Makerspace thoughts

I love the idea of Makerspaces. But I am still struggling a bit with the ‘what’, the ‘why’ and the ‘how’. To figure things out I am listening to this excellent Cult of Pedagogy podcast: What is the Point of a Makerspace? In it I think John Spencer gives the best description I have heard … [Read more…]

Options for Chromebook Parental Controls

My school is moving to BYOD next year and we are suggesting parents get their child a Chromebook. One of the questions I am being asked by parents is what are their options are for parental controls on a Chromebook. Our school owned Chromebooks are all on our management console, so we can push out … [Read more…]

Innovator Project Update #1

In August I had the privilege of attending the Google Certified Innovator Academy in Sydney. It was a crazy trip: two red eye flights, an ‘amazing race’ in downtown Sydney, lots of design and moonshot thinking, encouragement to think big but start small, and an expectation that I would spend the year working on an … [Read more…]

Mashing up Goo.gl and Bookmarks

A lot of my current thinking is around how to help teachers know HOW to use the collaborative tools in GSuite, not just know ABOUT them. One area that I find doesn’t get a lot of attention is how to share a link. I personally like to do it while I am also setting the … [Read more…]

The best thing about Google Form uploads

As a Design Technology teacher my students are constantly creating Computer Aided Design (CAD) files. These might be from 2D Design (.dtd), Photoshop (.psd), Sketchup (.skp), and (hopefully soon) 3D printer files (.stl). In the past, getting the files from their computer to the appropriate machine involved lots of passing USB drives around in a … [Read more…]