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Pear Deck Adds New Critical Thinking Questions Templates

Pear Deck is an incredible resource that supports student engagement and student voice through formative assessment, exit slips, reflections, interactive questions, discussion prompts, and more. 
The Pear Deck Google Slides Add-on integrates with existing slide decks to add interactive elements that allow the students to engage with the teacher during a presentation or self paced exploration. Existing Google slides can be supercharged with interactive features and questions including:
Multiple choice questionsText entry questionsNumeric entry questionsDrawing interactive questionsDraggable interactive questions
The Pear Deck Add-on also has a Slide Library of templates that can be inserted into a new or existing Google Slide Deck.

Pear Deck recently added new Critical Thinking slides to the add-on. I am incredibly excited to explore these newly updated slides in the Pear Deck Add-on.  There are 9 new editable slide templates. We''ve created this presentation to show each of the…
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Google Drive Essentials

Whether you are just getting started with Google Drive or have used it for years, there is always something new to learn. We've put together some Google Drive Essential Tips. Click on the links below to learn more.

Get the most out of your Google Drive experience by signing into Chrome. 
Login to Chrome to access all Google resources with one sign in. Account Sync
Connect preferences and extensions across devices.Incognito
Login on shared computers for quick access. Adding/Removing a User
Sometimes it is good to have multiple accounts logged in, sometimes it can be trouble. Getting help is only a few clicks away.
G Suite YouTubeG Suite TrainingGoogle TipsG Suite Learning Center Tips LibraryOne of the best things about Google Drive is the ability to share and collaborate on files.
Sharing Basics: Files | FoldersAdvanced Sharing
Limit the ability to print, copy, and change sharing. Copying vs Adding to Drive
Copied files are static. Adding files to drive update live. Team Drive vs Folde…

Tuesday Tip - Shortcut Keys in Google Drive

"Nothing is a waste of time if you use the experience wisely." Rodin
Moments add up and saving a few of those moments is essential when using technology. I believe that efficiency is a skill that can always be developed. One way to be more efficient is to use shortcut keys. Google Drive supports a variety of powerful shortcut keys that can help anyone save moments that can be invested elsewhere.

Here are 5 of my favorite Google Drive Keyboard Shortcuts.
Open selected item ( o ) Create new Items ( New Document: Shift + t | New Presentation: Shift + p | New Spreadsheet: Shift + s | New Drawing: Shift + d | New Folder: Shift + f | New Form: Shift + o )Share selected items - Open the Sharing Menue (  .The period key )Go to details pane of selected item ( g then d )Move selected items to a new folder ( z ) or add selected items to multiple folders (Shift + z ). If you are interested in exploring the difference between moving and adding files in Google Drive, this post has some addi…

Diversity Resources for Educators

"Give me your tired, your poor, Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free, The wretched refuse of your teeming shore. Send these, the homeless, tempest-tossed to me, I lift my lamp beside the golden door!" - The Colossus (Statue of Liberty Poem)

When you think of Diversity, what comes to mind?

For me, the first thing that comes to my mind when I think of diversity is the Schoolhouse Rock Video “The Great American Melting Pot”. I remember watching this video many times on Saturday mornings. I grew up in a rural area with limited diversity and I think this video impacted my worldview at an early age.

I like this definition of Diversity from Queensborough Community College

The concept of diversity encompasses acceptance and respect. It means understanding that each individual is unique, and recognizing our individual differences. These can be along the dimensions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, age, physica…

Curiosity Question - What Would You Change About Your Past?

The last Curiosity Question had some great responses.

If you had the power to change one single thing about yourself today, what would you change? Why?

This week's question following a similar path. I borrowed this question from Christine Borst's response to a #creativites question. I think this is a really tough one, but I think we all have a moment in time that we wish we would have done differently? Hindsight is always 20/20 right?

What is one thing from your past that you wish you could go back and change? Is there a moment in your life that you wish you had done differently? Why? 

Thanks Kim and Christine for the inspiration!

Please share your answer and your why in the comments below or using the Hashtag #CuriosityQs. Each Thursday, I will share a new question that I hope will inspire you to share your thoughts and maybe explore something new.

If you have a great question that I can ask, please DM me on Twitter. Full credit will be given for all questions that I share that…