It is time again to complete your eClass Teacher Profile. This data is used to see how much we have all progressed in our use and understanding of the resources, and to plan future staff development. Please complete the profile by Friday, April 27.
Registration for GDLC is open through Wednesday, April 25. Good sessions are filling up, so if you haven't registered yet, be sure to sign up.
The county G Suite domain has been turned on for all staff. Please take a comment to log into the portal > Go to Tools > Instructional Resources > G Suite for Education. Make sure it takes you to your new Google Drive. If it does NOT, please submit a ticket so we can get the county to fix it BEFORE May 1. We will be working with grade levels to move your stuff during your RBES days. More information will be coming as well for those that don't attend those full day planning meetings. You are welcome to begin using it for you "My Drive" documents whenever you are ready.
Please make sure you are keeping your grades up to date. The end of the year is quickly approaching. Looking ahead, grades will be due on Wednesday, May 16. Remember we have a super fast turn around at the end of the year so please make sure grades are accurate and ALL students have grades.
Have you heard about MergeVR? Thanks to Mrs. Pope-Wright, we have 3 you can check out down in the lab. It is a really cool way to bring virtual reality to the classroom. Vicki Davis, educational technology teacher and blogger recently posted about it too!
Karen Bosch talks about Merge Cubes, how they are being used and why they're so "hot." Wal-mart has been clearing them out for $1 but I found some on Amazon for $5. Granted, $5 is a bit pricey, but you can do amazing things with them to teach about the solar system, the human body, and more. But beware, not all Merge Cube games are ok, my students found one to teach people how to gamble, so just vet what works.
You can even film with them. Some teachers are having kids film with the merge cubes exploring the solar system, for example, in front of a green screen. Then, you can cut out the green screen and put the kids in space! So much fun!
Just a reminder that you can complete your end of the year assessment in ClassWorks. Please have your students complete both subjects before your RBES meeting.
We are thrilled to announce that thanks to Title I funds, we now have a new poster printer!!! Deb and I have checked it out with a few posters and it works like a charm so far. Since Deb and I are both part time, and to facilitate a quick turn around for your needs, we have created a Poster Printing Request form. You will even be able to attach the file! Deb and I will both be notified when you make your request and then we will be able to print and get back to you in a timely manner. Be sure to give any special notes about your printing needs in the "Further Information" area. The link to the request can also be found on the Communication Central area of the Training Page.
I had someone recently ask me why I didn't make him listen to me about Google File Stream. I just said maybe I didn't communicate the benefits very well. So, here are the benefits to using Google File Stream according to JJ.
I have been saving and accessing files using the old school Windows Explorer method since 1988. It may take a while for an old guy to fully embrace “The Google”, but I took a step in that direction yesterday.
I enjoy using Google Drive and Backup & Sync. However, yesterday made me think about a shortcoming of Google drive. A few weeks ago, I moved all of my H drive files & folders to My Drive in Google. I now try very hard to never touch my GCPS H drive. However, what happens when there are new files and folders from other sources (Online TST Community for example) that I want to add to My Drive? I would have to:
- Download the files and folders to my desktop, My Documents folder or my H drive.
- I would then have to navigate to the folder where I want to keep the files in My Drive in Google Drive.
- The next step would be to upload the new files.
With Google File Stream, I can download those same files directly to my My Drive folder or any Team Drives folder in my File Stream G drive.
After files are saved to File Stream, it will automatically sync files and they are available from anywhere\device as long as you have an Internet connection.
What if you don’t have an Internet connection? No problem. With File Stream you can mark files (or folders) for offline use. File Stream will download those marked files automatically to the local hard drive of your device. You can make all the changes you want. Once you have an Internet connection, File Streams senses the Internet connection and syncs any changes you have made.
It has not been 48 hours since I started using File Stream, but so far so good.
Teacher Appreciation is just around the corner. You can get free admission to the College Football Hall of Fame with your ID, and get 20% off for family members. Dates of the promotion are May 5 &6. There isn't anything on their website yet, but probably will be in the near future.