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Updates 2016-06-24

posted Jun 24, 2016, 1:31 PM by Chris Wherley

Happy Summer!

Here are a list of Google Presentations and other session descriptions at ISTE Conference next week in Denver, CO. 
ISTE is the International Society for Technology in Education and has developed Technology Standards for Students, Teachers, and Administrators.
If you cannot attend a workshop or conference, a good way to learn something new is to find a title of a presentation that interests you and research that title and the presenter(s) to gather ideas about the topic.

Presentation Styles
When looking at some of the session descriptions available at the ISTE Conference, I saw that they were having Ignite presentations. Some form of Ignite presentations would be great for student projects and faculty spotlights.
The general idea is that you have 20 slides timed at 15-20 seconds per slide.
And of course, there are Ted Talks at

Phishing has many resources for students, parents, and teachers to learn about things like Phishing.
Create an account and check out this lesson plan for students in Grades 6-8 about Scams and Schemes.
One helpful hint is to hover over any link that is in the email. The address should show up in the "status bar" at the bottom of your browser.
Also if you do happen to click on a link in an email, take note of the URL/address in the "address bar" of your browser.
Here are some images associated with Phishing, an email, a website, and a method for reporting.


Also see more information on the Updates 2016-05-13 post.

I would love to hear from you what you are learning this summer, technology or otherwise. Who have you shared your learning with?

Updates 2016-06-17

posted Jun 17, 2016, 11:52 AM by Chris Wherley

Happy Summer!

Marbles, Magnets, Dominos - Oh My
Here is a youtube channel of these types of videos

Here is the resources and best practices page from Remind.
Remind can be used for any classroom or activity. Group members can choose to have messages sent by email and/or text message.
You don't give out your mobile number and you won't start one of those dreaded group texts.
Illinois Computing Educators is setting up a Remind group for Educators around Illinois.

Google Calendars on iPhone or iPad
If all of your shared calendars are not showing up on your mobile device, check to see what calendars are checked.

Additional items you may want to check out this summer.

Updates 2016-06-10

posted Jun 10, 2016, 9:28 AM by Chris Wherley

Happy Summer!

Google on iOS
What Google apps do you have installed on your iPhone or iPad?
Drive, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Calendar, Gmail, Keep, Photos?

Google Photos on iOS
You can backup your photos from your iPhone or iPad to your Google account using the Google Photos app on iOS.
Your school account has unlimited storage whereas your personal account only has 25GB of storage.
The Google Photos Assistant feature may also automagically make collages, animations, and movies with your photos and movies.
Google Photos can also be accessed at

Microsoft Office Mix
Office Mix is an add-in for Microsoft Powerpoint 2013 and newer versions.

Updates 2016-06-01

posted Jun 1, 2016, 1:46 PM by Chris Wherley

Share Your Stories
Take the time to share your stories from your classroom or other experiences. 
Blogging is one way but there are others as well. offers courses/challenges to learn how to personally blog and have your students blog.
Edublogs is just one example of many blogging platforms including using Google Sites and Blogger.

Google Classroom Archiving
Here is an example of a blog made with
This youtube video shows what it means to archive a Google Classroom and is part of a blog post about the end of the year items when using Google.

Updates 2016-05-25

posted May 25, 2016, 8:48 AM by Chris Wherley

Learn More
Here we are at the end of another school year. Reach out to me if there are things that you want to learn more about this summer.

iPads, Neos, Laser Discs and other Technology
If you have unused or minimally used technology, that is not being utilized or not going to be utilized,
send an email to letting us know where and when we can pick it up. is an alternative to Wordle.
The image is from inputting this year's Technology Updates URL into WordClouds. 
Have a great summer!

Updates 2016-05-18

posted May 18, 2016, 1:18 PM by Chris Wherley

Office 365
Let me know if you have an interest in Office 365. Office 365 should be a great complement to the things that can be done with Google Apps for Education.
We can explore the possibility of utilizing these tools with your students.
Get Started here using your school email address.
Microsoft Sway is a tool for story-telling. 
Here is a tutorial video showing how to create a sway.
Microsoft OneNote is another tool that may have a fit in your classroom for organization and note taking. 

Backups of Files
It is always that time of year to backup your files. If you have files only on your computer, you need to have another copy to have a backup. 
The classroom computers will sit unused for 2+ months, be moved by staff and returned to your classroom, and things happen.
In order to have a backup of your files, the files need to be in 2 places.
Here are some logic puzzles for you.
Files are on the H: drive. The H: drive is backed up by the Technology Department to another storage device. The files are backed up.
Files are on the H: drive. Files are uploaded to Google Drive. Files are backed up.
Files are on the computer. Files are on a USB drive. Files are backed up.
Files are only on a USB drive. Files are not backed up.

Resources from a Blab with @josephfatheree
Mr. Fatheree is a teacher at Effingham High School
Institute of Design at Stanford
AHA Student Films - YouTube channel from Production Class at Effingham High School

Phishing 2016-05-13

posted May 13, 2016, 12:36 PM by Chris Wherley

Phishing is the attempt to acquire sensitive information such as usernames, passwords, and credit card details (and sometimes, indirectly, money), often for malicious reasons, by masquerading as a trustworthy entity in an electronic communication.
Learn more at

Just opening the message will not cause issues. It is either clicking on a link in a message or responding in some manner to the message.

Example from today:

Google Mail has the ability to "report phishing".
When viewing a message in the web interface, click the drop-down box next to the Reply button for additional options for that email. (Also see Print option here.)
Click on "Report phishing"

Updated 2016-05-16

posted May 11, 2016, 6:57 AM by Chris Wherley

Insert Google Drawing in Google Docs/Slides
Here is an example showing how to insert WordArt using a Google Drawing.

Other Videos from Better Cloud, formerly the Gooru:

Synergyse is a Chrome extension that puts a virtual guide into Google Apps, training you to be productive and stay up to date with changes.
After signing up and installing the Chrome Extension in the Google Chrome browser, a button will be available in the upper right-hand corner of the different Google Apps.
Click on the button for the guide to the app.

Look back on the updates from January to today:

Updates 2016-05-03

posted May 4, 2016, 7:09 AM by Chris Wherley

Illinois Education Technology Conference (IETC) Conference Presentation Proposal

November 17 and 18, 2016 in Springfield
Free Registration if selected to present. I would be glad to co-present (be your support person).
If you have any questions, let me know.

The Techy Coach Blog

The Techy Coach Blog - Google Forms - Create your own mad libs or choose your own adventure stories.
The Techy Coach Blog - Google Maps - Plot the locations and travels in a story or lesson.


Career and Technical Education (ILCTE)

Helpful links cover areas such as: Agriculture Business, Marketing, & Computer Education Family & Consumer Sciences Health Science Technology Miscellaneous School Counseling Resources Technology & Engineering Education

Is there something you would like to learn together on this summer? Let me know.

Updates 2016-04-27

posted Apr 27, 2016, 12:40 PM by Chris Wherley

Find a Twitter Chat for your Grade Level or Subject Area


As an example of the questions that are asked during a Twitter chat, here are the questions from the #5thchat's April 26th chat.

International Space Station
I came across this resource for following the International Space Station. The post was from a teacher, David Warlick, saying he had the quote, "This classroom is your window to the world." on his classroom bulletin board in the 1970's.


Substitution, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition - SAMR can be used to reflect upon how technology is utilized in the classroom.

If you want to learn more about any of these topics or past topics, let me know.

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