Aug 12, 2016

SMART = Starbucks

SMART Technologies is currently looking for educators to complete a roughly 15-minute survey about your teaching style and how you create and use lesson content.  They don't even care if you use a SMART product or not...they'll even give you a $5 Starbucks gift card for completing the survey.  Take the survey's open through 8/26, but with a limited number of spots.

Jul 20, 2016

New Google Sites Finally on the Horizon

In their June update, the Google Apps for Work blog released news that a new Google Sites is in the workflow to be released in the near future.

The new version of software boasts the ability to build sites that are both beautiful and functional while integrating the much-needed drag-and-drop interface.  Collaboration is made easier by incorporating the already easy-to-use platform found in Google Drive.

In addition, the new software will include new themes and templates that will scale to fit any screen size and device.  I think that feature along with the drag-and-drop interface will be a welcomed improvement.  Thank you, Google!

No release date as of the blog post, but keep your eyes peeled.

May 17, 2016

Web Literacy Framework: Mozilla Learning Network

The Mozilla Learning Network recently released an interactive Web Literacy Framework that not only identifies the 21st Century skills surrounding web literacy but also provides links to authentic activities that will help support teachers in the classroom.  The framework associates web literacy with three essential skills for learning: reading, writing, and participation.  The framework then extends to 21st Century skills off each of the essential three.  As you click on each skill you are provided with additional information regarding the skill, certain competencies that should be achieved and several activities that can be utilized to help students achieve greater web literacy.

May 11, 2016

Sync Audiobooks: Free Summer Audiobook Program

Listening to a good book can be just as rewarding and educational as reading one.  For some people audiobooks are a great way to build confidence if they are typically a struggling reader.  For those of you who are never great at sticking with summer reading, are looking to get someone interested in reading or just wants a change of venue, give audiobooks a try.  Sync Audiobooks is once again offering a free summer audiobook program for teens (13+).  It all starts May 5th and runs through August 17th with Sync releasing a paired set of audiobooks each week.  Check it out here!

Apr 19, 2016

Uploading Files and Folders to Google Drive

Here's a brief demo on uploading files and entire folders to Google Drive so you can edit, share and collaborate.  It's the perfect time for spring cleaning...get your files that are only available from one computer into Drive and access them from anywhere.