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The Squatter vol.11 - What do you Meme?

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Let me tell you what... I'm excited about this vol.11 of The Squatter. I'm so excited that I'm rolling out this post a week early. The day I started looking for what to do in Squatter 11 was an odd day. You know. One of those days where things that aren't usually funny are really funny. I like those days. Anyway, I said to myself "Self, I want you to make a Squatter that is entirely Memes." I need everybody to understand that the intent here is amusement, while at the same time making a few points and offering suggestions. I'm not trying to call anyone out, or throw shade at anyone in particular. If you feel offended by any particular meme in Squatter 11, please contact me about it. We'll try to figure out why a meme that calls out people for always using "Reply All" would offend you. Be prepared for me to do my best Dr. Phil... Ahem... "So you've used reply all to try to let me know that a meme throwing shade at people who use reply

Shark Tank 11.10.2020

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  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 You 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 how You 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 presen

Tall Tech Guy vol.2 - Make it Last

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 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

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 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 t

Jamboard in Google Meet

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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

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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 itsthemitchell.com. 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

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 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!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!