#GAFE in 2015: the Goodness Shared 23 Ways

Gathering my Google Certified Trainer submissions, and chiming in with a 2015 list of my own. #twofer 

As you can see, Google entranced me in a lot of different ways!

Here's hoping you find something you can use! #incaseyoumisseditthefirsttimearound

1. Jan 25 - How to Use Google Forms for Reading Logs, Courtesy of Megan Ellis and The Apps Show [blog post]

2. Feb 10 - GAFE Hawaii Summit 2015 Q and A with +Wendy Gorton [hangout]

3. Mar 13 - Five #GR8Finds #This Week 3.13.15 -- #Googleonthebrain: Calendar, CFO Resignation, Search Ranking, Red Alert, and a Conference [blog post]

4. March 23 - Hawaii Gafe Summit - How about those (33) Chrome extensions! A Google Sheet, a Thinglink, and 4 Observations (my preso at the 2015 Hawaii GAFE Summit) [blog post, Thinglink]

5. April 7 - Google Show and Tell [hangout]

6. April 14 - Google Show and Tell [hangout]

7. April 25 - The #FunFactor \(^^)/ at the Third Hawaii Google Summit! [blog post]

8. May 1 - 3 #GR8GoogleFinds #ThisWeek 05.01.15 - Textbooks, Google+ on Twitter, and Reference Users Wanted [blog post]

9. May 8 - View On Demand: The First Day of the May 2015 Google Education on Air Conference [blog post]

10. May 18 - Boom! All 7 "Collaboration and Community" Sessions at the 2015 Google EduOnAir Conference, in One Spot [blog post]

11. June 10 - Kūkulu Kaiaulu 2015: Kamehameha Schools Ed Tech Conference -  Collaboration: A Day in the Life of a Vibrant GAFE School [Google slide presentation]

12. June 15 - MOVE IT! A Fun Chrome Extension to Help Fight the Unhealthy Effects of Sitting [blog post]

13. June 19 - 3 #GR8Finds at the Hawaii Google for Education Summit [blog post]

14. June 19 - Quick Google Tip: (Only) 2 Steps to Converting an Image of Text to a Google Doc, h/t The Gooru [blog post]

15. July 22 - Bookmark This URL to Get Full-Screen Google Plus Notifications (And Don't Forget Shortcuts J and K!) [blog post]

16. June 30 - NOTATISTE Ignite - 10 Painless Ways to Jumpstart Google Apps Integration At Your School [hangout presentation]

17. Aug 10 - How to Finesse Your Google Drawing with the Curve Tool and Edit Points [YouTube tutorial]

18. Aug 18 - Google Cardboard w/ Jody Brown [hangout]

19. Sept 22 - The Latest Google Updates [hangout]

20. Sep 25 - 10 Google Slams ala MISO -- A Slide Deck to Share [Blog post, Google slide presentation for MISO]

21. Sep 25 - Google Forms, Flubaroo, Kahoot [Google slide presentation for MISO]

22. Nov 10 - Google Top Contributor Program, #SotF, #edcampHI [hangout]

23. Nov 11- Forced to Copy a Google Doc, Spreadsheet or Slide? Preview it First! [Blog post]

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Yes, an eclectic collection, because that's the way I roll :)

Hope your 2016 is healthy, happy, prosperous, and full of love and learning.

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Hour of Code and Computer Science Week, Hawaii Style!

This month's Google Rocks! Hawaii hangout on #hourofcode was so inspiring! +Shane Asselstine hosted, and several teachers shared what their schools did during Computer Science Week, Dec. 8 - 14.

The #hourofcode events highlighted in the slide show below are the tip of the iceberg. Hour of Code registered 338 events for Hawaii this year! See the list here.

Each school participated in #hourofcode in ways unique to their community. #socool

Two events stood out for hangout panelists because they were evening events that reached out to parents and the public. 

Hale Kula Elementary's Family Night (slide #6),

and Momilani Elementary's Everyone Can Code event (slide #3). 

Here's the entire broadcast, with details on the various events. Note the panelists' sparkle as they describe #hourofcode and related events at their school, and their fervor as they discuss their hopes for the future of coding in the curriculum.

Grab a cuppa and have a look and listen ... 

A big MAHALO for sharing to host +Shane Asselstine of Momilani Elementary (slide #3), and panelists +Michael Fricano II of 'Iolani (slide #7), Celeste Endo of Queen Kaahumanu Elementary (slides #5 and #8), +Melissa Handy of LeJardin Academy, Melanie Ching of Wai'Alae Elementary Public Charter School, and Roberta Hodara of Seabury Hall (slide #4).

More sharing, please ... :)

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Hanging Out with Author Mariana Llanos -- Libros, Preguntas, y Fotos

Thanks to Google Hangouts in Education, our Advanced Spanish classes got to meet author Mariana Llanos!

All ready to share Tristan Lobo with class of high school Spanish students in Hawaii. Thanks to their fantastic...
Posted by Books by Mariana Llanos on Tuesday, November 17, 2015

(one of two classes) 
A photo posted by Seabury Hall's Castle Library (@seaburylibrary) on

Here are some reactions to the experience.

Profesora Mrs. Fuentes-Asato:

"I really enjoyed the Google hangout with Mariana Llanos. It was great to see my students so engaged and interested in knowing more about Tristán Lobo. I also enjoyed seeing them asking different kinds of questions to Mariana regarding her career, personal life, and hobbies.

I think this Google hangout was a great experience because we got to do something outside the classroom and it was different. It was neat to meet the author that we had been talking about for the last few days and to learn so much from her.

Even though Tristán Lobo is a story for kids, it had new vocabulary, expressions, and different past tenses, which made the lessons more meaningful and challenging, perfect for a high level Spanish class.

I highly recommend this to all the teachers."

From some of los estudiantes:

"I enjoyed listening to Mariana share her story with our classes-- it was a nice change in classroom setting and really nice to hear a native speaker speak over video chat. It was very different and I loved the idea of the video chat. I really enjoyed listening to her talk, her voice was so energetic and fluid. Overall, it was a great experience, meeting someone so passionate about what she does." --

"I thought the visit went really well except for some technical glitches like the sound and the text on screen.  But overall, it was really cool to have a Google hangout with a Spanish-speaking author who told us a story and then answered our questions afterwards." --Jesse

"I really enjoyed the visit because Mariana was very energetic and passionate about her books. It was nice to change up the normal classroom activities and have a bit of real world situations in having a conversation in Spanish with strangers. There were technical glitches, but that didn’t ruin the experience. It was really good practice for listening and speaking in Spanish which was very helpful and fun for me." --Ava

"I enjoyed meeting and listening to Mariana. Although it was occasionally hard to follow her Spanish speaking, it was a great experience and showed me that with more practice I could really be able to have a conversation with somebody in Spanish. She made me feel very comfortable and seemed very excited to help us practice our Spanish!" --Peyton

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We'll be purchasing more of Mariana's books, and you can too, either HERE (for an autographed copy) or on Mariana's website.

I was thrilled to facilitate Mariana's visit. Hopefully there will be more Google hangouts and author visits in our future!

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Cross-posted at SEABURY READS.

An updated school library mission statement to reflect our updated program!

Just added a third part to our library's mission statement, to reflect our updated program:

Our Library's Mission:
1. to assist students in becoming more effective, ethical users and creators of information; (existing)
2. to foster reading as a life-enhancing skill and pleasure; (existing)
3. to encourage and support exploration, collaboration, and creativity. (new)

This makes official the direction in which we've been heading for the last couple of years, with our fledgling Maker, #TechTalk, and #Unplugged programs.

It feels good to have an updated mission statement that accurately reflects what is happening in our library!


Explaining Scary News to Our Kids -- 2 Posts and a Video I'm Sharing With our Faculty

Dear Faculty,

I stumbled on a short opinion article I thought you might find useful: Explaining the News to Our Kids. It's from Common Sense Media, a website I highly recommend. 

Here's another article from Time: How to Talk to Your Kids About the Attacks in Paris

And "out of the mouths of babes", this article: ‘There’s bad guys, daddy’, and the video:


Forced to Copy a Google Doc, Spreadsheet or Slide? Preview it First!

+Kasey Bell tells us in great detail how to Force Users to Make a Copy of a Google Doc! here. Simply replace "edit" at the end of the URL with "copy". 

Most of the time I like to look at a document before I copy it. So I simply reverse the process when the "Copy Document" request pops up.

Here's a "Copy document" screenshot from Shannon Long's tutorial in her blog technology rocks. seriously (great title!).

Changing "copy" to "edit" creates a "View only" version, not an editable version as one might think. 

Obvious? Sometimes the obvious looks me right in the face for a very long time. :) Thought I'd share this little tip with those of you who also sometimes overlook the obvious. 

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On this Veterans Day, I would like to extend a sincere Thank You to all of the men and women who served or are still serving our country!


Let's Teach Social Media Learning Literacy in the Classroom -- A Hand-Picked Collection of Resources

presented at the Schools of the Future Conference yesterday and thought more educators might find this hand-picked collection of links useful. 


13 Study Tips for Middle School Students, from my 13 Advisees

Coloring while we chat

Our student advisory group gets together about once a week, and last week we talked about Study Tips.

Here are 13 tips my group shared:

1. Have your parents time you while you do your homework.

2. Find a partner to quiz with.

3. Try not to cram for tests the night before.

4. Try chewing gum, music, and energy drinks to help you think.

5. Turn off your devices so you won't be distracted.

6. Isolate yourself in your room.

7. Don't overstress about your tests. Always assume you're going to do well.

8. Use an object to help you remember.

9. Do your hard subjects first.

10. Do first the homework you know will take you less time.

11. Do your homework the day you get it.

12. Think of rhymes to help you remember facts.

13. Make up a bunch of questions and then test yourself.

My advisees came up with a great list, I think. Got anything to add?


3 Cool Things I Learned from our School's #BannedBooksWeek Celebration

"No, we are not celebrating that books are banned, we're celebrating that we read banned books." I found myself saying this more than a few times throughout Banned Books Week. "We're celebrating our freedom to read!"

A photo posted by Seabury Hall's Castle Library (@seaburylibrary) on

It was a great week of raising awareness!

Here are three cool things I learned:

1. Our students are astute readers and free thinkers.

Listening to the two student discussions English department chair Mr. Alan Hodara facilitated, "The Hunger Games" and "Challenged Books at Seabury Hall", filled me with awe. Our students are extremely aware. And our English teachers are doing a fantastic job of sharpening students' analytic skills.

2. If you start a school-wide conversation about banned / challenged books, students will start looking for free reading, banned or not.

Our students are busy! Discussing banned books seemed to help kids remember how much they love to read for pleasure. It was awesome to watch more kids than usual browsing the shelves, and borrowing. Librarian's delight. :)

3. Our Head of School GETS it!

At the end of the week, our new Head of School, Ms. Sarah Bakheit, dropped by the library to check out our banned book display. 

Her comment? "When I was in school, the fact that a book was banned was my SIGNAL to read it. "

How cool is that?

All in all, Banned Books Week at our school was a success! #makesmehappy


[Cross-posted at SEABURY READS.]

The #CEOct Global Kickoff, Hawaii Style -- 3 Takeaways

Our mission for the #CEOct Global Kickoff October 1, 8-9 pm, around the world? -- To share our personal journeys to becoming connected educators. 

+Shane Asselstine+Michelle Carlson Colte+Michael Fricano II, and I represented the many connected educators in Hawaii for this world-wide event.

These are my takeaways from the experience:

1. We are all unique, but the same. Different journeys, same passion. #heartfilling
► Linda's story
► Shane's story
► Michelle's story
► Michael's story

2. There is always something new to learn. Look for it! 

Michelle, who firmly believes in giving students a voice, shared a neat project: students recording Minecraft tips on FlipGrid. 

Listen about it HEREIsn't that the coolest idea?

3. Connecting with passionate educators feeds the spirit. #nuffsaid

Here's the show in its entirety.

Mahalo to my #GTANY friend +Regina Schaffer for the opportunity, and to the organizers of the #CEOct Global Kickoff: +Tammy Neil+Sarah Thomas, and +Jessica Raleigh.

October is Connected Educators Month and there are so many activities to choose from to feed your spirit. Check out the schedule HERE.


10 Google Slams ala MISO -- A Slide Deck to Share

Sometimes things don't turn out as expected, and that's okay!

I had to go to Plan B for my Google Demo Slam session at the recent 2015 Maui Independent School Organization conference. Everyone who attended my session came to learn. No one responded to my Google form here, and no one in the room was ready to slam except me. (It happens. )

Plan B: I hand-picked 10 new or new-to-me Google Tips and Tricks I felt sure would impress, and I slammed away (with some help from +Eric Curts and +Trevor Beck -- see below). 

It was fun!

Participants used a Google form to rate the slams, from Meh (1) to Impressive! (10). Check out the form I created HERE and feel free to duplicate the form HERE.

Which slam won out? Google Classroom and Google's Answer Box tied, with Voice Typing in Google Docs (a 10+ in my opinion) not far behind.

Here are the 10 slams, listed in order of presentation:

1. Slides Carnival templates for Google slides

2. Voice typing built in to Google Docs, demo courtesy of +Eric Curts 

3. New templates for docs, spreadsheets, and slides

4. My Maps, demo courtesy of +Trevor Beck, on +Lee Webster's Google Demo Slam Session 23

5. +Alice Keeler for nitty-gritty Google Edu help

6. Google Classroom Updates

7. Shapes in Google Slides

8. Animations and Collages using Google Photos mobile app

9. Google's Answer Box

10. Data insights on a spreadsheet, using Explore

HERE is the slide deck, with active links and notes containing details, comments and some how-to's.

Enjoy, and feel free to share! 


A Combo Twitter & Hangout Chat on Project Based Learning Coming Soon

Something new is happening this month with #edchatHI, the monthly educational Twitter chat for Hawaii.

Ta-dahhh! -- it's a combination Twitter and Google hangout chat!

The topic? Project-based learning. 

Here are the questions to ponder: 

Q1: What is PBL?
Q2: Why go PBL?
Q3: How do you roll out PBL to your teachers?
Q4: What barriers do you anticipate?
Q5: How will you measure the success of your PBL program?
Q6: What are some PBL resources, PBL practitioners to follow?
Resources to check out before the chat?
How School Leaders Set the Stage for PBL Success by Suzie Boss 
PBL Planning via Edutopia (½ way down page are PBL videos)
Special guests on the hangout will be Buffy Cushman-Patz (@buffycushmanand Nate Malinoski (@NateMalinoski), two educators who have a lot of experience with project-based learning.

You can view the hangout, and ask questions live, here. 

Or you can watch the hangout and tweet away using the #edchatHI hashtag on Twitter.
Or you can do both. 

When will all of this happen?  

Mark your calendars: September 14, 2015 at 6 - 7 pm Hawaii Standard Time.

Please join us! 

Special mahalo to +Michael Fricano II+JoAnn Jacobs, and +Michelle Carlson Colte for setting up this special event.


P. S. Wow! I can't believe I haven't posted here in over a month! Yes, getting ready for the start of school did take up a lot of my time. Happy to report that we're up and running and settling in nicely. Hope to be blogging more regularly now. I have lots to share, as usual.