Friday, October 20, 2017

Apply now! PPS Teachers Integrating & Learning Technology



Fill out an application to join the PPS TILT Cadre, a professional learning network focused on technology integration and best practices in classroom and leadership environments. The goals of this group include:
  • providing forums for networking and ongoing collaborative work
  • integrating proven and emerging technology effectively to support standards-based learning and teaching
  • modeling and practicing effective instructional strategies
  • focusing on exemplary professional learning to improve practice
This first year will focus on the exploration of technology resources in a safe collaborative environment to support students with personalized, equitable, racially and culturally responsive learning. Teachers will be expected to complete hands-on projects, improve their technology skills in a variety of areas and become proficient in using online tools.

If accepted, participation in this group is voluntary, not paid, and you must commit to three meetings: Thursdays, Jan. 18, March 15 and May 17, 2018 from 4-7 pm. Deadline to submit your application is Friday, Nov. 17, 2017 at 5 pm. PDUs are available. Only teachers are eligible to apply. Questions? Contact Melissa Lim, mlim@pps.net.

Short link for the application http://bit.do/ppstiltapp

Wednesday, October 18, 2017

Drive File Stream



Several users have reported concerns regarding news they heard about Google Drive going away. Good news, it's not Google Drive going away but the Google Drive app for Mac and Windows.

Drive File Stream is the replacement, a new application for your Mac or PC. You can use Drive File Stream to access all your Google Drive files from your computer while using less disk space and decreasing sync time. How does it work?
With Drive File Stream, you can:
  • Quickly see all your Google Drive files in Finder/Explorer (including Team Drives).
  • Browse and organize Google Drive files without downloading all of them to your computer.
  • Choose which files or folders you'd like to make available offline.
  • Open files in common apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop.

How do I get started?
Install Drive File Stream and get started.
https://support.google.com/drive/answer/7329379
More information here.

Monday, October 2, 2017

Google Educator Groups

Google Educator Groups, or GEGs, are independently run communities of educators who inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology both in the classroom and beyond. Via face to face meetups and online activities, GEGs provide a way for educators who are passionate about education and technology to meet like minded people and share, learn, and collaborate together. Join the GEG::Oregon group here and get connected to educator across the state and beyond!

Friday, September 29, 2017

Present like a pro: new updates in Slides designed to make you look good

From the Google blog:
As a go-to presentation tool, Google Slides already comes equipped with real-time collaboration features. Starting today, we’re introducing new robust features to help you and your team win that pitch, nail that client presentation and get buy-in for new ideas—all while saving valuable time.

The latest updates in Slides, include new G Suite integrations, partner applications and customization options:
  • Capture ideas in Keep, bring them to life in Slides
  • Skip manual updates, use linked Slides
  • Insert Diagrams, or ready-to-use visualizations. This is great for when you need to effectively share timelines, processes or hierarchies.
  • Select Grid view to view all your slides at once as thumbnails. This helps you easily reorder or change formats of multiple slides.
  • Tailor presentations to different audiences with the Skip slide feature. You can now choose to skip select slides without fully deleting them when you present from your phone or laptop.
  • Try new add-ons, shape up your Slides
  • Customize Slides, automate workflows with Apps Script
See the full post and all details here.

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Finally! Embed Websites as Iframes in the New Google Sites

You can now embed an entire webpage as an iframe in a new Google site. This will allow you to pull in content from other websites and Google tools like Apps Script, Data Studio, and App Maker, saving you the trouble of duplicating and updating that information on your page. Simply select “Embed URL” from the Insert menu. Note that this will only work if the webpage you’re trying to add allows embedding.


Check out the Help Center for details, and stay tuned for more features coming soon.

Friday, September 8, 2017

New PPS Recommended Digital Citizenship Curriculum

The PPS IT Department and Library Services have collaborated to recommend curriculum for teaching digital citizenship concepts. This instruction is aligned with the Oregon Library StandardsCommon Core Standards, and ISTE Student Standards. Recommended digital citizenship lessons for each grade level are outlined at the links at the top of the page.
Each building may develop a comprehensive plan for lesson delivery. For example, a school’s teacher-librarian and/or individual classroom teacher could cover these lessons in the course of a year or during October, which is Digital Citizenship Month.
You can see the curriculum at bit.do/ppsdigcit.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

Bringing Digital Citizenship into the School Curriculum



Google's free online training course for educators helps them equip their students with the foundational skills they need to create a safe and positive experience online. By reading, watching videos, and doing different activities in the Digital Citizenship and Safety Course, they can learn how to integrate digital citizenship and safety activities into their school curriculum. There are five interactive units. Read more about the program here.