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Creative Organization of Your Drive Folders and Google Classroom with Emojis

Last week I posted Tips for Organizing and Managing Google Drive and Tip # 7 suggested using special symbols (~ # ^ *) to group and order drive folders. I've done this for years and I've been quite happy with this practice. 

"The best plans of men and mice often go awry." - Robert Burns
Yesterday I was exploring my Google + stream and I came across a post by John Sowash that flipped this well establish practice upside down. I love learning something new!
John shared the E.A.T - Emoji Any Time and showed how he uses the Emojis to organize his drive folder.

The functionality is really the same as using the special symbols, but it allows me to be a bit more creative when organizing my favorite drive files. I had quite a bit of fun experimenting with different emojis. I loved finding an emoji that I felt connected to the content in a folder. 

I've always used colors to connect folders with similar content, but now I can also use the same Emoji to group these related folde…

Communication with Google Classroom - Creating a Class Resource Page

Technology Is Not Pedagogy. EdTech at it's best is a resource when it is used to support and enhance sound pedagogic practices connected teaching & learning.
We live in a digital world and as educators, this is not something we should be avoiding with our students. Classrooms rich with digital resources help students connect with essential resources to support teaching and learning.

A typical high school student might need to keep track of a wide range of resources connected to 6 or more different teachers. As a result, many students struggle to keep track of all their school stuff. Students need help managing and organizing classroom resources. Google Classroom can serve as a portal for students to access resources connected to all of their classes in one digital space. 

When a student goes to Google Classroom they get a visible list of each of their teachers on the Welcome Screen. 

Connecting Students to Resources Using the About Section of Google Classroom
This post is primarily…

Google Secrets - Even More Google Goodness

There are many resources connected to Google that can support collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity outside of Google Drive and Google Search. 
Here are a more than a few of our favorites and we've included additional resources in the interactive document below. 
Google Keep - Hang on to every thought and find it right when you need it.Be Internet Awesome - To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence.Google Poly- Explore the world of 3D and download 3D objects or convert them to animated GIFS. Made With Code | Google CS First - Google projects created to inspire and support coding for students and in classrooms. Google Expeditions | Google VR - Take students on immersive, virtual journeys. Field trips to virtually anywhere.Google Earth for Chrome - With the new Earth, we want to open …

Tips for Organizing and Managing Google Drive

ISTE Standards for Students - Empowered LearnerStudents leverage technology to take an active role in choosing, achieving and demonstrating competency in their learning goals, informed by the learning sciences.Learn More: ISTE
Technology Is Not Pedagogy. EdTech at it's best is a resource when it is used to enhance sound pedagogic practices connected teaching & learning.
When exploring a resource for your classroom, it is important to always consider why the tool or resource will be used. Tech for the sake of tech will not get it done. 
Why Organize Google Drive? - The answer is simple, teaching and learning are easier when you are organized. 

Google Drive has become a powerful resource for teachers and students. I must admit that when I first discovered Google Drive about 10 years ago, I was not particularly interested. What could it do that I couldn't do with one of my many incredible flash drives? (By the way, I can't remember the last time I used a flash drive?)

Fast for…

Google Essentials for Teaching and Learning - Resources and Tutorials

We've organized a collection of resources and tutorials that focus on our essential Google Tools for Teaching and Learning. While this site is broken down to cover the basics of G Suite for Education, we do believe that future ready classrooms need more to do more than just know how to use technology. These student-centered classrooms use technology to help develop the essential skills of communication, critical thinking, creativity, & collaboration. Good pedagogy always trumps good technology. We hope that anyone using this site will also explore why and where G Suite can help enhance learning in the classroom.

The pages on this Google Essentials site will connect learners to different resources and tutorials connected G Suite for Education for teaching and learning. There is some overlap on each page. We did this because our initial rollout is page by page. We will eventually reduce some of the overlap from page to page to complete a page that is more about the whole of G S…

Innovative Educational Blogs for Inspiration & Motivation

The art of teaching is the art of assisting discovery."  ~ Mark van Doren
I have been teaching for over 20 years and I still love walking into a classroom and learning with my students. I love almost every moment of every day and I cannot ever imagine not being a teacher.

This week, I have been reflecting on my dual experience as a Technology Coordinator and Science Teacher. I currently serve Neuqua Valley High School as a 0.6 Instructional Technology Coordinator and a 0.4 AP Environmental Science teacher. Despite the stress of sometimes juggling the responsibilities of both positions, I wake up each day inspired to learn how to do something a little better. I like to think of myself as a Life-Long learner with a Growth Mindset.

Things were different for me 10 years ago, it was all about my classroom. I was solely focussed on my students and perfecting my craft.  (I hope that I never find perfection, but it is a great constantly moving target to aim for.) I really only wanted to …