Monday, March 30, 2015
The Illinois Computing Educators 2015 Conference was held at Pheasant Run in St. Charles, IL. Over 5100 people from as far away as South Africa attended sessions.
The conference has a complete session list with session notes and presenter resources linked here.
If you like what you see, check out the local chapter Northern Illinois Computing Educators (NICE) next meeting:
NICE Meeting: Learning Spaces / Design Thinking
Add-Ons are tools written to enhance the functionality of basic tools such as Google Docs and Sheets, there are almost 100 add-ons available for Google Docs alone.
Teaching students to write and getting them to write well present unique challenges. Developing basic skills such as citing sources, tracking the progression of a work over time and checking for consistency are a few places Google Apps for Education (GAFE) can help writers at different stages of their development. EasyBib and Consistency Checker are two solid add-ons that address different levels of developing writers.
EasyBib - When documenting the source is more important than mastering the intricate formatting of the citation itself, EasyBib is the tool of choice. Enter a book or journal title or website URL and select a format such as MLA or Chicago style, click Generate Bibliography and the citations are alphabetized and added to the end of the work.
Inserting one is as easy as Add-Ons, Get Add-Ons, Add.
To explore the Add-ons available for Docs, follow this link.
Illinois Virtual School is offering online courses for professional development. The courses are very informative and will provide numerous resources for teachers and/or administrators to take advantage of. The courses also provide timely discussions with other educators throughout the area and the state. Please consider taking one of these courses.
Many of the courses provide for additional graduate credit. Follow the directions on the flyer to sign up. Spring courses start April 8th, and summer sessions begin June 24th.
Click here for additional information
One of the many benefits for students in the Classrooms 1st initiative is that they will receive Google Apps accounts that will follow them from elementary school through high school. Students will be able to construct a comprehensive learning portfolio that will follow them through graduation.
To make this happen:
All students will get a new domain name nilesk12.org. Their E-mail accounts will look like this (******@nilesk12.org)
All students' e-mail, calendar, contacts and files will be transferred from their nths219.org accounts to their new nilesk12.org.
April 1-30 - nilesk12.org AD accounts will be generated for all classes
Automated synchronization will be turned off.June 1- Official cutover to nilesk12.org