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Diigo Outliner

posted Apr 28, 2016, 8:10 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Apr 28, 2016, 12:20 PM ]

Diigo Outliners

Earlier this year I blogged about my favorite bookmarking service - Diigo. Diigo keeps my life organized by storing all of my bookmarks in the cloud. Since they are stored in the cloud, I am able to access my bookmarks from any device. If I need to find a link that I bookmarked 3 months ago, I can search right from Chrome's Omnibox by keyword and the link appears right before my very eyes. For example, if I need to access one of many agendas I just type "agenda" and I am presented with links to following agendas: 

If I am searching for a specific agenda I can type "agenda ITRT" and the list will become even more concise. This year I took advantage of Diigo Outliners when planning for Henrico 21. If I do a keyword search in Diigo for "Henrico 21" I am presented with 34 links. In order to organize those links, I added them to an Outliner. The outline contained notes with important dates and various links on a single page. Once the outline was complete I created a public link and shared it with those teachers involved in the Henrico 21 process. You can access that planning outline by clicking here.

TeacherFEST Is Coming

posted Apr 22, 2016, 9:22 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Apr 22, 2016, 10:40 AM by Doug Saunders ]

Save the Date

ERO Course Code: TAL30921

H21 Submissions for 2016

posted Apr 7, 2016, 8:57 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Apr 11, 2016, 7:54 AM by Doug Saunders ]

Thank You To All Who Submitted a Henrico 21 Lesson!

A huge thank you to those of you that have opted to submit a lesson to this year's Henrico 21. Student driven lessons are the reason why most of us began teaching in the first place, and I am happy that Henrico County Public Schools has a venue that properly acknowledges the hard work, dedication, and impact that you have on your students. I know there are some teachers whom currently have some great lessons in the works and did not quite meet the deadline for this year. Any lesson or project you complete from this period on can be submitted for the following school year. Additionally, I would like to give a well-deserved shout out to the individuals on the Leadership team who are in the process of helping me to determine our overall in-house winners for this year. We should have the final results tabulated in the near future, but I look forward to recognizing everyone who submitted a lesson during a faculty meeting in the coming weeks. Feel free to click on the images below to check out this year's submissions.

Holman Henrico 21 Submissions for 2016
Mrs. Lewis
Mrs. Mitchell
Mrs. Williamson
Mrs. Racer & Miss. Ogando
Miss. Sabalis & Mrs. Tignor
Mrs. Scherting
Mrs. Crabbe
Mrs. Christian

Share A File In Drive Super Fast!

posted Apr 4, 2016, 8:22 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Apr 4, 2016, 9:12 AM by Doug Saunders ]

Update: Quickly Get a Shareable Link In Google Drive
Google Drive users can now share a file from their Google Drive with anyone in Henrico County in 1 click. Check it out!

Google Docs Expiration Date

posted Mar 31, 2016, 6:53 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Mar 31, 2016, 7:14 AM ]

Set Auto - Expiration Dates In Google Docs
The other day someone from Central Office was inquiring as to how to "unshare" sensitive documents she had shared with staff members throughout the school year. She was doing a little Google Doc Spring cleaning. The bad news is she will need to go into each document and manually delete the collaborator. However, the good news is this process will be much easier next year. Google Apps now gives you the option to set an expiration date with the people whom you share documents. By default, you can choose 7 days, 30 days, or choose a custom date. 

Henrico 21 Scoring Process

posted Mar 26, 2016, 9:02 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Mar 28, 2016, 10:34 AM by Doug Saunders ]

Internal Scoring Committee Directions

This year the Henrico 21 Winner(s) will be determined by our in - house scoring committee. Please take a moment to look at this year's submissions and score them accordingly. Each lesson has already been scored based on the TIP Chart. If you feel those scores reflect an accurate representation of the lesson please enter those scores into the rubric. If you feel they should be somewhat higher or lower, please make the appropriate changes in the rubric. Simply click on the button below to access the rubric and to view the lesson plans. I have also included a step by step how-to video below walking you through the scoring process. Thank you, everyone, for taking the time to do this. Please have all lessons scored by - Thursday, April 7th.

How to Score the Lessons

Goobric is a great tool for measuring growth and gathering feedback. Below is a short tutorial explaining how you will score the lessons. Please let me know if you have any questions or if would like to sit down with me during planning to discuss. Want to see more Henrico 21 details @ Holman? - CLICK HERE.


posted Mar 11, 2016, 7:49 AM by Doug Saunders

Dotstorming is great way to elicit student ideas and feedback. Dotstorming is similar to a Padlet wall in that participants have the option to create and post a virtual sticky note that includes text and/or images to the wall. Once an idea is posted, visitors can publicly comment as well as vote (you can assign as many as 10 votes per individual per topic) on each of the sticky notes. Once voting is complete, the site gives you the option to sort the stickies so that the most popular ideas rise to the top!

Outline Tool

posted Mar 10, 2016, 11:40 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Mar 10, 2016, 11:47 AM by Doug Saunders ]

Outline Tool In Google Docs
Google has made the process of locating key information in a lengthy Google Doc much easier! A user now has the option to click on tools in the Google Doc menu and select Document Outline. By selecting this option an outline is displayed in the pane to the left of the page making is easy to quickly jump from section to section.

Edtech 2016 Presentation

posted Mar 8, 2016, 12:13 PM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Mar 8, 2016, 2:43 PM ]

Quick Formative Assessments
Edtech is an awesome yearly event. This year fellow ITRT Terri Vernon and I presented on digital tools that provide for quick and easy formative assessments. Data-driven Instruction doesn't always have to mean "give a big test, create a complicated mastery chart, and then devise a detailed remediation plan." Sometimes it can mean, "find out quickly and easily what the student comprehend and make your instruction flexible enough to adapt right then and there." This is the goal of Cool Tools for Quick Formative Assessment - using Nearpod, Kahoot!, Quizizz, Socrative, and more! You can find out more information about our session by visiting our Google Site!

Scavenger Hunt!

posted Feb 29, 2016, 11:59 AM by Doug Saunders

Spirit Team Scavenger Hunt

On Tuesday, March 1st, Holman Spirit teams will compete in order to locate and photograph various items throughout the HMS community. A list of specific tasks/destinations are listed in the Google Doc below. As your team discovers items on their quest, team member(s) will be responsible for uploading any photos to your team color media album in Schoology. This means that at least one team member will need to have the Schoology mobile app installed on their smart phone. Here are the directions for uploading images to your team's media album using the Schoology App.

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