PPS Learning, Teaching & Technology newsletter • issue 8 • March 17, 2017


This monthly newsletter will feature cool teaching, learning and technology ideas, resources and tips, as well as news about upcoming learning opportunities. Feel free to forward this flyer and invite others to share in the learning! Send a message to Melissa Lim mlim@pps.net to join the Edtech Listserve to receive email news and updates related to learning, teaching and technology in Portland Public Schools.

New in Google Drive: Team Drives + Google Keep

Team Drives appear in your Google Drive folder list.

Team Drives are shared spaces where teams can store their files and guarantee that every member has the most up-to-date information, no matter the time or place. Team Drives make onboarding easy, because every person and Google Group added to a Team Drive gets instant access to that team’s documents. Moreover, Team Drives are designed to store the team’s work collectively, so if a document’s creator moves off of the team that document doesn’t go with them. Team members automatically see the same files regardless of who adds or reorganizes them. You can also manage share permissions by defining the restrictions for editing, commenting, reorganizing or deleting files.

Capture ideas in Google Keep, instantly add in Google Docs

You can now take your ideas and notes from Keep and easily add them to Google Docs for easier brainstorming.

Read more about Google Keep moving to G Suite here.

News and Media Literacy: Building Critical Consumers and Creators [webinar} on Wednesday, March 29, 1-2 pm, register here

Kelly Mendoza, Director of Learning and Engagement for Common Sense Education, will lead an exploration of news and media literacy, including: why news and media literacy is more important than ever, latest research on kids and news, what is “fake news” and how to spot it, ways teachers can integrate news and media literacy into their curriculum and rubrics you can use to assess students’ understanding of news literacy.

Available for iOS or on the web.

Tinycards by Duolingo is a fun flashcard app that helps you memorize anything for free, forever. The bite-sized lessons are the best way to master anything from the Spanish language to the Periodic Table. Tinycards understands how you learn and reminds you when your memory is about to fade, so you’ll never forget a thing. You can also access Tinycards via the web.

Scratch cards provide a quick way to learn new Scratch code. The front of the card shows what you can do and the back of the card shows how to do it. You can print these cards out and use them with your students.
Self-paced learning around Google Apps

BADGEQUEST is a self-paced training site for Google Apps for Education/G Suite. Each training module comprises three levels. Each level provides participants with useful videos and performance tasks. After all three levels of a training module are successfully completed, the diligent participant is awarded a badge. The badge should be displayed with pride! Follow the link to get started.

Questions or comments? Contact Melissa Lim, mlim@pps.net.



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