Tuesday Tech Tips

A little tech goes a long way!

Google Ninja Academy-How Does YOUR School Stack Up?

Go to our GSCS Ninja Academy right now! Prepare yourself to lead our students in the effective use of Google Apps and instructional technology.


Congratulations to these Google Ninjas who earned all four of their Google Ninja belts!

Donna Taylor

Jameka Mallory

Josh Griffis


Now, you can earn PLUs for earning all four Google Ninja Belts! If you have already earned all four belts, you can register to receive one PLU credit. If you are in the process of earning your belts, go ahead and register so you will be all set. You may register HERE.


When you complete the Black Belt test, you will receive a certificate from Google. Please forward a copy of that certificate to either Leslie Fagin or Robin Harris. Once we receive your Black Belt certificate from Google, your name will be added to our Black Belt leader board.


Be a Google Ninja!


Check out the complete Google Ninja list: Google Ninja Standings


Congratulations to this week's Google Ninjas:

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Edcamp Global

The 24 Hour Learning Experience is coming July 31st to August 1st 2015. Unlike the traditional edcamp, you will find sessions for 24 hours that accommodate any schedule across the globe. In addition, participants will share what they would like to learn by completing a form and the schedule will be available as facilitators volunteer.


If you would like to register for Edcamp Global, visit the site for more information or to register.

Google Slides Updates

Google announced last week that they have updated Google Slides animations. The updates include slide animations of appear and disappear. You also can now set the direction of fly in and fly out. These animations can be set for to and from left, right, top, and bottom.

60 Smarter Ways to Use Google Classroom

Although we are nearing the end of the year, it is not too early to start making plans for next year. Here is a list of ways you can use Google Classroom. If you are not using Google Classroom, it's not too late. Take a look at all of the things you can do with Google Classroom.

Using Google Forms to Communicate with Parents

Many times teachers are overwhelmed with having to make parent contacts. Using Google Forms, you can quickly and easily send email messages to parents to keep them informed about the happenings in the classroom. You can get instructions or watch a short video here.

Online Differentiation Resource

If you are looking for resources to help with differentiation of instruction, John McCarty has created a Google Sheet that lists over 60 teacher-recommended tools. You can check them out here and you can even recommend new ones!

https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ihsTwYr1kFx9Jb08Z2w5i1MWoxYkRXZbTP4Gcbodp6I/edit?usp=sharing