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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.

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.

Tools for Anti-Racist Teaching

Catch up on prior episodes of Tools For Anti-Racist Teaching where we talk about the ways in which racism, mental health, history, and education intersect. Refresh your pedagogy and prepare for our NEW professional development series, coming later this summer. Our new series will highlight the interactions of joy, identity, and education so you will be well equipped to support your students this upcoming school year! Find More Information Here!


On July 15, 2022, Zoom is changing the meeting duration limit for 1:1 meetings hosted by Basic (free) users on paid accounts to 40 minutes. This change creates a uniform 40-minute meeting duration limit for all meetings hosted by Basic (free) users on all account types. This includes 1:1 meetings, group meetings, and Personal Meeting Rooms.

This change was implemented for Basic users on Free and Free (Credit Card Verified) accounts on May 2, 2022.

Please note that if you created your own Free Basic Zoom account using your company email, this change could impact you. Users can confirm their Zoom account type on their Profile page.

More Information Here

ADE Festival of Learning

Join educators from around the world during the third annual Festival of Learning from July 11 to 21. This free virtual conference will feature a variety of sessions on engaging topics led by Apple Distinguished Educators. Learn more information and register here.

The 3 R’s for Teacher Self-Care: Reflect. Release. Recharge.

In this blog post, psychologist Dr. Charmain Jackman offers many concrete tools for practicing self-care that you can start using as soon as today — even if school isn’t quite finished for the year. In fact, you shouldn’t wait, she advises. “Don’t wait for the ‘big’ break to pour back into you, start now. A half empty cup will refill faster than a completely empty one.” Find More Information Here.

Apple Camp

Spread the word about Apple Camp to families in your education community. Families can join other campers at the Apple Store for a storytelling journey to create a comic book by taking photos and drawing on iPad. Then they can keep the fun going with 20 activities from our “Camp Field Guide.”

Educators and their families are welcome to attend, too.

Campers can get started by visiting this page to sign up for a session and download the free guide

FALL CUE--Call for Proposals and Registration

Attention #CUEmmunity! The call for #FallCUE presenters is officially open! Share your genius, passion and love for your education community by submitting a session at! Submissions will be open through July 18th 2022. You can also Register 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!!

SYNC Returns with 16 Weeks of Free YA Audiobooks

SYNC is a summer reading program targeted at teens aged 13 and older (though anyone can participate). This year’s edition will run for 16 weeks, providing two thematically paired audiobooks for checkout each week, for free, to every registered listener. This equals 32 free books! For more information and to sign up, click here!

Wrap Up School Year & SUMMER FUN

Common Sense Education hopes THESE ACTIVITIES bring you and your students some much-deserved joy as we close out the 2021–2022 school year.




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, July 21, 2022, 3:00 PM ET
  • 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!

🎥 Webinars of the Month

All in the Right Spaces with Dene Gainey
Designing Your Digital Classroom with Schoology with Dr Will
Leverage YouTube for Learning by Michele L Klein

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

Add Gmail Template to Existing Email
Gmail Confidential Mode
Google Sheets Notification Rules

😍 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!

Flipgrid Blog 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

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

Google Forms

Rich text formatting in Google Forms titles and descriptions


Google Updates from The Anywhere School

What’s new in Google for Education

Watch Recording


Google Admin Storage Policies

We’d like to let you know that we will upgrade the Google Duo app to include all Google Meet features. Later this year, we’ll change the name of the Google Duo app to Google Meet. This will allow users to schedule video meetings and use video calling from Meet.

The new Google Workspace for Education pooled storage model offers a baseline of 100TB of pooled storage shared across all your users while providing additional storage to:

  • Institutions with more than 20,000 active users* will automatically receive additional baseline storage of 5GB per user for each user over 20,000.
    *Active users which can be viewed in the admin console, will be counted as the peak number of 30 day unique logins over the past 180 days. This count will automatically update twice per year and adjust the total storage amount accordingly.
  • Customers with the following Google Workspace for Education editions:
    • Google Workspace for Education Plus: An additional 20 GB will be added to the shared pool per license. Customers continuing on legacy G Suite Enterprise for Education licenses will also have 100 GB added to their shared pool per paid employee license.
    • Teaching and Learning Upgrade: An additional 100 GB will be added to the shared pool per license.

💡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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