Thursday, October 18, 2018

Post #7: New Google Doc Features, Google Docs Menu, PBS Education - Free Reading Webinars,

Happy Friday Everyone! I am at MassCue today with Chris, Deb D, Miriam and several other teachers from the district. 

We will be spending some time in the vendor area exploring what's new in the AV world. Our classrooms will be getting an AV refresh over the next 5 years. We will be looking to gather information on the latest interactive projectors and touchscreen panels to inform our purchases. 

Please let me know if you have any questions and enjoy your weekend!

New Features in Google Docs: Earlier this week, Google Suite released 2 new features based on customer feedback. They are:

1. Vertical Ruler to manage tables in docs

2. New controls on header and footer

When using tables in a Google doc, there is a vertical ruler along the left side of the paper. This ruler will allow you to manage the height of the rows. 

The second feature allows you to manage the margins for the header and footer. After you click in the header or footer, click on the OPTIONS button to show the Headers & Footers window. 

Google Docs Menu - Did you know that you can collapse or expand the google docs menu bar? Students maybe unintentionally collapsing the menu bar and then not sure how to get it back. 

However, by collapsing the formatting bar, you and/or your students would have a larger working space in google docs. Chromebook users may find this helpful.

Before Collapsing - the typical editing/formatting menu bar is shown. (File, Edit, View...)

By clicking the down arrow you collapse the editing/formatting menu bar.

PBS Education - Hosting 4 Free Webinars for Reading called "For the Love of Lit: Professional Learning Series". The series is designed to help ELA teachers engage their students in learning about literature. PD certificates are available after attending each webinar.

The four webinars in the series are as follows:
  • Inspiring Young Authors, with NaNoWriMo founder Chris Baty
  • Including All Readers, with student activist Marley Dias
  • Encouraging Bright Thinkers
  • Cultivating Young Book Lovers

Monday, October 15, 2018

Post #6: Chromebooks, BrainPOP, and

Just a few updates this week. 

Student Chromebooks: There were a couple of Chromebook issues this past week. Please go over device care with your students. Carefully carrying, plugging and unplugging headphones, and power cords. Thank you! 

BrainPOP login accounts have been created for students in grades 4 and 5. 

Student Login:
Username: Firstname_Lastname
Password: wpsStudent ID

Here is a quick video on how to set up a class in BrainPop then your students can join your class. Great for assigning videos and such. Like last year, I will need to get parent permission to use I am in the process of organizing this information and will be emailing families this week. I will also be sending home with students the printed permission slip for families to sign. Please do not have students use this resource until I have acquired signed permission slips. Please let me know if you have any questions and THANK YOU in advance for your assistance in gathering the lists when they are returned.