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FREE virtual PD – Ditch Summit 2019

A chill is in the air… houses are decorated… holiday music playing… that means one of my favorite times of year is coming!

Not the holiday season… the fourth annual Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is coming December 21st!

The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE online conference for teachers founded by Matt Miller, educator and author.  Digital Summit offers you nine great speakers — one new video interview released per day. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more. Teachers can generate FREE certificates for professional development credits. read more

Even More (.)New Stuff from Google

Last October, I posted a Tech Tip called A (Dot) New Way to Google in which I showcased Google’s shortcuts to start new Docs, Sheets, Slides, Sites and Forms. For example, simply entering docs.new into your browser’s address bar will create a new Google Doc. They are very cool timesavers!

Now Google Calendar and Google Keep have gotten into the action!

Simply go to cal.new or meeting.new to create a new Google Calendar event. Add your title, choose options and presto – new event! Super easy! read more

macOS Catalina is out – should you upgrade?

If you follow the tech news, you probably know that the latest version of Mac OS is out… it’s called Catalina. If you’re like me, you want to install and run the latest OS right away. I’m holding off on Catalina right now and you probably should too.

Why?

Well, Catalina is incompatible with 32-bit apps. They won’t run at all. These are primarily older apps, but some that are still in use, especially in education. For example, I won’t be updating my Northern Buckeye MacBook just yet because the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 software is 32-bit. read more

Emoji, Emoji everywhere!

I’m a 43-year-old male, so to say I’m well-versed in things like emojis and animated GIFs is utterly false! To me, they have always been a waste of time and unnecessary effort. But, emojis are part of our general vocabulary these days. Heck, even my parents, who are in their 70s, have gotten into using emojis.

In the past several months, I have come to the realization that Emoji can be a very powerful tool, especially in education. I highly recommend Tony Vincent’s presentation called “An Emoji Education” from ISTE 2018. Check it out here. read more

Shortcuts in Google Forms

Let’s kick off the 2019-20 Tech Tuesday Tips with a quick Google Forms tip. 

I LOOOOOOOOVE Google Forms! They make things like creating registration forms, surveys, and quizzes so very easy. What I don’t like is that sometimes when you hit that new question button, the question doesn’t appear where you think it should. You can use Google Forms keyboard shortcuts to add a new question and move questions around.

We’ve talked about shortcuts before in YouTube and Gmail. Forms has keyboard shortcuts as well.  read more

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