We’ve been using a paper-based notification system for years to document behavioral and academic issues with students. It’s involved lots of paper and email and too many people.
After an amazing workshop with Brent Coley, I realized two Google Suite plugins he showcased could simplify lots of things with our process.
The add-ons are autoCrat and copyDown. Now when teachers need to notify a student, their parents, and their faculty adviser…they just complete and submit a Google form. Emails are sent to all concerned parties and a pdf copy is saved to a folder in Google Drive.
While wrangling spreadsheets to my will, I got over a major hurdle thanks to this tip from benlcollins.com. Looks to be an amazing resource!
<This post is mostly a buried acorn for me…if you want to know details…let me know.>
I just submitted my application for the Google Innovation Academy this August in Washington D.C. It’s crazy trying to pull everything together just as the school year is ending, but…I got everything done. It was a big investment of time…but worth it. Even though the odds of getting accepted are small, I’d love the opportunity.
Here’s my Project Vision Video and my old application video (didn’t make it) for the Google Certified Teacher Academy a number of years ago.
I love to dive the kelp forests off the SoCal coast. When I first started to dive I was overwhelmed at the variety of species I was seeing. Over time, I started to see the order within the complexity. What I couldn’t find was a good website that would help me with the monumental task of learning about what I was seeing in this entirely new world.
So I put my students to work! This site has some great resources on the kelp forest. I’ll even be so bold as to say I haven’t seen one with more resources (and links to resources) in one place. The biology class of 16-17 did a great job providing info on some of the organisms as part of their unit on ecology. I particularly like the webcams and videos linked throughout, but especially on the resources page.
When I need to relax, the Anacapa Ocean live stream does it every time (during daylight anyway :-).
Within a few days of publishing the project, Google released their new Google Sites. We hope you enjoy! Click the link below or the image above to visit.
Just published this short video of the most amazing school of fish I’ve encountered while diving. Called salema (Xenistius californenis), resources tell me they are common in southern California. I hadn’t recalled seeing them before. When researching them I discovered some videos of them at the Galapagos Islands. Quite a range!