Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Hillside Middle School Teacher Sue Hannan on NH Chronicle Tonight, June 4 at 7 PM!

Tune in to NH Chronicle tonight, June 4th, at 7:00 PM to hear how Hillside Middle School language arts teacher Sue Hannan is using technology in her classroom. Read more: http://www.wmur.com/new-hampshire-chronicle/wednesday-june-4th-innovative-teacher-sue-hannan/26229112#ixzz33gAICkVc

Mrs. Hannan was named a State Winner in the 2014 Samsung Solve for Tomorrow contest. Her entry was chosen for its innovative approach to advancing interest in STEM among her students as well as making an impact in the Manchester community. In response to Samsung’s award notification, Mrs. Hannan, stated, “This is a unique opportunity for a Manchester school. We will be collaborating with students, colleagues, parents, community members and the media to create a project that spotlights the salmon release project, and will spotlight the health of the Merrimack River as well. While this will be a very involved project, it will assist students in concentrating their writing efforts into producing data analysis, integrating all subjects, and including many local and state standards for education. Students and community members will be involved in a service project that serves everyone.”

As a state winner, Ms. Hannan has earned $20,000 in Samsung technology for Hillside Middle School. Students in her classroom are already using their Samsung Chromebooks on a daily basis. They also received tablets, a document camera, and a large screen television.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Back up and save data from Google Apps with Google Takeout

Google Takeout
Graduating? Moving to another school district? You can easily "take out" data you have created in your Google Apps for Education account with a tool called Google Takeout:
https://www.google.com/settings/takeout.

NOTE: you will be prompted to log in to your Google account when you access the above link. Please review the Frequently Asked Questions about removing your data from Google.

Google Sites are currently not included in Google Takeout, but there is a import/export tool that can be used to extract a Google web site along with all attached images, videos, pages, etc.: https://code.google.com/p/google-sites-liberation/.

Download the import/export tool. It will run directly from your computer's desktop (Windows or Mac). Here is an example of the information you will need to enter in the import/export tool:
liberate google site

Google Classroom coming this fall

Google Classroom
The new Google Classroom will be easy enough to use for teachers who are unfamiliar with using Google Docs in the classroom, but will be feature -rich enough for those who consider themselves Google power users.
What can you expect:
  • Easily create and collect assignments and see who has or hasn't turned in.
  • Improve classroom communication - make announcements, ask questions, leave comments
  • Stay organized - creation of folders for students is automated
Check out Google official announcement: http://googleblog.blogspot.com/2014/05/previewing-new-classroom.html
Intrigued? Look for even more news on the new Google Classroom: http://blog.appsevents.com/2014/05/what-teachers-can-expect-from-classroom.html