Educator Alexander's Newsletter





********UPCOMING JULY EVENTS********



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.

MIE Expert Self-Nominations are OPEN

Notice: MIE Expert self-nominations are open from May to July 15 each year.

  • Phase 1 – May – July 8 (Auto-scoring multiple choice responses)
  • July 15 – resubmissions (or first time submissions due)
  • August 30 – announcement of who the new MIE Experts are and next steps

For more information about applying, click here.

Over $2M in Funding for MIT Solve’s Global Challenges

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s Solve initiative is looking for tech solutions around five new Global Challenges:

  1. Digital Inclusion: How can everyone have access to the digital economy?
  2. Health Security & Pandemics: How can communities prepare for, detect, and respond to emerging pandemics and health security threats?
  3. Equitable Classrooms: How can all young learners have access to quality, safe, and equitable learning environments?
  4. Resilient Ecosystems: How can communities sustainably protect, manage, and restore their local ecosystems?
  5. Antiracist Technology in the US: How can communities of color use technology to advance racial equity and access economic opportunity, health, and safety?

GET FREE: Keep Students on Tract and Surpass Learning Loss this Summer

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Parents can request a FREE one-year trial to Tract, which includes unlimited access to our library of on-demand classes (and all of their summertime Tractivties!) by visiting get-started and entering promo code EDUCATORALEXANDER at checkout


Join Google for The Anywhere School 2021, a Google for Education event on Tuesday, June 22, 2021, 12-1:15 p.m. PST. In this information-packed session, you’ll:

  • Learn about the latest products and see product demos.
  • Explore the various roles technology plays in our new normal, and how it can help build a better normal in the future.
  • See how schools around the world are handling important issues such as equity and accessibility.

Register today to join live or watch the on-demand recording later.


Register here to get two free Young Adult Audiobook downloads per week!



The ORIGINAL 24-Hour, Global conference is back on July 23-24, 2021 from 12noon to 12noon central time.

Register for free, apply to present or apply to sponsor to promote yourself at

Kami Connect is Back!

You're invited to Kami Connect July 2021!

Join over 50,000 educators on July 24 (9 AM PDT | 12 PM EDT) for an action packed day of professional development, inspiration, and learning from leading educators and Kami experts.


Lausanne Learning Teach Tech Conference DISCOUNT

Register Now for Our Virtual Summer Conference - With Over 40 Sessions AND an Extra Day of Workshops Added! We’re making it easy to get great PD in 2021!

Registration is $50/person, and includes:

Access to all workshops & workshop recordings

12 CEUs post-conference

Discounts & early-bird opportunities for future conferences

***Use code “FRIENDS” for 20% off registration

🎥 Webinars of the Month

Jammin' with Jamboard with Amanda Robinson
T G I F Thank Google, It's Free! with Jim Ekrut
Zen Within Workshop: Movements and Meditations with Tanya C Griffin

✔👀👌😘5 Minute Tips of the Month

Using CTRL+ to Copy & Move to Next Line
Using Kami to Split & Merge PDFs and Save to Google Drive
How to Force a Download from Google Drive

😍 FREE Extension of the Month

This extension lets you and your students set a timer on any webpage!

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!

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 Here: EDU in 90: The Latest, April 2021

What's New with

Updates to Google Storage Policy (No longer UNLIMITED for all EDU)

Version History now in Jamboard
The same version history feature that you are used to in other Google Workspace products, like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides, is now available in Jamboard. You can easily view and track student changes, name different versions of your Jam files, and quickly revert to them when needed.

Join the Google for Education Product Expert Program
Join the growing community of Product Experts - made up of superusers who are passionate about edtech and helping others. By sharing your knowledge you can connect with, educate, and support users from all over the world while receiving exclusive perks like early product testing and events.

What's New with Google Meet?
Educators now have access to key moderation controls, like who can join their meetings or use the chat or share their screen, directly from their iOS devices. Customers with Education Plus or the Teaching and Learning Upgrade can also now set up breakout rooms ahead of time in Google Calendar.

Getting Started with Google for Education
New to Education Fundamentals or Education Plus? Register for Getting Started with Google for Education and receive weekly lessons delivered to your inbox on the Workspace edition of your choice. Each lesson takes less than 10 minutes. Sign up today!

💡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 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 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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