Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Beginning of the year tasks

Welcome back everyone!

As always, there is a lot to do to get the year started, but spending some time getting your technology set up in the most optimal way, will save you time throughout the year. 

On the handout from the first day of school, there are several links to resources and tips to get you set up.  As always, we will continue to offer training on apps and other tools, but don't hesitate to reach out to me or to Nancy as you encounter things you would like to know more about. 

One of the first things to update is your entry in the staff directory on our webpage. You should post a picture of yourself, and list your current position and contact information (phone extension, room number and email address). 

We want to have these updated before open house so that parents can be shown where to find your information.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Keyboard Shortcuts for Google Mail

Would you like to be more efficient about making your way through your inbox?  Using keyboard shortcuts instead of the menus at the top of the screen, can save tons of time. Here are some of the most helpful:


https://blog.hubspot.com/sales/gmail-keyboard-shortcuts#sm.001ot319r14l9ejgtul2hl627ifpz

Monday, July 17, 2017

Google Summit Yarmouth, Sept 16 &17

Yarmouth High School will again sponsor a 2 day workshop on google tools.  This one will be held on a weekend in September.  See the specifics here or contact me if you have more questions.

https://events.edtechteam.com/maine2017#overview


Saturday, April 22, 2017

Saving your bookmarks

Have you backed up your bookmarks?

If you have bookmarks / favorites in more than one browser, be sure to save each set. 

Here are instructions for saving bookmarks in Chrome. 

https://docs.google.com/a/portlandschools.org/presentation/d/1t_AvG1oqp28GCmMVrbOIj8-MlbxvSsqLWPw1F5GtiEo/edit?usp=sharing


Backing up your photos



Have you backed up your photos to a location other than your hard drive? 

One of the most convenient ways to deal with this is to set up an ongoing backup using Google Photo. 

It's not as simple as just dragging to the Google Drive folder because your photos are currently stored in the app "Photos" on your Mac's hard drive. First they need to be exported.

Here is an explanation, but feel free to reach out if you would like some one on one help to move your photos. You can also find some good tutorials by searching on Google or YouTube. 




Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Move your files to Google Drive

Hopefully you have gotten comfortable moving around Google drive over the course of the year and are familiar with its different parts. If not, look back at some of my older posts. 

Now we want to make sure your files are backed up, and one way to do that is to use Google Drive. It can sync all of your files automatically so that they are always backed up, or you can sync only some files in that way. 


There are lots of resources online  to help you get your work into Drive in an organized manner. I am happy help you as well. 

Here is a short tutorial that can walk you through moving your files from your desktop/documents folder to the Google Drive App. 


Portland Learns Google - a learning community

Our tech committee has been looking for different ways to share uses of technology that are working well in our classrooms.  Google+ offers an easy place to share with other teachers. 

You need to join the community and at that point you can read or post to it. To join: 


With your email open, click on the "waffle" and look for the Google+ icon



Locate the community (Portland Learns Google)  and add it. 

then read or post to the community whenever you have a minute. As more teachers contribute, the richer a resource it will become!


Don't forget to look for and join other communities you are interested in.