Sunday, February 25, 2024

Podcast Spotlight: Tech Unwreck

I recently had the pleasure to be a guest on the "Tech Unwreck" podcast.

Anyone who knows me, knows how much I love podcasts and am always mentioning something new I learned from one of them, so I was super excited to get to join an episode of this podcast.

The podcast is hosted by Nicky Acevedo from Vivacity Tech and is described as follows:

Tech Unwreck is a podcast for educators and technology experts in the K-12 space to learn, share, and grow in their knowledge. Hear from experts in their field about K-12 technology in the classroom and learn about new and exciting tools, classroom techniques, and more.

I had a wonderful time chatting with Nicky all about artificial intelligence in education including the AI tools currently available, the beneficial ways they can be used in schools, and ideas for addressing potential concerns..

Take a look below to listen to the episode, access the resources that I shared in the episode, and explore more about the podcast.

Monday, February 12, 2024

Googley Valentine Activities

With Valentine's Day coming up, this is a great time to highlight some activities I really love! In this case I am talking about technology activities for students that tie into the holiday theme while also promoting creativity, math, and writing.

I this blog post I will be sharing four Valentine-themed projects that use Google tools. Each of these are ideas I have shared in the past, but I thought it would be helpful to bring them all together in one place.
  • 📊 Hearts and Charts Google Sheets Math Activities
  • 😍 Valentine Emoji Rebus Stories in Google Docs
  • 🧲 Valentine Magnetic Poetry with Google Drawings
  • 💌 Valentine Cards with Google Drawings
Hopefully you find all of them to be fun ways to engage your students, while working on practical skills.

See below for a description of each activity, access to all the templates, and links to the original blog posts for the projects I am re-sharing. Hope you love them!

Sunday, February 4, 2024

Accessibility Tools for All Learners - Recorded Webinar

Recently I had the privilege to offer a free online session for the Teacher Innovation Network "EdTech Playground" series where the theme was accessibility tools and resources for all learners.

For my portion of the session I presented on a wide range of assistive technology tools and resources. Here is a description of my session:

Google Tools to Support all Learners
There are many Google tools, apps, extensions, and features available to assist all learners. In this session we take an in-depth hands-on look at a wide range of technology tools to assist any and all learners. These can include text-to-speech, speech-to-text, readability, reading comprehension, artificial intelligence tools, audio support, organization, focus, and more. Learn what tools are available and how to access and use these free tools with your students.

The other presenter was Kat Goyette who also addressed accessibility resources and support ideas.

The Teacher Innovation Network was kind enough to make the recorded video available for people to view if they were not able to attend the live session. See below to watch the recording, as well as access the resources I shared in the session.

Thursday, February 1, 2024

What's New in Google - January 2024

Catch up on everything new in Google Workspace for Education from January 2024, and see great ideas and resources!

Below is the recorded video from our January 2024 Google User Meeting, along with the meeting agenda with all the awesome resources and Google updates from the last few months. This includes lots of new Google updates and Google resources for your class.

The monthly meetings are hosted by the Google Educator Group of Ohio, but are open to anyone from any location. The purpose of these meetings is to:
  • Connect Google-using educators
  • Share the latest Google Workspace news and features
  • Provide tutorials, demonstrations, and how-to’s
  • Share best practices of how Google Workspace is being used within schools
  • Ask questions and get answers
The video from the meeting is recorded and available for later viewing for those who cannot attend or connect live. See below to view the recorded video, agenda, and all the resources from the January 2024 meeting:

Wednesday, January 24, 2024

16 Updates to Make Google BETTer

This week Google is in London at BETT, the world’s biggest educational technology exhibition. At the event, companies from all around the world show off their latest and greatest innovations for educational technology.

Google is using this opportunity to showcase new updates for Google Workspace for Education. These updates include new features for Google Classroom, Docs, Accessibility, Chromebooks, AI, and more!

Although I have never been to BETT yet (definitely a goal for the future!) I wanted to share these new updates with you. See below for my rundown of my favorite new updates that Google is announcing. For each item I give the gist of what is new as well as how these updates can make teaching and learning BETTer.

Monday, January 22, 2024

Google Duet AI for Schools

Artificial intelligence tools and resources for schools have been exploding over the last year. It seems like every day there is a new AI tool or feature.

Google has been very active in the AI space as well with their development of Google Bard, NotebookLM, and much more.

Recently Google has launched Duet AI for Google Workspace, one of their most powerful and ambitious artificial intelligence projects.

If you haven't heard of Duet AI, it is a suite of AI tools from Google that integrate directly with the Google Workspace products such as Docs, Slides, Sheets, Gmail, Meet, and more.

Recently I was fortunate to be able to interview Vivek Chachcha who is a Product Manager for Google Workspace for Education and who works directly with Duet AI for education. We chatted all about this new tool including current features, new options coming soon, how educators are using it, and how your school can try it out.

See below for the 25 minute recording of our conversation, as well as other information and resources related to Duet AI.

Sunday, January 21, 2024

Google AI for Schools YouTube Shorts Series

Google has recently posted a series of YouTube Shorts all about using AI in education for teaching, learning, saving time, and more.

And they all are quick because YouTube Shorts can only be 1 minute long!

Some of the topics include:
  • Engaging classroom activities
  • Interactive interviews with AI
  • Using AI to elevate how you teach
  • Coding with AI
  • Saving time with Practice Sets
  • Generating creative writing prompts
  • Writing and performing a class play
  • How to talk to parents about AI
  • Designing effective professional development activities
  • And more!
I am extra excited because I was able to be in two of the videos! See below for more details and how to watch these helpful YouTube Shorts.