Category Archives: Tech Tips

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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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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New Paper to Digital Tool

As I posted earlier, I had the privilege of attending the ATIA conference last week.  I learned a ton!  One of the most high-impact takeaways is that Google has a really good and simple to use OCR product.  OCR stands … Continue reading

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Using Google Classroom to Differentiate/Personalize Instruction

This is a really brief video from the Google EDU in 90 team on how to differentiate and personalize learning using Google Classroom.  There are powerful and simple to use ideas in this two and a half minute video.  I … Continue reading

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Google Updates Timeline on Removal of Old Version of Sites

It looks like Google is getting more serious about removing the old version of Sites.  Here’s the latest update from them.  It sounds like Google will be giving our technology team a preview of the tools that will be used … Continue reading

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Talk & Type with Read and Write for Google

I’m guessing that most people know that Read and Write had a builtin speech to text tool called — Talk&Type.  Even if you know about this tool, I strongly recommend watching this 5 minute tutorial on how to use it. This … Continue reading

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Google’s Classroom Hub

Google has setup a great resource for using Google Classroom — the Classroom Hub.  There are tons of great videos and other resources (PDFs) located here for all levels of users– beginners to advanced users.  So, whether you are just … Continue reading

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Read and Write for Google Troubleshooting

I was delighted to hear that a lot of the learning that happened on last Monday’s PL day involved the use of Read and Write for Google.  I’m thrilled that this tool is getting used in this setting.  My hope … Continue reading

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Flash No Longer Supported

Adobe Flash is a program that was used by many web developers to create animations, games, and images in websites.   It’s an old program and has many problems related to security and efficiency.  In fact, before he died, Steve Jobs … Continue reading

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