Three Money-Saving Tips for Buying Tech for College

  To graduating seniors and their parents: Congratulations!  I am taking a minute to write out some tips I give to seniors who ask me about buying a laptop for college.  The college laptop is more important than ever.  While sometimes you cannot determine how long a piece of hardware can last, you can at Read More …

Sharing Excel Online spreadsheets

This entry is part 8 of 7 in the series Office 365 for Educators

1. Sign in and select Excel 2. Select a theme 3. Rename the spreadsheet for your group 4. Share to your group and teacher 1. Sign in and select Excel Use portal.office.com to log into your Office 365 @spart7.onmicrosoft.com account.  From the Portal, choose Excel Online. 2. Select a theme From the Excel Online window, Read More …

Sharing PowerPoint Online presentations

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Office 365 for Educators

Each collaborative group should nominate a group leader to follow the four steps for setting up your online presentation.  Only the leader needs to create the presentation.  After it is created, other group members and the teacher should get an email with a link to the shared presentation. 1. Sign in and select PowerPoint 2. Read More …

Sharing Word Online documents

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Office 365 for Educators

Each collaborative group should nominate a group leader to follow the four steps for setting up your online document.  Only the leader needs to create the document.  After it is created, other group members and the teacher should get an email with a link to the shared document. 1. Sign in and select Word 2. Read More …

New Series: Office 365 for Educators

This entry is part 3 of 7 in the series Office 365 for Educators

This morning, I am launching a new series for my fellow educators specifically focusing on how to use Office 365 cloud tools in their classrooms.  I begin with a few how-to tutorials that guide students and teachers step-by-step on how to set up shared online Word documents, PowerPoints or Excel worksheets for online groups.  I Read More …

Tech Tuesday – PBL 301- Group Work vs. Collaboration

This entry is part 17 of 20 in the series Tech Tuesday 1516

Are your students collaborating or dividing and conquering?  In this session, we will discuss how to manage student teams so that learning is comprehensive rather than fragmented. Agenda Let’s first develop a definition of collaboration by reading the first two pages of “Towards Better Group Work: Seeing the Difference between Cooperation and Collaboration” an article Read More …

The @DNTHS welcome video (and postcards!)

In the next week or so, my incoming sophomores will receive a short postcard from a colleague and I.  During the University of Illinois Writing Project (UIWP), I started a conversation about personal writing and the “You will write every day” attitude necessary to build a solid classroom writing community.  From that discussion, the idea for Read More …