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The Latest enhancements for Google Classroom

October 15, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

Google has launched five improvements to Google Classroom.  This is in response to teacher suggestions.


1. Groups integration:  This will provide the ability to pre-populate classes using Google Groups.  It appears that this may take some behind the scenes work, but I believe we may be able to export names from Power School into Google Groups.

The rest of these improvements should be readily accessible to all classes using Google Classroom.

2. Mark assignments as “done”:  Students can mark assignments as complete even if there is nothing to turn in (e.g. watch a video, read a chapter, bring something to class)

3. Export all grades:  Teachers will now have the ability to download all assignments at once making it easier to export assignments to any gradebook.

4. Sorting: Teachers can now choose to sort by first or last names.

5. Greater teacher controls: Teachers can now set permissions for whether or not their class can post comments in the Stream.  They can mute individual students from posting or commenting and teachers can view previously deleted items in the Stream.

Google Classroom Enhancements

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Create Your Own Storybook from

September 25, 2014 by · No Comments · Uncategorized

This looks like a neat story book creating site that would be great for language students as well as younger students.

My Story Book


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Official Announcement for my new novel “Murder At Stillwater Lodge”

September 25, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions, Uncategorized

This is the official announcement for my new novel “Murder At Stillwater Lodge”

Murder at Stillwater Lodge

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15 Lesson Plans Aligned with Common Core Standards for making students Better Online researchers From Global Digital Citizen Foundation

September 16, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions, Uncategorized

The Global Digital Citizen Foundation has compiled Common Core aligned beginner, intermediate, and advance lesson plans to help students master the art of online research.   These classroom tutorials will help students get the most out of their research time online.

15 Lesson Plans For Making Students Better Online Researchers

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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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