Nov 1, 2017

Chrome Web App/Extension of the Week: Checkmark



Here's a Chrome Extension that didn't make it into my recent session at #caslceca17 and should have been included.  Checkmark by EdTechTeam is an awesome enhancement to Google Docs that allows educators to easily provide and manage grammar and content feedback to their student's writing.  Simply select text in a Google Doc and watch the magic!

Oct 30, 2017

Great Day at #CASLCECA17

Thank you to all @ctcasl @CECACT @CTEdTech educators who spent time with me today during one of my #caslceca17 sessions.  I truly appreciate it!  I hope the sessions got you excited about the myriad possibilities of the Chrome Web Store.  Don't forget to follow my blog at www.littlebytes.org.

Oct 23, 2017

Google Calendar Overhaul - Coming Soon to You

Google recently announced that they will be releasing a massive overhaul to the UI of their web-based calendar app.  The update, which is long overdue, boasts new event, calendar view, and settings features that will help users become more efficient in planning their daily, weekly and monthly appointments, events, and activities.

Most private Google accounts will be able to try the New Calendar now, while Education and Enterprise users will receive the rollout starting Nov. 14, 2017, for Rapid Release domains and Nov. 28, 2017, for Scheduled Release domains.

Additionally, new features such as improved room resource information, rich event descriptions, a side-by-side view will also be included in the update.  

The update is the latest from Google that focuses on its material design initiative to bring uniformity to all of its services.  Learn more about the Google Calendar enhancements...

Jun 16, 2017

Google Educator Bootcamp - August 1-4, 2017 - Hamden, CT


When: Tuesday, August 1 - 4, 2017, 8:30 am - 3:00 pm (45-minute lunch on own)
Where: ACES Professional Development Center, 205 Skiff Street, Hamden, CT 06517
Intended Audience: Classroom Teachers, Instructional Assistants, Counselors, Administrators, etc.
Instructor: Scott Conway, Google for Education Certified Trainer (www.edtechtraining.org)
What to Bring: Windows/Apple laptop or Chromebook REQUIRED
Registration Fee: $500 per attendee*
Payment Options: Credit card or purchase order at time of registration

* - additional $10 fee at time of exam registration via personal credit card required


Planned Program:
Join Ed Tech Training for an intensive, four-day bootcamp with a Google for Education Certified Trainer.  This four-day event will lead participants through each of the required Google Educator Level I content modules and culminate with the certification exam.

Day 1
The first day of the academy will focus on familiarity with the core services of G Suite such as Chrome, Gmail, Contacts, Calendar, and Drive.  These services provide the foundation for the entire platform and are critical to your ability to work with G Suite.

Day 2
The second day will bring us deep into Google Drive and explore its suite of productivity software known as Docs, Slides, Sheets, and Forms.  We will also tour Google Classroom and learn how to make it an integral part of your workflow.

Day 3
The third day of the academy will expand on the G Suite for Education platform into the following additional services available to educators: Sites, Google Plus, Hangouts, YouTube, Groups, Keep, and Google Play.

Day 4
The fourth day will afford participants the opportunity to review content from the previous three sessions in preparation for the exam, which will be taken the second half of the day.  The exam is 180 minutes in length and is broken into two parts: objective-style questions and practical application scenarios.

May 30, 2017

ClapMotion - Chrome Web App for Stop Motion Animation

 I recently had the opportunity to mentor a middle school student who was preparing to showcase his talents in a technology expo.  It was truly delightful to witness this student's exuberance for his craft.  Using only his smartphone, this student was able to create and curate hours of stop motion animation using Legos and other common toys.  With a prominent location in the expo, a display of his works of art and the ability for everyone to try their hand at the craft, his day was a huge success.

ClapMotion is a new Chrome Web App that you and your students can use to try your own hand at stop motion animation.  Give it a try today and let your students present their knowledge in a new and unique way.