Friday, June 16, 2017

Leaving the district? Use Google Takeout

Last year I sent out directions for using Google Takeout, which allowed you to download your Drive files onto a zip-file. Since then, Takeout has been updated. Now you can download your files to a choice of areas, including getting an email that has a link to your zipped files, which you can then download onto your home computer.
Here's the link to the instructions, as well as a screenshot of that page.

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Changing office copier print setting to single-sided

Do you get frustrated sending something wirelessly to the printer only to have it print double-sided automatically? Well you can fix that.

The next time you want to have your copies print single sided (report cards, for example), first choose "Print using system dialogue".

On that print window, select the drop-down menu that usually says "Layout", and change it to "Finishing". On the Finishing window, go to the Print Style drop-down menu and select "1-sided Printing".      

Stay in that window and in the Presets drop-down menu, select "Save current settings as Preset..." and give the settings a logical name, such as "one-sided". Then the next time you have to print one-sided, just select that choice from your Presets list.


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.