Scam Alert: Be Careful of Clicking on Links in an Email


A few weeks ago I posted a digital citizenship post suggesting that we teach our students to hover over a link before clicking on it. One way scammers try to fool you is to create emails or websites that look legitimate when they are not. This morning I received an email telling me that I […]

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Signing into Google Accounts – No Necessary

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When I sign into Gmail, Google Drive, YouTube, set up a Google Account on my tablet or phone, etc… I do NOT include the in my email address. If you have a Google Apps domain or something other than you DO have to include the entire email address when signing in. Like this:Like […]

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4 Chrome Extensions for Teachers – May 2015

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SimpleExtManager  If you are like me, you have way way way too many Chrome extensions. The more extension you have, the more likely you are to run into your browser crashing or running slowly. SimpleExtManager allows you to toggle your Chrome extensions on and off. For those extensions that you use less regularly you can […]

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Google Classroom: Giving Quiet Students a Voice

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When starting a class discussion I am a big advocate for starting it digitally. Getting initial input on a digital platform gives every student, in particular the quiet students, a voice. Giving students a few minutes to thoughtfully consider their answer will elicit higher quality responses. There are many digital platforms to allow students to […]

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Snagit: Screenshot Master

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I am frequently asked how I make my screenshots here on Teacher Tech. The majority of my screenshots are from the program Snagit by TechSmith. Hands down one of my favorite products. In my opinion, a must have for all teachers. Win a Copy I asked TechSmith if I could give away a copy of […]

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Google Classroom: Do Not Go Digital

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Recently I was in a teacher’s classroom and she was showing off these awesome geometry town projects her students had created. She gleefully told me how much fun the students had being creative in designing their town. Some students took the assignment well beyond the minimum requirements and even started to devise how the town […]

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Google Classroom: Summer EdTech Challenge

Summer EdTech Challenge Google Classroom

One of the things that can be a little confusing about Google Classroom is that the teacher side does not match the student side. It will be easier for teachers to understand how students interact with Google Classroom if the teachers participate in a Google Classroom class as a student. Using Google Classroom for professional […]

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EdTech Tool List

EdTech List

If you want some ideas for EdTech tools that teachers are using here is a list of tools you might want to try. The list is crowdsourced so if you have a favorite tool please add it to the list. If you have ideas for how to use a tool please add in teaching ideas. […]

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10 Things to Start with in Google Classroom

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In a nut shell, Google Classroom is Google Drive Management. It allows you to assign assignments and collect work from students. If you are just starting off with Google Classroom here are some things you will want to try first: 1. Create a Class When you first login you will be asked if you are a […]

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Microsoft Office: Customize Quick Access Toolbar

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In Microsoft Office products, you can customize the Quick Access Toolbar. This allows you to quickly choose the tasks you use most often. For example when using Microsoft PowerPoint I am frequently adding new slides. To add a new slide I go to the Home tab or the Insert tab on the Ribbon. Instead of […]

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Internet Safety: Hover Before you Click

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Recently I looked through my Spam folder in Gmail. So many of the messages were “spoofing.” This means the email LOOKED like it was from a legitimate company, but in reality it was someone trying to trick me into giving personal information or money. It is not just email where people try to trick me […]

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Google Classroom: Posting a Daily Warm-Up

Daily Warm Up Classroom and Forms

If you give a daily warm-up, you can use Google Classroom to facilitate the administration. Create a generic Google Form. Link to the live Form view in the “About” tab of Google Classroom. Have students use the same form every day to fill out the “5 a day.” Create a Google Form Go to Google […]

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Video Directions – Provide Text Also

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I am going to be honest; it drives me crazy when I want to look up how to do something and I have to watch a video in order to find the information I need. Videos talk slower than I can read. I can not skim a video. Too many times I watch a video […]

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50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom

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  I am excited to announce that the book “50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom” is now available for sale on Amazon. The book was co-authored by Libbi Miller who teaches with me at California State University Fresno. We both are users of and fans of Google Classroom. This book dives deeper than […]

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Google Classroom: LMS or NOT?

Google Classroom is not an LMS

I hear Google Classroom frequently referred to as an LMS. The question is…. “Is Google Classroom an LMS?” and “Can I use Google Classroom if I have an LMS?” LMS or CMS LMS stands for Learning Management System. Technically what most people refer to as an LMS is actually a CMS (Course Management System). An LMS […]

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