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Strengthen Your Distance Learning Plan – FREE Download

Whew. What a year!  Since spring (back when “Zoom” was still a verb), schools have been finding quick and dirty solutions for continuing education through COVID closures. From sending home school computers to becoming video chat masters, educators have done everything they could to ensure learning keeps going. Though some of these short-term solutions have helped enormously at keeping students and teachers connected across the social distance void, they won’t cut …

The Best New Distance Learning Tool FREE with GoGuardian Suite

We’ve been amazed at how quickly some of our ed-tech partners have responded to shifting learning environments brought on my COVID-19 closures. GoGuardian–one of our go-to classroom management software providers–has been no exception. By tapping into the needs of schools prepping for long-term distance learning, GoGuardian has built one of the best tools we’ve seen for facilitating remote learning sessions. This new synchronous learning tool, Video Conferencing, will be launched in time for …

Kids, Coding, and Computer Science

FireFly Joins Earle Brown Elementary for a Day of Technology In December, educators around the world joined together for Computer Science Education Week. These seven days were aimed at inspiring students to take interest in coding and computer science.

Make learning visible with Google Workspace for Education

Using Google Workspace for Education for real-time feedback and collaboration While feedback is proven to be an important aspect of student success, sometimes the reality is that it is hard to reach every student and give timely feedback. The presence of teacher-to-student feedback and student-to-student feedback in the classroom has been on the rise, as John Hattie and his research points out in his book “Visible Learning”. For those not …

I.T. HERO 101: Organizational Units (Part 3)

Working With Setup Specialists Setting Up Your Computer Specialist for Success Setting up a strong OU structure is one thing but taking the time to individually enroll each device is a whole other beast. Placing all of your district’s new Chromebooks within your domain can be a cumbersome task. Unfortunately, Google Admin Console doesn’t come equipped with a strong bulk enrollment capability. During Chromebook setup, It can take between 5-8 …

I.T. HERO 101: Organizational Units (Part 2)

Freshening Up Clean Up Admin Console–Restructuring Old OUs Maybe you’re already knee deep in OUs and don’t have the luxury of working with a fresh canvas on Google Admin Console. If your school is working with a pre-existing OU structure and it’s just not working it may be because:

I.T. HERO 101: Organizational Units (Part 1)

Set up a well functioning Google Admin Console with the perfect organizational Units If your school’s 1:1 technology program relies on Chrome OS, you’re no stranger to the Google Admin Console. For those who may just be getting started with their 1-to-1 technology program, here’s the scoop. Google Admin Console is a central place to manage all G Suite services over all your district’s devices. With it, you can update G-Suite settings, …