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Archive Your Google Drive

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If, for one reason or another, you are leaving Bonny Eagle this summer, your access to your school issued Google Drive will eventually go away. For seniors, this typically happens in October. If that applies you to, you are likely panicking about what to do with your files. Although you can change the permissions/ownership for the folders, I find that it really doesn't trickle down to other files and folders. For that reason, I recommend downloading a ZIP folder of everything. This screencast will walk you through the process of putting everything into one folder and then downloading the folder onto your computer. You can then unzip the folder and upload it into your personal Google account to get back up and running.

3D Printing Inspiration for Math

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So many of the projects that I've been working on lately have been off in the universe outside of my blogsite. I think that's likely pretty common this time of year as we start to wind down for summer and many start to focus on file retention, etc. rather than digging deeper. Or some are looking to do project development with me getting ready for this fall.

One of the projects that has been keeping me busy are the new Makerbot 3D printers and 3D scanner that we recently received, which are going to be placed in Bonny Eagle Middle School this fall. As I work with folks in technology to iron out the details and look for our best practices, I have also been gathering ideas for how this awesome technology could be used in all of our classrooms to dig deeper.

Might be my kid's birthday, but I'm the one getting toys today! #bonnyeagle@makerbotEDU@makerbot#3dprintingpic.twitter.com/aqeLWU3r4e — Susie Simmons (@SusieTechCoach) May 10, 2016

Follow up to Save Your Bookmarks!

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I had a teacher reach out to me over the weekend for a more reliable way to backup their Google Chrome bookmarks just in case the syncing doesn't work or there are problems. The most common problem happens if you aren't using multiple profiles/persons. In some instances, once you create a "person", logging into a Chrome browser that does not have a person already may result in your existing bookmarks disappearing (such as if you create the "person" on your school computer and then try to repeat the same process on your home computer).

Save your bookmarks!

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Typically the mad rush to back everything up happens every four years under MLTI. As we know, the timeline got expedited a bit more this year and everyone is making a mad dash. In an effort to help you not lose anything in this transition, I wanted to continue on with my tutorials on how to save your data by looking at how to sync or backup your bookmarks. If you missed out on the first chapter about backing up your files, go check that out here.
And now onto your bookmarks!

Free iBooks from PBS for K-8

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This morning I found myself being sucked back into the Twitter world clicking away at tons of awesome resources that are being shared from around the country (and world). It's such a great way to catch up on little bit that I might have missed for new and cool tools for educational technologies. One such link brought me to a new set of iBooks from PBS designed to enhance technology in the classroom through "subject-targeted iBooks includes curriculum-based videos, lesson plans, and more."

Creating Inspiration Boards on Pinterest

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Last Friday I attended the Tech & Learning Live conference in Newton, Massachusetts, to be inspired by a plethora of other technology-minded educators. One of the hot topics was revolving around maker spaces and 3D printing. With the middle school purchasing at least 1, if not 2, printers for next year, both have been ongoing thoughts for me as well.