Category Archives: For Teachers

Data Desk for Google Read and Write

One of the most common requests for Read&Write for Google Chrome users has been the ability for teachers to easily manage student access to features. This is important during testing scenarios, for example, when teachers don’t want students in one class to … Continue reading

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Spring IPI Data

IPI (Instructional Practices Inventory) is part of the CCSD Strategic Plan under Focus 3.  The goal is that 30% of our IPI observations will reflect higher order, deeper thinking.  In the IPI model, a code 6 or 5 indicates higher … Continue reading

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New Features Coming to Gmail!

I recently got word that Google is planning some changes to Gmail in the near future.  While I’m not sure of the timeline, some of the new features sound pretty cool!  In addition to giving the interface an update, it … Continue reading

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Friendly Disruption — Episode 14: Daniel McNulty and Kelli Suding

There’s a new Friendly Disruption podcast available.  In this episode, we talked to Daniel McNulty and Kelli Suding from Indiana’s Patins Project.  There was great conversation about what it means to be a reader.  Patrick shared some Chrome extension to … Continue reading

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Iowa 1:1 Resources from GWAEA

I just ran across this awesome selection of curated resources that the Grant Wood team presented at the Iowa 1:1 conference yesterday.  There is a ton of great stuff here for all grades and contents.  I would strongly encourage you to … Continue reading

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Staff MacBook Update for Summer 2018

It’s time to start planning for new certified staff MacBooks!  As I said in my previous post, we plan to update about 25% of the staff fleet each year.  When we started this back in 2014, all staff had computers … Continue reading

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Technology Department Summer Plans — What are we buying this summer?

While there are still some questions marks, I can share some of the technology team’s plans for the summer.  We intend to stick to the device plan we started back in 2014.  This means around 60 Chromebooks for each elementary … Continue reading

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Friendly Disruption Episode 13 — Ruth Ziolkowski

For those of you who enjoy podcasts (If you’ve not listened before this might be a good weekend to do so!), there’s a new episode of Friendly Disruption. In this episode, Maggie, Patrick, and I visit with Ruth Ziolkowski, president … Continue reading

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Read and Write Dictionary and Picture Dictionary

 Read and Write has so many awesome features!  One that I haven’t shared here yet is the Dictionary and Picture Dictionary.  The brief video above gives a great description of what each tool does and how you might consider … Continue reading

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Apps in Google Classroom

Here’s another excellent, short video from Google on app integration into Google Classroom.  The discuss how tools and apps like Khan Academy, Ed Puzzle, and Workbench nicely integrate into Classroom.  If you have questions, drop me a line.  I would also … Continue reading

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