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Reminder: Join us online or in person this Friday, March 24th at 9am for our 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 invite you.
View the live meeting here:
View the agenda here:

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Hipster Google - 21 Google Tools You Probably Never Heard Of How many do you know? Pick up some new tools and ideas for teaching and learning.

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Call for proposals are now open for 2017 SPARCC Education Technology Conference!
SPARCC will hold our 13th annual Education Technology Conference on August 4th, 2017 at the R.G. Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon, Ohio. The conference is designed for teachers, administrators, technology specialists and others interested in the use of instructional technologies.
We are now accepting proposals for presentations to be offered for this event. Please complete the form on the conference website linked below to submit your proposal to the conference planning committee. You may submit the form more than once for multiple proposals. The deadline for submission is May 5th, 2017.
Proposal form and conference details can be found at:
Please share this information with other educators. This is a great opportunity to share the awesome things going on in your schools!

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SPARCC Google Certification Bootcamps
Become a certified Google Educator (Level 1 or Level 2), or prepare to be an authorized Google Education Trainer, or simply improve your Google knowledge and skills.
SPARCC is offering 2-day Google Bootcamps with in-depth training to prepare participants for the official Google exams to earn a Google Educator Level 1 or Level 2 certificate.
The cost for each 2-day session is $200 for people within the SPARCC consortium, or $225 for people outside of the SPARCC consortium.
Below are the current sessions we are offering. Additional sessions will be offered over time.
May 11 and 12, 2017 - Level 1 Bootcamp
May 18 and 19, 2017 - Level 2 Bootcamp
July 10 and 11, 2017 - Level 1 Bootcamp
July 24 and 25, 2017 - Level 2 Bootcamp
Full details about the Google Bootcamp sessions can be found at:
To register for the Google Bootcamp, please fill out the form linked below:

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Join me for a free webinar "Hipster Google - Tools You Probably Never Heard Of" on March 21, 2017. Register here:
Everyone knows about Google Docs, Gmail, Search, and other common Google tools. But there are also loads of smaller, lesser-known, but powerful tools. Learn about hidden gems such as nGram, Trends, Web Fonts, QuickDraw, Tour Builder, SpellUp, Toontastic, Canned Responses, Smarty Pins, Story Builder, Tone, Office Editing, Reverse Image Search, Instant Search Cards, and more (List subject to change based on how cool and unknown the tools remain.)

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Celebrate #ReadAcrossAmerica week with this "One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish" Google Slides Sorting Activity -

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Have Students Create Educational "Motivational Posters" with Google Drawings -
Two free Google Drawings templates for students to create "Motivational Posters" and express their understanding of vocab terms, subject area concepts, people, events, and more.

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Google Sheets Activities for all Subjects
My latest webinar recording is now available. See the link for the video, detailed directions, and examples.
Session description: Google Sheets is not just a tool for crunching numbers. It is a powerful tool for learning, inquiry, exploration, and inspiration in any subject area. In this session we will take a look at several practical activities for a wide range of content areas including random writing prompts, flash cards, educational games, student-created learning databases, art and creativity, and of course analyzing data to draw conclusions and make predictions.
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