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6 Chrome Extensions to Help You Maximize Google Drive Google Drive has unlimited potential. The feature that lets users upload documents, images, spreadsheets and more has millions of neat little ways to boost your everyday activity. It's also a useful online warehouse that holds all the things you don't have space for on your computer. Want to know how to boost its capabilities even more? Download these six nifty Chrome extensions that offer unique and handy features. 1. If you need to keep your documents as private as possible (you know, like that secret novel you've been working on), check out Fogpad. 2. As the name suggests, Save to Google Drive lets users save web content or browser screenshots directly to their Drive accounts. 3. Here's another one with a straightforward name. 4. Here's an extension for the lazybones in all of us. 5. Work some photo editing magic with Pixlr Editor. 6. This extension may very well improve your overall Google experience, let alone Drive. Have something to add to this story?

12 Online Tools For Effective Teacher to Student and Parent Communication Guest post by Reese Jones & Shelly Sanchez Terrell Having a clear and positive communication with the students and their parents are a vital necessity among educators. According to School Family, good communication results in increased student achievement and better services from the school. An effective way in pursuit of this is through the use of technology, specifically the internet. Google Forms As part of Google Drive, Google Forms provide an interactive way of exchanging information with your students and their parents. Blogs By creating a blog, you are also creating an online presence that can be used for multiple purposes: posting announcements, class candid moments, student’s achievements, assigning group tasks and disseminating learning resources and helpful links. Colorful Posters/Graphics Even if you have a dedicated classroom blog, it’s always good to keep your homeroom bulletin board updated. Remind 101 This is a handy web tool in reminding students and parents via SMS.

100 Best Chromebook Tips, Tricks and Time Savers Getting started with a Google Chromebook is very easy so is being a normal Google Chromebook user. But to be a power user, you need to know some tips, tricks and secrets. Here is a few to get you started! Towards the end of the list you will find tips mostly found on development channel or beta channel of Chrome OS. Thanks everyone who shared these tips on various forums and communities. Chromebook Tips, Tricks and Time Savers <img src=" alt="" width="448" height="212" />You can create a recovery media right from the Google Chromebook. Hope you learned a thing or two here. RTT-D Chromebook Roll Out | New Haven Unified School District Student Mobile Devices CyberEducation Common Sense Media CyberEducation and support for parents, students, and educators. Advice videos on many "cyber" topics, including online safety, security, bullying, relationships, digital footprint, and more. Unbiased reviews of movies, video games, TV shows, and books. Race To The Top ( RTT-D) Overview The New Haven Unified School District (NHUSD) is one of 16 nationwide winners in the U.S. One of the RTT-D initiatives is the integration of technology to support and personalize student learning. The Changing Look of the Classroom The technology component of the RTT-D grant focuses on personalizing learning for students. takes ownership of rigorous and meaningful learningconnects learningwith interestsactively participates in designing learningdevelops skills and knowledge through the learning processcollaborates with other learners, teacher(s), family, ...becomes self-directed ^ Top of Page ^

3 Important Google Calendar Tips Every Teacher Should Know about September 9, 2015 Google Calendar can be of tremendous help in enhancing your teaching productivity and facilitating your overall instructional workflow. As a teacher, you can use Calendar for different purposes. For example, you can use it to create events and share them with your students and parents; or use it to share important dates and information with students. You can also create reminders about assignments and share them with your class. Check out these video tutorials to learn more about how to use Google Calendar. Also, below are three important tips to keep in mind when using Google Calendar. 1- Events from Gmail Any email you receive with an event included (e.g a flight, an appointment…etc) is automatically added to you Google Calendar. Open Google Calendar.Click the settings gear in the top right .Select Settings.Find the Events from Gmail section (stay in the "General" tab).Uncheck Add automatically. Open Google Calendar on a computer.On the left, find My Calendars.

80 Interesting Ways to Use Google Forms to Support Learning I am pleased to relaunch this popular resource form the Interesting Ways series after a little bit of TLC. If you are new to the idea behind the Interesting Ways series, they are open Google Presentations which teachers add their ideas to – one idea, one slide, one image. They have been running for years now and have proven massively helpful to teachers across the world as crowdsourced idea banks to share with colleagues. I have checked through this one on Google Forms and updated the first and last slides – I hope you find the ideas useful and of course please feel free to follow the link below to add your own ideas (jump to the last slide for info on what to do) after all that is what they are here for! Add your ideas by editing the document. Thanks to everyone for helping to support these resources – I will continue to work through them all in the coming weeks and update and tend to them accordingly.

Google Chromebook Tips I presented on Google Chromebooks to staff at the William Davies Middle School. This presentation was an introduction about the device and it covered needs of staff and students at the school. If you would like to review the presentation, click on this link. However, I found some helpful keyboard shortcut and touchpad tips, for the Chromebook, that I would like to share. Chrome OS End of Life Policy Chrome devices receive automatic updates regularly that improve and enhance the device and software on the device. However, advances in hardware and technology eventually make devices out-of-date, and as time goes by, we can no longer provide updates to leverage new OS features. This document provides advanced notice of the End of Life date for specific Google approved Chrome devices, and is currently applicable only to Chrome OS for Enterprise and Education customers and Chromebox for meetings customers. (Note that only the Chromebox component of Chromebox for meetings is covered under the End of Life policy; the peripherals for the Chromebox for meetings solution are not covered.) General policy When a device reaches End of Life (EOL), it means that the product model is considered obsolete and will no longer receive full support1 from Google’s Enterprise team. 1 See ChromeOS Technical Support Service Guidelines

Educational Technology Guy: 52 Google Docs Secrets for Students Google Docs is one of my favorite resources for myself, other teachers, and students. I use it constantly and when I share it with other teachers, friends, or my students, they are usually impressed and start using it too. There are tons of features and functions in Google Docs that make using it extremely useful and effective as an educational tool. The fact that it's free, online, and collaborative make it great for students. Word Processing, Presentations, Forms, Drawings, and Spreadsheets. Google keeps adding more features too. The folks over at OnlineColleges have come up with a list of 52 Great Google Docs Secrets for Students. If you use Google Docs, or are planning on using them, this is a great list of resources and tips. Related: Google for Educators Resources - tips, using in education, resources, training, apps, and much more. my other favorite resource: Evernote for Education - resources, tips, ideas and more Presentation on Google for Educators