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It is now possible to open and edit Microsoft Office files in Google

December 17, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

With the Chrome Extension, you can now upload, open, and edit Office files in Google.  Docs, Sheets, and Slides work with any file, anywhere (with suggest edits too).

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Drive Tunes

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

The Drive Tunes App is a great way to add audio files to your blog, website or documents.  Simple upload the audio file to Google Drive.  You can then open the MP3 audio file in the Drive Tunes app to play the file.  You can copy the Drive Tune URL and link it to a blog post, web page or other document.  It appears that you have to be log-in with a Google account in order to listen to the file but still this seems pretty cool.   Drive Tunes can be found  at the Chrome Web Store and it is free.

Also Check this out:  The digital Public Library of America

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Google Doc Update-Adjust image Colors and Filters

December 8, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

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Here is a new update for  Google Docs.  You can now adjust image colors and filters.  This was recently introduced to Google Slides and now you can take advantage of this in a Google Drive Document.  Adjust Image Colors and Filters

I post the  awhile back but this is a reminder that 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)

Enhancements for Google Classroom

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How to Create Interactive Collages Using PicMonkey and Thinglink from Richard Byrne

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

Another great idea from Richard Byrne. His “Free technology for Teachers” website is full of ideas for using free technology in the classroom.

How to Create Interactive Collages Using PicMonkey and Thinglink

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Going to the Christa McAuliffe Technology Conference in Manchester New Hampshire  on December 2-4?  Rebecca Bureau and I  will be presenting “Inexpensive Video in the Classroom” on Tuesday December 2. We will also be presenting “Bring Your Students Notebooks into the 21st Century” on Wednesday December 3.  I will also present “Using Creative Commons in & out of the Classroom” on December 3.

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The Ultimate Guide to Creative Commons from

October 28, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions

This is a great guide to the various Creative Commons attributes.  The ultimate Guide to Creative Commons by


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New Add-on for Google Forms

October 24, 2014 by · No Comments · Blogs and Opinions, Tony Wagner

Check this out to add something to your Google Forms Surveys.  New Add-ons


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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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