Thursday, November 17, 2016

Uploading Word Docs with Tables to GSuite...successfully!

Here's a re-post of a Tech Tip I wrote recently for SmartBrief Education's Connected Teaching and Learning. You can see the original post here.

In a recent conversation with clients about how they could get more from G Suite for Education and Google Classroom, I discovered that many of them had problems uploading Word docs that include tables. The table formats changed during the conversion process. I decided to test drive it myself.
In the first test, I found a Word doc with multiple tables that included bullets, check boxes and URLs
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in the cells and uploaded it. I turned off "Conversion" in the Drive settings. The document looked fine in the preview page. I then selected "Open With Google Docs" and converted it to Google Docs format. Everything was perfect -- exactly how it looked in my original.
I uploaded the document again, this time with "Conversion" turned on in the settings. The uploaded, auto-converted version came out fine.
I ran this test twice more with two more documents and each one had the same successful result.
If you have had trouble in the past with converting table-laden MS Word docs, I urge you to give it another shot. Things have changed and it's very likely that your documents will come out fine. Mine did.

You can see the original post here.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Nominate an education pro

Here's an interesting opportunity. It's called "Inspired2Educate," which encourages K-20 education professionals to nominate a teacher, administrator, or staff member who inspired them to start their careers in education. 

The Inspired2Educate winners are selected each month and receive a $1,000 scholarship toward their own professional development, as well as $1,000 for their educational institution to use however it sees fit.

Check out the Inspired2Educate website to learn more about the contest. Nominations (short story or video) are accepted now through Dec. 31, 2016. 

Monday, August 15, 2016

#curiouscollab - learn about this idea from guest author Caitlin Krause

I have been procrastinating and this blog has languished in recent months. Here's my first
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attempt to reenergize my effort. It's a very engaging post by our friend Caitlin Krause, and is about creativity, curiosity and learning within each of us. As Caitlin states, "Creativity seems to be about taking what I know, and collecting and connecting with what others know; seeking new knowledge out of a curious drive, and creating new meaning and new connections that are valuable."

Here's a link to Caitlin's post, which appeared in Please take a few minutes to read this very insightful article about curiosity, teamwork, learning, and more!

Saturday, July 16, 2016

The Best Work-from-Home Jobs for Teachers

Here is a very interesting guest post by Joyce Wilson, a retired teacher who wrote this article for us. She also authors Many thanks to Joyce!

If you are interested in a guest posting, please contact us at! We're always looking for interesting submissions on a variety of topics.

The Best Work-from-Home Jobs for Teachers

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Most teachers find themselves in a bit of a pickle when summer break rolls around and they need to find a flexible job that they can either leave after a couple of months, or keep on after school starts back up in the fall. It’s tricky to find the right place of employment, but sometimes you just have to get creative.
It is possible to find retail work or a job in a restaurant, but some need a little more flexibility than those jobs offer. If you’d rather work from home and set your own schedule, there are plenty of options, and you may even be able to continue these jobs during the school year. Here are some of the best.
Work as a writer/blogger/editor
As a teacher, you have invaluable experience and advice to give parents and other educators, so put it to good use by creating a blog or contributing freelance articles to another blog. Many writers on the web make good money with advertising, so check out several sites to get a feel for how the process works.
You can also contact publishers – especially ones that distribute textbooks – and ask if they have a need for an editor. It takes a sharp eye and some patience, but editing is always in high demand, and you can do it from the comfort of your own home.
Be a dog boarder or dog walker with
If you’re an animal lover and you are allowed to have pets in your home, you might consider boarding a dog or other pet. With sites like, you can meet up with pet owners who are looking for a responsible caregiver for their animal while they’re away, and you might be able to take on more than one animal at once to maximize your earning potential. The company will even take care of the financial details for you.
Many pet owners find it difficult to make it home during the day to let their dog out, so this is a great opportunity for you to make some cash while bonding with a sweet animal if you aren’t able to board one in your home. There could be several pet owners in your neighborhood who need help with dog walking duties, so this is another job that is both flexible and offers more than one way to earn.
Tutor to help prevent the summer slide
A relatively stress-free job, tutoring can be done on a very flexible schedule, at your own pace, from your own home, and you can choose your clients. It shouldn’t be too hard to advertise your services, either; talk to parents before the end of the school year and let them know you’re available for tutoring sessions over the summer. This is another job you can easily keep during the active school year.
Give music lessons
If you’re talented with an instrument, or if you teach music at school, offering music lessons from your home is a great way to earn extra cash over the summer. Many parents are pulling their hair out trying to keep their kids occupied over the summer, and learning an instrument is a great way for youngsters to stay out of trouble and keep focused.
Finding the right summer job can be stressful, but it doesn’t need to be! Get creative and get paid to put your talents to good use.

Joyce Wilson is a retired teacher with decades of experience. Today, she is a proud grandmom and mentor to teachers in her local public school system. She and a fellow retired teacher created to share creative ideas and practical resources for the classroom.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Project Based Learning tips and tricks

I was recently alerted to a great post by Danny Rabara -- Project Based Learning tips and tricks (25 of them!). Lots of good ideas about how to effectively add PBL to classroom learning! Take a look.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

NUMBERROCK Music Videos Approach Math from a New Angle

Note: This post was written and submitted by NUMBERROCK. We thank them for sharing their product with us.

NUMBEROCK is an ongoing project producing free educational songs and music videos for kids.  It was started by an innovative 5th Grade teacher who envisioned a new kind of classroom where students got energized for math and where high levels of engagement drove facilitated mastery while unburdening the teacher's role in classroom management.  While using these songs, videos, worksheets, and interactive lesson materials in his own classroom math centers, it became clear that students responded positively and were more motivated to tackle the various math concepts behind the music.  Parents of his students even noticed their children singing math songs around the dinner table well beyond school hours.  Math lessons were making it out of the classroom!

Seeing his students so enthusiastic when it was time for math was welcome, to say the least!  But the epiphanous moment was when students were singing math songs in class all-day long like they were in the American Top 40!

Each of these rhythmic music videos are currently targeted at students from 2nd-5th grade.  Each song can be enjoyed free-of-charge on YouTube at the following link: click here . We cordially invite you to browse through the full library and hope you'll find that the songs lighthearted, instructional, or just plain awesome.
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