Tuesday, August 6, 2019

Google Classroom in 7 Slides



Updated version of the Google Classroom presentation. Still good, but now in less Slides!

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Sharing in Shared Drives



So you are using Team Drives and you decide that you want to share a file, but you don't want everyone to be able to edit -- how? This presentation will walk you through changing the share settings on an individual item in a Team Drive.

Thursday, May 16, 2019

A Calendar Catalog for School



Google Calendars are great for a variety of reasons, but one thing I have noticed is that sometimes at the beginning of the school year (and even during) some people don't end up getting access to all of the calendars they need in an easy way. After thinking about the whole situation for a long time (and very annoyingly re-sharing links and changing sharing options), I came across the a Google solution -- use Sheets to share them.

The presentation will walk people through the process of sharing their calendars this way. The journey starts in the settings for the calendar you want to share with multiple people. First decide what level of permission is required. Is it a calendar that needs to be shared publicly? Is it a calendar that only needs to be shared within your domain? That will determine which option to pick. Then copy the sharable link. If you are using Team Drives, you can place the Sheet in a Team Drive where everyone will have access. If you are not using Team Drives, you can go old school and share it with a group email. My Sheet has three basic columns -- Title of Calendar, Brief Description, Direct Link to Calendar. I broke my Sheet down with four tabs, one for each of the following groups: Whole School, First Program, Middle School, and High School. Teachers/Admin add links to their calendars that need to be shared and teachers go and add the calendars they need. If someone somehow or someway lose access, they simply go back to the Sheet and get the link.

Tuesday, May 14, 2019

Podcasts, podcasts, podcasts

It finally happened... I've been converted into a podcast listener. I fought it for a long, long time, but after discussions with several people I admire -- I decided to give podcasts a try and now I'm hooked on them. So I want to thank some people who continued talking about podcasts and spiked my curiosity about trying them. Jenn Webb is really a big consumer of podcasts and kept mentioning them to me off and on while hanging out. Jenn is a very smart woman, so I was starting to think to myself, "I need to check out some podcasts." Then Tanya LeClair (@TanyaLeClair) started talking me about all the podcasts she listens to during a week and I thought, "Hmmmm... Tanya is also super smart. Now I need to start listening to podcasts for sure." So thank you to all of the people who shared their favorite podcasts with me or who continued talking about podcasts with me even when I was rolling my eyes at you.

Here are a list of the podcasts I have started listening to in the last month (in no particular order).

The Daily -- News from the New York Times.
Change the Narrative -- Michael Hernandez interviews educational thought leaders; some guests include Michael Torres {@michaeltorres_1} and Keri-Lee Beasley {@klbeasley}.
Reply All -- Analyzes the internet and how is it impacting our lives as humans.
Just Between Us -- This one is a guilty pleasure. Allison Raskin and Gabby Dunn are simply amazing to listen to as they explore life, love, and sexuality. Mature content.
Death, Sex, & Money -- Title says it all -- exploration of three of life's most challenging topics.
Stuff You Should Know -- Chuck Bryant and Josh Clark explain how a variety of objects work.
Note to Self -- Another podcast that looks at the internet and technology and how we can manage them.
Criminal -- Another one in my guilty pleasures list; I've been a big fan of true crime TV shows and his podcast is amazing. Each episode looks at a real-life crime and how the victims and perpetrators handled the fall out of the event.
TED Talks Daily -- If you aren't familiar with TED Talks by now, you have probably been living under a rock. Incredible experts from a wide range of specialities share a window to their passions.
Should This Exist -- Inventors and scientists share their inventions or discoveries and the host put the question to them, "Should this exist?" The possible dark side those inventions and discoveries are explored.
The Art of Manliness -- Comes a masculinity from some quite surprising directions and the topics cover a very wide variety of subjects. Another guilty pleasure, but recommended.
The Last Podcast on the Left -- Three comedians basically go crazy on the air. To call this podcast weird is an understatement for sure. Mature content.

Monday, April 29, 2019

Google Calendar Just Got Better!

Google Calendar just get better! "How?" you ask. Now you can add guests, locations, and descriptions from the initial event creation window. Check the screenshot! Super cool and easy to use. Have fun!

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Audio Now Available in Slides



My domain is on rapid release, so if you don't have it in your Slides yet... Be patient -- audio is coming!