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.

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Keeping track of work in G Suite

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From the Google blog:

How many times have you worked in a document only to realize halfway through that you’re editing an outdated version? Beyond being frustrating, this can cause confusion and slow down your project. One of the great things about working in cloud-native tools like G Suite is that everything is automatically saved. You never have to worry if you’re working on the most up-to-date version of a document because your apps do that for you.

But for the times that you need to go back and see changes, it’s simple. Go to File > Version history > See version history and view a complete list of changes to your document in one place. You can restore previous versions of a document there, too.

Another trick is to simply click the text at the top of your navigation bar that says “last edit was…” or “all changes saved” in Google Docs. If you hover over that text, it will actually tell you what the last change to the document was and who made it. Or if you’re returning to a document, you can click “See new changes” and the Doc will highlight edits that have been made since your last visit.

Unlock the Power of Programming: Apply for a FREE Sphero Kit

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Sphero Edu is partnering with CodeFWD by Facebook, a free program for teachers and other adults working with 4th through 8th graders in the U.S. to inspire interest in the field of computer programming. For more information about CodeFWD click HERE.

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.

Save the Date: Camp Chromebook, June 20, 2018

Join us for Camp Chromebook on Wednesday, June 20, 2018 at Boise-Eliot/Humboldt School in Portland, OR. This is a *free* professional learning opportunity for anyone that is 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. Check back for the schedule to see the sessions that will be offered.

Register here for the event to save your spot! You can volunteer to facilitate a session here. Please share 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.
  • Use the hashtag #campchromebook to share your learning.
  • PDUs will be available.

edcampPDX This Saturday, March 10!

edcamppdx3417_01The next edcampPDX is scheduled for Saturday, March 10, 2018 at Lakeridge Junior High School, 4700 Jean Rd, Lake Oswego. You can register for FREE here. Please plan to go offsite for lunch or bring your own food and water bottle.

What is edcampPDX? 
An edcamp is an informal unconference-style day of professional development organized and given by the local participants with sessions determined at the time of the event. Connect with other educators to share innovative instructional strategies and technologies that transform education for all students. Arrive with an idea for a session that you would like to lead or a discussion you would like to have and be ready to learn.
Read more about EdcampPDX here.