March 04, 2017

For Right, Left, and Center, Bookmark! #medialiteracy

Did I already mention how much I love Here's another reason why:


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February 16, 2017

For Kids: Measure Distance on Google Maps, No Matter How Short, with a simple Google Search

Discovered this fabulous feature as I was tallying my mileage for our Middle School Cooking Winterim* experience this week.

Simply type in your Google search:

Distance between (address or business name) and (destination), 

and voilà:

Just for fun, I took it a bit further, and discovered that this works for distances in mere feet too, like how far is it from my house to the house across the street, for instance (FYI 36 feet). Isn't that the coolest? ðŸ˜Ž 

I think this would make a fun prompt in math class, to launch problems with individuated solutions.

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*"Winterim is designed to expand the Seabury Hall program beyond the classroom through a variety of offerings with an experiential approach to learning. Winterim provides students with the opportunity to work in groups composed of representatives from each grade level. The multi-age experience allows our community to become closer, form friendships with students from other grade levels and enhance understanding, appreciation and support for each other, our community and our unique Maui culture." -- school website

February 06, 2017

Four Interactive News Maps for our Teachers and Students

Check out today's Maps Mania's blog post "News on the Map" HERE.

I added the four interactive maps mentioned to our News LibGuide.

Thank you for these fantastic resources! Our students will make good use of them.

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January 13, 2017

"What's Up with Google?" Google Rocks! Hawaii back on January 25

Google Rocks! Hawaii will be back on January 25, after a nine-month hiatus, with Show #86!

We will be airing monthly during the school year, on various educational topics, and always with something Google-rific in the mix.

Starting us off will be some special EdTech Team guests, who will get us pumped for the HAWAII SUMMIT, featuring Google for Education. The Summit will be held on March 25-26 at the University of Hawaii at Manoa. You can register right on the Summit page, on the upper right.

Won't you join us?

Regular Hawaii educator panelists who are slated to join us are: +Shane Asselstine+Jody Brown+Michelle Carlson Colte+Michael Fricano II+Holly Gates, and +Anne Torige.

Simply click on the above YouTube video at 7pm HST on January 25 to view the show. During the broadcast, you'll be able to ask questions in the Live Chat to the right (something new, so cool!).

Catch you on the 25th!

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December 30, 2016

The New Google SITES: Recommended Tutorials for Teachers

Updated Feb. 6, 2017 (at end of post)

The new Google Sites arrived for everyone in November (Finally!).  And according to many early adopters, Sites is a cinch to use.

First, of all, if you're still pondering a transfer to the new Google Sites, check out Mike Reading's comprehensive article comparing the classic Sites to the new:
What does the new Google Sites have to offer and how does it compare to the classic version?. Mike Reading, Google Certified Teacher and Trainer and Microsoft Master Educator. Using Technology Better, no pub. date.
The new Google Sites, with ðŸŽ‰ drag-and-drop and ðŸŽ‰ real-time co-editing, is looking simple for the moment (just a few themes to choose from), but things are guaranteed to change, ala Google's MO. Luckily, my favorite feature is already in place: ðŸŽ‰ seamless integration with other GSuite products. And a must-have feature? ðŸŽ‰ automatic optimization of Sites for different devices.

(One drawback is that you can't move your classic site over to the new.)

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If you're the type who likes to jump right in and try new things, all you will need is the Google Sites Help Center website, and a Google Sites Cheat Sheet, which you can download HERE.

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For those who would like a little assistance with visuals (always pausable) and a friendly, authoritative voice, try the video tutorials below, created by excellent trainers I personally trust.

The video tutorials are in reverse chronological order. I will add more I recommend, as they become available. Grab a cup of your favorite beverage for the shorter tutorials, or linger with a second cup for the longer tutorials: your choice!

The All New Google Sites for Schools - Video Tutorial. Eric Curts. Control Alt Achieve. Article, with resources. Dec. 15, 2016. [Length: 1:16:23]

EdTechTeam Live: Google Sites Demo and Q and A. Emily Fitzpatrick, Director of Professional Development. EdTech Team, Nov. 21, 2016. [Length: 31:41]

NEW Google Sites 2016 for Educators. Flipped Classroom Tutorials, Nov. 20, 2016. [Length: 8:31]

I selected some pre-release tutorials, created by experienced trainers who had a sneak peak of Google Sites, out in Beta in June:

The NEW Google Sites - 2016 Tutorial. Technology for Teachers and Students, Aug. 22, 2016. [Length: 17:58]

How to use the New Google Sites - Tutorial 2016. Jamie Keet. Teacher's Tech, June 24, 2016. [Length: 16:03]

Teachers Rejoice! A New Google Sites. Jenn Judkins, Google Certified Trainer, PBS Digital Innovator. TeachingForward, July 16, 2016.

Walk-through with Jeff Bradbury of TeacherCast. [Length: 1:01:31]

Two short tutorials, by Dean Stokes:

New Google Sites - Short Overview. Dean Stokes, June 16, 2016. [Length: 5:45]

New Google Sites - Deeper Dive. Dean Stokes, June 19, 2016. [Length: 5:58]

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If you like following step-by-step, written tutorials, try these easy-to-follow guides by Google Certified Trainers:

The New Google Sites Training17-slide tutorial. Gregory Montague, Dec. 22, 2016. Google Slides. (Creative Commons Attribution: ShareAlike 4.0 International License)

Sites: The New Google Sites. Jeremy Badiner,, Dec. 19, 2016. Google Doc. (Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License)

NEW Google Sites Cheat Sheet. Jenn Judkins, Dec. 17, 2016. Google Doc.(Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-No Derivs 4.0 International License)

New Google Sites. 25-slide tutorial. David Wolford, Nov. 23, 2016. Google Slides. (No license stated.)

New Google Sites tutorials I recommend will be listed here (uncategorized), as I find them:

What does the new Google Sites have to offer and how does it compare to the classic version? Using Technology Better. Downloadable guide comparing the classic and new sites. Added Feb. 1, 2017.

The New Google Sites – GTT003. Podcast. Shake Up Learning, Feb. 6, 2017.

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Whichever way you decide to tackle the new Google Sites ... 

BEST OF LUCK! And remember to have fun with it.

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