Friday, August 29, 2014

Shorten the URL

What you don't know can hurt could get that wrist thingy by typing in too many characters of a web address!  My favorite URL shortner is .  Try it, you'll like it!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Back in the saddle!

Day 1 of my new journey at Billings Senior High School was a KaHOOT!
Day one was Awesome click the lick to see how I kicked off Advanced Computer Apps and gave the old business some new business.

Using Shared Folders

Do you want your kids to start using Drive to turn in assignments but need help with folder organization?  Use these step by step instructions to have students create a shared folder with you, their teacher, as well as directions to help you organize.
For more Chrome resources check out the Middle School Chromebook and Elementary Chromebook page created by BPS teachers and your TIS team.

More great resources: Shake Up Learning

Sunday, August 10, 2014


Excited for the 2014 Montana Tech Summit

See my training materials here 

Google Teacher Academy Presentation

As most know I was lucky enough to go to the Google Teacher Academy in Mountain View; tomorrow I will present the experience at the MCCE Tech Summit.  I hope watching the linked out slides help you start your own Moonshot.

 GTA Hyperdoced Presentation

Thursday, August 7, 2014

Padlet has a Chrome Extension

Wow, one of my favorite tools Padlet has gotten even better. It now has a Padlet Chrome Extension so inquiry projects, reading and searching to create an amazing "anything" is easier.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Google Classroom

Move over Edmodo and Schoology in SD#2; Google Classroom might kick you out of the arena!

Favorites of Classroom:

  • Easy-it should require no PD for even the most novice teachers
  • Turn In Button-YES, you read me right!  If a teacher sets up classroom their students will have a "turn in" button inside their drive!
  • Folders!-Classroom will automatically create folders for students and teachers and assignments will be filtered.  No more drive disorganization!
  • Seamless-it seamlessly works with Drive
  • Any device-it is agnostic
  • The lead on the project was an actual classroom teacher at one time...Power to the Teachers
Concerns to Deal With:
  • Teachers and students must be on the same domain.  Therefore in my district this will take some logistical magic by our wonderful Domain Administrator, Malachi
  • It's following the Google philosophy of iteration, therefore it's a work in progress
Don't worry if you haven't been invited yet they are batching out invites, but by September it should be available!  

GTA Blues

The worst part about finishing a Google Teacher Academy event is the constant desire to work on innovation...I have a vacation to go to and this desire to "Google" is cutting in. In reflection the event was well worth it and I feel re-invigorated to share technology integration!

The network of past GCT's that have already networked, offered support and opportunities in a mere 24 hours is astounding.  Doors opening and ideas are flowing.

Agenda overview of GTA