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Ways to use Google Chromebooks Offline from “PC World”

July 18, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

More and More Schools are using Chromebooks. While these computers were designed to work in the cloud, they can also be used off line.  In “PC World”, Brad Chacos  offers insight into how Chromebooks can be used off line.

Chromebooks beyond the cloud: Everything Chromebooks can do offline

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Langwitches Copyright Flow chart

June 12, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano otherwise known as Langwitches is a great source for information and ideas for using technology in the classroom.  She has created a flow chart that clarifies what  materials are copyrighted and what materials are available  for students and teachers to use.  Langwitches Copyright Flowchart

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Read and Write for Google is Free For Educators

June 3, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

Read and Write for Google is a Google Chrome extension.   It is available in the Google Chrome Store .  Once you have installed the trial version, you can register as an educator, and the extension is free.  The yearly subscription is normally $100. The registration is on the upper right hand corner of  of a Drive document.  Listed below are some of the things Google Read and Write can do.  Also check out TextHELP for more information on this useful  extension.

  • Read Aloud with dual-color highlighting
  • Word Prediction
  • Translator
  • Talking and Picture Dictionaries
  • Fact Finder
  • Highlighters and ability to collect highlights
  • Vocabulary Builder to easily create a list of words with text definitions and images
  • Annotations (PDF and ePub)
  • Navigational tools (PDF and ePub)

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Simplify Creative Commons Searches

May 27, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

CC Search is a great way to simplify Creative Commons Searches.  It includes the Flickr and Google Advanced Image Searches among others.  It is important that our students use media that doesn’t have all rights reserved.  Patti Morrissey has put this on the Crescent Lake Website. I have followed her lead on the KRMS site.  It would be a great idea to have this link on all of our school sites.


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Coming Soon Google Classroom-10 ways Google Classroom will make learning better

May 20, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

Google Classroom is coming soon   Matt Miller has posted a good overview of the Google Classroom features as well as links to the official  Google Classroom site and case studies.  It looks like Google Classroom will facilitate collaboration and communication between teachers and students.  I have requested the Beta version but I haven’t heard back from Google yet.  Click Here:  10 ways Google Classroom will make learning  better


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Google Search Education

May 9, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

Google Search Education provides Common Core aligned lesson plans for beginner, intermediate, and  advanced Google Search users.  Learning how to interpret and refine searches may well be one of the most important skills that we can master in the 21st Century.  This is the link to the the homepage with very interesting links to multiple resources on Google Searches.     Homepage


Check out the “Live Training Videos”.  I found the video on “Believe it or not: Authority and credibility of sources on the web”  particular interesting.  The video “Creative Commons” is critical as everyone should by using creative searches in order to respect copyright  laws.

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What do you want to do? There is a tech tool for that from Educational Technology Guy

April 25, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

This is a great list of apps from “Educational Technology Guy”  based on what you want your students to do.  What do you want to do?  There is a tech tool for that.


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How to Get a Real Education-Kurt Vonnegut

April 16, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

Kurt Vonnegut on getting a real education from the Huffington Post. Someone asked an author friend of mine why he bothered to write? Here’s the answer in a letter from Kurt Vonnegut written to a high school . “How to Get a Real Education”

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Twitter for Teachers by Erin Klein

April 16, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

It is worth checking out this short YouTube Video on using Twitter for Teachers from Erin Klein of Klienspiration.  Twitter is really a great staff development tool for teachers.  Even if you are not interested in “tweeting” yourself, Twitter offers the opportunity to follow the top people in education and just about every other field for that matter.  I presented on this topic at the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference last year and will do so again.  I consider this to be one of the most useful tools on the Internet. Who would have believed years ago that we could all have a direct connection to the top people in our curriculum areas?

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30 Ideas for Teaching Writing from the National Writing Project

March 24, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

The National Writing project has created some great guidelines for teaching writing.  Each item listed in the “Table of Contents” is linked to expanded examples and suggestions on how to implement the idea.  This is a great site.

 “30 Ideas for Teaching Writing”

30 Ideas for Teaching Writing received a first-place Distinguished Achievement Award from the Association of Educational Publishers (AEP).

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