Friday, December 7, 2012

Add Images to Your Google Forms

Until adding images directly into Google Forms becomes available, check out the great solution put together by James Eichmiller.  It's really easy to use.  You can find the step-by-step instructions at

Here is the URL of the spreadsheet you'll need a copy of:

I put together the video below to demonstrate the process.

Complete List: 15 Ways to Be a Smarter Teacher

I really enjoyed reading the 15 Ways to Be a Smarter Teacher series posted by Ian Jukes on the Committed Sardine blog.  Here's the list he put together.  Click on each one to read more.

  1. Smart Teachers Understand That It’s About Them Not About Us.
  2. Smart Teachers Study Their Students.
  3. Students Take Risks When Teachers Create Safe Environments.
  4. Smart Teachers Exude Passion As Well As Purpose.
  5. Students Learn When Teachers Show Them How Much They Need to Learn.
  6. Smart Teachers Keep It Clear Even When They Can’t Keep It Simple.
  7. Smart Teachers Practice Vulnerability Without Sacrificing Credibility.
  8. Smart Teachers Teach From the Heart.
  9. Smart Teachers Repeat the Important Parts.
  10. Smart Teachers Ask Good Questions.
  11. Smart Teachers Don’t Just Pass Out Information.
  12. Smart Teachers Stop Talking and Start Listening.
  13. Smart Teachers Let Their Students Teach Each Other.
  14. Smart Teachers Avoid Using the Same Approach For Everyone.
  15. Smart Teachers Never Stop Teaching.

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Guest Blog Series About 1:1 with Chromebooks at Leyden

In case you missed these, here are the links to the complete series of guest posts that were written for Scott McLeod's Dangerously Irrelevant blog about Leyden High School District 212 going 1:1 with Chromebooks this year.  We very much appreciated the opportunity to share our story with Scott's followers.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Getting Started With Google+ for Educators

On November 15, 2012, Google announced that Google+ became available for Google Apps for Education domains.  That was really exciting news!  Like many others educators, I had been using Google+ through my personal Google account to connect with lots of different people.  Now that it's available for all of the faculty and staff in my district, I can imagine some amazing ways we can use it to expand our personal learning networks, provide professional development opportunities, hold group meetings, and much more.  The most interesting question will be if and when we should enable Google+ for our students.  The available premium features appear to be excellent options for limiting student usage to within their domain.  We'll see.  But it all starts with getting our teachers familiar with and using Google+ first.  I put together the following narrated presentation to assist the Leyden teachers with getting started, but hopefully others find it beneficial, as well.  So, if you'd like to learn more about Google+ and how to get started, turn up your volume and play the presentation below (I'd recommend viewing it in full-screen).  I'd love to hear how others are using Google+ in their schools and if this presentation was helpful, so please consider leaving a comment.  Enjoy!