Showing posts from December, 2016

Drag and Drop File Management? No Way! #windows

Do you drag files between folder windows open on your computer? Some suggest that this is the approach to take:
Do you find it annoying moving files and folders using Windows Explorer? Why not use drag and drop! All you need to do is open two windows and drag and drop from one to the other. (Source:#1MinuteCPD) While this approach works, I prefer a more enlightened approach using a program called Free Commander XE. A little bit about Free Commander XE:
FreeCommander is an easy-to-use alternative to the standard windows file manager. The program helps you with daily work in Windows. Here you can find all the necessary functions to manage your data stock. You can take FreeCommander anywhere – just copy the installation directory on a CD or USB-Stick – and you can even work with this program on a foreign computer. As you can see from the image below, you get a two panel interface that allows for more than just drag-n-drop between windows:

You can also enjoy multi-panel joy for file manag…

Learning In Spite of That iPad, Chromebook, Surface

Check out my latest blog entry over at the TCEA TechNotes Blog! I had a lot of fun writing it. The problem I write about in this entry remains a pressing concern for many educators. 

“You’re just a shill for Google,” a district colleague joked when I shared I had been selected to participate in the Google Certified Innovator program in 2010. I laughed for a moment. If that moment was funny, the fact that I became a Microsoft Innovative Education (MIE) Expert in 2016 must generate a few more chuckles. And some wondered at my efforts with a 1:1 Apple iPad classroom. Work in education, you soon find yourself avoiding a dystopian, technology singularity. The Big Three, which includes Apple, Google, and Microsoft (let’s refer to them as AGM going forward), are competing for space in today’s classrooms. Each boasts new, powerful software, hardware, and online spaces that bridge the learning gap for educators around the world. From Apple’s Distinguished Educator (ADE)  to Google Certified T…

Technological Relativity: Exploring My Journey

When I started working at my new position at a non-profit education organization on March 21, 2016, I had no idea how I would be handling a fresh challenge--providing professional learning about Microsoft products. The team had its Google advocates, but the position that I was filling as a Director of Professional Development, well, that was meant to fulfill the partnership that the organization had with Microsoft (not that Google or Apple were excluded).

In fact, some people came up to me in workshops just this month. "Miguel," said one young educator, "I read your Around the Corner blog. I know you write about GNU/Linux a lot, so I was surprised to see your support of Microsoft products." I laughed at this observation that I've often made over the last few months. Yet, I discovered a path forward that allowed me to reconcile differing perspectives. As someone who seeks balance (hey, I've been labeled a Libra and grew up seeing the "scales" as my…

See you at ISTE 2017?

Like many others, I was pleased to receive notification that I'll have a chance to facilitate sessions at ISTE 2017. That's great, because I live in San Antonio, Texas, and look forward to seeing old friends and acquaintances!

The two accepted sessions include:

Monday, June 26, 10:00–11:00 am CDT (Central Daylight Time)Awesome PBL Happens With MicrosoftJumping into problem-based learning? Explore how Office 365 tools like MS Classroom, OneNote, Office Mix, Sway can scaffold student activities in ways that facilitate teaching, learning and leading in K-Adult learner situations.Tuesday, June 27, 12:15–1:15 pm CDT (Central Daylight Time)Using Microsoft OneNote to Support ELL StudentsIn this hands-on, badge earning event, you'll have the opportunity to explore how OneNote's media capabilities make enhancing teaching and learning fun for you and your English Language Learner(s)!
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Holiday Flyers: Microsoft, Chromebook, 3D Printing, Makers

I had a lot of fun making these flyers using Powerpoint. It was the first time I'd ever used Powerpoint to create flyers, believe it or not!

Note: These were published as a series of blog entries at Technotes Blog! is a non-profit education organization. Check it out at In the interests of full disclosure, Miguel Guhlin serves as a Director of Professional Development; find out more about his work at
While some report that 3D printing isn’t a thing anymore, it remains one of the top tech trends for the foreseeable future. That may be because 3D printers are finding their way into classrooms and homes with startling alacrity. This blog entry shares a few choices for printers, design tools, and sources, as well as mobile device apps. 3D Printers for Home Wondering what printers you can get for your home? Consider these three offerings, ranging from least expensive to most expensive. The Dremel IdeaBuilder packs …

OneNote as a Blogging Platform

“I am interested in the Integration Blog project,” says Jennifer Moore, “but I am wondering if I can do a OneNote instead?” Jennifer participates in the TCEA Campus Technology Specialist Certification program, a phenomenal learning opportunity for TCEA members. In this blog entry, we explore a few detours to a Microsoft OneNote-based blog. For a blog to be read, it must be relevant to its readers. Yet reader-relevant blog entries cannot be the sole measure of a successful blog.

Note: This blog entry was originally published at Technotes Blog! is a non-profit education organization. Check it out at In the interests of full disclosure, Miguel Guhlin serves as a Director of Professional Development; find out more about his work at  The Measure of a Blog The rubric for an Integration Blog Project includes the following elements: Blog Layout and ThemeBlog Entries (minimum of five)Spelling and Grammar You could use a tra…

Free #EdTech PD

Take time for yourself this holiday break and increase your technological and/or pedagogical skills with these online professional learning opportunities.

Note: This blog entry was originally published at Technotes Blog! is a non-profit education organization. Check it out at In the interests of full disclosure, Miguel Guhlin serves as a Director of Professional Development; find out more about his work at
“What can I learn this vacation break?” As a lifelong learner, I like to ask myself this question when I have some spare time. Balance quiet family moments this holiday with anytime, anywhere learning. Below, you will find suggestions for self-paced professional learning this winter break. These will deepen your technological and pedagogical knowledge without impacting your budget. Did you know? Join the December 27-29, 2016 EdCamp Voxer event,  100% audio and mobile, available for free! Find out more! Microsoft …