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!
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):
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!
Equally powerful to the podcast was hearing a teacher I work with describe doing this same activity with his high school students mid-year. While some student responses were predictable, surface level, or silly, some were profound, including:
I wish my teacher knew... I am so afraid I won't pass high school, that sometimes it's easier not to try at all than to try but fail.
I wish my teacher knew... I hate my life. (This came from a seemingly popular, confidant, and happy student.)
Another teacher at the same school (sheesh, I work with incredible people!) used a Google Form to collect feedback from her students about her teaching and her class. She told them the goal was to help her grow and improve. Many responses validated her creative approach to teaching and student-centered learning, but some gave her a clear direction for where to focus her energy. One student wrote:
You say you care about us, but you never ask about our weekend or life outside of school.
She fosters a positive classroom culture and has great rapport with her students, and still, from this feedback, she committed to being intentional about improving in this area
Equal to the impact of asking insight and feedback is how we receive and respond to it. These teachers viewed it as a growth opportunity, not a personal affront. They wanted to reach their students, and they used their students' voices to learn how.
So, do you have the courage and growth-mindset to ask for feedback and insight from your students or your employees, then take it to heart? I hope so!
Chromebooks are an amazing piece of hardware, especially for education, and here's why:
They are inexpensive compared to their cousin, the traditional laptop.
They are great for multiple users, specifically when the device is shared by different classes or students throughout the day/week.
Users log in to the Chromebook by logging into their Google account, so customization and files are saved to that user's Google account, not to the device itself.
Chromebooks do not have a hard-drive; files are saved to the user's Google account in the cloud. Therefore, the device doesn't get bogged down by viruses or storage space.
They boot-up in less than 3 seconds!
If you want to get started using a Chromebook and help your students learn the nuances and tricks of the device, I suggest walking through the "Get To Know Your Chromebook" slides on the OKCPS Chromebook Central website. The slides help you and your students learn how the trackpad works, how to access the camera, how to set your wallpaper, and more!
Inserting a table into a Google Sites webpage is a great way to create clean sections and spacing. The catch?! Modifying and customizing tables in SItes requires editing the HTML code.
If the sound of the word "code" makes you want to run the other way, have no fear! HTML is simply the behind-the-scenes director for what appears on your page. You don't need to understand all of it to make some modifications!
HINT: Crtl + fis your new best friend.
Once in the HTML section, Crtl + f opens a search box. You can then type what you are looking for within the HTML code (such as "width" or "https"). Easily toggle to the section you need without scanning line after line of code.