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Alex Lancia

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Cable Free Classroom Projecting using Google Slides

My conundrum is that in the classroom I use my computer to take anecdotal notes, look at student data on the fly, etc (especially during conferring for reading/writing).  Oftentimes however my computer is connected to the projector cable and so... Continue Reading →

Automatically Force Users to Make a Copy of Shared Google Files

We've all done it ... opened up a shared Google doc, started editing, and then realized we are not working on a copy.  Then you frantically hit "undo" or revert to an earlier version of the doc.  Meanwhile the author... Continue Reading →

Google Inbox Basics

Is your inbox out of control and stressing you out? Then take a look at Inbox by Google.  To-do lists, calendar events, emails all in one package to make the daily digital grind easier to manage.  Takes a little getting... Continue Reading →

Manage Your Browser Tabs Using the TabCloud Extension for Google Chrome

If you're like me you, your Chrome browser is probably running tons of tabs.  Aside from draining your battery and slowing down your machine, all these open tabs are also frustrating to manage (especially when you have so many open... Continue Reading →

Use Google Forms to Manage your Classroom Library

Over the years I have tried many a system for checking out classroom library books to students. Some systems were too onerous on teacher time. Some systems didn’t provide sufficient accountability so books would permanently be borrowed never to return!... Continue Reading →

3 reasons to integrate Google Classroom with Readers’ & Writers’ Workshop

Click the image below to access the slides for the October, 2017 #KLsummit2017 presentation. I love Google Classroom. Why? Because in this case integrating tech allows me to redefine what is possible within a readers and writers workshop framework so... Continue Reading →

My 5 favorite Chrome for edu extensions

By itself Chrome is a powerful browser, but the beauty of it lies in the add-ons and extensions.  For those that aren't familiar with the difference add-ons can be thought of as stand-alone programs that live in the cloud.  Extensions... Continue Reading →

Working smarter: Form Publisher to the rescue!

Google Forms are a great way to collect data - but what do you do with all the data once you have it?  This conundrum was especially poignant given the redefinition of the electronic portfolio in grade 2 this year,... Continue Reading →

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