Tech. Agenda & Announcements for 11/4-11/8

10/28-11/1 Recap: Last week I covered how to make a website on Google Sites, which was heavily requested on the tech skills survey at the beginning of the year. Some teachers attended with old sites they had started already years ago while others had nothing started yet. I wound up working with 14 teachers between the schools to get them going during my workshop as well as a couple others during my office hours. I dare say the coolest thing they learned was how to embed a Google Calendar in to it so that they could easily update their assignments on their site without actually having to edit it. Talk about a time saver! Thank you to those of you that came.

Topic of the Week (11/4-11/8): Syncing, Organizing, and Sharing with Google Drive

This week's topic is a great building block to expand on the tools within Google and is definitely something a lot of people wanted to learn about based on the tech skills survey. We are going to focus on Google Drive and the many features it has. First we'll look at how to sync your laptop with your Drive so you can access your files offline (and easily backup your computer while we're at it). Then we'll use the application as well as the website to learn how to organize your files so you can easily find them. And, finally, we'll talk about how you can share all of those files and folders to really take advantage of living in the cloud. These tools will be great to teach your students, too!

Note: As I did last week, I am inviting teachers to my workshops that I think have prep when I am doing them. Please reply to the invite when you get it. It will help me ensure that I have a big enough space for everyone and also tell me that you got it. If you do not get my invite and you would like to, just let me know what block you'd like to be invited to on this webpage and I'll add you to my mailing lists.


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