Let Students Choose

I was asked to write a guest blog post for EdTechTeam. I was honored to do so. The blog post was titled "Let Students Choose" and focused on letting students choose the technology tool that will highlight their talents, instead of forcing them to use a tool for the sake of using that tool. Below is the link to the blog post! I hope you enjoy!

EdTechTeam: Let Students Choose! Highlighting Talents with Student Choice

2017 TPS Innovation Academy Summer Camp

Today was the final day of our Topeka Public Schools Innovation Academy Summer Camp. Our Innovation Academy is a group of teachers who are technology leaders in their respective buildings. These teachers spent four days learning how to use and discussing how to integrate several tools into their classrooms. Tools our Innovation Academy members are excited to use include:
Flipgrid, Recap, and ScreencastifyDotStorming.comPearDeck.comBigHugeLabs.comGreenScreening with TouchCast Studio iPad appKeynote and iMovieGoogle MyMaps and TourBuilderDigital BreakoutsAnd deciding which SAMR level different classroom activities fall into.Thanks for a great week #TPSInnovationAcademy

Force users to make a copy of a document

I share a lot of documents with people. Either teachers I work with in my district or educators I talk to at conferences. I also share a lot of resources on my district training site. One thing I've started doing recently is forcing people to make a copy of a document, so they automatically get a copy of the resources or HyperDoc saved into their Google Drive folder. Here is how you do that"
1. Make the document available so anyone with the link can view. 2. Copy the share link

3. Open a new tab in Chrome and paste the copied link in the address bar 4. At the end of the URL, delete everything up to the backslash ( / ) 5. Type the word "copy" after the /  6. Copy the new link (or shorten it) and share the link on your site, blog, presentation, via email. 7. When someone clicks on the new link they will be forced click the "Make a copy" button to access the file and that copy will be saved to their Google Drive folder. 

8. Note: New copies of the original are being …

Alice Keeler's AnyoneCanView Chrome Extension

Changing the view / share settings of a Google document is rather easy, but takes a few clicks to get the settings changed. 

Now there is a Chrome extension that will change the view permissions of a Google Docs (or Slides, Sheet, and Drawing) with one click of the mouse. That extension is called "Alice Keeler AnyoneCanView

With the click of the mouse button you can change your Private doc into a doc that anyone with the link can view. This is very handy when you share a lot of files with people outside of you school district or post files on your website or blog. The video below shows how the extension works.

My good friend Gail Ramirez put together a HyperDoc with some more information about this extension.

I didn't know Google Forms could do that!

There are several advanced features of Google Forms that you may not know are available to you. All of these settings are built into Google Forms and are not part of any Addons.

Upload a file within the form
There is a new question option for Google Forms. You can know set up a question where the user can upload a file.
The owner of the form can allow 1, 5, or 10 files uploaded at once. They can also set the max file size with 10MB as the default size. The files are uploaded to a folder in the owner's Google Drive folder and on the Form response spreadsheet there will be a link to the file.

Password protect a form

Forms can be password protected for security reasons as well as for creating digital breakout games. Passwords can be words, numbers, or a combo of both. Reasons to password protect a form:
Quizzes so random student doesn’t take it.Digital breakout gamesForms for specific staff membersShare info with specific people (parents)Check answers on a practice quiz
Add pictures to qu…

Intro to SAMR

Thank you to Gail Ramirez for the SAMR examples and explanations. See our SAMR site here with more information about SAMR.What is SAMR?The SAMR teaching model was designed by Dr. Ruben Puentedura. This model helps teachers create lessons / activities that increase student critial thinking and transform their learning experiences.

SAMR stands for Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, & Redefinition. In the SAMR model teachers can reflect on their lessons / activities and use this guide to improve the student's learning experience. Moving to the next level on the SAMR model is not easy for teachers. They must be willing to take chances and step out of their comfort zone in order to make the jump to the next level.

Examples of moving to the next level.Below are some examples of what each level of SAMR looks likes. You may find when looking at your own lessons that trying to move up a level is not appropriate for the activity. That is OK. Not everything you do in your classroom …