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30 Days of ChromebookEDU – Day 8

So here I am on Day 8 of my MacBook Air detox, AKA, the 30 Day ChromebookEDU Challenge. It’s been a pretty smooth transition – again, I’ve been using Chromebooks for a few years, so there wasn’t any form of a learning curve. In the words of Collin Voigt, it’s been “easy peasy.” Onto my… Continue reading 30 Days of ChromebookEDU – Day 8

Chromebook · Google

30 Days of ChromebookEDU

In the spirit of Lake Forest High School’s 1:1 Chromebook rollout for all students, I’m embarking on a new challenge. Over the next 30 days, I’m attempting to answer the question: Can I use a Chromebook – and only a Chromebook, no other laptops/computers – for all of my professional EDU duties? Chromebooks aren’t new,… Continue reading 30 Days of ChromebookEDU

Google · Lesson Ideas · Video

TimelineJS 3: A Basic Primer

I just checked out TimelineJS 3 – Knight Lab’s update to the popular and versatile TimelineJS. Spoiler Alert: I really, really like it. Some key upgrades include simpler date entry, BCE support (yay!) and the ability to add background images. Everything just looks glossier and more sleek, of course. Here’s a quick start video about the… Continue reading TimelineJS 3: A Basic Primer

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21 things I learned from organizing a TEDxYouth Event

TEDxLakeForestHighSchool dropped on Thursday, April 16th – and all things considered, the event was a huge success. Months of planning culminated in 16 students and 9 community adults gracing our stage, inspiring our small audience, and hopefully starting conversations that matter. Talks included how students would reinvent the high school classroom, LGBT representation in the… Continue reading 21 things I learned from organizing a TEDxYouth Event

Google · Professional Development

We gamified a Google Search PD session, and it was awesome!

It was Monday night in Wisconsin Dells, and my friend Corey and I were putzing around the local Walmart (a couple of devil-may-care scamps painting the town red, clearly). We were leading a session called “Building Digital Literacy Skills with the Amazing Google Scavenger Hunt Challenge” at the Midwest Google Summit the following morning, and we… Continue reading We gamified a Google Search PD session, and it was awesome!

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Prevent users from downloading your Google Drive videos

Kudos to Steve Douglass of Lake Forest High School for showing me this one – if you want to post/embed a video stored in your Google Drive, you can do this AND prevent users from downloading your video at the same time. You might not need to do it often, but it’s a neat trick. Simply access… Continue reading Prevent users from downloading your Google Drive videos

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Google Forms + Add-ons = An Awesome Event Registration System

I was recently entrusted with the task of creating an online, registration system for 1700 high school students for a neat event we run at Lake Forest High School called “E Day” – a 3-hour program where students choose breakout sessions and experience fun, new ideas in an atmosphere of creativity and community building. Think… Continue reading Google Forms + Add-ons = An Awesome Event Registration System