Going One2One – 10 Weeks In!

We just passed our tenth week of going One2One with our 5th and 6th graders and two full elementary schools.  And I have to say, I could not be more excited about the great things that our staff is doing with our students and the technology.  The goals for this year (the first year of…

Looking for Engaging EdTech tools for the end of the school year?

Every teacher knows that when the weather warms up the students’ attention levels goes down.  So here are few EdTech tools that you can use in your classroom to keep your student engaged until the end of the school year! Kahoot! A GAME-BASED CLASSROOM RESPONSE SYSTEM FOR SCHOOLS, UNIVERSITIES, & BUSINESSES ASK THOUGHT PROVOKING QUESTIONS – Which…

5 Ways to Engage Parents Using Google Drive

Guest post by April Smith One of my goals at the beginning of this school year was parent engagement. In the past, our school has sent home between 3-5 flyers every week trying to get parents involved, with little success. I was frustrated with how much work I was putting into communicating with the parents,…

Going Google………..

Over this weekend we will be transitioning all of our staff members over to Google.  On Monday you will be able to read, receive and send emails through Google with your @plsd.us account.  It will take about a week for us to migrate all of the emails from FirstClass over to Google.  Some users might…

Six Productivity Apps You’ll Never Want to be Without

Article by BRITTANY HODAK, Young Entrepreneur Council (The Globe and Mail) These apps will save you hours and headaches. In entrepreneurship and in life, the most valuable commodity is time. There’s never enough of it, and yet a staggering amount is spent doing the mundane tasks that come with running a business day to day. I hate…

5 Ways that School Administrators and Teacher Leaders can use Google Apps

One of the most powerful ways that administrators can encourage their faculty to adopt new technologies in their classroom and curriculum is by modeling effective application of new digital tools. With Google Apps for Education, there are many tools that are helpful for administrative tasks, providing a number of ways to effectively model technology usage…

What Every Teacher Needs to Know about Google in the Classroom

Article from Digital Chalk – By Jessica Sanders Google just might change the way you teach—in a good way. It makes grading more efficient, enriches the classroom experience, and allows you to connect with your students on a level they understand—all for free. “After making a full Google Docs integration this year in my history…

5 Tips on Using Google Apps for Meetings

As technology continues to change how we work, one of the main holdovers refuses to go away. While meetings undoubtably serve a very important purpose, many people find themselves wasting time and desperately searching for alternatives. Fortunately for you, Google Apps provides a ton of options for improving the meeting experience from the planning /…

How to Create Links Pages in Google Sites

Many of our school buildings have created a links homepage for students in FirstClass.  As we transition into Google here is a simple way to recreate that homepage in a matter of mere minutes!

Going Google 301 Staff Toolkit

The final installment of the Going Google Staff Toolkit video series features the 301 versions of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Classroom, and Google Drive.  These videos will show advanced features, skills and processes of the Google Apps for Education suite of applications. Gmail 301 Google Calendar 301 Google Classroom 301 Google Drive 301