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CREATE! Conference

This week, I’ll be presenting at the CREATE! Conference at Anthony Wayne High School.  My topic will be using and evaluating Google Chrome Apps and Extensions.

Presenting is always a wonderful experience and an honor to share any information that I have that may help others.  When preparing to present, I always ask the following, “How will this information impact students?”  I believe that everything we do should benefit students in some way.  That could be making a teacher’s task to organize and present lessons easier and less time consuming, allowing a teacher to aggregate data quickly or making evaluations more meaningful.

Utilizing apps and extensions in the Google Chrome browser and on a Chromebook will allow for greater emphasis on student creation, research simplification and more meaningful evaluation.  There are so many options to choose from, it is difficult to sometimes find just what one is looking for.  Everyone has a favorite or useful choice.  My presentation for the conference is below.

CREATE! Conference Emaze Conference Presentation

Google Apps I like:

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Google Extensions I like:

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The End of Sign-Up Sheets

When I started teacher 20 some years ago, I had sign up sheets for all kinds of stuff.  At the beginning of the year, I had parents sign up to help with classroom parties, field trips and help in the classroom.  Later, I moved to conferencing with kids on writing or taking fluency checks for both math and reading.  Of course we also had lists for things like career day, musical tryouts and arts festival performance time slots.  All of this was done with paper and pencil, slots assigned and then reposted for all to see.

In my position now, I have to schedule professional development days with multiple options for sessions and times.  Quite a task and I was determined to find a way to use technology to help.  Here’s the list I like so far:

Snappy Sign Up – This is my current favorite.  I’ve used it to schedule our professional development day.  You can set multiple time slot

Google Calendar – This is great if you are scheduling a meeting and want to invite people, post an agenda and figure out who can come.  We are a Google Apps for Ed school so everyone already has an account.  This can work for those without Gmail account as well.

PTCFast – Scheduling Parent-Teacher conferences just got a lot easier!  This cloud based program allows for whole school scheduling or individual scheduling.  You can also use it to schedule team meetings or conferences with multiple teachers.  Parents log in, pick a time and that’s it!

Doodle – This has been around for a while but it still works well for setting up meeting.  We’ve used to RSVP parent information meetings.

You Can Book Me! – This a great program for scheduling multiple time slots.  It also will populate your Google Calendar when an appointment is made.  Very handy!

Have one you like?  Let me know!