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Google Sheets + Query = Hell YEAH!

A few weeks ago I stumbled upon something that has got my a little excited. I mean did you see the exclamation mark in the title? That is not to be trifled with people. At any rate, I have stumbled upon the QUERY function from Google Sheets and man this …

Clarify – Today is a dark day

Clarify – Today is a dark day As a professional, there are those magical moments when you come across a system, technique or app that just works. It doesn’t just works, it works exactly as expected. It crushes those pesky expectations and everytime you produce a product using it, you …

Episode 141 – GO REDS!

Tony and I were in Cincinnati together and took in a Reds game (they won by the way). No, that is not us on the jumbotron. While there we also had a chance to sit down together and talk Ed Tech, which is what we love to do anyway. Check …

Interactive whiteboards should DIE!!!

Yes, you read it correctly. I typed three exclamation points in the title. That is how strongly I feel about interactive whiteboards. Let me tell you where that comes from. It was my first international school and they were doing a quick tech presentations (setting up email, our electronic grade …

SoundCloud ☹

I’ve talked about SoundCloud before as a good, free service for classes and schools to use to publish podcasts. I mean there are Android and iOS apps which make posting dead simple. You can also find some pretty great music and other quality podcasts on the site too. In the …

AI in the classroom – WATCH OUT FOR THE SLAP!

OUCH! What the hell was that kid doing? Have you ever wondered how you could track your student’s engagement? Well look no further than France. Apparently there is a business school there that is doing just that. Now before you imagine a classroom filled with cameras pointed right at students …

Episode 140 – It’s REAL!

Tony and myself are back! It’s been a while since we published a podcast, but this one is worth it! We talk about the Zoom Q8, Microsoft news, Ransomware and Tony’s rant. Check out the talking points below and find us on iTunes, Podomatic or your favorite podcast app. Zoom …

Google Apps for Education – Privacy vs Services

Recently I read an article in the NY Times titled How Google Took Over the Classroom by Natasha Singer. It is a good article that talks about how G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps for Education) has risen, very quickly and to great prominence in schools in America. You should read it! One …

Episode 139 – Destroy Dat Data

Tony and Patrick are back! This episode Tony discusses WiFi and we talk about Remix OSTony and Wifi email comment and a lot more. Check out the talking points below. http://www.xe.com/ Remix OS on Mobile (ROM) http://www.jide.com/about Connects your Android device to a screen Supports mouse and keyboard input http://www.theverge.com/circuitbreaker/2017/2/21/14647602/android-pc-remix-os-singularity-jide …

Episode 138 – Body Cameras

Tony and I are back! In this episode we talk about body cameras in the classroom and the official announcement that Chrome OS will support Android apps. It raises some questions. Body cameras in the classroom? http://www.theverge.com/2017/2/8/14545828/uk-schools-body-cameras-trials by: James Vincent Is this a good idea? Thoughts? http://www.samsung.com/us/explore/gear-360/?cid=ppc- Android apps on …

Google Forms & Parental engagement

My district (heck I think the whole state) requires that teachers keep a record of each and every time I contact a parent or a parent contacts me. In the past I did this in a notebook but there would be a time when I didn’t have the notebook on …

Uh oh – BroPro

Guess what I discovered this week with the Chromebooks in my classroom?? Well, if you see the picture above this post, you probably can guess – BroPro. This is a VPN Chrome Extension. It basically lets people (students mostly) get around the school’s web filters to visit sites that they …

Episode 137

Tony and Patrick are back at it. In this episode we talk about teacher evaluations via a video recording. The impending announcement of Windows Cloud and Intel’s Compute Card. Could this be the future of computing in schools? Teacher evaluations via video? Is this a good idea? Logistical problems Platform …

Making an area calculator in Google sheets

Google sheets is pretty powerful – heck most spreadsheets program are pretty powerful. This guide will show you how to create your very own spreadsheet that will automatically calculate area. Area is not terribly difficult for students but it is always nice to have a little something in your pocket …

Episode 136 – Welcome 2017

Tony and Patrick are back – at long last. Check out the talking points below and be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or follow us on Podomatic. 1) Welcome back and happy new year – what were you up to? 2) New Year’s Resolutions? • Tony’s 70/30 & …

I bought a Surface Book

Not too long ago I wrote that I was in the market for a new computer. I was looking at five different computers but it boiled down to the 13″ Apple MacBook Pro with Touchbar (yeah-I like to adopt early) or a Microsoft Surface Book. By the title you clearly …

Episode 135 – Schools without work

Patrick and Tony are back in another great episode (truly-this one is pretty darn good). We talk about a world without work and what that does to education and integration specialists and Tony’s take on how to make them more accountable and therefore more effective. OK, check out the talking …

Episode 134 – Omar with open arms

Omar is back in the latest episode of the IT Babble podcast. He and Patrick talk about what Omar has been up to with his beginning programming class, wrapping IT curriculum around big budget hardware and Patrick talks about his latest computer purchase. 1) Welcome back Omar! 2) What has …

Happy Thanksgiving!

Tis the season in the US for some turkey, football but more importantly a time when family gets together to be thankful for all that we have. We here at IT Babble wish all of our readers out there a happy Thanksgiving and if you’re not American then a happy …

Episode 133 – Interview Tips

Yet another awesome episode of IT Babble. This week Tony and Patrick talk about interviewing for international schools, hypocrisy with data, Prodigy a math game and the fact that Skype is free. Check out the talking points below. 1) Interviewing overseas and some interesting questions Take many interviews Having job …

I’m getting a new computer!

Yep, it’s been nearly four years and it is time to make that all important purchase and boy has it been exciting. I haven’t decided yet (but I’m close) and I’d like to share the journey I’ve been on so far. Right now A this moment, I am writing on …

Episode 132 – Election Episode

Tony and Patrick are back with a compelling election edition! We talk about the historical 2016 US election (of course) and how it should be the ultimate teachable moment. We also talk about Patrick’s quest for his next computer, why the Hour of Code is not enough and is being locked …

It’s election day!

It’s finally here and for you people out there who have been following the election and are soooo happy it’s finally over today, it is always a good reminder of how the Electoral College works. Here is an excellent video that covers the basics. It’s less than 5 minutes but …

I’m chained to Google – Is that bad?

Hello from the Interwebs. I came to a realization recently. It is a little unsettling and I’m oddly OK with that. I decided that I am all in with Google Apps for Education (GAFE). That may not sound like a bad thing, in fact it may make you scratch your …

Episode 131 – Open for business

FINALLY! We’re back after the loong summer. Tony and I ease into the podcasting season with our first episode for the 2016-2017 school year! 1) Welcome back! – How was the summer? 2) Goals for this year? 3) Tablet hybrids – are they the future? A)http://www.theverge.com/2016/8/31/12714672/lenovo-yoga-book-announced-specs-price-release-date-ifa-2016 – The Verge by …

Think before you purchase!

This will be a short post – just a heads up. The post is about how schools spend their money concerning programs. I’m not going to name names here, because I don’t think that one person made a mistake or that a particular program is poor. That’s not the point. …

Episode 130 – Gboard

Tim, Tony and Patrick talk about the new Gboard iOS keyboard, Chrome and virtual reality and the 20% project. Check out the show notes below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes and Podomatic or subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app on your phone or tablet. Gboard a. …

Students making their own gradebook in Google Sheets

In my last post I talked about the importance of grades being transparent for all stake holders involved. One idea I recommend is having students build their own gradebook in Google Sheets (or any spreadsheet program). This gives them significantly more insight in how grades actually work, behave and gives …

Grading should be transparent!

Good day reader. Today, I’m going to write an opinion piece about something near and dear to many of our hearts – grades. I believe that grades should be transparent. Doesn’t that sound nice? You bet! it does but what does it mean? Here is what I’m talking about. Of …

AI is coming!

Let me introduce you to Dewey a new AI for schools. He’ll tell you all sorts of important information-you just need to ask. Is this real? No, Dewey’s not real, but I think someday AI will find itself in schools and be a part of the everyday process. Artificial Intelligence …

Episode 129 – Objection!

Tim and Patrick talk about our new robot overlords, Remix OS and the new Gboard for iOS. Check out the show notes below. As always, subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app. The workers mass extinction begins: a. Link: …

Episode 128 – Robot Food

Tony, Tim and Patrick talk about robot restaurants (check the show notes), an educational island, more info on Android and Chrome OS merging, Open 365 and displays in every classroom. Check out the show notes below for more info. As always you should subscribe to us on iTunes, Podomatic or …

Episode 127 – Safety First

Tony, Omar and Patrick talk about safety videos in school, visual curriculum standards and smart watches for kids . . . done right. Check out the talking points below. As always you should subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us using your favorite podcasting …

Episode 126 – Fat websites

Tony, Tim and Patrick talk about the increasing sizes of web pages, learning management systems vs. class websites and some email etiquette. Check out the talking points below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app. The average …

Episode 125 – Virtual Reality Anyone?

This episode is all about virtual reality, mixed reality and augmented reality headsets and the impact we think it will have on education in general. Only one topic but a lot to talk about! Check out the talking points below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on …

Episode 124 – “Schank” Education

This episode, Dave, Tony and Patrick talk about Roger Schank’s approach to education, Nintendo’s gaming workshop for kids and the Adidas tracker that is making its way into classrooms. Check out the talking points below. As always be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes or your favorite podcasting app …

Episode 123 – Safe Space

Tony, Tim, Patrick and Omar talk about Sugata Mitra’s educational vision, safe spaces and more. Check out the talking points below. We also had some technical difficulties around the nineteen minute mark (yeaaaa Skype!) so there is a little editing that went on. As always you should subscribe to us …

Episode 122 – Tim’s Walkthrough Adventures

On this episode, Tim, Tony and Patrick talk about curriculum mapping and how to do it the right way and Tim’s exploration into classroom walkthroughs. As always, be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us on your mobile device with your favorite …

Episode 121 – Mike Tyson vs. OneNote

Today, Tim, Tony and Patrick talk about OneNote, how Eisenhower stayed organized IFTT and IpMan 3. Check out the talking points below. As always, make sure you subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us using your favorite podcasting app on your smartphone. OneNote – …

Creating a Surface Area Calculator in Google Sheets

In my post about the benefits and the possibilities of using spreadsheets in middle school math classes, here are the instructions that I used to get my students started on spreadsheets. If you want it to download the PDF then click this link HERE! You can find it electronically by …

Programming with spreadsheets – START NOW!

I’ve heard a lot of math teachers comment (to me personally) how difficult it is to integrate math into their classes. Most of the time these teachers just use apps on iPads or use websites like IXL, Mathletics or more to have students practice skills and then track the students …

Episode 120 – Everything Buckets!

On this episode, Tim, Tony, Omar and Patrick talk about so-called “everything buckets” like Evernote and OneNote and talk about Matrix style learning. Check out the talking points below. As always, subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app. Avoid …

Episode 119 – Dave’s Nightmare

Tony, Tim, Patrick, Omar (yes-he’s back!) and DAVE talk about VR, Amazon’s educational announcement and children’s advice to parents about social media. Check out the talking points below. As always you should subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us using your favorite podcasting app …

Episode 118 – Parlez Vous Xerox?

Tim, Tony and Patrick talk about OneDrive at great length and the new Xerox translation service. Check out the talking points below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app. OneDrive Can Now Scan Your Whiteboard or Documents, …

Episode 117 – Rating everyone!

Tim, Tony and Patrick talk about another good Chrome extension (Papier) and about the people rating app: Peeple. Check out the talking points below! As always subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app. Chrome extension – Papier a. …

Happy Pi Day!

I’ve been teaching math for the past month and since today is Pi day – 3-14. I thought I would share a fun little clip you could (or could not) show your class. Source: IT Babble Blog and Podcast

Episode 116 – I did the Hour of Code! Now what?

On this episode, Tim, Tony and Patrick talk about the Hour of Code and what happens afterwards and how has Google changed the way students learn. Check out the talking points below. As always you should subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us using …

Episode 115 – Did you say rasterbate?

Tony, Tim and Patrick take on Kiddle.co, the Rasterbator and share what podcasts we listen to. Check out the talking points and links below. As always you should subscribe to our podcast on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app. 1. Kiddle.co – …

Episode 114 – Tony uses IE6

Tony, Tim, Dave and Patrick talk about Chrome extensions and Remix which is Android as a desktop OS. Check out the talking points below. As always you should subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app. New for all you …

Episode 113 – A.I. is scary!

This episode Tim, Tony and Patrick talk about ET for the Atari and how awful it is, what is coming next for computing and a VR update from Tim. Check out the talking points below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or on your favorite …

Episode 112 – Frown face

Today we are joined by Omar, Tim, Tony and Patrick as they discuss about an interesting observation by Tom Whitby and whether old fashioned classroom management is as effective as these new fangled apps. Check out the talking points below. As always be sure to subscribe to us on iTunes, …

Episode 111 – Wrong!

Tony, Tim, Omar and Patrick discuss Tony’s post about how everyone is Ed Tech has it wrong, 12 tools you need to survive and why the FBI really needs a teacher’s help. Check out the talking points below. As always please subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic …

Episode 110 – #Tim G Treebeard

This episode Tony, Dave and Patrick talk about the crappy WiFi in The White House and people claiming hashtags from Twitter and putting them on their resumes. Check out the talking notes below. As always you should subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us …

Episode 109 – Fancy water

Tony, Dave and Patrick are back after the Chinese New Year delayed the podcast and it is a great one. They talk about the future of photography in school, an educator’s workspace and about a new type of communication app that is free to use. Check out the talking points …

Google Drive – Get 2GB of free storage!

Today is #SaferInternetDay (yes that is a thing). Google is encouraging people to check their security settings which isn’t a bad thing. It only takes two minutes and Google will reward you with two free GB of extra storage on your drive account! That’s pretty fantastic. Once you’ve gone through …

Episode 108 – Trademark Tim goes to Graceland

Tim, Tony and Patrick are discussing Trademark and intellectual property issues in schools and the WriteLab service that helps improve student writing. Check out the talking points below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us on your favorite podcasting app. Intellectual Property …

Episode 107- Groundhog Day

Tony, Tim and Patrick get together and babble about some great ed tech issues. Check out the talking points below and happy Groundhog day. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app. The Future of Big Data Analytics …

Episode 106 – Save Tony

Today we discuss why Tony is missing, is Sesame Street on its way out and should schools even consider purchasing iPads now that Google Chromebooks make up more than 50% of devices in US schools. Check out the show notes below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us …

Episode 105 – Passwords!

Tim, Dave and Patrick discuss ergonomics in classrooms, passwords and Amazon within schools. Check out the talking points below! As always, subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us using your favorite podcasting app. Ergonomics – Students and Teachers a. Link: http://www.techtimes.com/articles/124981/20160117/stand-up-desks-in-school-may-improve-students-brain-function-study.htm b. Link: http://www.mdpi.com/1660-4601/13/1/59 …

Episode 104 – Tablet teacher

Tim, Dave, Tony and Patrick will talk about putting screens on teacher’s heads, iOS 9.3 and the big updates it has for schools and some more announcements concerning VR in schools. Check out the talking points below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe …

Our favorite Chrome Extensions/Add-ons

At IT Babble Chrome is our browser of choice for its speed, its auto updates and the myriad of fantastic add-ons you can … well add on. These add-ons give Chrome various different functionalities and we thought it would be nice to share our favorites with you! We discussed these …

Episode 103 – Star Wars the Force Awakens

Yep, we give a quick, quick review about the latest Star Wars film. We also lament on the passing of David Bowie, talk about our favorite Google Chrome add-ons, a quick and dirty how to on podcasting and a quick PSA. All in all, it’s a packed show. Check out …

Episode 102 – The Perfect Propaganda Machine

Tony, Tim and Patrick discuss censorship and what it means to classrooms and the amazing Endless Mini. Check out the show notes below. As always please subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us using your favorite podcasting app! 2015 was the year ‘censorship’ lost …

Episode 101 – 3 Out of Toaster

This episode Tim, Tony and Patrick talk about what we expect from 2016, Thinga.com and if video games should be taught. Check out the talking points below. As always please subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app. Educational Technology …

Episode 101 – 3 Out of Toaster

This episode Tim, Tony and Patrick talk about what we expect from 2016, Thinga.com and if video games should be taught. Check out the talking points below. As always please subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us with your favorite podcasting app. Educational Technology …

Get crap done!

Now that the 2016 is right around the corner it is time to start making some resolutions of organizing yourself a little better and being more effecient. So someone out there created a To-Do list app comparison chart. Yeah, it is huge, but if you’ve never used one before, this …

Get crap done!

Now that the 2016 is right around the corner it is time to start making some resolutions of organizing yourself a little better and being more effecient. So someone out there created a To-Do list app comparison chart. Yeah, it is huge, but if you’ve never used one before, this …

Episode 100 – Omar returns!

Omar returns for the 100th episode of IT Babble as we discuss people using podcasts instead of exams, students who fail and some holiday no-no’s. We will be off till January so everyone enjoy your holidays! Check out our talking points below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow …

Episode 100 – Omar returns!

Omar returns for the 100th episode of IT Babble as we discuss people using podcasts instead of exams, students who fail and some holiday no-no’s. We will be off till January so everyone enjoy your holidays! Check out our talking points below. As always subscribe to us on iTunes, follow …

Episode 99 – Kazakastan?

Today, Tony, Tim, Dave and Patrick talk about Kazakhstan’s control over the Internet, tracking students using GPS and how IBM needs to rethink hairdryers. Check out the talking points below. As always you should subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or search for us on your favorite …

Episode 99 – Kazakastan?

Today, Tony, Tim, Dave and Patrick talk about Kazakhstan’s control over the Internet, tracking students using GPS and how IBM needs to rethink hairdryers. Check out the talking points below. As always you should subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or search for us on your favorite …

Episode 98 – Tim Down Under

Welcome back everyone. Today, Tim, Dave “The Wave”, Tony and Patrick talk about lesson planning, drones and Quigley Down Under. Check out our talking points and resources below. As always, subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us using your favorite podcasting app. Quigley Down …

Episode 98 – Tim Down Under

Welcome back everyone. Today, Tim, Dave “The Wave”, Tony and Patrick talk about lesson planning, drones and Quigley Down Under. Check out our talking points and resources below. As always, subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us using your favorite podcasting app. Quigley Down …

Episode 98 – Tim Down Under

Welcome back everyone. Today, Tim, Dave “The Wave”, Tony and Patrick talk about lesson planning, drones and Quigley Down Under. Check out our talking points and resources below. As always, subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or subscribe to us using your favorite podcasting app. Quigley Down …

Episode 97 – Dave the Wave!

Once again we have a full panel as Dave, Tim, Tony and myself discuss the hot topic gaming in education and our thoughts. Check out our talking points below. As always please subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or listen to us on your favorite podcasting app. Microsoft …

Episode 97 – Dave the Wave!

Once again we have a full panel as Dave, Tim, Tony and myself discuss the hot topic gaming in education and our thoughts. Check out our talking points below. As always please subscribe to us on iTunes, follow us on Podomatic or listen to us on your favorite podcasting app. Microsoft …