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Eric Curts

Chrome Apps and Extensions  - 
 
7 Super Screencasting Activities for School http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/01/screencasting-activities.html
See how the free Google Chrome web extension Screencastify can be used by students for seven creative learning activities. Tutorial videos, examples, and detailed directions included.
How to use the Screencastify Chrome extension for seven creative activities for student learning.
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Join us online or in person Friday, January 20th at 9am for the monthly GEG-Ohio Google User Group meeting. We will cover all of the new features and updates in Google Apps from the past month, as well as great ideas for using Google Apps in school. If you would like to be in the Hangout to share something let me know ahead of time so I can add you to the Hangout.
View the live meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UvoAzlxFiTY
View the agenda here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1kJC9mYnHU_pNELTq8-7T6tay5J0AfPe1eV5c-eoitYg/edit?usp=sharing
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SPARCC Google User Group - 2017-01Feel free to add your own items, links, questions, comments, and other information to this document. Note: If anyone would like to be in our Hangout (rather than just watching it) let me know at ericcurts@gmail.com and I will be glad to add you to the Hangout. We are always looking for folks...
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Eric Curts

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What's New in Google - December 2016
http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/12/google-updates-dec2016.html
Catch up on everything new in Google Apps over the last month, and see great ideas and resources!
Catch up on everything new in Google Apps over the last month, and see great ideas and resources.
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Eric Curts

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"The All New Google Sites for Schools" training video and post
http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/12/new-google-sites-for-schools.html
I just did a one-hour webinar on the new version of Google Sites, all of the features, and how it can be used to create a classroom site. You can find the recorded training video, slideshow, and detailed directions at the link above.
Session Description: Google has developed a brand new version of Google Sites that makes it easier than ever to quickly create an attractive and useful website. Learn how to use this new tool to make a classroom or organization website including a welcome page, calendar page, files page, links page, pictures page, and more.
How to use the new Google Sites to create a classroom website, with a one hour video tutorial walk through.
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Eric Curts

Google Drive and Docs  - 
 
Join me for a free webinar "4 Fun Literacy Activities with Google Docs" on January 26, 2017. Register here:
http://ti.apps.sparcc.org/videopd/20170126-docs-lit
Looking for ways to techify your literacy activities? In this session we will explore several engaging hands-on literacy activities that use features built right into Google Docs. These will include improving reading comprehension with Google Docs "Black Out", writing interactive "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories in Docs, summarization skills with the Word Count tool, and fun ways to use Emojis in Docs for reading and writing.
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Finding and using YouTube "Read Aloud" book videos for your students http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/12/youtube-read-aloud.html
Over the years I have read my four children many, many books, most often at bedtime, and with as many funny voices for the characters as I could provide. As much as I enjoyed the time for family bonding and for helping the ki...
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Eric Curts

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What new things will Google Apps for Education (gSuite) get in 2017? Enter your 2017 Google predictions in this Form: https://docs.google.com/a/apps.sparcc.org/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe3Tfu0EsvrLwEG5VTzdIIwz-wKwjXf7ESl8DN0VfmliYmBhw/viewform
Results to be shared in the December 16th online GEG-Ohio meeting.
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Google Predictions for 2017What new Google updates, features, or tools do you hope will be released in 2017? These could be for any Google product such as Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Slides, Gmail, Calendar, Sites, and more. Fill in your ideas below, and then check out our December Google User Group online meeting on December 16th to hear our personal predictions and the best predictions from the submissions we receive. You can view the live online meeting at https://w...
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Eric Curts

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Join us online or in person Friday, December 16th at 1pm for the monthly GEG-Ohio/SPARCC Google User Group meeting. We will cover all of the new features and updates in Google Apps from the past month, as well as great ideas for using Google Apps in school. If you would like to be in the Hangout to share something let me know ahead of time so I can add you to the Hangout.
View the live meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMQ2Zxh7Qkk
View the agenda here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LM-DX6EWcliwdt-MzLiGW9W2UiDzgoY04aOIQOyeCK0/edit?usp=sharing
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SPARCC Google User Group - 2016-12-16Feel free to add your own items, links, questions, comments, and other information to this document. Enter your Google Predictions for 2017 here: Google Form link Note: If anyone would like to be in our Hangout (rather than just watching it) let me know at ericcurts@gmail.com and I will be ...
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Emoji Writing Prompt Generator with Google Sheets http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/11/emoji-writing-prompts.html
In an earlier blog post, I shared a “Google Sheets Writing Prompt Generator” that randomly combined nouns and adjectives to give students inspiration for writing projects. In this post we are going to take a twist on that ide...
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Eric Curts

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A while back I shared a post with a list of 20 great YouTube channels for Social Studies that I curated for a teacher inservice I was leading. Recently I had the chance to do the same thing again for a group of elementary mat...
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GEGs are independently run communities of educators who inspire and empower each other to meet the needs of students through technology both in the classroom and beyond. Via face to face meet-ups and online activities, GEGs provide a way for educators who are passionate about education and technology to meet like minded people and share, learn, and collaborate together.

Eric Curts

Google Drive and Docs  - 
 
Have Students Write Better by Writing Less with Google Docs http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/01/write-less-with-google-docs.html
Students can use the Word Count tool in Google Docs to make their writing more clear and concise.
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Eric Curts

Chrome Apps and Extensions  - 
 
Video Dubbing Learning Activities for Students - See how students can use the Screencastify Chrome extension to add their own audio narration to videos for various learning activities including practicing translation, reinterpreting a story, creating commentary, and more. http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2017/01/video-dubbing.html
Students can use Screencastify to dub their voice on videos for many educational activities.
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Eric Curts

Slides/Sheets/Forms/Drawings  - 
 
Build a Snowman with Google Slides - http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/12/build-snowman.html
See how your students can use the free "Build a Snowman" template for Google Slides to make their own custom snowman, and to write about what they have created. This is a fun activity that encourages creativity and develops writing skills.
Build a snowman with Google Slides and write about your creation with the free "Build a Snowman" template.
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Eric Curts

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Reminder: Join us online or in person Friday, December 16th at 1pm for the monthly GEG-Ohio/SPARCC Google User Group meeting. We will cover all of the new features and updates in Google Apps from the past month, as well as great ideas for using Google Apps in school. If you would like to be in the Hangout to share something let me know ahead of time so I can add you to the Hangout.
View the live meeting here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XMQ2Zxh7Qkk
View the agenda here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1LM-DX6EWcliwdt-MzLiGW9W2UiDzgoY04aOIQOyeCK0/edit?usp=sharing
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SPARCC Google User Group - 2016-12-16Feel free to add your own items, links, questions, comments, and other information to this document. Enter your Google Predictions for 2017 here: Google Form link Note: If anyone would like to be in our Hangout (rather than just watching it) let me know at ericcurts@gmail.com and I will be ...
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Eric Curts

Chrome Apps and Extensions  - 
 
Join me for a free webinar "Super Screencastify Activities for Schools" on January 12, 2017. Register here:
http://ti.apps.sparcc.org/videopd/20170112-screencastify
Screencastify is a free Google Chrome web extension that lets you or your students record your computer screen, voice, and webcam. The recorded video can then be saved easily to Drive or downloaded. Learn how to install and use this tool, and then explore ways this can be used in schools including instructional videos, student projects, teacher feedback, narrating slideshows, giving speeches, dubbing videos, explaining solutions, and much more.
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Eric Curts

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3 Google Updates Announced at Education On Air 2016
Full details at: http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/12/new-gsuite-features.html
1) New ways for students to log into Chromebooks
2) Parents no longer need Google accounts for Classroom email summaries
3) Graduating students can move email and Drive files to personal accounts
Christmas came a little early for attendees of Google’s 2016 Education On Air virtual conference. As part of the opening keynote presentations, Google added in a short section to reveal several new updates for G Suite for Edu...
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Eric Curts

Google Drive and Docs  - 
 
Join me for "Fantastic Feedback Tools for Google Docs" on Saturday, December 3rd at 4pm EST https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aHv-6W-uBrg
You can access all the #GoogleEduOnAir sessions at https://educationonair.withgoogle.com/live/2016-dec
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Eric Curts

Google Drive and Docs  - 
 
Using Google Docs for student to create "Choose Your Own Adventure" stories http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/11/docs-cyoa.html
For a long time I have shared resources on how students can create “Choose Your Own Adventure” stories using Google Slides. However, these styles of stories can be created with a wide range of digital tools. Basically any too...
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Eric Curts

Google Sites  - 
 
Join me for a free webinar "The All New Google Sites" on December 15, 2016. Register here:
http://ti.apps.sparcc.org/videopd/20161215-new-sites
Google has developed a brand new version of Google Sites that makes it easier than ever to quickly create an attractive and useful website. Learn how to use this new tool to make a classroom or organization website including a welcome page, calendar page, files page, links page, pictures page, and more.
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Eric Curts

Chrome Apps and Extensions  - 
 
10 Alternatives for the Readability Extension http://www.controlaltachieve.com/2016/11/10-readability-alternatives.html
Recently I had to say goodbye to two big comfy chairs. The first one was an actual chair that no longer had a spot in our house and had to get offered up as a “curb alert” on Craigslist. The second one was a digital comfy cha...
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