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Monday, November 25, 2013

Assess, Collaborate, Vocab, and Collect Web Tools

Do you need new web tools!!  Are you looking to try something new in the classroom?  Check out the presentation below.  The presentation includes great tutorials for these websites.  Happy Learning!!!
  • Infuselearning
  • Google Forms
  • EduCanon
  • Prezi
  • Padlet
  • Lucidchart
  • Google Spreadsheets - Flippity
  • Quizlet
  • StudyBlue
  • SweetSearch
  • InstaGrok
  • Wolframalpha

By: Jessica Fincel @jfincel32

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Technology ... Always Changing and Updating - Chrome and Google Apps!

Google Apps and Chrome have made some changes in the last month. In my opinion, these four changes will take some time to adjust.

1.) No more black bar in your Google Apps!!!  Look for the new icon!!

2.) No more folder icon in Google Drive, but can move a Google document under the file menu. 

3.) New icon in Google Drive.  No need to hover to find the hidden back arrow.  Click on the icon to get back to drive for all Google Drive applications.

4.) Chrome start up page has a new look.

By: Jessica Fincel @jfincel32

Sunday, October 27, 2013

"Where are my Scroll Bars?"

Most of ACSD computers are or soon will be up to an OS X v10.7 Lion or later, and the biggest obstacle is the trackpad on the laptops. Most of our staff love their new computers, but want their scroll bars back.  Personally, I can't blame them. It took time for me as well to make the adjustment. We are all are creature of habits, and when something that we are use to being there all the time, it takes time to adjust for ALL of us!! So, I think the tips and tricks below might make your life a little bit easier -- I HOPE!!!


My favorite tip:
Two finger scroll up and down
Special Note: Scroll bars will only appear when you are scrolling. When not scrolling, they disappear to not get in the way of your content. You can change this behavior in the General pane of System Preferences, if desired.  

  • System Preferences
  • Click General Pane and then choose the option “Always” under Show Scroll Bars                      

Watch the following two-minute video regarding your 10.7 Trackpad Options:

Please make note you can change your own trackpad settings by following the steps below:

1. Go to your Apple (top left) then click on System Preferences

2. Click on Trackpad

3. Three Different Tabs - Point & Click, Scroll & Zoom, More Gesture -- 
Customize your settings

More detail information regarding your trackpad settings can be found on the Apple support page (link below).

By: Jessica Fincel @jfincel32

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Vocab Ideas

Learning vocabulary is always a challenge. I struggled learning vocabulary as a student.  These tools would of been great for me.  Here are some tech tools that can be used by students and/or teachers.  Check them out!! Great resources!!

Student Friendly Vocab Sites
Google Search Operator -- Define:then the word
IE: define:dendrites

Vocab Games/Study Resources  -  Quizlet and StudyBlue  


Quizlet Tutorials


StudyBlue Resources and Tutorials

Classroom Assessment and Collaborative Tools
Google Forms  -- Easy option
Infuse Learning

Infuse Learning
~Great clicker system ~ Works on any device ~Just need internet

By: Jessica Fincel @jfincel32

Sunday, August 18, 2013

Summer of 2013 Favorite Tips and Tools

It is official, school has started for ACSD, and a GREAT start to the school year (13-14). Summer is OVER =-(. Good news, summer tech for ACSD staff went very well. GREAT JOB ACSD.

Jessica's Top 5 FUN Tech Tips and Tools

Pin your favorite and/or most used tabs in firefox or chrome

Grade with a rubric in Google Docs

Google Chrome sync is a powerful tool. Love having multiple users!!

Filter emails in gmail

Great way to create personalized rubrics

Enjoy these tips.

Tips an Tricks Sources - @jasonhiner @JudyGriffinAEA @thegooglegooru

By: Jessica Fincel @jfincel32

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Tooooo Many Emails - Gmail has a New Feature!!

Do you feel overwhelmed with your gmail?  

Many of us receive way too many emails.  Well, Google has tried many ways to organize your inbox. Personally, I like priority inbox.  I have a work Google App account and personal Google account.   I think I will try out the new gmail tool "Configure Tool" for my personal account. I use my personal account for purchases, updates, and social networks.  I think this will keep me organized (well at least try).

You will find the Configure Tool under the gear.

More information on the links below:

By Jessica Fincel
Twitter: jfincel32

Wednesday, May 15, 2013


Google forms, keep changing for the better!!!

Now you can add Date, Time, and Image to your Google Form!!

You can add images to your Google Form!!!  AWESOME!

Check out the tutorial by Richard Byrne on how to add images!!

Friday, May 3, 2013

What is Web Clipboard in Google Docs

Do you ever want to have a good lookin' table in your Google docs or things don't copy and paste the way you want it to?  In Microsoft Office, you would be looking for "Paste Special" or paste an "Object".  That is NOT an option for Google docs, but Web Clipboard is a way to go.  We know the best tables are created in spreadsheets. Copying and Pasting does NOT work!!   Well, try out Web Clipboard.

Check links below for information:

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Chrome Extensions - Black Bar Sorter & Docs Quickly

Chrome Extensions

1.) B G Black Bar Sorter

Do you have the urge to organize your black bar in your Google account?  Well you can with the Chrome Extension B G Black Bar Sorter.  

2.) Docs Quickly

Do you wish you could go create a Google Doc (Doc, Presentation, Spreadsheet, Drawing) from any window.  Well you can with the Chrome Extension Docs Quickly.

Monday, April 29, 2013

Add Voice Comments to Google Docs!!

Add Voice Comments to Google Docs!!!

This is a great way to give feedback to your students!! 

More information and tutorial on the link below: