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Get These Free Tools From Microsoft

Posted by Arey Jones on Sep 24, 2018 2:45:00 PM

Free is always good. And, it’s even better when something that’s free is also super useful. Microsoft has three free tools for educators we think you should take full advantage of as they will organize staff and enable professional development. 

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Topics: Microsoft, Microsoft Education, Classroom Organization, Microsoft Teams, Manager Professional Development, Administrator Professional Development, Flipgrid, Microsoft Translator

Go-To Tools for Presentations: When to Blog and When To PowerPoint

Posted by Arey Jones on May 25, 2018 10:51:31 AM

The goal of a presentation is to effectively convey information that allows the audience to remember what has been said. That being said, there are several options as to how to give a presentation, specifically for a final project. For students, presentations can be given as individuals or groups, or for educators in seminars. The best tool for the job depends on whether the presentation will be visual or verbal. 

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Topics: Microsoft, Google Drive, Microsoft Education, Classroom Organization, Google, Paperless Classroom, Google Suite, Microsoft Office, Microsoft Powerpoint, Google Education, Professional Development, Open Live Writer, Google Slides

Top Chrome Extensions For The Google Classroom

Posted by Arey Jones on May 9, 2018 3:29:54 PM

Google Classroom has been instrumental in changing the way education looks today. It streamlines assignments, boosts collaboration and fosters seamless communication to help make teaching more productive. There’s also the advantage of being able to integrate hundreds of Chromebook apps and extensions that save teachers and students time and make it seamless to share information. Extensions enhance the browsing experience by tailoring Chrome’s functionality towards individual needs and preferences. 

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Topics: Chromebooks, Apps In The Classroom, Educational Technology, Paperless Communication, Academic Technology, Technology In The United States, Apps For Education, Technology In The Classroom, Chromebooks In Schools, Google Classroom, Classroom Organization, Google, Paperless Classroom, GSuite, Google Suite, Google Chrome

Tech Cleaning Tips From Your Grandmother

Posted by Arey Jones on Apr 12, 2018 3:52:36 PM

My grandmother fit every grandmother mold possible. Impeccable hair. Crisp aprons. Mouthwatering homemade bread on the counter. She ran a tight ship with even tighter hair. For Grandma, spring cleaning was as much a celebration as it was a chore (but then she always smiled most when she was working).

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Topics: Chromebooks, Managing Technology, Classroom Technology, Educational Technology, Learning Styles, 21st Century School Technology, Paperless Communication, Homework Online, Academic Technology, Technology In The Classroom, Classroom Organization, Paperless Classroom

Greener Pastures: The Dawn of the Paperless Classroom

Posted by Arey Jones on Mar 19, 2018 10:27:19 AM

I picked up my son’s backpack the other day, and the weight of it astounded me.

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Topics: Chromebooks, Classroom Technology, Educational Technology, 21st Century School Technology, Technology In The Classroom, Chromebooks In Schools, Healthy Students, Classroom Organization, Paperless Classroom

6 Tools in Google Docs To Help Write (and Grade) Term Papers

Posted by Arey Jones on Mar 5, 2018 11:48:08 AM

We’re in the throws of March Madness, and productivity across American businesses--and classrooms--is taking a nosedive. (Research shows that employers lose an estimated $4 billion in revenue due to the paid time lost in managing brackets, discussing team matchups, and watching games.)

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Topics: Academic Technology, Apps For Education, Technology In The Classroom, Chromebooks In Schools, Google Docs, Google Drive, Google Classroom, Classroom Organization, Google

6 Markers of Memorable Mentors

Posted by Arey Jones on Feb 26, 2018 10:38:09 AM

We’ve all had at least one teacher or adult make a notable impression upon our lives. They singled us out, pushed us out of our comfort zone, guided us in our chosen craft, or put us on the road to our destined career--or all of the above.

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Topics: Educational Technology, 21st Century School Technology, Learn By Doing, Classroom Organization, SMART Goals, Mentorship

18 Excel Formulas and Functions for 2018

Posted by Arey Jones on Jan 25, 2018 3:55:34 PM

You already geek out over Excel’s amazing functionality and its features in Windows. Maybe you’ve already used it to create a calendar template. Maybe you color code your personal budget targets. Maybe you already use it to track student progress, grades, test scores, attendance, and days until your next school holiday. We’re not here to judge. We’re here to help you make the most of what this powerful spreadsheet application has to offer.

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Topics: Apps In The Classroom, Educational Technology, Academic Technology, Technology In The Classroom, Microsoft, Microsoft Apps, Microsoft Education, Classroom Organization, Microsoft Excel

How To Prevent Tech Injuries

Posted by Arey Jones on Jan 17, 2018 11:07:16 AM

Technology has moved us forward in many ways, but it can also have us curled up in pain if we’re not careful. Here are four common tech-related injuries that are as easy to get as they are to prevent (thank goodness).

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Topics: Educational Technology, At Home With Arey Jones, Academic Technology, Typing, Classroom Organization

Setting SMART Goals For Your Classroom

Posted by Arey Jones on Jan 12, 2018 11:01:29 AM

While the New Year for the rest of the country started on January first, most teachers would agree their “new year” started last fall--and so did all of their goals for the school year. That said, January is the perfect time to review those goals, establish new parameters, and determine if they need to be adjusted.  

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Topics: Classroom Technology, Technology In The Classroom, Chromebooks In Schools, Google Docs, Google Drive, Learn By Doing, Google Classroom, Classroom Organization, SMART Goals

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