Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Google Drive for permanent files

Do you have a file on your computer that you definitely don't want to lose? Back it up to Google Drive. Google Drive is the safest place to keep all your permanent files. You can either upload it to Drive online, or you can move it to Drive on your desktop.

If you don't have Drive already downloaded to your computer, check out either the Flipped Training "About" section in Classroom (how to install Drive to your desktop is in the lower half of the list), or this link:

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Technology Fair - April 13

Come to the Technology Fair on April 13! 

There will be lots of tables to visit during the Share-a-Thon. 

Also - it's not too late to sign up for a table yourself (or with a friend). 

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Team Drive

Having a Team Drive folder is different from a regular shared folder. With a shared folder, you stay the owner of the folder and, if you leave, the contents are lost unless the contents are individually owned by someone else. However, with a Team Drive, everyone you add to the Team is a joint owner, so contents are only lost if everyone on the Team leaves, since they will no longer have a SAU10 gmail address. For more information on Team Drives, check out this link:

Monday, January 16, 2017

Don't forget to check out the latest videos in Google Classroom - Staff Flipped PD - several have been added this year. I just added two videos on using Envision's Assignments feature, from both a teacher's and student's point of view. Here's the link, if you wish to share the student video with your students:

Monday, January 2, 2017

Online Noise Meter - BouncyBalls

If your classroom tends to get noisier than you'd like, you can use this site to project the noise level for your students to see.  You can also just keep it on your computer, without projecting, and then showing your screen when the noise level gets too high.

You need to let the microphone use your computer. You can also set the sensitivity level by moving the Bounciness slider. All the shapes you can choose from bounce up, except for the bubbles, which sink.

If you decide to try this, students will probably be louder than usual, at first, to see how high they can bounce the balls.

Other ways to use this tool:
1) If students are working collaboratively in small groups, you can project this noise meter and tell them that the balls can't go higher than a particular level which you can mark out on the whiteboard on which you are projecting.
2) If a student is presenting to the class, you can project this on an opposite board (or computer) so that student can see his/her voice volume and speak at the appropriate level.

Just something fun to start the new year.

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Science and Math Videos in under 5 minutes

Trying to get more science into your day, but don't have the time for a full lesson?

SciShowKids is a YouTube channel that has over one hundred videos on various elementary science topics. 

Check it out here:

Are you teaching multiplication with models and the kids don't get it yet?
Try this video showing multiple ways to multiply a two-digit number by a  one-digit number:

Thursday, September 29, 2016

Printing Remotely? Use the Secure Print Feature

Here's another post based on previous emails. I know that email often gets deleted or forgotten, so I'm placing the information here.

Are you tired of printing remotely, only to have your copies disappear because someone didn't notice that they were part of their pile of copies? Do you need to print a sensitive document remotely? When you choose to print, Secure Print is one of the available print options that can solve these problems. 

See the full write-up here.