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Curiosity Question of the Week - ISTE Edition: What Do You Love Most About Teaching and Learning?

Last week's question had some great responses! Thank you, everyone! If you didn't have a chance to respond it is ok to do so now!
You’ve won a contest and your complete wardrobe will be provided and updated for the next 10 years. The catch is you are only allowed to choose 2 colors. That's two colors for everything you wear for the next 10 years. Which 2 colors would you choose to wear every day? What does your color choices say about you? 

This week's question is dedicated to the incredible educators attending the ISTE Conference next week.

What is the 1 thing that you love the most about teaching & learning? Why?

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

You can also share in our Share Your Why FlipGrid this week. 

What Do You Love About Teaching Flipgrid (Password: ShareYourWhy)
If you have a …

Share Your Why! - Flipgrid Connections

We are hoping that everyone attending ISTE has a chance to share their voice using our Flipgrid Share Your Why Grid at least once during the conference. There are a variety of topics and we'd love to see this become a great place for educators to share ideas and make global connections. 

Flipgrid - Share Your Why! (Password: ShareYourWhy)

Tuesday Tip of the Week - Setting Your Default Font in Google Docs

Last week I shared a tip about Page setups in Docs and Slides. This week it will be all about setting the default font for your normal text.

The default font for Google Docs is Arial. and the default size is 11. 

Neither of these is a favorite of mine and I really hate changing these everytime I create a new document. I've changed my default font for all new documents. Right now, I've set my default font to Open Sans and my default size to all 12. I like change so I can't say that I won't change to something else soon. (I was a Georgia guy before I switched to Open Sans.)


Here are the steps to set the default font for all your Google Documents in the future. (This will not automatically change existing Document fonts.) 
Create a new document or go into a current document with the formatting you want.If it is a new document, set the font and size in the editing menu. Type a sentence with the new font settings. Highlight some text that is set up with the font you want to set…

ISTE 2018 Collection of Tips and Tricks

I have shared a few posts connected to ISTE 2018 over the last several weeks, including ISTE 2018 Tips and Tricks, The Awesome Session Facilitators at #ISTE18, and The ISTE Experience - Exploring The Expo & Connecting with Exhibitors
Now the really good stuff is here for me to share and for you to explore. I hope there is something here for everyone. ISTE is an incredible is sometimes overwhelming conference and appreciate all that everyone is sharing to help make it a great experience. 

I've scoured the social media and the world wide web to bring you some of the best tips and tricks I've found connected to this year's ISTE Conference in Chicago. Here are some of the highlights of my exploration. 
If you are not following the incredible educators connected to these posts, you should be! 
Here are some of the highlights of my exploration. I am sure I have missed some great posts, ideas, and resources, so please leave me a comment below or send a message on the twitter an…

Curiosity Question of the Week - What Colors Would You Choose If There Were Only 2?

Last week's question had some great responses.

If you were able to share one thing that is an essential component of you being you, what would you share? What makes you, uniquely you?

This week's question may not seem as deep on the surface, but you may need to take some time for to consider to how your choice impacts the impressions you will make on the world around you.

You’ve won a contest and your complete wardrobe will be provided and updated for the next 10 years. The catch is you are only allowed to choose 2 colors. That's two colors for everything you wear for the next 10 years. Which 2 colors would you choose to wear every day? What does your color choices say about you? 

Please share your answer and your why in the comments below or using the Hashtag #CuriosityQs. Each Tuesday 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 cre…

June Book of the Month - The Growth Mindset Coach by Annie Brock & Heather Hundley

The best educators are not content to do the same old thing year after year. Innovative educators push their thinking by engaging in social media, exploring blogs, attending conferences, and exploring the newest generation of educational books.
We've created a site to organize and share some great books connected to teaching and learning. Each month we will feature a new book from our PLN. Have an idea for our next book of the month? Please share in the comments below.

The Growth Mindset Coach by Annie Brock & Heather Hundley Created by teachers for teachers, this is the ultimate guide for unleashing students’ potential through creative lessons, empowering messages and innovative teaching. The Growth Mindset Coach provides all you need to foster a growth mindset classroom, including:
A Month-by-Month ProgramResearch-Based ActivitiesHands-On Lesson PlansReal-Life Educator StoriesConstructive FeedbackSample Parent LettersStudies show that growth mindsets result in higher test scores…

Tuesday Tip of the Week - Page Setup in Google Docs and Slides

Last week I shared a tip about Outline View in Google Docs. This week it will be all about page setups for Docs and Slides.

Creating a HyperDoc, Tutorial, or other activity using Google Docs? Maximize your creative space with Page setup.
Did you know that you can set the margins and page size in Google Docs to maximize the space you have on each page? My default Page setup for Google Docs is Paper size 8.5" x 14" and margins are all at 0.2. (Some people go 0 on the margins but I like a bit of an edge on my docs.)
You can find the "Page setup" options in the "File" menu in Google Docs. You can get help here or by watching this quick video tutorial

Bonus: You can still print the page if needed. Everything is automatically shrunk to fit the page size you are printing. 

Google Slides is a great presentation tool, but it is so much than a presentation tool. Slides is a great resource to create memes, infographics, and more.
When creating more than just a presentat…

Developing a Future Ready Classroom With the 4 Cs - Free Flipped PD Opportunity

The skills connected to collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity are essential for all students. The best classroom activities engage students in content while providing opportunities to practice the 4Cs in learner-centered environments.

The best professional development also models the 4 Cs for staff. We've created a free flipped PD HyperDoc to connect educators to 4 Cs resources and experiences. Let us know what you think in the comments below. 


Developing a Future Ready Classroom with the 4 Cs HyperDoc

Share Your Learning Experience Learn something new? Have a resource to share? Maybe a question? Please engage in the conversation using one or more of these resources.
Padlet - CollaborationPadlet - CommunicationPadlet - CreativityPadlet - Critical ThinkingFlipgrid - Share Your Why

Curiosity Question of the Week - What Makes You Unique?

"Embrace your uniqueness. Time is much too short to be living someone else's life." Kobi Yamada
4 weeks ago I got rolling with a curiosity question of the week. You can learn more about my why in this post

Last week's question had some great responses. 

If you could only choose one television series box set to watch during this time, what would you choose? Why?

Here is this week's question. I am hoping we can all dive a bit deeper into what makes us unique. 

If you were able to share one thing that is an essential component of you being you, what would you share? What makes you, uniquely you?

Please share your answer and your why in the comments below or using the Hashtag #CuriosityQs. Each Tuesday 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 are not my own. 


Spoiler Aler…

Tuesday Tip of the Week - Outline View in Google Docs

Many people insert a table of contents when working with larger Google Docs. This can a great way to provide viewers with an overview of the document and help them get to where they need to be, but there are a few drawbacks.The table of contents sometimes eats up too much valuable space on the first page of the document.The table of contents is only visible on the first page and the creator either needs to create a link to return to the table of contents in the document or the viewer needs to scroll back to the first page to access the table again.For these two reasons, I prefer the document outline feature. The outline opens in the space on the side of the document and remains open as you scroll through the resources. The document outline can be accessed in the view menu and like a table of contents, it is connected to headings created in the document.  You can learn the in and outs of the document here. Google also has an excellent help video embedded in Docs. If you curious about Do…

The ISTE Experience - Exploring The Expo & Connecting with Exhibitors

If you are interested in more ISTE Tips, please take a look at my posts: ISTE 2018 Tips and Tricks and The Awesome Session Facilitators at #ISTE18.
Conversations with exhibitors can add so much to your ISTE learning experience. The ISTE 2018 Expo is an incredible experience. The exhibitors are friendly and the swag is out of this world. There are also many incredible mini sessions and presentations in the Expo center. You will want to dedicate some time to explore and learn about the incredible things that are happening to support teaching and learning.  

While there is nothing wrong with wondering, I quickly lost track of who I talked to the first time I attended, so if you are attending I recommend exploring the Expo Map and Exhibitors before venturing into the space. 
You can search by name and keyword.I love the category drop-down menu. You can click on each exhibitor to learn more about them.You can also view all exhibitors in a single list.To get started planning your exploration o…

Curiosity Question of the Week - Why Do You Love Your Favorite TV Show?

3 weeks ago I got rolling with a curiosity question of the week. You can learn more about my why in this post

Last week's question had some great responses. 

If you had the power change only one single thing about this world, what would you change? Why?

Here is this week's question. This is kind of the deserted island only bringing one thing question. 

If you could only choose one television series box set to watch during this time, what would you choose? Why?

When considering this question, imagine that you have been sequestered as a member of a jury. The trial is expected to last about a month. The budget only allows for one complete DVD box set of any Television Series to help the days go by. This will be the only electronic entertainment you be able to access for the next month.

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

Sampling Some of the Awesome Session Facilitators at #ISTE18

Planning your schedule for ISTE can be a daunting challenge. There are many incredible educators sharing so many incredible things and it is hard to even know where to start. This post is my second connected to my ISTE 2018 Planning Experience. My first post was 10 Tips for the Engaged Educator #ISTE18

Here are a some of my favorite presenters that I have had the chance to learn from in the past. I love these educators! I highly recommend visiting the ISTE Presenter Page and exploring their sessions. 
Tanya Avrith@TanyaAvrith (Sessions)Carrie Baughcum@HeckAwesome(Sessions)Stacy Behmer@sbehmer(Sessions)Kasey Bell@ShakeUpLearning(Sessions)Johnathan Bergmann@jonbergmann(Sessions)Monica Burns@ClassTechTips(Sessions)Charlene Chausis@cchausis(Sessions)Holly Clark @hollyclarkedu(Sessions)Michael Cohen@thetechrabbi(Sessions)Lee Cook@MsLeeCook(Sessions)George Couros@gcouros(Sessions)Christopher Craft@crafty184(Sessions)Eric Curts@ericcurts(Sessions)Rico D'Amore@rico_damore(Sessions)Kim Dar…

Curiosity Question of the Week - What Would You Change? Why?

Questions Are More Important Than Answers!
If you have been reading my blog over the last several years, you know that most of the posts typically focus on either EdTech resources or classroom reflections. Last week a was inspired to start exploring something new. Long story short I am hoping to inspire readers to explore a new question each week. These are not educational questions but instead, questions that I hope will spark conversations. I am also hoping some of the questions will inspire new questions as part of the process. You can learn more about how and why I started in this post

The question last week.


If you could only listen to one musical group for the rest of your life, who would it be? Why?
This question led to some great questions and some fun discussions/debates on why each of us made the choices we made. I've posted my answer on Twitter using the hashtag #CurioistyQs.

Here is the question for this week. It is a big one and might require some pondering.


If you had t…