10 Coloring Pages for Women’s History Month – Education Article

Hey gang! I just want to share with you a few coloring pages I curated online & made into PDF’s & JPEGS for my kiddos!  I love adding new coloring pages to our Makerspace, especially during special months and with themes. There are a LOT of FREE coloring pages out there for your Makerspace, you just know how to find them, adapt them, & follow the copyright licensing! I uploaded the curated coloring sheets as Jpegs on Flickr embedded below…

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How To Use Voice Dictation And Work Smarter – Education Article

Reading Time: 1 minute How can teachers and school leaders use spoken language to optimise time available to complete tasks? Having used this technology for over 10 years, I’m surprised how few people [teachers] are aware of voice technology and how it can be used to enhance the way one can work efficiently. I’ve been using Dragon Dictate, Siri, Google Documents, Kaizena and others tools to write books, blogs, emails, teaching and learning policies and day-to-day phone use e.g. emails…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Content filtering in schools has always been contentious since students and teachers first gained access to the World Wide Web and the Internet in the 1990s. Today in 2019, however, many people might be surprised that “draconian content filtering policies” (at least in the opinion of this author) are still in place in some schools. By “draconian,” I mean content filtering policies which excessively limit open access of information by students (and in many cases, also teachers) and which fail…

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How to Become a Google Certified Trainer (6 Steps) – Education Article

How to Become a Google Certified Trainer (6 Steps) One of the most common questions I receive is about how to become a Google Certified Trainer. So I have put together this infographic, video, and ebook, detailing the six steps to becoming a Google for Education Certified Trainer. When people ask me how I got to this level in my career, I always tell them that becoming a Google Certified Trainer changed EVERYTHING! My mission is to help as many…

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I did it! Google Certified Innovator #SYD19 – Mr. Hill’s Musings – Education Article

On Tuesday afternoon, I received an email from the Certified Innovator Program with ‘congratulations’ in the subject. I couldn’t believe it. I read the whole email twice just to make sure I hadn’t misinterpreted. Without thinking, I then slammed my hand on the desk in celebration (to the shock of the colleagues around me). I don’t recall any other email or piece of news ever making me feel that overjoyed! Five days later, I’m still pinching myself! I’m going to…

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Things I Wish My Teacher Knew… – SULS007 – Education Article

Ready for our very first student interview? This is it! Today’s student guest is Camden, an amazing, high-achieving 10-year-old fifth grader at H.E. Bonner Elementary in Moncks Corner, South Carolina. Camden is one of those delightful students who loves learning new things. One of her favorite parts of going to school, in fact, is learning! (Another of her favorite things about school is seeing her friends.) Even though she loves school, there’s one thing Camden wishes she could change: she…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

This is a review of the “Google WiFi system, 3-Pack – Router replacement for whole home coverage” (NLS-1304-25) product which I posted to Amazon today. I have been wanting to purchase a mesh Wi-Fi system at home for many months, and finally pulled the trigger last month. Wow what a difference this makes! With our previous “Apple AirPort Extreme” router and WiFi unit, I could get a maximum of about 30 Mbps down in our living room, even though our…

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25 Ways to Use Audio in Google Slides Projects – Education Article

Are you ready to use audio in Google Slides? One of the most common questions that I get is how to insert audio in Google Slides, a feature that many have missed after leaving PowerPoint. There are workarounds, but those never really satisfied our needs in the classroom. But the wait is over, my friends! Rolling out in April 2019 is the ability to insert audio into your Google Slides presentations and projects! Hooray!!! This gives us even more reasons…

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How to Make a Copy of Google Files – Education Article

See a great Google Doc or Slide deck that you want to use? MAKE A COPY! How to Make a Copy of Google Files IS A MUST-HAVE GOOGLE SKILL! If you are a Google-using educator, you must know how to make a copy of Google files. When you come across a Google file that has been made available for you to view, chances are, you can make your own copy and save it to your own Google Drive. So instead…

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Chromebook and Home Computer Advice for Parents (Dec 2018) – Education Article

As a school director of technology as well as a known “tech geek” at other places we frequent like our church, I’m often asked for advice about purchasing computers for kids at holiday time. I’m also frequently asked about Internet filtering, Internet safety, and topics falling under the general topic of “digital citizenship.” (Last spring I shared a few presentations about these topics at both school and church.) Whether we’re talking about technology purchases, parenting, or just about anything else,…

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5 Ways to Use the Google Docs Explore Tool – Education Article

The Google Docs Explore tool brings you quick access to your Drive files, web search, images, recommendations and more. Explore is available in Docs, Sheets, and Slides and it uses machine learning to try to predict the things you need as you compose and create. The features vary across applications so this post will focus on how this tool works inside Google Docs. In this post, you will learn 5 Ways to Use the Google Docs Explore Tool. The Explore…

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How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites – Education Article

Let’s Talk About How to Create Powerful Student ePortfolios with Google Sites! Online student portfolios are a great way to showcase student work and show growth over time. Google Sites is the perfect tools for you and your students to create ePortfolios. Yes, folks, we are officially dropping the “e” from ePortfolios. Since digital is part of everything we do, there is no need to differentiate. In this post, we are using the more appropriate term, “Portfolios.” Google Sites talks…

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Winter Magnetic Poetry with Google Slides – Education Article

Let’s have some fun with Winter Magnetic Poetry with Google Slides!   Winter is coming! Well, at least for some of you. Things are still pretty warm here in Texas! This is the third installment of magnetic poetry templates that I have shared. Magnetic Poetry Lynn Kleinmeyer’s Students Using Winter Magnetic Poetry What is Magnetic Poetry? This digital template takes the idea from the original refrigerator magnet game, where you are challenged to write poetry, phrases, sentences, or even stories…

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How to Edit Images in Google Docs and Slides – Education Article

Did you know you can edit images inside Google Docs and Slides? In just a few clicks, you and your students can add some pizazz to your images in Google Docs and Google Slides! Editing the images gives you the ability to add a professional touch to your presentations and documents. These tips may seem like a secret because some of these features are a bit hidden, but once you see the possibilities, your docs and slides will never be…

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Student “Play of the Week” with Google Slides (FREE Template) – Education Article

Every student is an MVP! Share their success through the Student “Play of the Week,” with Google Slides. It’s so important that we celebrate student success and help every student to feel like an MVP of the classroom. Below is a guest post from Pam Hubler, sharing a super fun way to get students recognizing accomplishments and sharing their success. We’ve all heard the phrase “Play of the Week” used in sports around the world. The purpose is to highlight…

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Moving at the Speed of Creativity – Education Article

Technology is not magic, but Steve Jobs was correct when he described the iPad as “a magical device” in 2010. Combined with the Apple Pencil, which feels like a wand from the wizarding world of Harry Potter, an iPad and the Google Home smart assistant make me feel like I’m truly living at Hogwarts. The powers these digital devices put at my fingertips and on the tip of my tongue to control my environment and extend the reach of my…

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