Friday, September 15, 2017

Weekly Tech Tips


With our switch to the Windows 10 operating system a frequent question is, "Where is ...?"  Below are a number tips that might get you a little closer to finding...

1. Open the File Explorer Tab:  While you can right-click on the desktop and personalize the theme to add a desktop icon of "This PC" the explorer tab really has all you need.

2.  Pin to Quick Access:  On the left hand side is a list of drives and folders your PC has access to.  You can add to the Quick Access list by navigating to a folder, right-clicking and then "Pin to Quick Access"  Do this with any folder in your H: drive you frequent to save a couple of clicks

3.  Use the Search Bar:  For finding documents you can't remember where you put them.  Click into any folder or drive (Quick Access or H: Drive) and then type in a key word in the document name.  Wahlah...you will get list of files that have that word(s) in it.


Better Yet...move to online cloud storage in Google Drive where MS Office, H: Drive and File Explorer and more are found together in one place anywhere you have internet access.  








Friday, June 9, 2017

End of the Year Checklist: Google Classroom


As things wrap up with exams you may have some end of year procedures you like to do to make sure you get a great start in the Fall.  This year we may want to add one more to our list and clean up our Google Classroom too.

1  Keep Student Exemplars:
a.   go into the google classroom assignment,
b.   click the mini file folder at the top,
c.    In that drive folder, right click on the exemplar and make a copy
d.   Drag the copy to your exemplar folder

2  Review/Return all assignments
a.   In google classroom, click on the hamburger menu and press work
b.   Click on the To Review tab at top
c.    Choose the class to review or All classes
d.   Click on each assignment and check to see if you have returned all work to students.
e.   Use Snowman menu to mark as reviewed.  (You can also do this as a habit during the year to keep grading organized.

   Archive this Year’s classes (you can still get to them)
a.   Go to the classes homepage (has tiles of all classes)
b.   Click the snowman menu on each tile and choose Archive.
c.    This cleans up your classroom page but you can still un-archive the class OR copy assignments from archived classes.

Here is a video if you want a visual walkthrough.




Enjoy your life!


Larry

Monday, March 27, 2017


Generally, it is good to pick one tool, technique or lesson and stick with it in a regular rhythm (every day, every Friday, every project) until you and the students master the technology which fades into the background and lets the learning shines through. If you are still getting used to a digital tool keep working on it...then pick the next thing.  If you are ready for the next thing pick your level below and give it a go.

Start in the Serve in the 

Basics:  Start in Kitchen.  Serve in Dining Room.  
    Google Drive is like your kitchen.  It is where you organize ingredients, create meals and store them.  Instead of food, we work with words and images instead of ingredients, folders instead of cupboards and documents and presentations instead of meals.  Make sure you have folders for each subject you teach and then a subfolder for each unit.  Anytime you are going to upload or create anything for that unit go into the folder FIRST and then use the NEW button and all your work will be autosaved and categorized where you begin...in the google drive kitchen.
     Google Classroom is like the Dining Room.  That is where you serve your meals (lessons) and interact with your customers (students).  Start in Drive...serve in the Classroom.
    
Resources:  
  1. Cheat sheet:  Drive
  2. Classroom Starter Videos 
  3. Google Chrome 101
  4. Google Drive and Google Classroom 102 tutorial

Intermediate:  Connect other Resources to your Google Classroom 
  1. ​​Digital Tools for Instruction:  Once you master Google Drive and Classroom you can now begin to layer tools...something we call App smashing.  Check out this list to take your next step.
    1. Highlighted tool:  ​​​StoryMaps - Maps, data, and research blended to illuminate your topic in new ways.  Go the next step and create your own...or have students do it (high-level learning and high skill needed)
Advanced:  Hyperslides and Interactive notes
  1. Interactive Notes:  Pass out a copy of a presentation or project/lab directions.  Some slides contain content/directions and some are organized for interactive note taking, slides where students create their own meaning with words and images and drawings or complete graphic organizers or paste links or created videos.
  2. Hyperslides:  Slides published as a view only but with links to learning content (videos/articles) and to classroom learning activities (classroom assignments/padlets/creation tools/digital experiments, etc)  
    Examples

Larry Goble
Technology Integrator
Williamsville Central School
South High School
Transit Middle School

Friday, March 24, 2017

Google Slides...The Utility App

                                                                                       
Google slides is my go to app.  My Utility player. A Utility player is the jack of all trades player on a team...in the case the G Suite team.  Many assignments that are straight forward text should stick with docs and those with numbers and charts, sheets, and images, drawings, but the moment that mixed media comes into play I go to slides.  

Here is a list of some examples:
  • Create presentations (duh)
  • Insert Timer Videos (replace Smart widget)
  • Tri-fold brochures
  • Menus
  • Insert videos, gifs and images for instruction giving (ezgif.com
  • Insert text boxes
  • Change page-setup to 8.5x11 and use as a doc (Sample)
  • Change page-setup to 800x200 and create a header for your google classroom (sample)
  • Download as a pdf and upload to wevideo to insert as images
  • Interactive Notes:  Pass out a copy of presentation with various slides for interactive note taking, slides where students create their own meaning with words and images and drawings
  • Unit Organizer:  Hyperlink to outside resources or back to an assignment on classroom to organize
  •  Hyperslides:  Slides published as a view only but with links to learning content (videos/articles) and to classroom learning activities (classroom assignments/padlets/creation tools/digital experiments, etc)  


This list could get long but I hope you are getting the idea.  Next time you need a player, go to your utility player...google slides.


Friday, January 6, 2017

Let Your Students Choose Their Own Adventure and Get Organized in Google Classroom


1.   Student Learning Activity – Choose your path Google Forms
·         Remember how much fun choose your own adventure books were.  I would try them again and again.
·         We can have students demonstrate their knowledge of a text, a science concept, a historical event/person or anything else by having them create a google form with choices which lead to different situations or outcomes.
·         Students really have to know their material in order to create the Correct path AND alternative paths.
·         Check out these samples:
                                         i.    Dichotomous Key – for 6 Kingdom classification (mine)
                                        ii.   Student created – Hernan Cortes (source)
                              iii.  En Francais (source)


2.   Google Classroom organization
·         Label work with a title that begins with a numbering system starting with the quarter (2) then a decimal and sequentially label each successive assignment. 2.1 – Motion lab, 2.2 – Persuasive essay draft.  List graded assignments the same way in wits gradebook.
·         Teach students to use the Work menu to see a list of work due and filter by class




Those are my tips…but I have been wrong before.

Enjoy your life.


Larry Goble
Teacher assigned as Instructional Technology Coach
Williamsville Central Schools


Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Connecting With Students...Around the World #GlobalSpeedChat


Have you seen it.  Probably not...it just rolled out.  But I love it and you will too.

I would like to give you some information on #GlobalSpeedchat (globalspeedchat.com).   

Essentially it is a new initiative to connect student around the world.  App smashing Adobe spark and padlet and a host of other tools, #globalspeedchat hopes to engage students from all over the world with each other. 

Here is a TedEd blog about it.


 I hope you will ask your students to post and then check back as each task gets more international posts.  

And go.

Thursday, November 10, 2016



For those of us using Google Classroom and Docs in our school google domain (schoogle), our public name may not be formated as we wish.  My district lists our last name first and first name last…as do our student’s accounts.  The GIF attached shows how to change it.