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Google Classroom Cards and ROE51 Google Training

posted Oct 27, 2015, 8:01 AM by Chris Wherley

Here is a link to sign up for the Google Gooru's Google Classroom Cards.
You can also sign up for the newsletter and/or follow the Gooru on Twitter @thegooglegooru
Additional sets of cards at

Repeat of ROE Google workshops start tonight. RSVP at

Upcoming PD Opportunities

posted Sep 22, 2015, 11:42 AM by Chris Wherley

ROE 51 Sponsored Google Trainings RSVP at
Tuesday September 29 4-5:30 Google Sheets, Forms, Drawings
Tuesday October 13 4-5:30 Google Sites
Learn more at

Also Early Bird Registration deadline is October 1 for the IETC Conference in Springfield.
Learn more at
Talk to your Principal if you have interest in going November 5 and/or 6. Choose 1 or both days.

Google Training through the ROE

posted Aug 27, 2015, 8:42 AM by Chris Wherley

The first ROE Google workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, September 1, 2015 4:00pm-5:30pm at CACC Activity Room A.

The theme is "What if I Could?" Here is a presentation ( that was shared with Administrators at their start of the year ROE Meeting.
The first session will cover Gmail, Google Calendar, and Google Drive

The workshops will be offered every 2 weeks starting September 1. You can mix and match which dates you attend or come to all of them.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact one of the team members:
Mitch Boston: Technology Athens
John Langley: Instructional Technology and English Teacher Pleasant Plains
Bob Cox: Instructional Technology and Science Teacher Chatham
Chris Wherley: Technology Williamsville
Larry Zobrist:

Celebrating the TECH in TEaCHing

posted Jun 10, 2015, 6:33 AM by Chris Wherley

This year's CU4 Tech Conference is on August 8th.
The theme is "Celebrating the TECH in TEaCHing".
The conference is free this year.
Check out for more information.

Technology Utilization Survey

posted Apr 30, 2015, 12:19 PM by Chris Wherley

Teachers and Staff,
Here are a couple of links to a 2-part Technology Utilization survey.

Part 1 is more data questions and Part 2 is open-ended sharing questions.

Even though the Grade Level and Department/Title questions are not required these questions will help in grouping by buildings, grade levels, and subjects.
There is nothing specific that identifies you as the individual completing the survey.

Please take a few moments to complete Part 1 in the next couple of days. It may be necessary to use a computer to complete Part 1, just the way the question grid is set up but should only take a few minutes.

Also glance at Part 2 and read through the questions to start thinking about how you would answer them.
You can submit Part 2 as many times as you want to. All of your responses do not need to be submitted at once.

I will close both forms on Monday, May 11th.

Share your Experiences

posted Apr 29, 2015, 9:05 AM by Chris Wherley

Presenting at the IETC conference in Springfield in early November is an opportunity for you to share your experiences with teaching with technology and/or students learning with technology. 
Submit a proposal by May 9. Accepted proposals come with a free registration for the conference. I would be willing to tag team the presentation or support you in any way.

More Details:
Illinois Education & Technology Conference (IETC) Announcement
Please share with your colleagues.

Deadline to Submit a Proposal to Present at IETC:  Saturday, May 9, 2015

Dates of IETC:  Nov. 4-6, 2015.  (Please note new dates!) 

Location of IETC:  Crowne Plaza Hotel, 3000 S. Dirksen Pkwy., Springfield, IL

IETC Schedule:  The IETC general conference days will be Thursday, Nov. 5 and Friday, Nov. 6, 2015.  Proposals are being accepted for those general conference days.  In addition, IETC will offer five pre-conference, full-day workshops on Wednesday, Nov. 4.  Those full-day workshops have already been selected.  Check the website for pre-conference workshop details later this spring!

Presentation Types:  Applications are being accepted for poster sessions (table top displays), 50-minute presentations, and 1-hour 50-minute sessions either presented as demonstrations or in interactive, BYOD (bring your own device) environments.

Presenter Benefits:  Conference registration fees for both the Thursday, Nov. 5 and Friday, Nov. 6 conference days will be waived for the lead presenter and one co-presenter, if applicable.  Registration for IETC 2015 will open this summer.

Learn More:  To learn more about IETC 2015, please go to the conference website:

Please share this notice with your colleagues.

ROE Newsletter

posted Feb 24, 2015, 8:15 AM by Chris Wherley

The Spring 2015 Sangamon Schools' News is now posted. The Sangamon Schools' News is issued quarterly by the Sangamon County Regional Office of Education and contains very important information regarding teacher certification, professional development and much more.

This newsletter, as well as past and future editions, may be accessed on the Regional Office website at:


posted Feb 20, 2015, 3:47 PM by Chris Wherley

Experimenting with the postBlaster script from New Visions Cloud Lab. 
When adding a new post to a Google Sites Announcement type page, this script will check every 5 minutes and email a notification to all the email address stored in a Google Sheet.

More information available at

"If I Was in Charge of the World" Project

posted Oct 22, 2014, 7:18 AM by Chris Wherley   [ updated Oct 22, 2014, 7:28 AM ]

This article is to assist 5th Grade students in using Google Presentations rather than Microsoft Word for their "If I Was in Charge of the World" Project.

Get Started
Using Google Drive, Create a Presentation.

Accept the Default Theme as you can adjust text fonts and colors later.

File Name
Change the name of the file to include your name and the name of the project, no periods or punctuation. Dashes are acceptable.

Start with a Blank Slide rather than Title Slide
Click the drop-down arrow next to the + button
Click Blank
Right Click on Title Slide in left side bar,  
Click Delete Slide

Page Setup
To change the Page Setup to be Portrait 8.5 x 11 inches:
Click File, Page Setup.
Click Custom
Change to 8.5 x 11 and verify Units is set to inches.
Click OK

Insert Image
Click Insert, Image
Click blue button labelled "Choose an Image to Upload"
Find the Image:
Click Google Drive
Click Share with Me or Recent
Click the image
Click Open

Right Click on the image
Click Image Options
Adjust the Transparency slider as needed.
Click the X to close the Image Options box.

Insert Text Box
Click Insert, Text Box
Left Click and drag the box to the desired proportions.
Can change the size later by click and dragging the handles.
Multiple Text Boxes can be added to a Slide.

Font Color
Click the button with the A with the Line of Color under it.
Click Highlight to select a highlight color for the background of your text.
Choose a lighter color for the highlight and leave text as black.


posted Sep 8, 2014, 12:57 PM by Chris Wherley   [ updated Sep 8, 2014, 1:03 PM ]

This slideshow includes steps to set up an account to use to manage your student's meal account.


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