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Tech Tools - Classwize

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 Today's tech tool is more useful in more ways that many initially think. At first glance, most think of device monitoring software as just that... a way to keep an eye on what your students are doing on their devices during your class. If you take some time and think about it less as a disciplinary tool, and more of a feedback tool. When talking with some of my colleagues about rolling out Classwize, I was often told to get ready for an influx of discipline referrals pertaining to Chromebook use. I didn't understand why it would lead to an increase in referrals. I think if you're using this correctly, it will lead to a decrease in device related referrals. No matter which monitoring software you use, don't use it as a "gotcha" tool. Students want to go to explore the internet. They want to discover. They want to find what's out there. That's a good thing... in moderation. Use this as a tool to guide them, and to spark a conversation about why they'

The Squatter 16 - From My Library

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 Everyone needs time away. A good mental break can be just the thing you need to come back rejuvenated and ready to go once more. Sometimes that break can be as simple as picking up a book. I've even found a mental break from reading books that apply to my professional life. It just gives me a fresh perspective to bring back to my work once I return from my book break. With that in mind, I bring you The Squatter 16 - From My Library. These are brief quotes to wet your appetite for the rest of the book. The titles range from professional teaching books, to (relatively) humorous takes on the history of rocket fuel development. If you're anything like me, you'll find something you enjoy. If you're nothing like me, you'll probably still enjoy at least one of these titles. Check them out on Amazon. These are affiliate links. If you purchase through one of these links, I'll get a tiny portion of the purchase price, and you'll get a huge chunk of my appreciation. T

Blue Screen when Printing? Try This!

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 Here's a super quick one-take of how to remove the update that is causing Windows 10 to blue screen when printing.

The Squatter 15 - Need a Lift?

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 Sorry for the late posting on this squatter. It's been hung in the usual places for a couple weeks, but I'm just now getting around to posting it here. As usual, let me know if you'd like a copy printed and delivered. You know that 2:00 slump? That point in the day where lunch has left you drowsy, but you're too far from the end of the day for that excitement to kick in? That time when you wish nap time was a thing for adults?  If the school year was one day, March would be the 2:00 slump. The year is more than halfway over. The wear is showing. It's not close enough to the end of the year to get excited yet. What are you going to do? I'll tell you what you're going to do... you're going to lift others. You're going to make a purposeful effort to make other people smile. In exchange, you'll experience your own lift. Want to know more about how to pull that off? Need some fresh ideas? Take a look... As usual, click the image for a full-sized PDF.

Ed Tech 180 #3 - Text Transcripts in Google Meet using Otter.ai

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 Been in a Google Meet lately? Ha... yeah... I know... that's like asking if you've taken a breath or seen the sky lately. Ever wanted a transcript of that meet for reasons? Maybe you want to make a study guide from a lesson you recorded in Meet. Maybe you wanted to provide a read-along text for a vide you created. Maybe you wanted to offer your students the ability to read through something you taught via Google Meet for clarity and deeper understanding. Now, with the power of Otter.ai (a Freemium tool) you can have it. Take a look!

The Squatter 14 - High Effect Tech

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People of the Earth. Read and heed my words. If you're in education, and not at least vaguely familiar with Hattie's work, you should probably take a gander. Go search for it. I'll wait. It's quite the meta-study. Seriously, think about the sheer numbers of pages of information that have been assimilated for you. Anyway, you know I'm all about instructional tech, but you can't build your lesson plans around the hot new tech you want to use. Your plans need to be built around a well defined learning target and grounded in an appropriately chosen instructional strategy. Once you have those taken care of, then you should start choosing your tech tools. You don't design a project around your tools, and you shouldn't plan lessons around the tech you want to use. With these things in mind, I give you The Squatter 14 - High Effect Tech. As usual, click the image below for a full-sized PDF.

The Squatter 13 - Ye Olde Classroom Hookup

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 Google Classroom... love it or leave it, take it or leave it, with or without onions, I think it's here to stay. That being said, you know there's tons of third party apps and websites that will work directly with Google Classroom, right? Take a gander at The Squatter 13 for a handy dandy list of just a handful of apps that integrate directly with Google Classroom. Click on the image below for a full sized pdf.