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Using Google Photos for Aggregating and Sharing School Event Images

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Check out my latest blog entry over at TCEA's TechNotes blog. Here's the lead:
“What’s the best way to collect and share photos for my journalism class?” a high school journalism teacher asked me. The answer, without a second thought, was, “I’m not sure.” A few years later, a middle school journalism teacher asked me the same question. “I’m not sure. I could rig up an FTP solution. A PHP-based photo gallery would make it easy to share images via the web.” The question always arose though, “Why can’t I use Flickr?” Now, however, you can use Google Photos within the G Suites for Education to get the job done. It’s so easy. Let’s explore Google Photos as a tool for capturing and sharing images. Of course, Google Photos can do so much more.Read the blog entry,
Exploring Google Photos as a Collaborative Tool
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 I can't tell you how many solutions I've implemented over the years to help journalism teachers capture and share photos online. What's amazing is that …

Stunning Images - #Free Site

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If you're like me, you are always on the lookout for awesome websites that provide copyright free, or creative commons copyright images that can be re-used. This past weekend, while digging around online, I stumbled on MaxPixel.net.

Aren't those images above incredible and beautiful? I can just imagine telling a story of an ugly duckling with this photo below...

Check it out at https://www.maxpixel.net/ Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Chromebook Extensions for Early Learners

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Curious about what Chrome extensions you can find? In this blog entry, I share a few that support math and language arts. Check them out.

Do you have some Chrome extensions that you would use with younger learners? One thing I forgot to consider in this blog entry...Android apps that will work on the new Android-compatible Chromebooks finding their way into schools.


Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Five Tips for CTOs at the Start of School

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As I look back on my years as a technology director, and director of instructional technology, several points come to mind. In the rush at the start of a school year, it's easy to forget the basics of working with people in a leadership position. I have always had to work harder to keep these basics in mind. That's why I spend more time on them when considering the CTO role than time on the technical, boxes and wires stuff (which folks often put the most emphasis on).


You can read my Back to School: Five Tips for CTOs online. Here are a few, although I hope you'll read the whole blog entry linked above.

Tips:

Share Progress on Achieving the Vision and MissionAcknowledge Wicked Problems, Then Show Your WorkConnect with Stakeholders at District, Campus, and Classroom LevelsCross-train Your StaffBuild Your Own Leadership Skills What tips do you have for CTOs at the start of the school year? One really obvious one...don't wait until the start of the school year to get ready…

Listening to Blog Entries at Anchor.fm #edtech #edtechchat

Anchor.fm is an awesome space to share short (or long) podcasts. One of the ways that I use it is to add audio to blog entries I write over at TCEA. What's neat about Anchor.fm is that it handles the work of sharing your audio podcast to various outlets.



For example, you can listen to the TCEA TechNotes blog entries that I've read online at all the podcast listening platforms, as well as through your smart speakers.

Anchor - http://anchor.fm/tceaApple Podcasts - https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/tcea-technotes-blog/id1385163516?mt=2&uo=4Google Podcasts - https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy80MjIwNzE0L3BvZGNhc3QvcnNzSpotify - https://open.spotify.com/show/4VwIxeoYcEZEDaokLgn5kVBreaker - https://www.breaker.audio/tcea-technotes-blogCastbox - https://castbox.fm/channel/id1358575Overcast - https://overcast.fm/itunes1385163516/tcea-technotes-blogPocket Casts - https://pca.st/k8S9RadioPublic - https://play.radiopublic.com/tcea-technotes-blog-69mPe9 Li…

Keynote Turns into Learning Opportunity #coding #stem

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A few months ago, I had the chance to keynote a conference held at Houston Baptist University (HBU). Special thanks to Dr. Dawn Wilson and Dr. Katie Alaniz for the invitation to speak. While at the event, I met Danica Botts in person.

Want to find out more about my presentation? I covered some of the main points in a blog entry, Kindling STEM Learning in Your Classroom
In preparing that keynote, I found myself attending some of the sessions at the conference. One of them was Danica Botts' (@TeachingNChucks) session on digital humanities (be sure to read Danica's published article on coding). What I thought was going to be a session about...well, humanities, ended up being about coding.


Read the blog entry, Humanities Go Digital: Twinery.org Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Personalized Learning Research

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When new research came out recently about personalized learning, I was inspired to write a blog entry that summarized the research but also aligned existing blog entries to each specific research point.

Read the blog entry, Five Ways to Succeed with Personalized Learning.

Do you ever gamify the blogging/writing process? I do. I enjoy playing with ideas, juxtaposing ideas and this blog entry on personalized learning was one of those. Not surprisingly, it was a quick write.
Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

5E Lesson Planning with #GoogleEDU Stuff

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Are you ready to embrace the 5E Lesson Planning Model? I've written a few blog entries about the 5E Lesson Planning Model and blending technology into it. You probably will want to read the whole series, but here's one I wrote about 5E Modeling: Engage with Google’s Applied Digital Skills Lessons


I got the idea of adapting the digital skills lessons from Google to 5E Model because I was looking for a source of lesson plans that were brand new.


Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Building Connections

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Every other day, I'll get an email from someone looking for advice (I also get two or three spam emails or releases from PR professionals trying to let me know about something unrelated to my interests...[DELETE]). It's great to get emails from folks with questions, and I turn those into blog entries for my TCEA Responds--my equivalent of "Dear Abby"--series.



You can read the whole series of TCEA Responds here, but this is the latest one:
We are an organization that provides access to various digital resources for K-12 public and open enrollment charter schools. Over 95% of the eligible students (and teachers) in Texas now have access to these resources. One challenge, as an education partner, is getting these resources into the hands of teachers. Read the rest
How do you share resources with teachers?
Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Dis…

Google Drive Cleaner

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Wouldn't you use a tool that saves you money? I was shocked that I managed to save 21+ gigs of space in Google Drive using the Google Drive Cleaner add-on/extension. What I like about it is that it works great on Chromebooks, too, not just your Windows/Mac machine.

You can read about it, along with other great solutions, here:


Google Drive Cleaner Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Hacks for Google Docs Users

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When I chat with friends and colleagues, we often share tips on how we're using various technologies. Since so many folks I know use Google Docs, I find myself helping them out and organizing their content in Google Docs. A few things I do when using Google Docs can make your life easier. I've shared those in this blog entry, Five Google Docs Hacks.

Read the blog entry
Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Keeping Track & Synching Bookmarks

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Since I work on several different computers (e.g. GNU/Linux, Windows) and browsers (e.g. Torch, Chrome, Firefox), I often wish all my bookmarks were in one place. Obviously, if you use Google Sign-in on your Chrome/Torch/Chromium browser, you are going to be able to see all your bookmarks get synchronized across computers. It's awesome because I can be working at home, go to work, and all my bookmarks are preloaded.

In this blog entry, I discuss Bookmark Organization Made Easy with a Chrome extension.


Of course, if you want to synchronize bookmarks across browsers, then a solution I started using will make this easier. Be sure to check out EverHelper's EverSync. What's cool about it is that I can sync my bookmarks, folders, etc. across browsers (e.g. Firefox and Chrome). This is a big deal if you use different browsers. It just requires loading some extensions in both browsers and then you're all set.

Here's what the screen looks like:
But, since I included my brow…

Keep Infographics Simple

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In this blog entry I share a bit about my experiences with making infographics. How much fun it is to go through the process with a roomful of fun educators at a recent conference. Come along and see what they made in my Infographics Made Simple workshop session.

In the blog entry, I share 3 tips...I flesh them out a bit in the blog entry linked above.


Tip #1 – Citing Images on the WebTip #2: Finding Icons for UseTip #3: Color Palettes Made Simple Check it out and learn what we did!
Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Make Text Bigger

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Did you read my TCEA blog entry on making text bigger on the screen? Facilitating a session in San Angelo, I took advantage of a few ways to share my resource links with others. Thanks to Maggie Ojeda for introducing me to TWO of the ways I shared in the blog entry linked below.


Read the blog entry at https://blog.tcea.org/go-large/ Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

#Edcamp #EduMatch - August 4th #txed #edtech #edtechchat

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Great announcement came out earlier this week...


Edcamp EduMatch is back Saturday, August 4 for its fourth year! Registration is now open at edcampedumatch.org.  The event goes from 11 am - 1 pm EDT.
You never know what you will learn, or who you will meet at Edcamp EduMatch!  You can even earn badges with the EduMatch events...Learn more about the open badges online.

I love how this group has set up their communications on social media:

Everything posted on Miguel Guhlin's blogs/wikis are his personal opinion and do not necessarily represent the views of his employer(s) or its clients. Read Full Disclosure

Seesaw PD in Your PJs - Webinars #txed #edtech

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Join us for free online training sessions and learn about Seesaw from the comfort of your couch! In August we have more than 20 sessions across all grade levels. We’re focusing on ideas and activities for getting started with Seesaw in your classroom! Designed for teachers who are brand new to Seesaw, this session will go step by step. Explore the creative tools & add your own posts during this session!

PreK-2nd grades, register here.

3rd-5th grades, register here.

6th-12th grades, register here.