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Shark Tank 11.10.2020

Innovative Educators of Bryan County Middle School,Do you have what it takes to rise to the top?Can you make it where others fail?Are you a champion?Are
Elite?Prove it.
You get one shot.
Five minutes.
Tell them why you're Elite.
Tell them why you need this for your classroom.
Tell them why your idea deserves to survive.
Here's howYou will get one opportunity to present one "Premium" EdTech tool that you think should be funded for our schoolhouse for one year.
Select a Paid, Online EdTech tool you would like to be considered by the Sharks. (Examples include but are not limited to Floop, BreakoutEDU, EdPuzzle, Plickers, Parlay, etc.)Complete the Intent to Enter the Water form.Create a presentation, and explain why BCMS needs to fund your chosen EdTech tool.Presentations may be made alone, or in groups of up to three people total.Five minutes will be allowed for your presentation, followed by five minutes for the Sharks to ask questions.After all presentations have been made…

Tall Tech Guy vol.2 - Make it Last

I've been talking to teachers who mention our student Chromebooks not being able to go the distance in a day. True, some of those Chromebooks are older and are ready to be put out to pasture. Yes, we're demanding more from our devices than ever before. No, we don't just need to sit back and accept poor battery life in our devices.In this episode of Tall Tech Guy, we'll look at four quick tips to help that old, tired Chromebook go the distance.Click on the image below for a full sized PDF of TTG 2.

The Squatter - vol.10 - What Sucks vs. What Doesn't Suck

I know this blog is supposed to be all about tech, but we're living in unprecedented times. It can be hard right now to keep track of what's truly important.Let me tell you something right now.YOU.YOU ARE TRULY IMPORTANT.I was talking with someone earlier today. He mentioned a line from a movie that I'm sure I'll butcher. The idea is that the two most important days in your life are the day you're born, and the day you figure out why.That conversation reminded me of a particularly bad day in college. I was involved in a major car accident, but escaped with only minor injuries. Later, when I went to the junk yard to retrieve my personal belongings from the pile of scrap that used to be my car, I was astonished at what I saw. The damage was extensive. It was a mess all over... except around the driver's seat. Sure, there was broken glass and trim pieces lying in the seat. The remains of the torn seatbelt lay across the driver's seat bottom. But in this twist…

Jamboard in Google Meet

Good news everybody!

Jamboard is now a part of Google Meet.

Take a look at the incredibly brief and low quality demonstration of how to create a Jam from within a Meet, and how to take a look at the Jam after the Meet has finished.

The Splashback - SS9

The Squatter. It's my version of Potty PD. Basically I make infographic style posters, laminate them, and post them in the staff restrooms around campus to maximize my captive audience. I try to make them funny and useful, as well as eye catching. All of the previous Squatters are posted here on Let me know what you find that's good or bad. Useful or awful. Both are helpful information to guide me in the future.I've had a few ideas for increasing engagement. One of them is "The Squatter Squad." To be a part of The Squatter Squad (picture teachers in superhero poses... but in the bathroom) all you have to do is email me something relating to the currently posted Squatter in the building. That gains you entry to The Squatter Squad for the month, as well as the opportunity to snag something from the Squatter Squad Swag Bag (box.) I have a box full of all kinds of stuff. Candy, BC Logo Swag, 3D printed trinkets, and everyone's favorite... JEAN…

Quickie - Changes to Google Meet

Oh man, I'm excited. Some of the changes to Meet that Google have been promising us are finally rolling out. Take a look at the video below for more details.Sorry for the quick and rough production value here. I wanted to get this out to teachers as soon as I could. You have no idea how often I get asked about some of these features. This is AAAAAAAAAAAAAWEWWEeEEEEEEEEEEsSOSSOMMMMMMMMMMEEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The Squatter - vol.9 - Keyboard Shortcuts (again)

Okay, world. I know you've been waiting patiently. It's finally time for Squatter NINE!
If Squatter 9 looks like a re-hash of Squatter 1... well... it... ummm... sort-of... IS. That's on purpose. This is posted in private places for R&R (Reading and Relief) around my campus. This is a reminder of all the great things you can do quickly with the push of a few buttons.
Note that this time around, I included shortcuts for Windows, ChromeOS, and MacOS. That being said... c'mon Apple. We'll need keyboard shortcuts for snap! You're just about to roll out Big Sur... Can you add just one more feature before it drops? It can't be that hard.
Well, that's enough babble for now. Enjoy your R&R time.