Author: Chris Malanga (page 1 of 7)

Google Classroom is getting even better!

Late this summer, Google Classroom entered a public beta phase with a bunch of new changes. Last week, these changes went live to everyone. There are some major workflow changes that will occur as part of the new Google Classroom. This tech tip (which is longer than many of the others we will do) will introduce you to some of the changes that have occurred over the summer. Clicking on a screenshot will open it in a larger window.

The Google Classroom updates were designed to help teachers save time and spark creativity in their students. There are several changes: read more

Summer PD Roundup

Summer is almost here! It’s a great time to relax, recharge and yes, even level up your technology proficiency. While Tech Tips Tuesday is going on our annual break, we wanted to leave you with some summer professional development opportunities.

Remember, all Northern Buckeye/NWOCA trainings are included with membership at no additional cost. You also have access to our archive of webinars, class materials, and other PD resources. Our training website at training.nwoca.org has all of these and more. If you’re unsure if your district is a member, check out the list on our website. read more

No more excuses for bad grammar – Grammarly is everywhere!

I am an English guy – no, I’m not from the UK – I just really enjoy writing and grammar. I even taught ELA for two years before entering my current career. I am married to a math teacher, so in our house, if you need math you see my wife. If you need grammar help, you see me.

Even though I love grammar, I’m not always 100% sure I’m following the rules. Enter Grammarly. John Mansel-Pleydell wrote a Tech Tips article about Grammarly back in March, but I wanted to follow up and add some more. read more

FREE Upcoming PD Opportunities Unlike Any Other

When you think of Professional Development, you probably think of being stuck in a computer lab listening to some trainer drone on and on about some topic that probably doesn’t interest you. (Unless it’s a PD from NWOCA, right?)

We’ve got three FREE upcoming professional development opportunities that are different than anything you’ve experienced before! Whether you want to talk about student makers, and explore the latest tools and technology for making… or you want to learn more about digital literacy and how students can use digital skills in everyday life… or you’re curious about the jobs that are out there for our students… these are for you! read more

Goo.gl is Goo.GOING!

Previously, I wrote about a great Google feature – the goo.gl URL shortener. Well, I have some bad news… this tool is going away.

Visiting the goo.gl site now shows this message:

The message links to a Google blog post. In it, the developers state:

To refocus our efforts, we’re turning down support for goo.gl over the coming weeks and replacing it with Firebase Dynamic Links (FDL). FDLs are smart URLs that allow you to send existing and potential users to any location within an iOS, Android or web app. We’re excited to grow and improve the product going forward. While most features of goo.gl will eventually sunset, all existing links will continue to redirect to the intended destination. read more

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