Summer PD anyone?

Inexpensive professional development is happening at the Lake County ROE all summer long – if you’re interested, take a look at what’s going on! Link to summer sessions is here. (For those interested in becoming Google Certified Educators but who want a little guidance – there are training sessions in late July!)
And if there’s a tech skill you’d like to work on over the summer and need my help – please email me and we can meet at school! I’d love to help you or your department try something new next year!

Hipster Google 2 has dropped!



Hipster Google 2: More Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of is the sequel to the popular-in-edtech-circles Hipster Google. There are twenty-two Google-based ideas in this post, but there’s something for everyone! Music teachers! Science teachers! Math teachers! Humanities teachers! ALL THE TEACHERS. My two favorites are Just a Line, an augmented reality app for your phone (iOS or Android) that lets you draw on your environment, and LIFE Tags, which gives students quick access from the LIFE magazine photo database from 1936-2000. (In my heart, I lived through World War II and the Great Depression. My favorite periodical is Reminisce magazine.) Set aside a few minutes to explore here! Your students will thank you!

Come see me at ICE!

ICE Presenter Badge.jpgCome see me present on creating an instructional technology website that has evolved with our school’s 1:1 program. The ICE conference is the best there is (better than ISTE in my opinion) – and it’s not just for tech coaches! Teachers in every discipline will find a session that speaks to them. Check out the class offerings and sign up before Feb. 1 for earlybird pricing!

Want something a little more low key? The regional ICE chapter is having a one-day conference on January 26…and if you look at the list of sessions, you’ll find one led by our own Greg Schwab!

Summer reading anyone?

noun_38465_ccThis is a nice roundup of summer reading by Hapara. Super-saver tip: reserve books you’d like to read through your public library using Overdrive – and then download them to your (iPad, Kindle, tablet, laptop, etc.) for free! More money for suntan lotion!

Appointment Slots & Calendar Sharing in Google Calendar

A few weeks ago, I presented at the Illinois Computing Educators Conference on using Google Calendar. We also had a Lunch & Learn on the topic. Here is the slide presentation that I shared. If you go through it, you can learn:

    • The basic anatomy of a Google Calendar
    • How to create and invited people to events
    • Use appointment slots for students or parents to sign up to see you before/after school
    • Share a calendar with an audience
    • Create a calendar for collaboration among many people
    • Create and use Resource Rooms