Embracing or Tolerating Technology

Over the course of this summer I have had the privilege of visiting a variety of schools across the country. As I visit campuses and have conversations with other educators, I always find it interesting to compare their procedures and practices to that of our own back home, including how technology is utilized. One site…

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Back-to-School Past, Present, & Future

With back-to-school just around the corner, week of 8/14 in Arkansas, I wanted to share some experiences that I have had over the past few weeks. There are often times that we can lose sight of the important aspects of why we entered the profession in the first place. I framed this post around a…

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Event Merge for Calendar

One of my favorite aspects of conducting training sessions is that I typically learn so much for the participants in my sessions. On a recent training trip I learned from a participant about an extension in Chrome titled Event Merge for Google Calendar. This extension is designed for users that either manage, or have access…

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Lessons Learned

It’s been a while since I’ve done one of these…let’s see if I can pick it up where I left off in 2015… Lesson One – What it Means to Serve A colleague challenged my thinking this year in how I handle service. I always thought my acts, or what I did for people, is a…

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The Paperless Office

One of the most beneficial, and popular, uses of G Suite among school leaders is leveraging Forms and Sheets in order to move to a paperless office. This can include building paperless referral systems, check in/out systems, and streamlining communication. Embedded above is a Slidedeck that highlights how you can create your own referral system,…

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Applications for New Google Sites

The new Google Sites was much anticipated and has provided a much needed face lift to the previously outdated product. While there are still limitations and some functions that have not quite made the transfer, once I was able to fully immersed myself in the new Sites I found myself embracing the new functionalities. With…

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Google Keep

One of my favorite apps at the moment is Google Keep. The beauty to Keep that is is a easy tool to use but contains powerful possibilities. Keep is a collaborative note taking tool that serves purposes inside and outside of school. What makes Keep different from other note taking services is the sharing feature…

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RTI – The Right Team and Technology

The phrase Response to Intervention (RTI) can often cause an educator to respond in a negative way. The RTI process is typically associated with large committees, marathon meetings, and no real product at the end. In my role as an administrator, I wanted to look at ways that we could avoid being a typical committee…

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Do More w/ Explore

My favorite feature in Sheets is coming to Docs…the Explore button! The research tool is being replaced with the Explore button and brings some added feature to the table. It has some of the basic search tools that were accessible with the Research tool, but it adds additional features and recommendations to your project. Also,…

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Documentation Made Easy

The concept of teaming is great and can produce some outstanding work from educators. However, as we have moved to a PLC type model for our school, I have noticed that keeping track of notes and documentation from our teachers can become a bit of a jumbled mess because many people have their on forms…

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