1112 Great GOOGLE CLASSROOM Tutorials by Early Access Testers

FINALLY got my invitation to Google Classroom today. Thank you, Google!

I'll be checking out these tutorials for guidance and inspiration:

1. Google Classroom - Teacher and Student View video by +Roger Nixon, June 15


2. The Electric Educator - Setting Up your Google Classroom, June 25
including a Google slide show

3. Preview of Classroom for Google Apps for Education from +Google Gooru, June 27

4. Google Classroom Guide: Help and Support for Educators by +Jonathan Wylie of HubPages, June 28

5. Google Classroom as Presented by Google ISTE2014 ~ A Post on the Fly by Google Certified Trainer +Allison Mollica, June 29

6. 3-part series from Nowa Techie (Google Certified Teacher and Trainer  +Lisa Nowakowski )
7. Google Educast #149, with the Google Certified Teachers, July 14

8. A Google Classroom Tutorial by +Jennifer Scheffer, July 20

9. Move to the head of the class: Google Classroom slide presentation by +Stacy Behmer and +Chad Kafka

11. Introduction to Google Classroom by +Greg Kulowiec, July 23,
which includes a video:

Google Classroom from EdTechTeacher on Vimeo.

A BIG THANKS to these early adapters for lighting the way for us!

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Update Aug 9, 2014:

12. Google Certified Teacher and Trainer  Aaron Svoboda created this AWESOME slide presentation that will get you up and running in a jiffy.

Thanks, Aaron!
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7 ISTE 2014 Conference Mega Resources to Share Widely!

These 7 comprehensive resources are the crème de la crème of everything #ISTE14, in my opinion.

Check them out and see if you agree!

1. Let's start with the most expansive list. Mahalo (thanks) to +Sue Levine for sharing +Anibal Pacheco's astoundingly rich Pinterest board: #ISTE2014: The Experience, with 121 pins of resources and videos. Many of the videos are interviews conducted at ISTE by Anibal himself on different topics. Some of the resources mentioned below are on this board. It's a great place to begin exploring.

... Boom!

2. Barbara and Tina, owners of LiveBinders, were not able to attend ISTE, but they put together a fantastic LiveBinder from selected tweets: #notatiste14 links.

3. +Nikki D Robertson's Pinterest board What I Learned at ISTE 2014 is a hand-picked treasure trove.

4. Going to the source is a must, of course. Be sure to inspect ISTE's own ISTE14 Pinterest board, with 63 pins. 

5. ISTE 2014 Session Notes, was created by +Tzvi Pittinsky and fleshed out by dozens of contributors. This Google doc made the social media rounds early and is still a popular resource, judging by the users logged in at any given time. 

Consider yourself forewarned: you just might get lost in time, delving into this solid crowd-sourced spreadsheet of goodness.

6. #COEdNet's (Colorado Educator Network) #ISTE2014 Shared Notes created by +Jessica Raleigh is a stellar example of how a group of educators from an entire state can collaborate to create an amazing resource for everyone. Bravo, Coloradans!

7. And +Peggy George highly recommends +Craig Yen's List.ly list of Blogposts for #ISTE2014 -- a goldmine of ISTE reflections!

So much to learn, so little time!

I know, I know, I missed a mega resource. Tell me what it is in the comments, and I just might add it to this list. (◕‿◕)

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Check out the two Google Rocks! Hawaii ISTE 2014 SHARE FEST hangouts below, with timestamped highlights in the YouTube descriptions. (I'll be adding this post to the episode's Show Notes.)

Part 1: July 8, 2014:

Sharing by +Peggy George+Michelle Carlson Colte
+Diane Mokuau, +Rachel Lau, and +Sandra KO.

Part 2, July 15, 2014:

Sharing by +Joe Wood+Michelle Carlson Colte
+Tina Lopez+Michael Fricano II, and +Heather Gauck.

Have fun learning!


How to Receive (almost) Every Post from members of that Special Google+ Circle You Created (Bonus: a Starter Teacher Librarians Circle)

You've created that special must-follow Google+ circle. How do you set up notifications so that you don't miss any posts from members of that circle?

Here's how to set up your notifications to receive (almost) everything:

1. Hover your cursor over the pull-down menu on the left of the screen and click on HOME (not People, as you might expect).

2. Click on that all-important circle you created, in my example, Teacher Librarians.

3. Click on the bell on the upper right of the "In this circle" card to turn notifications On.

4. Click on the settings gear at the upper right of the "In this circle" card to open the options pop-up.

    a. Check the "Show posts in Home stream" box.

    b. Choose More under Amount (the other choices are Standard and Fewer)

5. Click on the bell at the upper right whenever you want to view notifications.

You're set!

P. S. If you're like me, the bell notifications are more than sufficient. No need for email notifications. So I recommend leaving "Shares a post and they're in a circle you subscribe to" unchecked (Google+ settings > Receive notifications > Posts).

(On the Google+ Settings page)

Here's a 2-minute screencast I did of the whole process: 

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Interested in my Teacher Librarian shared circle?

Click on Add people and follow the directions to add (or delete) people, then create a new circle for yourself, or add to an existing circle.

Have fun circling!