Google Forms Shortcuts

Are you using Google Forms to beef up your students research and critical thinking skills? Are you creating and using Forms to quickly check for understanding of the content you are delivering to them? (Hint:  AutoQuiz) This is a nice list of shortcuts to use for the Chromebook, PC, or Mac, to save some time.  For classroom use, print this list out and post it on the wall (or use your projector)  while your students are using their Chromebooks.  Another option is to put it as a Resource Topic in your Google Classroom for easy reference.  Remember that new fancy Topics feature I told you about last time?  If you forgot, find the Technology Integration Ideas #16 email or go to the December 6 entry on the TTCC Blog.


Another New Google Classroom Feature

OK, this one is BIG.  Thanks to Shelly, you now have the ability to link your Google Classroom to Aeries!  Yep, once you manually press one of two buttons, new students will automatically be added and students who leave will be taken out.  There is also the ability to link assignments to automatically be added to Aeries.  I am working on training videos to walk you through the processes, but if you cannot wait … book me for a personalized walk through.

         Are Your Students Infotectives?

An infotective is a student thinker capable of asking great questions about data (with analysis) in order to convert the data into information and eventually into insight. This student is a skilled thinker, researcher and inventor.  Jamie McKenzie, How Teachers Learn Technology Best


The IT Side of Life

As you may have heard by now, Luis G and Anthony are our very capable and experienced IT techs available to fix any issue you may have with any technology device, while it is my job and good pleasure to offer training or moral support needed to use those devices.  There will now be a tech tip from them in each of these emails to help you keep your devices and sanity in tip top shape.  Here is the first one:

The time may come one day that your computer crashes and all of those Word documents and other important teaching files will vanish without a trace.  Do you have a current and ongoing backup plan for your data?  The simplest way to get started is to have all of your data files in one folder and then back that up (copy) to a flash (usb) drive or your Google Drive at least once per week.  It can become an easy, two minute task that just might save you an incredible amount of stress and work having to recreate those important documents.