Thursday, May 18, 2017

More on the New Google Sites

As 9th graders are using Google Sites for their PLPs, you will notice that some of them are using the "old" editor and others are using the new editor.  This is good time to update you on what's going on with Google Sites (which I posted about earlier here).

The new Sites has a fresh, modern look and allows for more precise placement of content. As of yet, it is still missing some important features, most  notably the ability to copy a site from a template.  I hope that this will be addressed soon.

You can continue to switch back and forth from old to new through 2017 (see below), however in 2018, Google plans to no longer support the old editor.  Therefore, if you are creating a new site, it is best to use the new editor at this point.

There is not currently a tool to migrate content from old sites to new sites.  This would be a manual copy and paste for now.

I will update if and when Google comes out with a migration tool.

Saturday, May 6, 2017

Some great tips for Google Docs efficiency

Here are some great time-saving tips for using Google Docs (from a post at
Keep these handy!

Complete graphic is at:

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Google Earth now works on Chromebooks!

There is a brand new version of Google Earth and it works on Chromebooks.  One popular use of Google Earth in classrooms is "Lit trips," in which students explore the geography of places they've read about.  Here's a nice step-by-step guide  by Eric Curtis for doing a Lit trip on a Chromebook.

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Using Google Cast

I've posted before about Google Cast for Education, but since it's come up for a few people lately, I thought I'd share both some written instructions and a step-by-step video on how to use it.

As a reminder, Google Cast allows you to project what's on your (or a student's) Chromebook through the projector in the classroom.

Here's the video

and the written instructions.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Looking for a summer or fall ed tech course?


Here are some offerings from UVM. The second is taught by Bonnie Birdsall (tech integrationist at Williston) ad the last by the wonderful Lucie DeLaruere.

Curriculum & Instruction: Ed Tech Courses

EDCI 321  Curriculum & Instruction: Learning, Design & Technology (Summer 2017)
This online course explores learning-theory research and its applications for technology-enriched standards-based units of study. Students will study theories of constructivism, multiple intelligences, and research related to how people learn. Participants will learn how technology applications can be used to create learning environments that strengthen 21st century problem-solving skills, and encourage communication, collaboration, and reflection. Using the instructional design strategies explored in this course, participants will develop a standards-based unit of study that strategically integrates technology and meets 21st century skills along with national and state educational technology standards and assessments.
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: Maureen Neumann at

EDCI 324  Current Topics in Assessment & Technology (Summer 2017)
This course investigates current topics of assessment & technology, including many tenets of proficiency-based learning. Students will examine different forms of assessment and methods for integrating technology into assessment practice.  We will explore and evaluate a variety of digital tools for summative and formative assessment. Students will interact as an online community, modeling how feedback and reflection play an integral part of the assessment process and will also maintain a digital portfolio for the class. As a final project students will create a unit of study, incorporating learning targets developed from the ISTE standards and other content standards, integrating digital tools for assessment, and demonstrating mastery of other course objectives.
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: Bonnie Birdsall at

EDCI 322  Differentiated Instruction with Technology (Fall 2017)
This course explores ways that educators can address the diverse strengths and needs of students in today’s classrooms by developing and utilizing a instructional framework based on current information and practice related to differentiating instruction and universal design for learning.  A focus of the course will be the use of existing and emerging technologies to assist and support the success of all students, including students with disabilities.

EDCI 323  Amplifying Inquiry & Project Based Learning with Technology (Fall 2017)
This course engages educators in a student­ centered, active learning experience using technology resources and tools to promote questioning, critical thinking and problem­ solving skills. Educators will learn about technology resources & tools that support problem ­based, project ­based, and inquiry ­based learning in all disciplines and design a project­ or inquiry ­based activity with assessments for the students (or teachers) they teach.
INSTRUCTOR CONTACT: Lucie De Labruere at