Avoid Copyright infringement

A federal court ruling announced last week reminds us all of the importance of following copyright. HISD (Houston ISD from Texas) has just been ordered to pay $9.2 million dollars ($9,200,000) due to copyright infringement. (Staff in the Houston school district took willful steps to ignore copyright and the company whose copyrighted materials they copied and circulated without permission now stands to receive millions in belated compensation/damages.)

Original and Doctored Guide

This should serve as a reminder that we should follow copyright. Generally, we shouldn’t be posting or sharing material that we didn’t create or that we don’t know is licensed under Creative Commons.

This includes not only print, but audio and video as well.

Please remember that our district expects staff to respect copyrights.

See Richard Byrne’s posting for three lessons to learn from this, this article for more general info, Google’s Help Center on Copyright and/or this article for more on the HISD ruling.

Outgoing Student and Staff Google Accounts to be Permanently Suspended

Please note — teachers who are leaving the district, graduating seniors, and any and all other students who will not be enrolled in the district next school year — access to their district Google accounts will be permanently suspended beginning in August 2019. Teachers and staff, please help us remind our graduating seniors and outgoing staff that this is the case.

As a reminder, all district Google account holders, including students, are able to transfer copies of their documents and emails to a non-district* Google Account and/or download their data.

If you are interested in Google’s free TRANSFER service, please see this help guide.

If interested in Google’s FREE DOWNLOAD service, please see this help guide. Both of these services work via Google TakeOut and are quick and easy to initiate.

For those whose accounts will be suspended, please consider alerting important contacts with whom you may correspond, that your email address will no longer work later this summer and provide them with whatever might be your new email address as soon as possible to avoid lapses in communication. If you need any additional assistance with this, please contact your building tech integration specialist richard.coughlin@pccsk12.com OR matthew.smoot@pccsk12.com.

Printing From Chrome

There, unfortunately, is still not a fix at this point from Google on the printing issues occurring in Google Chrome. It is a known bug that crashes the Chrome browser when a print job is attempted and more than one printer is available that shares the same driver (which exists in our environment); they do have engineers working on a fix.

Here are some suggestions to be able to print:

  1. When trying to print- Press Ctrl Shift P. This will open a dialog box and often, but not always, allow you to send the file to a printer.
  2. Download the file you want to print as a PDF and then open it with Adobe Acrobat. By opening your file as a PDF in a separate software, you can bypass Chrome and will be able to print.
  3. Open and print what you want using a different browser such as Microsoft Edge or Internet Explorer. Edge is Microsoft’s internet browser. To open Microsoft Edge, click on start menu on bottom left corner and in search bar type “Microsoft Edge.”

As soon as Google confirms a patch and we have tested it, we will release info through email and/or blog. At this point the earliest a fix is expected from Google engineers is sometime in late June.

ClassHook’s Pause Prompts Let You Add Questions to Existing Videos

We know this sounds a lot like EdPuzzle, if that’s something you’re already using, but ClassHook is a little different. What makes ClassHook’s “Pause Prompts” different from services like EDpuzzle, is that Pause Prompts aren’t intended to be homework assignments or individual assignments. Applications for Education Pause Prompts include giving students time to jot down some notes from a video or giving students time to answer or ask questions in small groups. ClassHook’s search feature could save you time when you’re searching for a video clip to support a point in your lesson plan and it can also be helpful in finding a video to build a flipped lesson.

ClassHook’s “Pause Prompts” let you add questions to an existing video as well, and it’s a great service for finding video clips to use in your classroom. Not only do ClassHook clips come from well-known movies and television shows, but you can also search for those clips according to subject area and topic. To reiterate, earlier this month, ClassHook introduced a new feature called Pause Prompts. Pause Prompts are questions that pop-up and pause a video in progress. The prompts are meant to be used for facilitating classroom conversations or to give students time to take notes at an important point in the video. https://www.classhook.com/

Get G Suite product update alerts by email

G Suite Updates is the official feed from the G Suite team and provides essential information about new features and improvements for G Suite customers. Click “Subscribe by email” for a link to add your email address. Or at least bookmark the GSuite Product Updates site to check out what’s happening as new releases occur.

For example, you can keep up to date on features that will both benefit your students AND you!

Learn that Google Sites just added the ability to create image carousels: https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2019/05/create-img-carousel-sites.html

Learn that Google Sheets just added the ability to remove duplicates and trim whitespace: https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2019/05/new-sheets-features-may.html

Learn that Google Slides now includes automatic, real-time, closed captioning: https://gsuiteupdates.googleblog.com/2018/10/automatic-real-time-captions-google-slides.html

Learn that Google just revamped their GSuite Learning Center

Subscribe today to Learn that Google ….

Google Experiments to Challenge Student Thinking and Boosting Creativity

Google Experiments hosts an ever-expanding collection of experiments, some of which have an educational component. Consider for example NotableWomen.com, an AR experiment that lets anyone see 100 historic American women on U.S. currency. The site includes Common Core Standards aligned lesson plans for grades 3-12.

Consider 20 Years With Google, an interactive visualization of Google Search queries. You can explore Google searches as a way of understanding our culture over the past 20 years!

Consider Groove Pizza, a playful tool for creating grooves using math concepts like shapes, angles, and patterns.

The possibilities are quite endless actually, have you and your students check ’em out: https://experiments.withgoogle.com/

Online or In-Person Google Certification Academies

Do you enjoy helping others? Are you passionate about edtech? Do you consider yourself a Google tools expert? If you answered, “Yes,” becoming a Google Certified Trainer might be for you!

Google for Education Certified Trainers are education professionals who help other teachers effectively incorporate technology into their classrooms. You might be an especially good fit for the program if you’re an instructional technology coach or specialist, but anyone can apply!

You can also take online workshops or in-person workshops to help you along with the process. See below for more info on two popular options:

Benefits of Attending the
Google Certification Academy via gEducator.com

  • The 3 benefits of becoming a certified Google educator
  • Content checklists to identify areas that you need to study before taking your exam.
  • Exclusive study guides that you won’t find on the internet!
  • Sample exam questions to give you experience with the unique question format of the Level 1 and 2 exams.
  • Exclusive lesson templates you can take back to your classroom.
  • Your guide to becoming a Google Certified Trainer
  • Lifetime access to the GCA community
  • A detailed roadmap to finishing your certification before school begins in the fall.
  • Access to the Certification Reboot course in Google Classroom

Benefits of Attending the
Google Certification Academy via Shake Up Learning

  • 50 Video Lessons (hands-on learning with Kasey Bell)
  • 20+ PDF Downloadable Study Material
  • Lesson Checks
  • Private Community & Study Group
  • Testing Tips
  • Level 1 Challenges (testing scenarios)
  • BONUS: This course includes the entire Google Classroom Master Class!
  • 12 hours of Professional Learning Credit
  • and MUCH MORE!

Enjoy Summer Break! Relax and learn with REMC’s FREE Virtual Courses

Summer is the perfect time to take advantage of REMC’s FREE Virtual Courses.

Seven courses are offered in June and begin on Monday, June 3.  Deadline for registration is Friday, May 31.  Each course is open for three weeks and consists of two (2) one-hour webinars and four (4) to eight (8) hours of resource review, assessment developments and written reflection.  SCECHs are available, ranging from 6 – 10, depending on the course.

  • Enhancing Instruction for All Learners
  • Increasing Efficiency and Productivity
  • Authentic Student Learning & Gamification
  • The What, Why, and How of Open Educational Resources (OER)
  • Social Media: Professional Development through Social Media, Level 1
  • Literacy Instruction and Technology: Foundational Elements, Level 1
  • Inquiry and Questioning: Igniting Student Curiosity with Technology, Level 1


Announcing the 2019 REMC Apple Professional Learning Series

The REMC Apple Professional Learning Series 2019 offers educators a
variety of learning opportunities that leverage the use of iPads, Apple
resources and using SWIFT for app development.

All sessions are FREE and 2 days in length.  You may register for one, two or three sessions across the three locations:
Ingham ISD, July 31 & August 1
Kent ISD,  August 6 & 7
Washtenaw ISD, August 14 & 15 (nearest location relative to P-CCS)

There is no cost for the sessions and SCECHs are free.  Lunch is provided each day.

Read More and Register

Prepare for Take-off! REMC offering free Coding & Drones Training course this summer

Michigan educators and students are taking note of the increasing career opportunities in the field of coding, along with growth in drone film production, drone aerial photography, and drone engineering.

In response, REMC is launching a brand new training course for teachers, “Coding and Drones.” This REMC project combines coding and the art of aerial drone control. 

Register and learn more here: https://www.remc.org/Core/News/Article/1289