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New Look for Google Calendar

Use new calendar2Beginning today, there is a new look for Google Calendar. The functions and features are the same. It just looks “better” and more inline with other Google products.

I have approved the change for our domain, but left it as optional for now. The default is still the classic view. Read the rest of this entry »

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Chromebooks: Get More Info with Alt + V

IMG_4904One of the easiest ways to find out what Chrome OS version a Chromebook is on is to press ALT + V while on the logon screen. This will make the version information show up in the top right corner of the screen. On an non-managed Chromebook, you will also see the serial number. This too is helpful information.


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Google Slides Can Be An Alternative To MS Publisher

google-slides-apiThe other day I was talking with a school administrator who wanted to move to using G Suite for everything. He said he made documents like newsletters using MS Publisher and wondered if Google had a program like Publisher. I told him yes, Google Slides. Now I know what your thinking. He didn’t say he wanted to make PowerPoint presentations. He said he wanted to make newsletters. Google Slides is a great tool for making slide presentations. For the past year and a half I’ve used it for all of my presentations. However, it can be used for more than just slide presentations. Read the rest of this entry »

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Presenting Google Admin Sessions at #KySTE17

2017graphicThe spring¬†Kentucky Society for Technology in Education (KySTE) conference is Kentucky’s largest educational technology conference. It’s being held March 8th-10th in Louisville. The KySTE conference is an excellent opportunity¬†to network with and learn from CIOs, TRTs, teachers, and technicians from across the state.

This year I’m excited to be presenting 3 sessions I’m calling the Google Admin Series. Read the rest of this entry »

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Manage Chrome Bookmarks for Students using the Google Admin Console

bookmarkWe’ve all been there. You have a group of students that you want to access a particular website. You tell all of the students the website address. You write it on the board. You create a a short link to it. You mail it out. You post it in Classroom. You spell it out spell it out like you are doing a new version of the YMCA dance, but alias you can’t get all of your students to the site and have to spend time helping individual students.

Now, don’t get me wrong, individualized instruction is a good thing, but pointing out that they are missing a period in the URL or the “N” in the short URL needs to be capitalized, is taking away from the time you have to teach your lesson. Then, what if you aren’t in the same room as the students you are teaching? They are on another campus or even working on an assignment at home. How can you make sure the students have easy access to your school website, or other important site? Read the rest of this entry »


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Graduating? New Job? Take Your Files With You Using Google Takeout

google-take-titleWe are nearing the end of the school year. Like you didn’t already know that. One commonly asked question is how do we allow students to keep their files when they graduate or leave our school district. Similar questions are asked about when staff leave our district. Well, if their files are in Google Drive they can export them using Google Takeout. Read the rest of this entry »


Why Not To Force Install Apps on Chromebooks

chromebookFCPS now has several schools using Chromebooks so you’ll start seeing more GAFE and Chromebook posts along with iPad posts and other things I think about.

All of our Chromebooks are managed in the Google Management Console and all of our staff and students have Google accounts in our Google domain. We use the “block all apps and extensions except the ones I allow” option for all students. It is up to the district and/or school as to which apps to allow.


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