Exploring Documents and Using Google Maps

  Today I picked up a book from my late mother-in-law’s history collection titled The Faces of Grant County. Basically, it is a collection of photographs and accounts of life in Grant County dating back to the mid 1800s. It’s a gem of a text! My 7-year-old son took to the book right away asking […]

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Getting Started in Google Drive

If you’re new to Google Drive, getting started can be awkward. You really have to stick with it on a nearly daily basis. Once you start making the Google Apps journey, you’ll quickly discover that there is a lot to learn. The faster you can pick it up, the better you’ll be able to plan […]


Why Use Google Apps?

Google Apps. Oh, Google Apps. What an amazing tool! Google Apps has, in part, revolutionized the way students learn. As I engage with the tool every day, I see several reasons why Google Apps has become indispensable. Google Drive items save every two seconds. If you’ve been teaching even more than five years, you’ve probably seen […]

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Quick Google Tip: Add Websites to “All Apps”

Once in a while I’ll meet a teacher that wants website to show up as apps in Chrome, but there isn’t an app in the webstore. There are several ways to remedy this problem. My preference would be to just bookmark it, but as with all Google tools, there’s more than one way to float […]


Chrome Remembers Where You Left Off

I love Chrome, just love it! One of the many features I adore is the fact that Chrome remembers where I left off. It’s common for me to have eight to ten tabs open by the end of the day. Those tabs often become my todo list for the next day. Thankfully, when I close […]

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Gliffy Diagram

I was just reviewing how the TPACK model fits in with Google training, and I thought it would be important to take some notes on that matter. I launched a blank document and started writing. I was quickly thwarted when it came to draw TPACK. Sure, I could have turned to a Google search, but […]


Guest Post: Chris Aviles

Last summer I was fortunate to be selected for a Google Teacher Academy in Atlanta, Georgia. Some of the most innovative educators were selected by members of the GAFE team to participate in a two-day training at Atlanta’s Google Headquarters. I was one of the fortunate to be chosen. The whole experience was surreal, but probably […]

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Omnibox Searches Drive Too

I am lovin’ the Omnibox in Chrome this morning. Not only can it execute unique searches, you can use it to search Google Drive. This morning I needed to access a syllabus for my course “Ed Media Apps.” I opened a new tab in Chrome and started typing the first few letters. Whaaallaaah!!! Chrome searches […]


Android Apps for Early Elementary Aged Students

Everyone hoots and hollers over iPad apps, but I have to say that I love my Android apps just as much. My Nexus tablet allows me to create users for my tablets — that’s something an iPad doesn’t do. Here’s my list of Android Apps that I’ve enjoyed watching young children use: Monkey Math: This […]

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When it Doesn’t go as Planned

You know it’s going to happen. Even the most well-planned lesson just might not unfold how you had hoped. It happens to veteran teachers too. There are all sorts of reasons it happens when we do not… gather enough material for students to practice skills organize groups in a fashion most conducive to learning consider […]