Using Google Meet in Google Classroom

Google is currently making fixes to address the glitches in Google Meet: students joining a Meet before the teacher starts it, students being able to mute or remove the teacher and others, and students rejoining a Meet. Google Meet is also now integrated with Google Classroom. These changes are slowly rolling out. Continue to create nicknamed Meets, which will eventually enable the student restrictions. Check out the videos below from @ericcurts and @rangathetrainer for sneak peeks and to learn about the new features.

Coronavirus Updates and Resources

Governor Kate Brown announced a statewide school closure for students in Oregon from Monday, March 16 through Tuesday, April 28. Read more information and see regular updates here.

PPS Coronavirus Updates
As the United States and rest of the world deal with the outbreak of COVID-19, commonly called the Coronavirus, Portland Public Schools is closely monitoring the situation and is making updates and resources available to our families and staff. Below are updates we have sent, via email, to our families on COVID-19.

Extended Spring Break Home Learning Resources
Above students and parents will find a collection of links to learning activities. The “CLEVER” icon will link students to a familiar Clever Student Portal with links to many learning applications from the classroom. Clever will require that students log in using their PPS user name ( and password. If your students has forgotten their logon info, parents can email to request info by email. Please be sure email from an email address listed on your child’s registration, provide your student’s first, last name, date of birth, and parents full name on record.

The grade level activity links are curated lists of additional fun, creative, and engaging learning activities students will enjoy. Most of these will not require students to log in with their PPS account.

Online Learning & Tips for Teachers
Check out this webpage for a compiled list of webinars about distance learning, as well as as some other teacher resources.

PPS is transitioning from O365/Outlook to Gmail

March 2 – BESC Staff & Early Adopters
This group will have Gmail and Google Calendar running alongside their Outlook email. Staff have the option of working in either platform but it is recommended to use one in order to minimize confusion.

March 23 – All Staff & 9-12 Grade Students
All users with existing PPS Email and Calendar services including students in grades 9-12 will be transitioned to Gmail and Google Calendar. After April 6, 2020, access to Outlook email and calendar will no longer be supported.

More info and FAQs available at

End-of-Year Google Classroom Cleanup Tips

Check out these great end-of-year Google Classroom cleanup tips from Eric Curts. He also includes a podcast version and a video version in the link above. 

As the school year winds down, most teachers go through some sort of check-out procedure for their physical classrooms, making sure everything is properly organized or put away for the summer. In much the same way, you may want to do some clean-up and close-out steps for your digital classroom … Google Classroom.

Free Summer PD! Save the Date for Camp Chromebook, June 19, 2019

Join us for another Camp Chromebook on Wednesday, June 19, 2019 at Northwest Regional ESD in Hillsboro, OR. This is a *free* professional learning opportunity for any educators interested in learning more about Google Apps and G Suite for Education tools and how to integrate them into your classroom instruction using best practices and relevant strategies. All levels welcome. Sessions will be posted on the website when the schedule is finalized.

Register here for the event to save your spot! We also need volunteers to facilitate sessions–do that here. ALL educators are welcome. Please help us spread the word and share this with any interested colleagues. 

About the camp:

  • Will run from 8am – 1pm for a full day of fun.
  • Bring your own device (Chromebook or laptop recommended).
  • Four session times, each one 55 minutes long.
  • Each session time slot will have multiple workshops to choose from, you pick what you want to learn more about.
  • PDUs will be available.
  • Visit the Camp Chromebook website for more information.

Technology Advent Calendar

Here is a Tech Advent Calendar for 2018:  from my colleague @herrplatt. Have fun exploring each day which follows the theme of student voice. Also, check out the 2018 Digital Wellbeing Advent Calendar where a new positive strategy on how to live well with the web, social media and your smartphone is shared.

Screen Shot 2018-12-11 at 3.27.02 PM

Live from ISTE: 12 Google for Education launches to save time for creativity

On the first day of ISTE, Google for Education gives to you: 12 updates to help teachers save time and spark creativity in their students. By releasing educators of time-consuming tasks, these new features and tools will enhance teachers’ ability to organize courses, increase collaboration with students, and unleash creativity in the classroom.

Check out the full post.