Creating Illustrated Quotes

Leaders, looking for an easy app to use to spice up important quotes that you include in your staff missives, parent newsletters, or student projects? How about a simple way to highlight key ideas in assigned student text? Typorama may fit the bill for iOS device users!

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Quote Makers, Create!

I love collecting quotes, often snapping a photo of my favorite quotes at Buc-ee’s while I’m traveling or jotting them down in my handy notepad. The best part of being out on the road is encountering truisms, as well as listening to K-12 and adult learners share their stories.
Just last month, I spent some time in Edinburg facilitating Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) professional learning. We kicked off the session reflecting on a powerful quote from Microsoft. Using Typorama, I recreated the quote below.
Don’t you think this is more engaging than words on a slide? Typorama is a VERY COOL iOS quote app! Once you start using it, you won’t be able to stop.

Scan this image with Aurasma to listen to the audio introduction from Dr. Katie Alaniz, author of “Digital Tools for Today’s Classrooms,” the book from which this quote was taken.

Quote Makers, Adhere to Copyright!

Typorama combines a wide range of copyright-friendly backgrounds and text styles and allows watermarks to be inserted as well to advertise your campus, district, organization, or event. What’s more, you can use pictures from your camera roll and then add powerful quotes from students, staff, or even your own creations.
Note: Don’t have an iOS device? You can make your own image quotes with Google Draw or Powerpoint, but you might also give one of these a try:  Recite.comQuozio.comBeHappyMe, and/or VizzBuzz
Not satisfied with the pictures that come with Typorama? Save pictures from any of the popular free image sites, several shown at the bottom of this blog entry, to your iOS device and then add your quote. The New York Public Library just released their digital collection for use, so be sure to include that in your list of image sources.

Learning Connections

As written in the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS), “Students must develop the ability to comprehend and process material from a wide range of texts.” Using a quote generator like Typorama, you can help students identify topic sentences or key ideas represented in text.
Tap into the excitement students experience when creating quotea work of art. This work can be displayed via social media or made into a “mini-poster” for bulletin board placement. And you can also help students “summarize the main idea and supporting details in text in ways that maintain meaning.” Whether for professional development (e.g. book study, article jigsaw) with adults or ask ing students to work in small teams with a buddy to analyze text, this type of activity is powerful for engaged learning.

Quote Makers, Share!

Learners can, as encouraged in Digital Media in Today’s Classrooms, “Collaborate to create an online clearinghouse of student-created media.” This clearinghouse can serve as a resource for students to use as they support one another in preparing for exams. The clearinghouse can be any one of the following:
  • quote

    OneDrive-based Image Clearinghouse
    Hallway bulletin board
  • Google Photos – Easy to create a shared album, enable multiple staff/students to add content.
  • OneDrive Photos – Easy to add images to a folder, as well as share edit rights or view only link.
  • OneNote Online Notebook
  • School or classroom Instagram account

Steps to Make and Take

quoteHere are the steps you can take to create your Typorama quote project. Remember, these techniques can be used whether you have the app or not. If you and your students are on a computer, try one of the aforementioned, browser-based, free quote generators.
  1. Read a selection of text, online or from paper.
  2. Choose your favorite quote or come up with your own based on what you have read (better activity).
  3. Start up Typorama, select a background from their image search results or use a picture you have taken with your camera. Remember, you can always find a picture online. The image should reflect a key word in the quote text.
  4. Modify the text and image features and then share it online.

Enhance with Augmented Reality

Using the iOS app Aurasma, you can convert these student-created image quotable quotes into “hyperlinked” images. That is, you turn each image into a “trigger” that when students point their iOS device to it, it has students reading the quote aloud, sharing a short anecdote.
Reminder: TCEA members, don’t forget about the upcoming January 25, 2017 Augment Your Reality Lunch-and-Learn webinar where we will share more ideas for using AR in the classroom.

Use the Aurasma app on your Android/iOS device and scan the quote picture above to listen to audio via Voxer!

More Than Quotes

This is a perfect app for both adult and K-12 learners to use. You can use it for creating memorable vocabulary words, summarizing fictional texts, and posing problems in social studies or history class. Please comment below and share how you would use Typorama in your classroom.

quoteList of Copyright-Friendly Image Resources

  1. iClipArts for Schools
  2. Animal Photos
  3. Car Pictures
  4. Classroom Clipart
  5. School Edition
  6. Compfight
  7. Creativity103
  8. Creative Commons Search
  9. ClipArt ETC
  10. Discovery Education Clipart
  11. Free Clipart
  12. Free Icons
  13. Free Images
  14. Free Images Collection
  15. Free Foto
  16. Free Photo Bank
  17. FreePik
  18. Internet Archive
  19. Pexels
  20. Pics4Learning
  21. Pixabay
  22. School ClipArt
  23. Teacher Files Clipart
  24. UnSplash
  25. Wikimedia Commons

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Forms Smackdown: Google & Microsoft

Collecting data via online forms has never been easier. New web-based form tools have revolutionized how we gather and analyze data, making arcane database-backed web tools obsolete.

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Even the next generation of database-backed web tools (e.g. AirtableObvibasemore solutions) find themselves catering to power users, rather than teachers and students. These descendants of venerable desktop database tools (e.g. Filemaker Pro, Microsoft Access, Alpha IV, Paradox) require some knowledge of databases and how they work. Google Forms and Microsoft Forms drop database complexity and make it easier for K-12 and adult learners to focus on the task rather than the method.

Practical Uses of Forms in K-12 Schools

The uses of forms to support teaching, learning and leading are legion. While you can see 81 Interesting Ways to Use Forms in the Classroom, here are a few of my favorite uses:
  • Gather data about a particular phenomena or event and then use the data for analysis by staff and/or students.
  • Conduct climate surveys to get insights into staff perspectives about the work place.
  • Enable participants to craft self-assessments for appraisal or growth purposes.
  • Get insights from staff/students/community into home technology and/or social media use.
  • Employ forms for formative assessment activities, such as exit tickets.
  • Set up a help desk system to track requests for support.
You can find even more uses online in these TCEA TechNotes articles on the use of forms. Remember, you can easily adapt the uses of forms across the tools available. Find the one that works best in your environment (e.g. Google or Office 365).

Feature Comparison

Both Microsoft and Google Forms have a wealth of features. Let’s explore some of those features, keeping in mind that they are rapidly changing.
Feature Microsoft Forms
Google Forms
Web link View Microsoft Forms View Google Forms
Account required Free Office 365 account or School Office 365 account Personal Google account^ or Google Suites for Education account
Multiple question types Includes:

  • Choice (multiple choice and checkboxes)
  • Quiz
  • Text (short and long answer)
  • Rating (linear scale and star choice up to 10)
  • Date

  • Choice (multiple choice and checkboxes)
  • Multiple choice grid
  • Quiz
  • Text (short and long answer)
  • Rating (linear scale and star choice up to 10)
  • Date
  • Time
  • File upload^
Embed media such as videos/images
  • Images
  • YouTube
  • Images
  • YouTube
Add subtitle description Yes Yes^
Option to shuffle responses Yes Yes for any questions containing multiple responses^
Add question to quiz computation Yes, add any question to a quiz Yes, create a self-grading quiz
Add other option to available responses Yes Yes
Organize form elements in sections No Yes
Adjust theme to reflect color of choice or available background image Yes Yes, and includes option to insert one’s own image
Preview form using built-in desktop or mobile Yes No, but features responsive web design
Re-order questions at any time Yes, with up/down arrows Yes, drag-and-drop
Copy/duplicate question Yes Yes
Delete or trash question Yes Yes
Organize question into multiple pages No Yes, insert page breaks after questions
Branching responses Yes, dependent upon response chosen Yes, with the ability to send to a different page.
Share form online Yes, includes the following:

  • Link provided for copying
  • Embed into OneNote Notebook Page
  • Email link
  • QR code download
  • Web page embedding
Yes, includes the following:

  • Link provided for copying
  • Share form link via email
  • Web page embedding
  • Social media (e.g. Twitter, Facebook) link sharing
Tracking form completion Yes, tracking is possible if user is required to login to access the form Yes, tracking is possible if user is required to login to access the form
Export results as a spreadsheet Yes, results can be exported to Excel sheet (and other formats from there) and saved for further analysis or placed online Yes, results can be exported in various formats
Form data at rest can be interacted with (Google Sheets tab is similar to an Excel Workbook sheet) No, form data can be printed or deleted but not create a live workbook sheet that can be used, interacted with on another sheet Yes, form data on one Google Sheets tab can be linked and interacted with another tab
Set start and end dates at specific times for when the form is open or closed for access Yes, by date and time No, form must be manually shut down to stop receiving responses. FormLimiter add-on can be enabled, however^.
When form is NOT accepting responses, create a custom message as to why Yes Yes^
Handling of individual or summary responses Yes, options to form creator include viewing, deleting, printing individual and/or summary responses. In summary view, responses are aggregated and appear with graphs when appropriate. Yes, options include viewing of individual and summary responses. Summary view includes aggregate results with graphs. Removing individual responses may require accessing the Google Sheet where Form responses are archived.
View average completion time for the form Yes No
^Special thanks to Eric Curts (@ericcurtsCtrl-Alt-Achieve) for his feedback and corrections indicated with this symbol.

Update 01/26/2017: Microsoft Forms Enhancements

Microsoft Forms is in the process of rolling out enhancements, as reported by Brandon Cornwell (@CornwellEdTech; Tacoma, WA schools), that include the following NEW features not included in the chart above:
  1. Print summaries of MS Forms charts are now possible.
  2. Individual quizzes featuring student responses, scores and feedback are printable by the teacher.
  3. Extra credit points can now be alloted.
  4. Teachers can post scores, enabling students to to view their quiz score and obtain feedback.
  5. Students can be provided feedback regarding their form responses.
  6. Individual items can now be scored.
  7. Specific value formats (e.g. number) can now feature data entry restrictions.
  8. Math symbols and equation creator are available in quiz mode.
  9. Form creators are prompted as to whether Form or Quiz is planned.


Microsoft Forms features have expanded (e.g. a recent addition is collaborative form editing, a feature Google Forms also enjoys) since a preview launch in the summer of 2016. In important ways, it has achieved parity with Google Forms. In other ways, it may have outpaced Google Forms. For educators in Office 365 districts, Microsoft Forms represents a fantastic tool. Given the prompt development of both products, the feature gap will not endure long!

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Engaging Learners with MS Forms

Dump those old paper rubrics and flip the learning! Empower yourself and your students to use Microsoft Forms for the quick evaluation of academic work. This makes grading easy and simplifies the process for students. In fact, it can create a culture of collaboration and self-assessment. Let’s explore some ideas for using Microsoft Forms, as well as review Forms features, in the classroom and/or for professional learning.

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#1 – Flip Learning

Flipped learning videos enable students to seize anytime, anywhere learning opportunities. However, a challenge for teachers and students involves deepening engagement with the video content. While tools like EdPuzzle and Flipgrid offer built-in assessments and video responses, respectively, they are also more involved than simply filling out a form.

#2 – Check for Understanding

With Microsoft Forms, you are able to gain insight into students’ engagement with a video or online activity, including flipped learning videos. Here’s the process you can follow:
  1. Create a Microsoft Form.
  2. Embed a YouTube video, image (such as a Powerpoint slide with information or diagram), or Office Mix.
  3. Pose questions that check for understanding about the video.
  4. Students complete the questions as they watch the video.
You can review student submissions, as can students, depending on the goal of the check for understanding. Some also rely on Microsoft Forms to create exit tickets. “Exit tickets can be a great way to set up the next day’s learning,” says Diana Benner (@diben). “Before students leave class, they can be asked for an ‘exit ticket’ that provides insight into what they learned from the day’s activities.”

#3 – Empower Students to Create Rubrics

Make it possible for students to collaborate and create their own rubrics for class projects. Not only do you create a culture of teaming, but students will experience a model, purpose-driven learning.

#4 – Remember Awesome Failures

Tracking success can energize learning, while tracking failures can kickstart new directions and possibilities. Use Microsoft Forms to create a digital
space where students and teacher(s) share what did not work and why. When learning new ideas and implementing projects, sharing how you have failed can be an effective motivator.
Having these awesome failures relevant to projects over time can help map out roadblocks and detours that students can take. Create a virtual failure space with Microsoft Forms to capture incomplete implementations or partial success. Model the use of this with your students.

#5 – List Learning Take-Aways

“What are the most important takeaways from today’s lesson or reading?” Microsoft Forms can facilitate the list that results from this kind of prompt. Combine this approach with soliciting feedback from the community. As students work on a project, post their works in progress (video or photo) and then invite community members you trust to share their suggestions.

Getting Started with MS Forms

To get started with MS Forms, all you need is an Office 365 account, which is available through your school district or free. Let’s walk through the steps:
  1. Get an Office 365 account for free.
  2. Add a new form.
  3. Select the type of questions. You have several choices such as Multiple Choice, Quiz, Text, Rating, Date.
  4. Type your question or add media (e.g. YouTube video, image).
  5. Publish the form to others in your organization or anyone with the link.
To better understand the possibilities, here is a list of MS Form features.

Creating a Survey

    • Requires an Office 365 account (free)
    • Multiple question types, including Choice, Quiz, Text, Rating, and Date
    • Easily embed YouTube video or images in the question text
    • Add subtitles (in case you want more instructions; media adding isn’t available for subtitles)
    • Option to shuffle responses
    • Add question to Quiz computation
    • Add “Other” to available responses

Organizing Questions

    • Adjust theme to reflect color of choice or available background image
    • Preview form using built-in desktop or mobile view
    • Re-order questions using up/down arrows
    • Copy/duplicate question
    • Delete or “trash” question
    • Branching dependent upon response chosen to a particular question

Sharing Form and Viewing Results

    • Share form online via copy link, email, QR code download, or web page embedding
    • Copy link to MS Form and then paste it into OneNote 2016 to embed form for student use
    • Make it easy to track those who complete the form in your organization or make it available sans tracking for anyone with the link.
    • Save results as an Excel spreadsheet. After all the responses have been gathered, use Excel to add formulas and sort the data in order to analyze it.

Opening/Closing Form for Completion

  • Set start/end dates at specific times for when the MS Form is opened or closed for completion.
  • When form is NOT accepting responses, create a custom message as to why.
  • View/delete/print individual responses or summary responses in aggregate form with graphs.
  • See what the average completion time is for the Form.
Also, each question has individual options that you can take advantage of. For example, the Rating question type includes the ability to assign labels. With the Rating question type, you can switch between stars (e.g. 5 stars for great!) or numbers (e.g. 1-5, with 5 being the best).


As you can see, MS Form boasts an extensive list of easy-to-use features. Combine it with one of the five approaches mentioned above to engage learners in your Office 365 classroom. If you are already creating rubrics, exit tickets, or awesome failure walls in Microsoft Forms, I’d love to hear from you! Share your examples with me at @mguhlin on Twitter

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What’s Your District’s Privacy Process?

“What approaches do you have in place to safeguard student data and privacy?” From student assessment data to personally identifiable information to counting how many times students visit the restroom, administrators are working to put tracking systems in place. 

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These systems (such as Google Sheets/Form where students submit data about themselves without parental knowledge) make it easier for schools to record and track information on students, but they may also put sensitive data at risk. What is your organization’s process for safeguarding student privacy?

What’s Your District’s Process?

“There’s no right or wrong answer,” says Bill Fitzgerald of Common Sense Media, “except to not have a process to evaluate how data will be maintained over time.” Whatever the original positive intent, each campus and/or district should evaluate how it intends to use and share collected student data BEFORE any program to gather that data is implemented. The process may include something as simple as the following:
  1. Prepare the program for a pilot implementation.
  2. Invite stakeholders, including students, parents, and educators, to meet and discuss the proposed program. Some points to ponder:
  • What are the positive and negative aspects of the program?
  • Who will access the digital data and for what purpose?
  1. What does the Committee think about objections by the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) and other organizations that make these assertions (Source)?
  • While there is an expectation of supervision and guidance in schools, monitoring the detailed behaviors of individuals can be demeaning.
  • Tracking and monitoring young people in their development may condition them to accept constant monitoring and tracking of their whereabouts and behaviors.  (Source: Chip Free Schools as cited by Slate)


Before you purchase and implement a system that tracks students’ movements or data, give serious thought to the process steps you may have overlooked. Doing so can save time and trouble later, resulting in a safer environment.

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5 Solutions for Filling Out Forms on iOS Devices

“My admins are looking for a way to do teacher evals,” wrote a colleague, “using self-created forms that have drop-down boxes, not just text. Any suggestions?” This question got me thinking about all of the different ways to do forms. Let’s do a quick review of available solutions for filling out forms on any mobile device.

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Solution #1 – Forms Connect

This solution, available in iPhone and iPad app versions, as well as a pro version, defines itself in this way:
The FormConnect and FormConnect Pro apps allow you to create various types of forms including patient intake, customer contact, onsite inspection reports, invoices, expense reports, proposals, purchase orders, surveys, and more. The data collection app will set you back $14.99, offering an impressive list of features.

Solution #2 – iFormBuilder

Zerion Software’s iFormBuilder boasts an impressive list of features, including data encryption and secure data storage on the device with an internet connection. Some key features include “27 element types, powerful smart logic,  and smart table search.” Although a robust solution, cost may become a factor given that pricing starts at $5K+.

Image 334Solution #3 – GoFormZ

GoFormZ offers the ability to scan existing printed paper forms via the web, then convert them into a mobile-friendly form. The form will work on all mobile devices and via the web.
You can use the form editor to create drop-down lists, automate calculations, embed maps and photos, and add data sources for list items. Setting up an account is fairly quick.

Solution #4 – WuFoo for Education

fiveBranding itself as a “choose your own adventure story” for form development, Wufoo automatically builds the database, backend, and scripts needed to make collecting and understanding your data easy, fast, and fun. Because they host everything, all you need is a browser, an internet connection, and a few minutes to build a form and start using it right away. It comes with 400 + templates.

Solution #5 – Microsoft Forms and/or Google Forms

Forms creation solutions from Microsoft and Google make it easy to get started.  While neither offers an exclusive iOS app (yet?), accessing these forms are a cinch via the iOS Safari browser. Whatever tool you decide upon, both offer a wealth of features that make form creation and data aggregation easier (read Forms Smackdown blog entry for more details).
Also, Google Forms has a series of templates (if you need inspiration from the old Google Forms templates, be sure to investigate those before “early 2017” when they will go away) to get you started. I have no doubt Microsoft Forms will eventually feature a template gallery, too!

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5 #OneDrive Tips You May Have Missed

Looking for tips that will improve your productivity? Microsoft OneDrive offers incredible benefits, so why not take advantage of it? It’s an app that I use every day, both on my Windows computer and my mobile phone. Did you know you that you can scan documents, record video, and backup your images straight to this amazing (and free) resource? Or did you know that you can access your OneDrive files without having an Internet connection? Learn about these tips and more below.

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Tip #1 – Engage in Conversations about Documents

Want to discuss OneDrive documents with others while you both review them? OneDrive and Skype are integrated to allow communication. With a few clicks, you and another person can Skype about a particular OneDrive document. This is a tremendous tool for having staff and students discuss and collaborate on files.

Tip #2 – Create and Share Documents with Others

five onedrive tipsCreate Word, Excel, Powerpoint, Excel Survey, and OneNote notebooks using OneDrive on the Web. This is the quick way to create documents that you can share with others. You can also organize your documents and move and copy them from one folder to another. The app also makes it easy to share documents with others via a variety of options, as shown in the included image.
You are also able to embed content in a blog or web page. And, aside from saving files with others, you can also make it easy to get files off your own computer using the Fetch feature.
If you have the OneDrive desktop app for Windows installed on a PC, you can use the Fetch files feature to access all your files on that PC from another computer by going to the OneDrive website. You can even access network locations if they’re included in the PC’s libraries or mapped as drives.
When you browse a PC’s files remotely, you can download copies of them to work on. You can also stream video and view photos in a slide show. To access files on your PC remotely, make sure the computer you want to access is turned on and connected to the Internet. OneDrive also needs to be running on that PC, and the Fetch files setting must be selected. (Find out more).
five onenote tips

Tip #3 – Create Files Using the Mobile App

With the mobile app on your phone or tablet, you can manage the web version of OneDrive, take photos, record video that bypasses your device’s photo gallery (a.k.a. camera roll), and create Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and Powerpoint presentations. Photos and videos are created in OneDrive and saved there. Office files are created and accessible via your device’s Office apps, as well as Office Online (e.g. Word Online).

Tip #4 – Scan Business Cards, Documents, and Whiteboard Using the Mobile App

Digitizing student work, important paperwork, photos, and more represent real tasks. The Scan component allows you to capture business cards, documents, and whiteboard work. Scan your paper notes, which are then turned into a PDF and sent to your cloud storage. Once notes are saved to cloud storage, you have the ability to share those with others. You can also use the OneDrive app to print, delete, rename, or open the file in another app.

Tip #5 – Use It as Your Digital Hub

OneDrive can work as your digital hub for documents, but it also notifies you when others share documents with you. You can enable notifications using the mobile app. But wait, there’s more! Did you know you can set up MS Office 2016 on your computer to save directly to OneDrive? Of course, you are also able to save files offline. Want to save space on your Surface Pro tablet or computer?
Map your OneDrive as a network drive with these instructions
five onedrive tipsIn this video by Sean Ong, see how to set OneDrive to show all the files on your Surface or PC without taking up any storage space.
Here is a summary of the instructions shown in the video:
  1. Log in by going to
  2. Go into a folder in your OneDrive (any folder)
  3. In the URL bar (navigation bar), copy the text that is between the “=” and the “%”
  4. Go to “This PC” and click on “Map Network Drive” option
  5. Type in “[your copied text]/
  6. Click finish, enter your credentials, and voila! You’re done.

More Tips

“I’ve taken so many pictures and videos, but I can’t get them off my iOS device!” Many fall into this trap. Caught up in the excitement of capturing and creating content, they fill the limited storage of their iPhone or iPad. Data is lost as teachers reset the device to clear content. Let’s take a look at an option you may not have considered, Microsoft OneDrive.

To the Rescue

Teachers attending a TCEA Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) event asked,”How do we use Office 365 accounts to backup photos and videos?” Another question that follows is “How do we share photos taken at school events with a wider audience?” The answer is Microsoft OneDrive, available for personal (5 gigs of storage) and work (1 terabyte up to 15 terabytes for school accounts).
The hub of Microsoft’s mobile apps, OneDrive makes interacting with various Microsoft apps possible. The iOS version offers an elegant interface (sans complex options) that you can use in the following ways:
  • Access and open OneNote Notebooks
  • Automatically upload camera photos, which feature camera information like camera used, shutter speed, aperture.
  • Create photo albums to facilitate sharing
  • Scan and digitize paper documents, whiteboards, and business cards

OneDrive now features Scan, a way to digitize paper documents and save them direct to OneDrive!
Miscellaneous features such as monitoring your storage space, the ability to modify settings, accessing offline files, and setting up multiple Microsoft Office 365 accounts are also included.
Once activated, OneDrive will upload pictures and videos from your device to your account. On your mobile, as well as online,  you also can organize items into albums for sharing, allowing viewing and/or editing. The Album image thumbnail rotates to give you a preview of the contents.

Save Photo or Record Video to the Cloud

OneDrive makes it easy to take a photo or create a video that can be saved directly to cloud storage. This eliminates the hassle of creating a video, then figuring out how to back it up. Instead, your photo or video is saved directly to your OneDrive account. See how you can do this with this guide.
As you can see in the screenshot above, the video recorded straight to OneDrive (bypassing the iOS Camera Roll) and appears with a time/date stamp. Sharing options for this Microsoft product (view/edit with a link or not) for Business/Education reflect your school district administrator’s preferences. OneDrive personal accounts provide individuals with more flexibility.

Interact with Photos Online

If you back up your camera roll to a personal OneDrive account, the photos will be available to you onedriveat You will see the “Camera Roll” folder appear inside your Pictures folder. To see Albums of Photos, and to access a specific Photos menu, be sure to click on the left sidebar, as shown below.

Share Albums and Photos

You can access photo albums and, as shown below, modify the sharing options:
One neat feature that OneDrive-based photos have is the auto-tagging option. OneDrive automatically tags photos, as seen below, with one-word tags:


Offering a multi-function feature set, OneDrive provides you with backup and creation options. You can backup photos or videos you have saved to the Camera Roll and use OneDrive to capture photos/videos direct to the cloud. Finally, you can use the iOS Send To menu to save to OneDrive. Give it a try and avoid the hassle of other, less effective methods.

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School Security Summit: Safeguarding Privacy

Safeguarding student privacy and the security of networks remains a key priority for education leaders. 

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In December, 2016, school leaders came together to match answers to tough questions as they heard from industry experts on ways to protect what is most important to them. In this blog entry, learn how to get access to the powerful presentations and conversations that took place.
Mark Your Calendars! The 2017 TCEA Technology Leadership Summit is scheduled for Friday, May 12, 2017. Register now for this event.

How Do I Get the Summit Resources?

You can access the audio, presentation slides, and more of the sessions online now for a nominal fee ($49). You will need to have a TCEA log in.

What Exactly Will I Get?

Presentation slides, pictures,and  audio recordings of the high-level speakers will be yours to explore and reflect on. In addition to Bill Fitzgerald’s (of Common Sense Media) keynote, critical areas addressed include:
  • Understanding DDoS Attacks,
  • Securing Single-Sign-On (SSO)
  • Security/Privacy Legislative Panel

TCEA’s Commitment

TCEA is committed to creating professional learning and networking opportunities that address the needs of Chief Technology Officers (CTOs) and Directors/Coordinators of Technology in K-16 education institutions. Be sure to join your colleagues at the Friday, May 12, 2017 event.

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New Chromebook Features

On January 24, 2017, Google announced some powerful enhancements for Chromebooks available for education, both for educators and students. These features (available in devices from Acer, Asus, HP, Dell, Lenovo, and Samsung) enhance the Chromebook’s versatility. With more than 20 million teachers and students employing Chromebooks, both will soon have access to devices that rely on “apps, stylus, and increased touch capabilities,” as well as USB-C charging (source).

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For Teachers

For teachers, Chromebooks will come with world-facing cameras. This enables teachers, as well as students, to capture videos and photos from all directions. Teachers will also have access to many Android apps, as well as specially designed cloud apps. These include Adobe Creative Cloud apps (such as Photoshop Mix, Lightroom Mobile, Illustrator Draw, Photoshop Sketch, Adobe Comp CC, and Creative Cloud Mobile). Teachers will be able to combine these intelligent enhancements with Chromebooks. They can use just-announced Google Classroom notifications for better assignment management and tracking with the new models.

Chromebooks for Students

Students, in addition to a greater variety of bundled Android apps, will be able to enjoy access to creative applications:
    • Explain Everything: An incredible, robust presentation, digital whiteboard app, and video annotation tool that is indispensable.
    • Soundtrap: This web-enabled audio editing and podcasting tool is a much needed addition for Chromebooks.
    • WeVideo: A browser-based video editing solution that, like audio editing, remains in high demand in Chromebook environments.
All these solutions are available at discounted pricing for schools.
Even more exciting, especially in math and other classes where drawing is involved, students are able to take advantage of the inexpensive, high-quality stylus. This is an advantage when using the Google Classroom Android app. Styluses can be shared or easily replaced if lost since they do not require charging or pairing with a Chromebook.
Thanks to Google for continually listening to educators about the needs of the Chromebook-powered classroom!

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Revisiting One of My Favorite Books: Our Iceberg is Melting

I wrote about this some time ago, but can’t find my blog entry. SO, I’m copying-n-pasting from someone else’s (Leading Blog: A Leadership Fable – thanks!):

1. Create a sense of urgency. (not panic) “Problem. What Problem?” Take the issue to the right people. Watch this YouTube interview with John Kotter on his new book, A Sense of Urgency.

2. Pull together the guiding team. This team must be strong enough to guide the change—leadership skills, credibility, communications ability, authority, analytical skills and a sense of urgency. If you look at the companies that are good at initiating a major change, increasingly you’ll find that it doesn’t work if the top few try to do all the heavy lifting.

3. Develop the vision and change strategy. Change to what? Too many change initiatives might indicate that you haven’t done this step well. You’ll get change burnout and more resistance.


4. Communicate for understanding and buy-in.
5. Empower others to act. Remove barriers so that people can act on the new direction. Get the “junk” out of the way to get the momentum. Empowerment, but not a free-for-all—competent training may be called for.
6. Produce short-term wins. It’s critical because you always have skeptics. Tangible success will help to drain the power from these people and bring them on board.
7. Don’t let up. Even after the win, keep up the pressure to keep the momentum going. Be relentless until you reach the end goal.
8. Create a new culture. Make sure that it sticks—internalized.

Fascinating stuff and worth reflecting on…again.

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