Wednesday, June 11, 2014

3rd Grade Google Presentations

I am posting this here because I have to admit, I'm a bit proud of it. I introduced students to Google Apps for Education (GAFE) this year, in grades 3-5. It's been a long process, but as the school year approaches the fruits of our labor are starting to show.

With 3rd grade I focused on Documents and Presentations. First basic Document use like writing and formatting, then sharing, commenting, and collaborating. We then moved to Presentations. As 4th graders they will use Presentations in Science and with their classroom teacher (on class Chromebooks) so I wanted to give them a good baseline of how to create a Presentation.

We are now wrapping up the year and beginning to publish. And by publish I mean using the "Publish to the web" feature in Drive and posting it on the computer lab blog. And now this blog too. True digital publishing.

It's been a wild ride this year, getting over 400 students up and running on GAFE, as well as implementing over 100 Chromebooks in those grades. But it's been well worth it.

I will be updating this post as more student finish, but I am very proud of the work my 3rd graders have done so I felt compelled to show it off on this blog too...

Monday, June 9, 2014

PARCC testing? No worries, page wont load...

PARCC

The Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career.

Essentially taking the good ol' Scantron bubble sheets of my youth and putting all standardized testing online. Awesome. Saves paper. Quicker return of data. Fantastic.

It'll never happen.

Or at least not soon.

Here's a quick breakdown of why I think PARCC testing is years and years away...

Fear. The great motivator

Warning: this post contains a wee bit of snark and sarcasm, proceed with caution



Here in New York City we are about to administer a 5th grade "field test" on behalf of the curriculum publisher we use.

This morning I wondered aloud, "what if we don't do it?"

The initial response I got was a blank stare.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

DropItTo.me - a "must have" Dropbox add-on

Dropbox is amazing.

It is.

Google Drive is great, don't get me wrong. Apple's new announcement, iCloud Drive, seems like it could be killer too. But at this point, Dropbox is the king of cloud storage, in my opinion. It's easy, doesn't care about file formats, simple to share, easy to navigate. It's the market leader for a reason.

My favorite Dropbox add-on is DropItTo.me. DropItTo.me is a 3rd-party, web-based application that links to your Dropbox account.