Monday, 27 July 2015

Who is in your professional network?

How often does this happen? 
I am reading an Alice Keeler post on her Teacher Tech blog  and notice she mentions a music composition program called Flat. (If you don't follow Alice on Google+, you really should). So I install Flat as a Chromebook app and have a play, but I am not a music teacher and have no idea how this compares with other packages in schools.

I contact Paul Allan - A music teacher I know.

A big thanks to Paul for his guest spot today.... and to +Alice Keeler. You wont find a better example of an educator committed to sharing, collaborating and look for opportunities to "encounter" the other...

Who is in your professional network?

Tuesday, 21 July 2015

Be careful when you sync Google Drive

Our Google Drive is now being used as a replacement for our traditional network drive. The problem is that people have their Google Drive synchronised to their desktop and suddenly they find they have no more space on their desktop.

A number of factors will lead to problems for your school or organisation

  1. When you sync Google drive to your device, the default is that it syncs everything.
  2. Google drive doesn't let you sync sub-folders. eg. you only want "Year 3 2015 Semester 1" but because its root folder is "Curriculum SCTSV" you end up with files from 2010-2014 and from multiple year levels.

4 Steps to solving this problem 

4. Choose a folder in your Google Drive and sync that, then move everything into that folder that you wish to have synced using Shift+Z. See Video below.

Monday, 13 July 2015

Have you seen Teach Tech Play?

New Paradigms for Professional Development

There are some exciting new ways to deliver professional development in our schools. Teach Tech Play is one of these. It is a monthly Google Hangout hosted by two Melbourne teachers: Michael Ha & Eleni Kyritsis

"Educators are invited to share ideas, lessons & tools they are using. The winner is crowned the Play King/Queen of the month"

For those of you familiar with Google Summits, it's an extension of the Demo Slam. 

Click here to open episode 1 and hopefully many of the other episodes will just appear down the side (see my screen capture above). Or if you are on Google+, click here and follow the community.

E_Learning guides, I encourage you to make use of these as part of your PD sessions. Even better, why not join the community and volunteer to present?

A few things to remember
  • Select tools that do not require students to give their information as part of some registration process. Always look for the "Log in with Google" button. It means Google handles the authentication.
  • Look for the options that are browser based apps and extensions. It means they will probably work on Chromebooks. 
  • If you don't have a huge budget, it doesn't mean you can't participate. Most apps that are demonstrated are free  
  • Do the paperwork so your staff can gain QCOT hours. 

A big thank you to the Teach Teach Play team for this initiative.