New features in google classroom. And more to come

Google has released updates for Google Classroom. The updates include

  • “question-driven discussions including debates and question-and-answer sessions. Teachers can now post a question, video, article or other content in Classroom, and ask students to answer the question or write a response. Teachers also have the option of allowing students to comment on each other’s responses.”
  • The ability to reuse assignments from previous classes.

You can read more about it here

In the next round of updates Google Classroom will integrate with Google Calendar. This will be nice for high school students because they will be able to have all there assignments in google calendar.



Google Cloudprint

I reconfigured Google Cloudprint this afternoon, it should work better now (I know the KMS was really struggling with it). Google Cloudprint allows you to print to the copiers and printers from Google Chrome. This works no matter where you are, so, for example, if you are away but would like to print something out for a sub or the school, you can select the printer in Google Chrome and print.

For Google Cloudprint to work properly, you’ll need to be logged into Google Chrome.

Chrome and Flash updated

I’ve update Chrome to version 44.0.2403.155 and Adobe Flash to version in Managed Software Update for the Mac computers:

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 8.09.38 AM

The computer will automatically update if it is at the log in screen, but if you are using the computer you will have to press Update now to install the updates.

To manually start the update, under the Go menu in the Finder, select Utilities:

Screen Shot 2015-08-19 at 8.21.03 AM

Find Managed Software Update and double click on it:

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Scholastic Enterprise

Scholastic Enterprise (Reading Counts and Reading Inventory) is now ready for the 2015-2016 school year. Students have been promoted and put into your classes.

After I imported the students for the year, I noticed that there are several students that were held back and are now in the wrong grad year. I will be going in and correcting these students, but until I fix their usernames they will need to log in with the wrong year (for example, some students in 2nd grade (class of 2026) still have 25 at the beginning of their username. I’ll get this fixed ASAP.)

During the school year don’t worry about adding new students, I will import them as they enroll.

Using Twitter for Professional Development

Screencast of presentation:

Coming soon!!

The Google Slides presentation: