Using the Undo Send GMail Lab - Guest Blog Post

Guest Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

Ever hit the "Send" button on an email and instantly remember something you forgot to add? Or you just regret the email entirely?

Try the "Undo Send" lab!  Upon hitting "Send" on an email, the "Undo Send" lab will provide a banner with an "Undo" link.  Click on the link after hitting "Send" and the "Sent" message will go to your "Drafts" folder instead.  

Careful, though!  You only have a few seconds to change your mind.  Once the yellow banner disappears, the message is now "Sent" and there's no getting it back.

To add this Google Lab to your email, click on the gear icon in the upper right corner of your email screen.  Click Settings --> then the word Labs on the top row.  In the "Search for a lab" box, type in Undo Send.  Then Enable the lab.  And you're done! 


Maria Burnham is a passionate Library Media Specialist at one of our partner districts in Minnesota, Sauk Rapids-Rice. She shares her passion for technology in education with her peers in a weekly email highlighting tips and tricks to engage users in technology and Atomic Learning, which she cleverly named “Mondays with Maria.” That weekly email is where this guest blog post came from. We will continue to post Maria’s inspiration from time to time, feel free to share with others! You can follow her on twitter:

OneNote for Organization and Collaboration - Guest Blog Post

Who better to speak to using OneNote for Organization and Collaboration than the eLearning Contributor who developed the training herself?

Guest Blog Post by Teresa Potter, eLearning Contributor

There are a lot of note-taking applications available, each boasting an easy way to collect information. However, one of the points many of these programs miss is powerful tools to organize that information. Microsoft OneNote has not made this mistake.
 
Microsoft OneNote provides a powerful tool to collect, organize, and reference information in a wide variety of formats. It allows you to type and paste information and media anywhere you would like on the page. The formatting is much more fluid than a word processing program. You can create pages, sections, and groups of sections to organize your information, and you can even create entirely new notebooks to gather your information. You can also attach documents right to your pages. Students can attach a Powerpoint presentation they gave and then reflect on their work all on the same page, and the attachment becomes part of the OneNote notebook. OneNote also allows you to create audio and video recordings and to play them back within OneNote.

Webinar: Building Teacher Technology Competencies

You want your teachers to use technology to teach, but how do they learn what to do? Join this webinar to find out how Mineral Wells ISD is transforming their classrooms by challenging teachers with projects that integrate technology at all levels.

You'll hear first hand from Dr. Gail Haterius, Superintendent, Greg Bird, Director of Technology, and Consultant Trish Panknin about the iRam program they've put in place and how it can be replicated in your district.

Making a Folder in Your Bookmarks Bar - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

I have found that I prefer using my Bookmarks Bar vs. going up to the Bookmarks Menu at the top of the screen, particularly for those sites that I use often.  However, with so much Google Drive use and shared access to documents, there are many sites/links in which I'd want easy access but they don't all fit on my Bookmarks Bar (by the way, the Bookmarks Bar is that small gray space underneath where the URL address lives).  

So I've started to make folders of links that are relevant.  For example, with all of the shared documents I have regarding our high school laptops, I've created a folder for all of the spreadsheets and forms I need.  

To create a Bookmark Bar folder in Chrome:

Go to Bookmarks --> Bookmarks Manager.  In the top left of the screen, click on Organize --> Add Folder.  You can rename the folder by either right-clicking on it in the menu list on the left OR in the Bookmarks Main Menu, when you hover over the folder, you'll see a drop-down menu on the far right where you can edit the name.  To put current bookmarks in that folder, simply drag and drop your current sites in to that folder.

Using Your Notification Center - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

So many of us have laptops, and even if you don't, the technology is such that so much of our lives are intertwined.  Calendars are connected to emails, iMessage connects with our phones, any additional apps we have (for me, the biggest in Wunderlist) may remind us of things from time to time.  All of these reminders and pop-ups might become distracting or be something you DON'T want to show while you're projecting during a meeting or in a class.

Or maybe you DO want to see when an incoming mail message comes in, no matter which app you are working in.  The point is, you can control these things.  

Boomerang for GMail in Chrome - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

In this blog post, I want to share with you Boomerang for GMail. It's an application add-on that connects with your GMail and appears at the bottom of your new email messages. Basically, the add-on allows you to:

Forming a Resolution You Can Keep

We’ve all heard that it takes 21 days to form a habit. This, however, is a myth, according to an article in Forbes Magazine. When it comes down to it, it takes sacrifice and commitment to reach success with forming habits, which can not happen in a matter of days. This theory can also apply to your New Year’s resolution.

The Hour of Code is Coming - Join in December 8-14

Mobile and Beyond: McAllen ISD supports district-wide tech initiative, PD, and tech training needs

McAllen ISD, a district with 1,600 full-time employees, in McAllen, Texas, initially chose Atomic Learning to support their 1:1 iPad initiative (27,000 iPads deployed to every learner, K-12, plus staff). The district has since learned the importance of the Atomic Learning resources to not only support their mobile initiative, but to also expand the depth of technology training district-wide.

McAllen promotes using Atomic Learning in several ways, all of which are driving an increase in Atomic Learning usage in their district. One example of this is that during the last school year, McAllen scrapped their Career Technical Education (CTE) curriculum and transitioned to only using Atomic Learning content. Another avenue is that parent usage is climbing after an Atomic Learning-led parent liaison group. One parent shared that he took Atomic Learning's training on apps like Word, Powerpoint, and Excel, printed the certificates of completion, took those with him to a job interview, and was hired. McAllen encourages teachers to go directly to Atomic Learning for their PD rather than going outside of the district, which is also increasing their usage.

McAllen now has new direction with a new Instructional Technology Director, Ann Vega. Here are Vega's goals for Atomic Learning within MISD for her first year, in order of importance.

  1. Get all administrators trained on Atomic Learning and get them comfortable assigning training to various groups (teachers, admin. assistants, para professionals, HR, parents, and others).
     
  2. Get all teachers trained in Atomic Learning, especially using Google Apps for education (which has a built-in LMS)
     
  3. Get all teachers assigning training/projects/assessments to their students
     
  4. Possibly custom-uploading videos and other resources to assign training to teachers, including new teacher training and other annual mandated compliance training for reporting, such as Blood Borne Pathogens.

Ann especially wants to create user groups so she can assign training, and track it. McAllen is having great success as they continue to integrate Atomic Learning into their district.

Want to get your district on track with teacher PD and training district-wide? Contact Atomic Learning today!

2014 Technology and Professional Development Survey Results Released #techpd14

From the abacus to the calculator, the chalkboard to SMARTBoards, technology has had an immense impact on education and how students learn. However, technology is only one piece of the puzzle. Bill Gates said it best: “Technology is just a tool. In terms of getting the kids working together and motivating them, the teacher is the most important.”

But how are teachers using technology? And how are teachers maintaining expertise in the areas of teaching and new technology?

Using Google Chrome Extensions - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

You might be asking yourself, "What is an extension?"

Answer: an extension is a handy-dandy little tool that hangs out on the top of your Chrome browser (to the right of the URL bar), ready and waiting to help you be more efficient in your life.  

To find/obtain Chrome extensions, there are two places to look: 

Taking Time to Learn: Computer Learning Month

In the everyday hustle and bustle of life, it's easy to put off your own development...

October marks Computer Learning Month, an annual event focused on promoting responsible computing and digital citizenship, serving as a simple reminder to set aside time dedicated to learning something new.

Since the month is already quickly drawing to a close, we've compiled a short list of some of our favorite online resources to help you stop procrastinating and start learning:

  • Computer Literacy Basics Mac | PC
    Learn the basics about using your computer with topics ranging from double clicking with your mouse to setting up an email account, and even how to transfer photos from your camera to your hard drive.
     
  • An Overview of Learning Methodologies
    Join Dr. Billie McConnell as he takes a look at how we have traditionally approached education, and what new approaches we should take to prepare students to be life-long learners.
     
  • Creating Maker Lessons Training
    Explore the principles of the Maker Movement, and build a framework for creating "Maker Lessons" that combine our physical and digital worlds in this online training series.
     
  • Effective Listening Training
    This dynamic online training series explores listening vs. hearing, the listening process, and types and styles of listening, responding, questioning, and more that can be valuable in all areas of your life.
     
  • What's New in iOS 8
    This online training series will show you some of the new features in iOS 8, including Interactive Notifications, QuickType, Family Sharing, iCloud® Drive, Spotlight®, and more!

Not an Atomic Learning subscriber? Learn more.

Educators Connect to Share Wisdom

We have almost concluded Connected Educator Month! Behind ISTE® this is one of my favorite events that the Ed Tech Community sponsors.  It’s at the perfect time of year…I’ve just about calmed down from the chaos of the back to school rush and I am ready to buckle down and start getting to the heart of moving education forward. 

As a classroom teacher, I always felt that October was the month when the real learning began.  Students have figured out how to manage the halls, adjust to the schedule, and where to sit, or not to sit depending on the distractions.  It’s that time when we have started the course and now the real learning has begun.  It’s during this time that I have determined what my students strengths and weaknesses are and I am ready to plunge into some new ideas and see where they take me and all those formative minds that I’m working with for the rest of the year. 

Using technology to connect with your peers is an exciting, yet also, overwhelming task! Do you feel like you couldn’t take it all in? I know the days passed quickly and I’m hoping to find some archived sessions at http://connectededucators.org. They also have a  starter kit, created by Powerful Learning Practice will at help you understand some common terms, and tips for things you can do each day to connect with educators just like you even after the Connected Educator month ends.

It’s never too late to become a Connected Educator and learn about ways to ‘connect’!

Images and attachments in GMail - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

If you are sending a picture to someone via GMail, you have four options:

  1. Drag and drop the image file in to the text portion of the message.  This will embed the picture in to the e-mail message, allowing your recipient to view the image right in the email.  
     
  2. Click on the photo icon at the bottom of your message.  That is the "Insert Photo" option.  Selecting this will allowing you to select the photo file to embed in the text of the message from any pictures you've uploaded in Google (for your Profile pic, in Blogger, or from Google +).   Or you choose the "Upload" feature to select a file from your Hard Drive.  
     
  3. Drag and drop the image file over the bottom portion of the message where the "attachment paperclip" is on the message.  Your picture file will now upload as an other attachment would. (By the way, this feature works for ALL attachment files)
     
  4. Click on the paper clip for an attachment.  Selecting the paper clip will bring you to your computer's Hard Drive, allowing you to select the photo file to attach to the message.

Need more tips and tricks for GMail? Check out Atomic Learning's training here.


Maria Burnham is a passionate Library Media Specialist at one of our partner districts in Minnesota, Sauk Rapids-Rice. She shares her passion for technology in education with her peers in a weekly email highlighting tips and tricks to engage users in technology and Atomic Learning, which she cleverly named “Mondays with Maria.” That weekly email is where this guest blog post came from. We will continue to post Maria’s inspiration from time to time, feel free to share with others! You can follow her on twitter:

Navigating the "new" Google Drive - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

At some point in the undetermined near future, your Google Drive will change from the original look to the "New Google Drive" if you have not already made the switch. Right now, Google is maintaining both "themes", but likely the "Classic" look will go away.  

Saving Battery Life in OS X Mavericks - Guest Blog Post

Guest Blog Post by Maria Burnham, Library Media Specialist

In Mac 10.9 (called Mavericks), one of the neat features is to now see which apps are using up the most battery.  

If you are like me and typically have multiple applications running at the same time, you might notice that your battery dies down faster.  To see which apps are taking up the most battery, click on the battery icon at the top of your screen.  You will see a message in grey that says "Collecting Power Usage Information."  

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