Category: Announcements

Join us for FREE PD at the NWOCA Road Shows this August!

We hope that your summer is going well and that it’s been relaxing and refreshing!

We know… we said this blog would be on hiatus for the summer. BUT, we wanted to pop into your break quickly to invite you to a FREE professional development opportunity happening in August in Bryan and Bucyrus. It’s the #NWOCARoadShow18!

The NWOCA Road Show is a series of professional development events featuring “pick-your-own-PD”-style learning. There are a variety of topics, in categories such as G Suite for Education, BreakoutEDU, Teach Interactively!, Digital Littles, Makerspaces, Google Tools, and Other Cool Stuff. Sessions are led by NWOCA Instructional Services staff, as well as other local educators. 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

Welcome Back!

Google Classroom logoIt’s hard to believe that today is August 1st already! In just a few short weeks, your students will be returning to the classroom. Today’s Tuesday Tech Tips email has to do with Google Classroom. Whether you’re a seasoned user or a teacher who is planning to use Google Classroom for the first time, we’ve got you covered.

For those new to Google Classroom, be sure and visit our NWOCA Training website. There, you will find lots of information – two pieces stand out for new Google Classroom users. First, you can watch this archived webinar (and accompanying presentation) that will provide an overview of the Google Classroom product. Then, use this handy checklist to build your skills. Each item on the checklist is linked to a very short tutorial video. The best advice we can give is just to dive right in! read more

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