Enterprise release notes online or direct to your inbox.

Prepare Chromebooks for Distance Learning

With the help of some of our most experienced Google for Education IT admins, we’ve put together a checklist of questions, tools, and Google Admin console settings for you to consider when preparing Chromebooks for students to use at home.

Learning at Home with Family Link and School Accounts

As more Chromebooks go home with students, families want to know how they can also supervise and manage the devices. With Family Link, users can easily add a school account to easily sign in to school apps and do schoolwork at home with their parent’s supervision. Parents and guardians can approve apps from Chrome Web Store and Google Play and set per-app time limits-- all while the school's management policies are still in place.

G Suite & G Suite Enterprise for Education New Features

Having trouble keeping track of all the new G Suite features? We ran a training series with 30-min sessions to explain what launched and demo how you can use them in the classroom. Check out the recordings to 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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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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