Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Thursday, August 16, 2018

Remove students and archive your old Google Classrooms!
Just do it!
Here are a few notes/tips on this. (THX to Janelle Coady for these.) 
  • It will be removed from the students' class lists. I don't know how many times we have seen a student's list and it still had classes from several years ago. Archiving will eliminate this.
  • You can still see your archived classes; they are just in a new place (look down the left sidebar for archived classes).
  • You can still reuse old announcements and assignments from archived class. (However, you cannot reuse items from the "about section," so if you are like me and used this spot for ongoing course info, it is not an option to reuse. In fact, you cannot even look at your old about section. The good news is if you put those items in the stream as an announcement, you can reuse next year. Yeah!)
  • I would also recommend removing all students before archiving classes. Although it should still remove them from seeing the class (I tested with a test account), it is probably still good practice to remove students and then archive. 
More Classroom ideas:
Back to School with G Suite: 6 Activities for the Classroom - Vision Boards - Student Interest Survey - Emoji Scavenger Hunt and more!  

Google Classroom - The new roll-out started on August 7th!  
Jason did a session on the new features at boot camp - if you get a chance ask him about them... pretty cool additions to the classroom program. 
We are better than this Norris Staff!

With a subject line of: Click The Easy Button!!

...and a message with just a button:

We had almost 50 staff members click on this. (47 to be exact.)   Really!  That tells me that we have a lot of staff members that one day will have hackers on their computer watching them on their webcams. Staff members who will have bank accounts drained and wondering where the money went.  Staff members who have purchases on accounts or cards that they did not authorize.  The list goes on.  We need to be careful with what we click on!  It's really dangerous out there and it's to easy to be a victim.  Sorry to sound like I am a parent scolding you.... but It's not just about Norris... it's about your personal security!  We are all in this together and we care! 

Have you checked your web profile? Did you change buildings, coaching duties, etc.... Remember to update them on our website - it's simple to do! Here is the info from our webmaster (Andrew Carlson) Just reminding you again!

Please double check your profile page on the Norris website and make sure all your information is current.  

If you have something that needs to be changed, it is very easy to don't need to contact me to make the changes.

To log-in to the site, just go to the top of the page and click on "Titan Tools" and then "LOG-IN"   Help Logging in

This should take you to a "user" page that has some links to your Profile and a direct link to EDIT your profile.  Help with Profile Edits

Don't forget to Save your changes at the bottom of the edit window.  
All other Help options:

Create Better Looking Sites More Quickly with Section Layouts in New Google Sites
Via G Suite Updates | Google is adding section layouts to the new Google Sites. You can use these layouts to quickly design pages or sections of pages on your site. This makes it even easier and quicker to create professional-looking websites using the new Sites.

annual tech boot camp! (Wow, it was great seeing all of the innovative tools and tech that staff use here at Norris. Special thanks to  our very own Jason Gault for organizing such a great event!)

Many of the session resources are available from the schedule - Check them out

💥 Congratulations to these staff members that completed their Google Certification's this summer! 

You can see our complete list of certified educators here, and learn more about the Norris Google Certification Program here.  Get ready for another round this next spring!  The feedback from participants has been very positive! 

If you are a teacher or administrator - Join NETA now. It’s Free!

The Nebraska Educational Technology Association (NETA) - is a grassroots organization open to everyone interested in sharing information about using technology in the educational process. NETA has over 5,000 members. You will be eligible for free classroom grants, allowed to vote for many Norris staff members that may be on the ballot, receive a monthly email with resources and more.

Looking for good Chromebook for home at a great price - This is a great one for the money. 

Acer Chromebook 14 - at Walmart for $219   Here's an article about this deal

💥 Tech tools - Awesome new online video tool, New Google Classroom tools, Book Creator, Are you going to Boot Camp? ..and more!

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Have you registered for the Norris Tech Boot Camp? -I hope so, we have some exciting sessions from some great staff members!  Check your email for the info from Gault! 

Book Creator -  WOW  This is a great tool... in fact, Jason is doing a session on it at our Boot Camp!
15 Science Projects for Book Creator Classrooms (This also shows you what a book looks like that is created with Book Creator. 

Misc web tools and sites:

Docs365 GIFmaker is a free Google Slides add-on that you can use to turn your slides into a GIF.

Nice online video creation - WOW Free!  Headliner.  How to Create a Headliner Video 

Google Classroom:

Some changes are coming!  (You can apply to get them now - )  Read more about them here:  A Peek at the New Google Classroom and 5 things to know about the new Google Classroom. 

Kahn Academy for kids released (App): 
 Khan Academy is now available for young learners (Ages 2-5)! Recently, Kahn launched Khan Academy Kids—new, free educational program designed to inspire young children to become learners for life. It’s available today in the iTunes App Store and in Beta for Google Play and AmazonFire. 

Thousands of activities, aligned to the Head Start Early Learning Outcomes Framework and Common Core, delve deep into topics ranging from math to motor development. 

Propose a New Meeting Time in Google Calendar
Via G Suite Updates | Google is introducing a new feature that enables more efficient meeting scheduling. Now, each guest invited to a meeting can propose a new time and the organizer can easily review and accept time proposals.