Monday, September 29, 2014

#ce14 Connected Educator Month Choose One And Share

It's Official!  It's happening! 

Connected Educator Month

Connected Educator Month: Those who do, teach. Own it, worldwide. October 2014.

A celebration of community, with educators at all levels, from all disciplines, moving towards a fully connected and collaborative profession. Convened by the connected education community, with the full support of the U.S. Department of Education, building on the success of previous years with hundreds of new events and activities from dozens of organizations and communities. We’ll be working together, in October and beyond, with all stakeholders, leaving no device unturned, no country or learning environment unexplored. Get involved at

First Theme Kick Off: Student Agency, Student Voice

Check out the newsletters: CEM Newsletter for National Writing Project's Kick Off October 1


7 PM ET, [4 PM Pacific ] October 1 Making Space And Time For Student Agency And Voice  
Led by Educator Innovator, powered by the National Writing Project with support from the MacArthur Foundation/Connected Learning Alliance, CEM's Student Agency, Student Voice, and the Maker Movement theme officially kicks off on CEM's opening day witha panel focusing on how we can create opportunities, space, and time for all youth to be agents in their own learning.

Panelists will include Elyse Eidman-Aadahl, Executive Director of the National Writing Project, Paul Oh, National Writing Project senior associate, Laura Bradley, Kim Douillard, Jo Paraiso, and special guests, including you!  Reserve your seat (and/or get a link to the archive if you can't make it) today...

About Connected Educator Month


Millions of educators and others around the world have participated in hundreds of professional development opportunities as part of Connected Educator Month (CEM) the past two years. Originally developed by the U.S. Department of Education and its partners as part of the Connected Educators initiative, CEM offers highly distributed, diverse, and engaging activities to educators at all levels.

CEM 2014


As successful as CEM 2013 was, there are still educators who are not connected, and many more who are not yet taking full advantage of the opportunities connected education affords. More broadly, the field of connected education itself is still in need of further stimulation and development. Based on participant feedback, we hope to:
  • Make the event more fully global, to better incorporate learnings from around the world, supporting multiple countries in the development of full event slates as part of the celebration
  • Make the celebration more fully mobile and blended, in reflection of trends in educational practice and educator use
  • Provide a greater emphasis on collaboration in our planning, tools, and activities, as the logical next step beyond connection, and address participants’ desire for a more action-oriented approach (2x+ as many events were collaborative in 2013)
  • Launch a series of ongoing connected education initiatives during the month (our own and others) to keep momentum building throughout the year, as well as develop more year-round resources (like 2013’s district toolkit)
  • Include more events/activities that pull in other education stakeholders—parents, students, whole school communities, policymakers—to magnify the event’s creative impact We also expect to enhance CEM’s editorial programming and infrastructure to keep the event fully accessible as it continues to grow, as well as engage in more extensive capacity-building to empower the broader community to take more ownership of the celebration.
Connected Educator Month 2014 is being convened by a group of core partners in collaboration with a wide range of participating organizations and funders.
Want to know how others started their Connected Educator Journey?  Check out this CEM 2012 site and presentation by Denise Krebs and Sheri Edwards [planned through Twitter and Google Slides / Docs ].

Check out the schedule  -- choose one and share what you learned!

 Source: Swipe Permission Copy and Newsletter

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Sunday, September 28, 2014

Twitter Sunday

Twitter Sunday!

What did I learn this Sunday?

First, I tweet a lot. I learn a lot. I have two for learning. @nsdedwards is for school. @grammasheri is my own Personal Learning Network. Twitter is a river that flows constantly, swirling and twirling in conversations and debates, flowing and sharing resources for teaching and learning. You can't possibly catch them all. I can't catch them all. But, I can take the time to dip my toes in the Twitter River to gather conversations, connections, and resources that improve my teaching and my learning -- and  that of my students.

Second, Sunday is a day I can usually spend some time reviewing the stream. This Sunday I was invited to the #TPEPchat sponsored by @PSESD It was an invigorating conversation about setting growth goals. You can sense the many different leaders in the discussion bringing the issues, practicalities, and realities into the conversation. Many "Whole Child" advocates provided information; principals chimed in with specifics; and teaches expressed what they needed from school leaders.

So, here are four resources from many from that chat:

1) To Question 7: Q7: What are some ways evaluators can support the goal setting process? came these responses:

 Trust. Relationships. Whether it's with our students or with our evaluators, true growth comes with knowing each person's best interest and support is valued. Encouragement and hope, knowing that options are available -- for students and teachers -- help improve learning for us all. [Note: the Miranda B is my granddaughter, who chimed in on the chat; she's our future, and we need to understand the vision our students have in order to design the assessments and plans that will encourage them to try.]

2) Student Growth Resources:

PSESD Growth Wiki
Data, Data, Data My Student Growth Data Story by teacher Lindsey Stevens [Also read here ]

Evaluator's Role by teacher Kristin Bailey-Fogarty

3) How many ways can students demonstrate learning?

Greg Miller, Superintendent says:

4) How can we differentiate for the students in our classrooms?  Resources:

Actively Learn   Link to your Google Account; set up classes for students

NEWSela  Link to your Google Account; set up classes for students

ReadWorks Leveled Reading Passages

ReadWriteThink Lessons, Online Interactives

 So, are you ready for Student Growth Goals?  How can we as a team help each other and our students?

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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

New Google Drive

Faster. Better. Smarter.

Your will be or has updated to the new version of Google Docs called Drive.

Here's an overview:


1. Browser: Always be sure to update your browsers.



Statistics show that the Chrome Browser is now the most used in schools and around the world.

2. iPad Apps: When on the iPad, use all the available apps for Google -- use the FEATURED apps on this page: iOS Google Apps

3. iPad Browser: When on the iPad, use the CHROME browser instead of Safari browser. You might want to put it in your iPad Dock.

4. Find Documents:  On the desktop computer, to search for your documents, slides, or sheets, go to your "Drive."  If you are only in Docs, the search will be for only documents.

A. Go to   or

B. If you are in Docs or Sheets or Slides, choose the "pancake" menu [three horizontal lines in a stack]:

C. If  and when you are in DRIVE, enter your key words for your search:

Notice the word "Drive" in the image below and "Docs" in the image above. Search from "Drive" unless you know its a document, sheet, or slide. If the document is yours or shared with you, it will show up.  In the image below, notice "Incoming." Click that for any documents shared with you. 

D. If you need a document, sheet, or slide you know has been shared with the whole district, here is how to search just for those documents in Drive.  Click the triangle to the left of the Search icon and select the box for, as indicated in the image below.

E. If you are on an iPad --- be sure to use the Chrome browser and Choose Drive, or just start with Drive. At this time, there is no way to do the Advanced Search for domain documents on the iPad. Once you find your document, it will open in the appropriate App: Docs, Slides, Sheets.

Finally, refer to this Twitter Google post for more tips on iPad and Google.

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Sunday, September 21, 2014

News PR with iPad and Calendar

Making it easy....

Great things are happening in our classrooms!  Snap a picture! Then share it in our Staff Events calendar and invite Sheri or Jenny to the event, who will then email the image and description to whoever needs the information [Star, Tribal Tribune, Principal, Superintendent].

Here's the 11- Step process-- click image to enlarge.

Wowser!  What is your class learning?

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Twitter Teaches Google and iPad

What I learned on Twitter on Sunday....

Tips for Using Google Apps on the iPad

Note: the most common tip from the experts:  Use Google Chrome app.
To keep up with all news Google Drive, follow their blog: Google Drive
or the official Google Blog

1. Five Tips for Google + iPad: Click here to go to article: Tips


1. Download Google Apps: Install all of the featured apps on this page: Google Apps for iOS. All of Google’s mobile apps work as a team. Links will open in Chrome instead of Safari.

2. Google Search App: Enable hands-free, voice search trigger for the Google Search app.
Now simply say, “Okay, Google,” your device will beep, and start “listening” for your search query. If you ask a question, Google will read the answer back to you! Think of how much this can help students.  “Okay, Google,” can be enabled in Google Chrome on the desktop. Chrome on the iPad can also do voice search, but not “Okay, Google.”

3. gMail App: Use the gMail app, not the native iOS Mail app, which sucks up your storage space. The Gmail app is better, faster, and is cloud-based. The Gmail app will also let you connect multiple gmail accounts. If you don't have a personal gMail account, consider getting one for all the benefits of the spam filters, speed, and the other apps associated with it.

4. Use a Google Calendar App: Google Desktop Calendar plays nicely with most other calendar applications out there, but to get the gcal functionality you have on the desktop, use a Google Calendar app.  Although Google does not offer an official Google Calendar app for the iPad, choose one with gcal functionality. Kasey recommends Sunrise (free) or Calendars 5 by Readdle ($6.99).

5. Google+ Google Plus is currently the fastest growing social network. With Google+ app on your iOS device you can auto-backup your photos and videos to Google! What is the number one storage hog on iPads?  photos and videos. Let Google+ back up to your Google+ account.

Also, Google+ is builds your personal learning network and your collaboration with like-minded educators. Kasey's 5 Reasons Educators Should Use Google Plus.

2. Add images to Google Docs on the iPad

Watch the video in the link; read the directions.

1. Chrome app works best.
2. In Chrome choose "mobile site" and go to to log in.
3. Create a new document-- stay in Chrome; don't go to the Drive app.
4. Choose Document and add a title, click create.
5. This is the important part: When the page loads with your new document, click on ‘Desktop’ for the page mode type at the bottom of the page. See bottom of above image.
6. Now you can click "insert ---> image" from the menu. [screenshot]
7. Click the blue Add Image button in the middle of the pop-up that appears. Choose Camera Roll.
8 Choose your picture.

3. Google Drive's Magic 'i' -- the iPad and Google  = Collaboration

On the desktop, when you click a document [pdf, slides, document, spreadsheets] in  the list on your Drive, the new Drive asks "Open-in" from which you can open virtually any document.

How do you get to the "open-in" on your iPad?

When you click the "i" button in an iPad app, you discover the choice to "Open in.Almost any product you make on the iPad can be uploaded to Google Drive and housed in the cloud.

Example: Students [or teachers] create an iMovie. They go to Google Drive, choose the upload button and then upload that iMovie from the camera roll into their Drive accounts using the "Open in" choice. They can share that file and/or movie/photo with their peer from Google Drive, and now the students can collaborate in iMovie -- or what ever app file you're working with.

As you can see, I've added to my knowledge from the experts on Twitter, where anyone is an expert if you know an answer to the questions asked. It's an open forum that levels the field: experts and novices become collaborators with their own expertise.

Sunday, I focused on learning about Google Apps with the iPad since our teachers use their iPads with our Google Apps for Education.

How do you start Twitter? Start with a personal account. Here are several resources:

Twitter 101 
Twitter Prezi 
Twitter Handout
Twitter Post

If you are an NSD teacher, I hope you create your Twitter account [ I'll guide you -- just ask ] following our protocol of nsd+lastname [  example: nsdedwards ].  We can use the hashtag #nsd14ed I do suggest starting with a personal account; that's the one you'll grow your network with the most on all your topics of interest.

 As Steve Jobs said, "Just ask." What are your questions?

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