Showing posts from July, 2019

Google Scripts - Adding a Template Table to the Top of a Meeting Agenda On Demand

That seems like a weird title for this post, but I was trying to be as descriptive as possible - though the script will work for other uses as well with some easy modifications. 

I was posed the following problem by a person at one of our local districts: "Looking for a way for teachers on a [district] Team to be able to click on a link so that this blank template shows up above their prior week's entries. Does this make sense?"  As I have not done much with using scripts in documents, I was eager to try this.

Surprisingly, I was able to craft this one in less than 24 hours!  And now, I see a myriad of ways that it could be used in other situations.
What this script does:   When opening the document, an additional menu is added (1).  When the user selects to "Add a Table" from the menu, it adds an additional template table (2) below the top level document table, but above everything else.   It also adds a horizontal rule between the tables. 
Here is the script: …

Google Forms - How to Stop Accepting Submissions

Sometimes you need to turn off a form - either temporarily or permanently.  This is very easy to do.  Simply follow these steps:

1. Open the form
2. Click on Responses
3. Look for the slider on the right - move it to the left:

4. A new window will appear with a message saying the form has been turned off.  You can customize this message if you wish:

Upcoming Professional Learning - Dive Into Using OER

A Professional Development Opportunity - Dive Into Using OERDive into using OER (Open Educational Resources) to meet your curriculum needs! This two-day event will build your comfort with finding, using and/or creating open educational resources, and then implementing them in your core curriculum area to create lessons that meet the needs of your students.

Location: Calhoun Intermediate School District; Marshall, MI
Dates: August 7 (Wednesday) and August 8 (Thursday)
Times: 8:00-3:00 - possible 9 total SCECH hours
Cost: $25 for the 2 days (only $10 for REMC12E members!)

Click here for the Registration Link  ~ Limited to 50 participants

Here is the agenda for the event.
There are 2 objectives for the 2 day event.
Participants will: 
build their knowledge and comfort with finding and using Open Educational Resources (OER) as curriculum resources create at least 1 lesson that incorporates OER for deeper, broader, or better student learning 

This event is supported by:

Upcoming Professional Learning - PLAYDATES for 2018-2019


The 2019-20 P.L.A.Y.D.A.T.E. schedule is now available! In addition to the traditional Playdates, there are a few theme focused events. Please share with other Michigan teachers. 
General P.L.A.Y.D.A.T.E. flier
Information on Themed PLAYDATEs:
New Teacher PlaydateAssistive Technology PlaydateCounselor Edition Playdate

2019-20 PLAYDATESREGISTER FOR A SESSION HERE REMC 6, Bay Arenac ISD, Focus: Counselor Edition, September 25, 2019 REMC 14E, Genesee ISD, October 4, 2019 REMC 5, GIRESD (Winding Brook), October 18, 2019 Battle Creek Math and Science Center, Focus: Assistive Technology, November 15, 2019 REMC 12W, Lenawee ISD, Focus: New Teacher Academy, January 29, 2020 - Flyer REMC 20, Wayne RESA, February 12, 2020 REMC 12W & REMC 8, Kent ISD, May 4, 2020
Sincerely, -the PLAYDATE team (Anthony, Keith, Justin, Joe & Kellie)
New to PLAYDATEs? This may help - 
WHAT IS PLAYDATE? PLAYDATE is a new kind of conference event.
NO presenters. NO agenda. Just P…

Promoting STEM Through Literature Project

Check out the Promoting STEM Through Literature project/books! Teachers can use these resources to integrate literature and STEM/Maker activities.  A Design Thinking workbook for students to use is one of the resources.
Current Book List: The Secret Subway - Shana CoreyCrayon Man - Natascha Biebow and Steven SalernoThe World Is Not a Rectangle: A Portrait of Architect Zaha Hadid – Jeanette WinterHow to Build a Hug - Amy Guglielmo & Jacqueline TourvilleAda’s Violin - Susan HoodBalloons Over Broadway - Melissa SweetBeauty and the Beak - Deborah Lee RoseThe Boy Who Harnessed the Wind - William Kamkwamba and Bryan MealerClaymates - Dev PettyThe Most Magnificent Thing - Ashley SpiresThe Marvelous Thing That Came From a Spring - Gilbert FordPapa’s Mechanical Fish - Candace FlemingOne Plastic Bag - Miranda PaulTicktock Banneker’s Clock - Shana KellerTwenty-One Elephants - April Jones PrinceWhoosh! - Chris Barton

Reading Campaign - Read a Story, Change Their Story

Save the Children has launched its inaugural summer reading campaign in the United States – Read a Story, Change Their Story – in celebration of the global nonprofit’s 100th anniversary. The 100-day campaign, which will conclude on September 8, World Literacy Day, encourages all children, parents, teachers, librarians, caregivers and adults to log their summer reading minutes at
Participants can positively impact the lives of children growing up in rural America who do not have adequate access to early education or children’s books, while also promoting literacy in all communities. Every minute logged helps raise awareness and supports Save the Children’s work to improve literacy and change lives. For more information, go to: