Sunday, November 11, 2018

Presentation Trick Innovative Educators Will Love


Here’s a trick that will come in handy for innovative educators who have times when it becomes helpful to have lots of tabs easily accessible.  For example, say you are having several students present one day and you don’t want to have to click open each presentation or connect and disconnect various devices from the display station.  Or, maybe there are tabs that you use each time you conduct a particular class.  And, everybody has the usual tabs that they need each day. 

Using Chrome bookmarks, you can put all those tabs in a folder, then have them instantly open at your command. 

Here are the 3 Steps to Auto-Accessing Multiple Tabs in Chrome: 


Step 1:  Create a folder

  • Go to “Bookmarks”
  • Right click
  • Select “Add a folder”

Step 2: Add pages

  • Add pages to your folder

Step 3: Open all tabs

  • Go to your folder in bookmarks
  • Right click.
  • Select how you would like your tabs opened. You can:
  • Open all (right where you are)
  • Open all (in a new window)
  • Open all (in a new incognito window)

The results

Now you don’t have to worry about what device you are on or if your computer restarts or if someone accidentally closes a window.  You have a tool to quickly and easily open all the tabs you want.

Here is what it looks like:



Your Turn

What do you think? How could you see using this strategy to streamline the work you do?



Friday, November 2, 2018

Get Ready for Media Literacy Week with TWO New Podcasts featuring @CommonSenseEdu & @MediaLiteracyEd

Cross posted at the #NYCSchoolsTech blog.

Media Literacy is the ability to access, analyze, evaluate and create media in a variety of forms. Media Literacy Week take place November 5th - 9th.

#NYCSchoolsTech Podcast host, Nancy Ribak Altadonna, just released two new episodes to bring the experts in media literacy and digital citizenship directly to you. Supporting students with digital & media literacy instruction isn’t just the right thing to do, every school must educate students in grades K–12 in accordance with Federal and State regulations. These episodes showcase how industry leaders support media literacy education and how teachers and parents can leverage the power of media inside and outside of the classroom.

Part 1: Tali Horowitz, Common Sense Education

(18 minutes)

Part 2: Michelle Ciulla Lipkin, National Association for Media Literacy Education (NAMLE)

(30 minutes)

#NYCSchoolsTech educators can learn even more by attending our Summit on Digital Citizenship and Media Literacy taking place on Election Day.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

#NYCSchoolsTechChat: #PLN Power! - Thursday at 7pm EST

Join us on Thursday, November 1st at 7 p.m. to chat about professional learning networks. 

This month, you can join us virtually on Twitter or you can live chat with us directly at the Microsoft Flagship Store in Manhattan (677 5th Ave, New York, New York 10022). 


Your host, #NYCSchoolTech teacher Eileen Lennon will moderate with me throwing in my two cents. Also on hand will be special guest Dominic Williamson who serves as product manager of Microsoft's Teams.

You can prepare for the conversation by thinking about answers to these questions:
Q1 How does staff where you work currently communicate and build professional relationships? Share methods or platforms you use online or f2f. #NYCSchoolsTechChat 
Q2 What are the pros and cons of the platforms you use? What do you wish could be different? #NYCSchoolsTechChat 
Q3 What are some advantages online communities provide over other methods of communication? #NYCSchoolsTechChat
Q4 What makes a good online community? #NYCSchoolsTechChat
Q5 What are some keys to getting buy in for folks to join and engage in online communities? #NYCSchoolsTechChat
Q6 How do you learn how to best create and manage an online community? #NYCSchoolsTechChat

Chat details are below:
Date: Thursday, Nov 1
Time: 7:00 pm
Topic: PLNs
Your Host: @eileen_lennon (@NYCSchools)
Co-Host: @InnovativeEdu (@NYCSchools)

Special Guest: @DominicWillit  (@MicrosoftTeams)

Remember to respond using the hashtag #NYCSchoolsTechChat and include the number of the question you are answering in your response i.e. A1 and your answer.

We hope you can view the chat live, but if you are unable, please visit our archive at https://www.participate.com/chats/nycschoolstechchat. You can also participate in the chat at that link or if you have an iPhone download the app at https://www.participate.com/apps.