July 30, 2015

Chromebook Management Console

The other day I got an email from a teacher requesting information about Google's  Chromebook Management Console. Her school is deploying Chromebooks and she had some questions about the Chromebook Management Console and how many licenses were needed. Her question had a couple of layers one being managing devices and the other dealt more with filtering websites on the new devices.

Management Console

  • Admins manage devices using a browser, preferably Chrome
  • one time license purchase per device
  • license good for the life of the device
  • allows Admins to manage users
  • configure Chrome features
  • Admis can add Chrome extensions & apps to some or all devices
  • manage devices by organizational unit

Security and Filtering Sites
Feedback I received from several Google+ friends unanimously suggest using GoGuardian to manage website access. GoGuardian filters work even off campus. when the student takes the device home. This is a real plus when you are extending the learning outside the classroom.

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July 18, 2015

Slides Carnival - Google Sllides Templates

Are you looking for something different to spice up your presentations? Want to use Google Slides but can't seem to find a template or theme that works for your project? Slides Carnival might be just the thing you are looking for to get your presentations noticed. Slides Carnival has thirty-five templates to choose from ranging from Formal to Playful. Each template includes over 20 different slide layouts. You have the option to customize the template to fit your needs. I simply move the slides I do not want to use to the end of the presentation. If I change my mind, I can easily move the slide up in the presentation. When my presentations are complete I delete the unused slides leaving my presentation and the Credit Slides. All of the templates are free to download and edit. When downloaded the templates are added to your Drive. Make sure to make a copy of the template before you start to edit. Please be sure not to delete the Credit Slides. The developers of the site have gone through great lengths to put these templates together, please give them the proper credit.

In June I needed three presentations for elementary and secondary teachers in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. When I came across Slides Carnival during the winter, I bookmarked it and made my notes so I could revisit Slides Carnival when I needed to prepare something special.

As a presenter at the Connelly Foundation's PACT Summer Tech Academy, I collaborated with co-presenter Preston Tyrrell. Together we built Advanced Google Docs using the Nathaniel Presentation Template.  The following week I needed two presentations for our Secondary Tech Academy. Bill Brannick, Director of Technology for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia decided to use it to create his Welcome presentation. Bill used the Banquo Presentation Template. For my first presentation titled Google Classroom + Doctopus + Goobric I used the Imogen Presentation Template. The second presentation was titled Online Assessment Tools created using the Timon Presentation Template.

If you need a slides presentation and are looking for something different check out Slides Carnival to move your presentations to the next level.  If you decide to give Slides Carnival a try, please stop back and share your experience in the comment section.

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July 14, 2015

Google for Education Adds Whitelist Domain for Google Classroom

This is big for schools that have one domain for teachers and another for students. Now you can whitelist the domains and have teachers invite students to a class even though they are in a different domain. This was the case at my school. When I used classroom this year I needed to have an account in the student domain. This link explains how to set up the whitelist. Make sure you perform the "add domain" to each domain. If you don't whitelist both domains students will not be able to share files from their teacher.

I performed this task today on my school's two domains. Teachers are on fatherjudge.com and students are on fatherjudgestudent.com. The process took maybe five minutes to do both domains. I enrolled students from the fatherjudgestudent.com domain into a Test Class I created with my fatherjudge.com account. After joining the class, students were able to create a document in an assignment. The document then appeared in the assignment folder in the class folder in my teacher account's Drive. This is what we have been waiting for to hitch our horse the Google Classroom wagon.

July 13, 2015

Google Trainer Application in the Works

This time last year I was preparing to take the Google Educator Certification exams. I spent the summer preparing and started taking the exams in mid-August and finished on September 9th. I chose to go with Chrome as my fifth test since I seem to live in the Chrome browser.

Now it is time to take the next step, Google for Education Certified Trainer. Three weeks ago I started preparing my application. I have my Google Educator Certificate and completed my training resume along with my case study. Now I am spending time planning and working on my 3 minute video highlighting my training style.

If you are a Google for Education Trainer or have previously applied, I would like to hear from you. Any an all suggestions are welcome. Thanks in advance.

July 9, 2015

Smartphones: From Toy to Tool | Edutopia

More and more students are beginning to harness the power of their cell phone. Advertising agencies market today's cell phones as "Smartphones".  Are they all they are hyped up to be or is the phone only as "Smart" as the person using it?

This Edutopia post from December 2014, Smartphones: From Toy to Tool | Edutopia, gives us a glimpse into how students can use their phones for educational purposes.

This is a nice post on integrating your students' smartphones into your lessons.
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