Introducing Northern Buckeye Professional Learning Group!

NWOCA Instructional Services is excited to announce that we have changed our name to Northern Buckeye Professional Learning Group (PLG). The name is a reflection of our primary mission which is to provide professional learning opportunities to our member districts.

For many teachers, the term professional development unfortunately has negative connotations, we are on a mission to change that! Our range of professional learning opportunities reflect a new approach with the idea of lifelong learning that is personalized and relevant to your individual needs. read more

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What’s trending? Find out with Google Trends

At the end of the year, many teachers are looking for ideas for a student project. If you want a project that is timely, how about checking out Google Trends. Google Trends showcases what Google searches are trending around the world. It is a very interesting way to see what people are talking about.

To start, go to trends.google.com. Once you’re there, you can jump right in by entering a keyword or a topic in the Explore bar, or see some examples:

Here I searched for COVID-19 vaccine. These are the results: read more

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Chrome Reading List

Do you have the same problem as everyone else? Lots of useful information to read online, but no time to do it? You wish you could just tuck it away to read at a later date…well, now you can. Meet the Chrome Reading List! 

The Chrome Reading List is built right into Chrome, there is nothing to download. You can access it on your Bookmarks bar and it travels with you in your Chrome profile. 

To add any page to your reading list, just simply click on the star in your omnibox (URL bar) just like you would to add a bookmark. Only don’t add it to your bookmarks, add it to your reading list.  read more

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Schooling You on Google Scholar

If you’ve taken Northern Buckeye’s Google Certified Educator Level 2 cohort, you’ve learned about Google Scholar. If you haven’t taken our cohort, it is likely you’ve never heard of Scholar. Allow me to enlighten you.

So what is Google Scholar? Well, Google has this to say:

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. Search across a wide variety of disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions.

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Choices, Choices, Choices

We’ve all been there. We need to make a selection only to realize our choice is no longer available. Devastating! Or, if we ask students to select a research topic only to discover, most students chose the same issue. Now you are grading 20+ research papers on Sir Winston Churchill. [sigh!]

Google Forms Choice Eliminator 2 add-on enables you to select a maximum number each choice can be selected. For example, if you are a party planner for staff potlucks, you will want to create a form listing food items in a dropdown question: desserts, utensils, napkins, desserts, side dishes, main dishes, drinks, and did I mention desserts? Using the Choice Eliminator 2 add-on, you will establish the maximum number of side dishes, main dishes, and desserts. The Choice Eliminator 2 add-on is also a fantastic tool for scheduling appointments, meetings, and evaluations. read more

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