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Some Alternatives to the Soon to be Deprecated YouTube Editor

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Recently, Google announced it will be deprecating one of its best kept secrets known as the YouTube Editor.  This was one of my favorite tools for editing video in the cloud, especially since it also worked well on a Chromebook. Sadly, any projects not completed by September 20, 2017, will disappear when the application is removed from service.  The full announcement regarding the changes can be found at: https://goo.gl/LDx2tE

Hopefully, you will find some viable alternatives by expanding and reading this post.

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Android apps coming to Maine 207 Chromebooks

Officially announced at Google I/O (Google’s Developer Conference) in May 2016, Android apps are continuing to move through the development cycle as they are now available on an increasing number of Chromebooks.

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Submitting Late Assignments via Aspen

Prior to the Thanksgiving holiday, Aspen was updated on November 22, 2016. This update provided some new features as well as a refresh to the graphic design elements of Aspen. Despite extensive testing of Aspen over a nearly two month period prior to the update, unfortunately, some minor issues have surfaced. Continue reading “Submitting Late Assignments via Aspen”

New Google+

While the new look-and-feel for Google+ debuted late in 2015, it has been optional for users since that time. As August 2016 draws to a close, the new Google+ is now becoming the default Google+ experience. Continue reading “New Google+”

Basic steps to cultivating your PLN

The world today is smaller and more connected than ever before with technology and the Internet allowing people to share and learn from one another without the restrictions of time and place. While nearly 50 years of educational research has shown that the best schools are ones in which there is a high-level of teacher collaboration, social media allows us to not only learn from those with whom we live and work each day but from educators around the world. This collective brain power can super-charge teachers’ professional growth and student learning.

The term PLN has been coined to represent the network of people that an educator can build and cultivate both in-person and online in order to share with and learn from others organically and consistently as part of one’s day-to-day life and work. Continue reading “Basic steps to cultivating your PLN”

Google Classroom: Guardian Email Summaries

In the two years since Google Classroom originally launched, the ability to provide information about what was taking place in Classroom to parents and guardians has been a highly requested feature from teachers and administrators. For the start of the 2016-2017 school year, Google has rolled out this feature. Continue reading “Google Classroom: Guardian Email Summaries”

Google Classroom: Add a co-teacher

One of the most highly requested features following the initial roll-out of Google Classroom was the ability to add a co-teacher. Since Google added this feature, it has been used to great effect both in Maine 207 and in classrooms near and far. Continue reading “Google Classroom: Add a co-teacher”

Google Classroom: Student Enrollment

Enrolling students in a class in Google Classroom is very simple. Follow these steps: Continue reading “Google Classroom: Student Enrollment”

Google Classroom: Basics

Google Classroom logoSince Google released Classroom for teachers and students two years ago, it has been widely used in Maine Township High School District 207 and around the world. Over that time, Google has continued to take feedback directly from teachers to make improvements and changes to Classroom.

What is Google Classroom?
While Google created this video to provide an overview of Classroom when it was originally announced in May, we’ve described Classroom in the following terms: Continue reading “Google Classroom: Basics”

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