Tag: google

  • Import Blackbaud Class Calendar to Google Calendar

    Today I created a revised version of a video tutorial I created in August 2021 and shared in the post, “Import Class Schedule Into Google Calendar.” Our school uses “Blackbaud” as our student information system (SIS), but our teaching schedules are not automatically synced with Google Calendar. As I mentioned at the end of this…

  • Disruptive Decentralization in Social Media and AI

    Centralization and decentralization both have their pros and cons. In this post, I want to explore the opportunities and challenges posed by these two paradigms in two contemporary technological contexts: Social media and Artificial Intelligence (AI). In the realm of social media, Twitter has become a hotbed of controversy for numerous reasons, primarily due to…

  • Digital Picture Frames

    My wife and I derive considerable pleasure these days from watching a variety of old family photos on our living room TV, thanks to the “Ambient Mode” of Google’s Chromecast as well as the screensaver feature of AppleTV. In my mother’s last four months of life, as she faced terminal brain cancer, she also was…

  • Eric Curts Shares Google Tools at #NCTIES23

    This is a ChatGPT-generated narrative summary (minus hashtags) of the Twitter thread I created during Eric Curts‘ (@ericcurts – @ericcurts@mastodon.world) workshop today in Raleigh, North Carolina, “Google Tools to Support all Learners.” This Google Doc includes all the resources from Eric’s FANTASTIC session! I’ve also inserted my tweets which include images of resources Eric shared.…

  • Favorite Chrome Extensions (Nov 2022)

    Google Chrome continues to be my preferred web browser in late 2022. For the past couple years, I’ve been using a school-provided MacOS M1 MacBook Air laptop as my “daily driver” computer. Back in June 2015, I wrote the post, “Seven Indispensable Google Chrome Extensions.” This is my update for November 2022, seven years later!…

  • Tips for Using Jamboard

    Jamboard is a useful and free collaborative, digital whiteboard which is now included as part of the Google Workspace tool suite. (Google Apps.) This is a 5 minute tutorial video I recorded today. Here’s the description and video! Some tips for using Google Jamboard with students. In this video I demonstrate how to save a…

  • GeoMap Job Hunting

    As a geographer and teacher, I love the way maps can help us better understand information and data geo-spatially in rich, meaningful contexts. My wife, Shelly (@sfryer) and I, will be moving to Charlotte, North Carolina, this summer, to start a new adventure together as “empty nesters.” I’m looking forward to teaching and collaborating with…

  • Reconsider Google Love

    This may strike some readers and folks who have known me for years as educational technology heresy, but as a disciple of Neil Postman, I’m always eager to encourage more critical thinking about our uses of technology. I am writing to suggest we all seriously “reconsider our Google Love.” By this I mean we should…

  • Import Class Schedule Into Google Calendar

    (Also see my updated version of this video and post from 1 August 2023, “Import Blackbaud Class Calendar to Google Calendar.”) We use the Blackbaud student information system (SIS) at our school, and it provides “subscribable” web calendars we can view in Google Calendar. However, for my own purposes (using the Google Home smart assistant…

  • Student Email Overload and GMail Filters

    Teaching during the COVID-19 global pandemic can be crazy! About a month ago ago I boldly announced that I was going to start blogging every day again… and I promptly fell right off that wagon. Amidst lesson prep and teaching, getting behind on my grading, and trying to practice good wellness and self-care… blogging has…