Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Googley Add-Ons & Extensions

You work incredibly hard. Let technology help you out!


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Google Drive File Add Ons   ~   Google Chrome Extensions

Click through the slides to learn and access resources:

Tech Tool Shout Outs - Crowd Sourced Ideas

Oklahoma Technology Association Encyclomedia Conference
2017 Session: Tech Tool Shout Outs (Crowd Sourced!)

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Friday, September 29, 2017

Google Slides - 6 New Features

Geek out with me about these six new updates to Google Slides!

  • Keep Notepad: Insert any Google Keep pad/note/list into your slide.
  • Link Slide: Copy-and-paste a slide form one presentation to another. Then, "link slide" so you can make updates in one and have them appear in the other!
  • Insert Diagrams: Just like it sounds... visual diagrams you can insert and customize.
  • Grid View: See all your slides as tiles on he page.
  • Skip Slide: Customize a presentation without having to change your original template.
  • Add Ons: FINALLY! Google Slides now lets you add "Add Ons." Currently there are only a few, but the ball is rolling.)


Thanks to TeachersTech for creating this video! Subscribe to his YouTube channel.

Friday, July 21, 2017

I BELIEVE: to be an educator is to:

Provide Experiences,
Provoke Reflection,
Foster Creativity,

Share WIsdom,
Empower Others

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Google Drive Apps on iPads: "Sign Out" = "Remove" Account

Within the Google Drive apps (Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides) on an iPad, there is technically no "Sign Out" option.  Instead, you must "remove" your account from the app.

If you do not want the hassle of re-adding your account to the Drive apps each time, but you are worried about privacy because you share an iPad, try adding a passcode to your Drive apps instead of removing the account!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Organizational Models & Team Project Management

If your role or passion involves organizational development, culture, and leadership, then it's worth your time to learn and consider Frederic Laloux's research and Agil/SCRUM methodologies.

Laloux Cultural Model (Organizational Models) + Agile

Based on the book Reinventing Organizations by Frederic Laloux.

If this video perked your interest, you will enjoy the reflective article:  "Laloux Cultural Model and Agile Adoption" by Agile leader Peter Green.


Agile & SCRUM

SCRUM is an Agile Framework for complex product development.  Originating in the IT world, SCRUM is now being adapted and implemented by teams and organizations in a variety of sectors.  So, when you hear "product development," just think of projects with a large scope.  You can get the gist of SCRUM plus a 30-second video here!

Typical SCRUM methodologies use a few of my favorite things
(hence my enthusiasm for the process)
  1. Sticky Notes
  2. Strategic Planning
  3. Flexible Roles (I recommend incorporating StrengthsFinder here!)
  4. Choice
  5. Clear,Measurable Goals
  6. Reflection

Connect & Learn More

A few worthy Agile/SCRUM folks to follow and connect with on Twitter:

Reflect

Based on Laloux's colors, what color is yoru organization?  What color are you?  What color do you want your organization and/or self to shift toward, and why?  

What impact would implementing the SCRUM process have on your team?  ...on your products and projects?  

After reading this post:
What questions do you have  What resources do you need to explore further?  What are your action steps?

Your thoughts and reflections are welcome in the Comments section below.

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

PowerPoint is Boring! Present Well

"PowerPoint is boring. Experience is the best teacher."
-Dwight Schrute, The Office


I've been enjoying the 
TEDTalk playlist: Before Public Speaking...

Among many treasured take-aways and growth challenges, I'm borrowing one simple point from this playlist to expand on in this post.  Here it is:

For all the time one spends preparing the content he/she will present,
they rarely give equal weight in time and preparation to how they will present
(voice, body language, pacing, etc.).

With this in mind, here are my challenges to you:

  • Use Google slides only for pacing and/or engagement.
    • Utilize videos, large images, and keywords... never lengthy text.
  • Incorporate compelling but concise stories to help your audience connect.
  • Ask intentional questions.
  • Record yourself doing a run-through before and/or during the live presentation, then reflect, adjust, and grow.

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Worth Sharing...

A Blog:

  • The Keyword

    Google has a single blog where they pull from all their individual apps' blogs.
A Website:

  • The Learning Scientists
    Use their research-based, free resources to help students study and learn more effectively.
A Phrase:

  • "Constructive Discontent" Is your discontent constructive?  Are you seeking creative solutions to problems (or simply dwelling on their negative impact)?
A Question:

  • How do you light people up?
A Book:


Monday, December 5, 2016

A Simple Leadership Strategy: Scheduled Check-in Questions

Check out my latest video:


If you develop your own check-in questions, add the details to the Comments below to inspire others!


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Digital Differentiation: Answer Branching in Google Forms

How can you use answer-branching in Google Forms 
to support and differentiate learning?  

This 3-minute video will get your wheels turning!


Experience some Forms that use answer branching:
Learning Check-In & Support (from the video)

A  more ideas for answer-branching:
  • Create options for an assignment format.  
    Q1:  How would you like to demonstrate your understanding of [xyz]?
            A) write and perform a song, poem, or rap
            B) write a short story or news article
            C) prepare and record a screencast
            D) plan and create a video
    > Branch Sections:  Each answer choice then branches to a section explaining the directions, requirements, and expectations for that assignment format.
  • Create a daily behavior and/or learning reflection form.
    Students reflect and rate themselves on a scale.  Their answer choice could take them to a section containing a motivational quote, encouraging video, call to action, or further reflection question.
  • Empower students:  Have them design, create, or curate the learning support content, or even the entire Form!

Please share other ideas or example Forms in the Comments below!