Virtually real field trips to the Galapagos – Our first trip with Google Expeditions

Before Spring Break, I showcased a few Google Cardboard visors I purchased.  I had a few exciting science and world language teachers, so I encouraged them to put together a Donors Choose grant.  After a sweeping act of kindness by one company, we found out that a Google Expeditions set was fully funded!  After some Read More …

Calendly: How to automate the booking of school counseling appointments with your parents

In this step-by-step, learn how to set up a Calendly page to automate the booking of your Individual Graduation Plans (IGP) with parents.  Calendly helps the appointment-booking process by keeping track of your availability (as measured by your Google calendar or Office 365 calendar) and only booking appointments online that you have the time for.  Read More …

Google Cardboard lesson ideas starting to come together

Since my first introduction to Google Cardboard at ISTE 2015 last summer, I have been eagerly waiting to see what comes to the surface as teachers experiment with virtual reality. Unfortunately, my school has not been chosen as a site to visit as Google Expeditions takes its product across the country. I have to say that I Read More …

Two years later: My brightening review of Microsoft Office 365 for Education

I was invited to the GMail and the Google Apps betas sometime in 2003 or 2004.  Take a minute for that to sink in…  Before Google Apps had taken over many school districts and before my experience as a New Tech Network teacher (where Echo and Google Apps ruled), I had grown up using arguably Read More …

Google Voice revolutionizing calling for quotes

I’ve been playing with more and more Chrome extensions (actually, I can’t wait until the OS is finalized…).  The more I play with Google Voice, the more applications I am finding.  First, I am using a Google Voice number associated with my teaching/education email to provide a medium for students to text me questions or Read More …

In their shoes: Google and Verizon’s Worrisome Proposal For Net Neutrality

But the companies [Verizon & Google] have discussed the future of the internet at length, and they’ve outlined several principles for the FCC to consider moving forward. via Google and Verizon’s Worrisome Proposal For Net Neutrality. Sure, they may be the biggest companies in their respective markets, but why are they not challenging themselves to Read More …

first reactions to CNet’s preview of Office 2010

CNet unveiled its first previews of Office 2010 today.  From the looks of it, Microsoft is doing what it should be doing best: stealing word-processing platforms’ features and ease of use. Conversation mode for email?  Try GMail Beta… like 10+ years ago. Customizing your ribbon?  Okay, I will give that to them, but it should Read More …