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Congratulations staff members for getting Google Certified Educator Level 1

Individuals who have achieved this certification may publicize their status with their personalized certificate and badge. Always label your status with the achieved level: Google Certified Educator Level 1. This certification is valid for 24 months.



Part of every educator’s job is figuring out what content to share with students and video is no different. In this capacity, teachers become curators of videos, finding quality content that can be used for a particular purpose

Educators can curate videos on their own, looking for either instructional or supplemental content distinguishing the gold from the garbage. For time-strapped teachers looking for help with curation, here are some strategies and tips to help identify and evaluate videos without spending endless hours online.




First, check out videos that have already been curated. Doing a blind search for videos related to “biology” yields hundreds of thousands of links, but the quality of the content varies widely. The best place to start is by exploring a site that’s done some of the work for you – a site dedicated to curating educational content. This makes it possible to more quickly identify the best content available online. saves time by identifying and organizing educational content aligned with the Common Core State Standards. Teachers can search by subject area - language arts, math, science and social studies, or by grade level - elementary, middle school and high school. is an educational video search platform with helpful indexes that measure popularity, ranking and educational value. The objective is to create a more effective way to search YouTube videos for specific content.

BackPack.TV is a video curation site that partners with teachers to find quality video content. The result is a user-friendly site where teachers and students can search a large collection of curated videos by subject, playlist or textbooks. Several of the featured schools include popular video collections like Khan Academy, a growing collection of video tutorials about math, science, humanities and art concepts; 60 Second Recap, featuring quick, highenergy summaries and overviews of popular novels; Bozeman Biology, a high school biology teacher’s video site explaining and demonstrating concepts; and PatrickJMT, supplemental math videos designed to enhance great teaching.



Region One Megabyte Districts for 2016-2017

 Edinburg CISD, Lyford CISD, McAllen ISD,Mission CISD,

Pharr-San Juan- Alamo ISD, Raymondville ISD,

San Benito CISD, Sharyland ISD, Valley View ISD


Webinars STEM Google Utech
Workshops Onsite Cafe SxS


Region One MEGAbyte Services
Create WS 55595 – Growing Creativity in the Classroom Oct 7, 2016
GAFE WS 55592 – Google Apps for All Content Areas Oct 13, 2016
App WS 55598 – App Smashing 101 Oct 18, 2016
Engage WS 55596 – Engaging & Assessing Content Oct 21, 2016
Story WS 55597 – Storyboarding & Video Editing Nov 1, 2016
 TTESS WS 55601 – Tech Tools for T-TESS (From Proficient to Distinguished) Nov 10, 2016
GAca WS 55590 – Google Educator Certification Academy – FALL 2016 Nov 29-30, 2016
MakerSp WS 55600 – Makerspaces for All Learning Spaces Jan 19, 2017
TehInt WS 55603 – Technology in the ELA Classroom Jan 25, 2017
SAMR WS 55593 – “S” is for Substitution: Making the Move into SAMR with Your iPad Feb 2, 2017
WS 55602 – Technology in the Math Classroom Feb 22, 2017
TehInt WS 55604 – Technology in the Science Classroom Mar 1, 2017
GAca WS 55591 – Google Educator Certification Academy – SPRING 2017 Mar 9-10, 2017
Augmented WS 55599 – Augmented Reality Creations Mar 23, 2017
STEM WS 55605 – Technology in the STEM Classroom Apr 5, 2017
WS 55606 – Technology in the Social Studies Classroom Apr 12, 2017



FREE tools to integrate during presentations along with a short description:

  • TodaysMeet – Create your own room to where people can respond to a question or reflect in 140 characters. This is a great tool to use for a backchannel.
  • Tozzl – Take your backchannel to a new level! People can respond via text, videos, images, and documents. You can even integrate a Twitter hash tag.
  • AnswerGarden – My new favorite tool! Use it for real time audience participation, online brainstorming and classroom feedback.  Responses can only be 20 or 40 characters.
  • Mentimeter – Move over Poll Everywhere. Mentimeter is a great tool that allows you to poll your audience in a variety of ways. You can even create a presentation that has multiple polls.
  • Tackk – Collaborate, discuss, and create all on one interactive platform. Over 300 apps can be embedded making it a great platform for app smashing. Be sure to check out Tackk in the classroom.
  • Padlet – A long time favorite of mine, which allows participants to respond using virtual Post-It notes. The beauty of this tool is that within each board responses can be text, video, images, or attached documents.
  • Lino – An online web sticky note service that can be used to post memos, to-do lists, ideas, and photos anywhere on an online web canvas that is similar to Padlet
  • Kahoot – A fan favorite of educators around the world. It is a free game-based learning platform that not only gives everyone a voice, but also provides a fun way to do it.
  • ProConIt – Gather and organize opinions on any topic while engaging your audience. This is a great tool to formatively evaluate just about anything.
  • FlipGrid (NOT free) – You need to pay a little for this one, but oh is it worth it. Create grids of questions or topics using text or video and share your questions with whomever you like. Your audience then responds with recorded videos.



Paperless Workflow For Teachers Using Google Drive Set up student Gmail Students create and share a folder with the teacher in Google Drive from

GP4E - (Google Play For Education)
Teaching with Play for Education (videos), explore ways in which teachers are using GP4E in a digital classroom. 
Chrome Pilot Central
 Chrome Tips, a presentation (which includes videos, explanations, and guides for using the Chromebook) and other shortcuts and helpful tips for you and your Chromebook Classroom.  
"Managing Your Classroom" link next to the Chrome Tips page for some best practices on how to use devices in your classroom.
Work Faster
Top 10 ways to use Google Apps to go paperless. Reduce printing expenses and share more easily by moving your organization's tasks and processes online.



STAFF RESOURCES: coming soon!

Google Apps Release Calendar: Check out the What's New in Google Apps Newsletter

Google Training Center: Guided training paths just for educators


STAFF QUICK LINKS: coming soon!




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