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April 15, 2019

Tech Tool of the Month

Do you find yourself struggling with the number of tabs you have open in your Chrome browser? Do you have so many open because you don't want the hassle of searching for the specific website or Google file? Are you thinking keeping the tabs open will be more efficient? Efficiency is super important to all of us. Therefore, you need to check out this amazing Chrome extension called Toby! Toby is an extension that enables you to organize your tabs into collections, along with many other features. Toby even allows for collaboration on collections. This amazing tool can be used however you would like: PLNs, subjects, Google tools, bills, themes, etc. Try Toby today; you won't be disappointed!

EdTech Blogger Spotlight

This month's EdTech Blogger Spotlight is on Eric Curts. We have previously used some of his ideas and teachings in our 1:1 PDs. Here is a video in which he talks about who he is, what he does, and how we can best utilize his blog as a resource for teaching and learning. His blog Control Alt Achieve is an amazing resource.

Printing our Newsletter

We have had a few questions about how to print our eNewsletter. eNewsletters, along with many other facets of EdTech, are supposed to promote a paperless environment. However, we all know there are those certain circumstances in which we have to print something. The best way we have found to print our eNewsletter is to add the extension Print Friendly & PDF to your Chrome browser. We hope this helps for those particular circumstances in which printing is absolutely necessary. 

Matt Miller's Blog on HyperDocs

Are you familiar with HyperDocs? Matt Miller recently wrote a great article regarding HyperDocs. It is called, "The HyperDocs Toolbox: 14 engaging example activities". Whether you are new to HyperDocs, or simply trying to learn more, this article is for you! Check out the great resources he has provided. 

Google Teacher Center

There are many tools we use in technology, and there are many resources out there for us to better ourselves with them. While we often encourage teachers to dive into our online gamified PD resource, Alludo Learning, we've recently discovered the Google Teacher Center to be a great resource to assist with your Google learning. As we are a Google district, teachers often ask us how they can do more with Google. The Google Teacher Center is a great place to start as it caters to multiple levels of comfort with tech use. We encourage you to give it a try and find the trainings that best fit your needs. Both you and your students will benefit!