Kaizena + Permanent Clipboard = 1 Great Workflow

Teachers often comment that they prefer to grade written assignments by hand.  If your school is moving to a “paperless” or “paper-lite ” environment, then this combination of “Permanent Clipboard” + “Kaizena”  might be ideal workflow for you.

  1. Add the Chrome extension “Permanent Clipboard” to your Chrome browser. (For assistance, read “7 Recommend Chrome Extensions“).
    1. Click on the “Permanent Clipboard” extension and enter frequently used comments.
  2.  Add the Chrome app Kaizena (A great video demonstration by Stacy Behmer @sbehmer at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtTjGYQAuDg)

7 Recommend Chrome Extensions

What is a Chrome Extension?

“Extensions are small software programs that can modify
and enhance the functionality of the Chrome browser.”

“What Are Extensions?” – Google Chrome. N.p., n.d. Web. 03 Mar. 2014.

WHAT does A CHROME EXTENSION look like?

Extensions, that are installed, appear to right of the URL address bar (also called the “omnibox”).

what an extension looks like

Where can you get CHROME EXTENSIONs?

Chrome Extensions are available thru the Chrome Webstore located at https://chrome.google.com/webstore/

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HOW DO YOU INSTALL A CHROME EXTENSION?

  1. Click on the “+ FREE” blue box
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  2. Click “Add” in the pop up box
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  3. Your newly installed extension now appears to the right of the URL address bar.

Seven Recommend CHROME EXTENSIONs

1. Evernote Clipper

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Evernote Clipper allows you to conveniently send  information to your Evernote account. People who use Evernote, love Evernote!  It’s the absolute best way to organize practically everything that is digital. Evernote Clipper allows you to not only send web information directly to Evernote, it also so allows you to annotate a webpage before saving it.

2. goo.gl

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goo.gl  is a convient URL shortener.  In addition to shortening a URL, goo.gl wil also provide you with analytics and a QR code. Having this extension at the top of your Chrome browser will prove to be very helpful.

googl options

3. Tab cloud

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If you have multiple tabs opened within Chrome,  with Tab Cloud  you can save all the open tabs as one set.

4. Permanent Clipboard

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If you are commenting on Google Docs, then this is for you!  Teachers often find themselves making 75% of the same comments to  75% of the students.  Use Permanent Clipboard to store multiple comments.

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5. Easybib

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Easybib extension automatically creates citations and bibliographies in MLA, APA, or Chicago/Turabian styles. The citation included at the top of this post was made with using the EasyBib extension.

6. Spreed

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“Spreed – speed read the web”  Simply highlight the text right click and select “Spreed selected text.”  Spreed does help you read online content faster.  You can choose the number of words seen at a time, and the number of words per minute.

Side Note:  Spreed only works with text that is posted online.  If you want to do the same thing, but with text from a document (of pdf), use website AccelaReader.  (A Chrome app for AccelaReader is available.)

7. Speakit!

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Speakit!

Speak it converts text to speech using Google and iSpeech abilities.  Not only for students who need help in reading, but it is also can be used to assist students in proof-reading / editing papers.

Do you have a favorite Chrome extension not listed above.
Please leave a comment and share your recommendation.
Thank you.

6 Ways Schools Derail Their Own Tech Initiatives

“The difficulty lies not so much in developing new ideas as in
escaping from old ones
.”    John Maynard Keynes

Geoffrey Moore describes his “Technology Adoption Life Cycle” as, “… how different groups of customers adopt to discontinuous innovation at different times.”   Besides being used as a marketing tool, it has been applied, by educational leaders, in the discussion of the adoption of technology initiatives.

In following Moore’s theory, marketers focus on each group of consumers individually.  Starting first with the “Innovators.”   The “Chasm” is the significant differences between the “Early Adopters” and the “Early Majority.” To cross the chasm, marketers, looking at recruiting the “Early Majority,” must make significant changes to the marketing strategies they had used with the “Early Adopters.”  The inability to cross over the chasm will doom the technology adoption process.

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Marketers look at crossing that 16% buy-in as a sign that their technology initiative will be successful.  But, what if a school gets to that 16% buy-in level, and then discovers that their previous actions have made crossing the chasm a more challenging, if not impossible, task? 

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Here are 6 ways schools inadvertently widen their chasm.

  1. Enabling those who have not bought into technology
    Example 1: The administration wants teachers to do routine tasks (lesson plans, online calendar …) electronically, but teacher ‘A’ ignores the request and the administration allows this.
    Example 2: Committee members are asked to collaborate online with each others, but teachers ‘B’ & ‘C’ claim to be too busy to learn how to collaborate online. They are “allowed” to only collaborate with each other, thus hurting the entire committee.
    Example 3: Teacher ‘D’ continues to receive high reviews and praise as a professional while finding it perfectly acceptable to publicly label him/herself as “
    bad with technology”  and then uses that label as an excuse to not adopt the initiative. Sadly, teacher “D” will probably never develop a professional learning network.
  2. Endorsing the anti-tech views of the  “Late Majority” and “Laggards”
    Example: Without a doubt, listening to contrary views is important. Leaders who embrace the “silo effect”  by not listening to opposing views often fail.  But giving those, who want the initiative to fail, an official platform to stand on and to express those views, could bring the technology initiative to stand still. Others, who view these “Late Majority” and “Laggard” teachers as leaders, may see these anti-initiative views as the correct path to follow.  The appropriate time to give credence to all views would have been prior to the launch of the initiative.  
  3. Not setting clear expectations to everyone involved 
    Example: Imagine a business that had made a substantial financial investment in machinery, which would dramatically increase productivity, giving their employees the option to use it or not.  That simply wouldn’t happen – with investments should come expectations.  
  4. Dwelling on what hasn’t happened, instead of praising what has happened and what will happen
    Example: If we focus too much energy on those who have done very little or nothing at all, instead of focusing on those who have had great success, then the initiative will be perceived as a failure. Who wants to buy into a failing initiative? Instead, focus on the good that has happened – even the small steps.  Give those who have made changes more opportunities to lead. Alienating those who have not yet bought into the initiative  will  definitely widen the chasm.
  5. Remain quiet for fear of failure
    Example: This is the self-fulfilling philosophy of “Let’s not make a big deal of this initiative in case it doesn’t work.”  If the initiative is not a big deal, then why care about its success?  Instead of remaining quiet for fear of failure, plan to succeed. 
  6. Failure to adjust professional development
    Example: The “Visionaries” may only need professional development (PD) that touches on how to use the technology.  As the adoption process passes through the “Visionary” stage into the “Early Adopters” stage,  PD needs to center around the “why” and not just the”how.” Schools should never assume that those who have not adopted the technology initiative haven’t because they can’t – most likely they haven’t because they don’t see why. 

The 80’s Called, They Want Their School Back!

This year, my favorite Super Bowl commercial was RadioShack’s “The 80’s Called, They Want Their Store Back.”

 

What if the 80’s called, and wanted their school back?

Hmmm…. What would they take?

Here’s my top four.  What are yours?

  • The belief that creativity is only for art classes.
  • The belief that one-size fits all professional development works.
  • The belief that right-brain thinking skills are not important.
  • The belief that the best way to teach is the way you were taught.

And did you catch their tag line at the end?

“Come see what’s possible, when we do things together.”

Now, that’s a great thought!

Marketing Strategies for Digital Citizenship

When it Comes Marketing, I’m not Seth Godin

I’m not “Seth Godin,” but I do know how to appeal to different age groups of students.  If you plan to talk “digital citizenship” to students for 12 consecutive years, don’t plan on keeping them engaged.  Even with adapting, and changing  your digital citizenship curriculum for different grade levels, just repeating the words “digital citizenship” year after year will cause a significant portion of your students (and teachers) to immediately tune out.  How many adults immediately tune out when a flight attendant begins the pre-flight safety talk?  It’s the “Heard it before, I don’t need to listen.” syndrome.

A Marketing Approach for Each Age Group

A school should market  digital citizenship differently to different age groups. Good teachers take the time to plan on how they will introduce a lesson to students.  “Teach Like a Pirate” by Dave Burgess  is a popular book because good teachers realize that they need to hook students to keep them engaged.

These are not complete digital citizenship policies.  If you are looking for help, in creating a digital citizenship policy, you might want to begin your research at Jerry Blumengarten’s Digital Citizenship website.  http://cybraryman.com/digcit.html and follow #digcit on Twitter (second and fourth Wednesdays of each month 7PM ET)

My Marketing Suggestions:

Elementary School Marketing Strategy:

Digital Citizenship

Some Key Points to Consider:

  • Cover being a good citizen
  • Respecting property
  • Using tech equipment with permission

Middle School Marketing Strategy:

Digital Footprint

This is the age, when students are becoming more independent in their online researching  of topics, and more involved in social media.  

Some Key Points to Consider:

  • Your online history (footprint) and what you leave and how it reflects upon themselves
    • comments
    • photos, video
  • What online tools you should use
    • Reports
    • Presentations
    • Notes
    • Organizing
    • Communication
    • Collaboration
    • Media skills
  • Reliable sources
  • What online tools you should stay away from
    • Avoiding scams

High School Marketing Strategy:

Digital Portfolio

Some Key Points to Consider:

  • “Digital Portfolio” becomes a tool for students to use later on in life
    • Their best work does not belong in a trash can
    • They should want to be “well Googled” by the time the graduate
    • Regardless if they create a digital portfolio or not, they will be compared to those who have them.
  • Cleaning up social media mistakes and avoiding future mistakes