Brenham Tech Daily

Web Tool Wednesday: Alice Keeler QuickShare Screenshot Extension

If you are browsing and find something exciting to share with your students, then imagine being able to screenshot and share that image with your students instantly. Now, you can with this quick share screenshot extension. With the extension, you click on it and it automatically gives you a picture of the full screen or partial screen. That image is instantly saved into your Google Drive (in a folder called QuickShare Screenshots). Also, the image link is copied to your clipboard as soon as you screenshot the page. This means you could go to Google Classroom and paste the link for students to access immediately. Check out the image of the folder that stores all of the quick share screenshots in your drive.

Click on this link- 
to get the extension now. 

*TIP: Find the QuickShare folder in Google Drive. Change the sharing settings to "Anyone with the link can view." This is a one-time thing to do. This allows the screenshots you share to be viewed.

Teaching Tip Tuesday: How to be a better teacher according to students

If we want to become a better teacher, then we need to listen to others. That includes listening to our students. In an article by Andrei Zakhareuski, he explains exactly what students want from their teacher. It ranges from- making your lessons relevant to being firm and believing in them. 

Check out the TEN advice comments from students in this article- 

Let the 2016 - 20117 School Year Begin

Welcome back for a new school year. 

The Instructional Technology Team here at Brenham Tech Daily is ready once again to bring you all the latest instructional technology news, teaching methods, and much more.  This year you can look forward to the following daily blog topics: 

  • Monday Reflections with the Students 
  • Teaching Tip Tuesday 
  • Web Tool Wednesday 
  • T-TESS Thursday 
  • Fab Find Friday 
For even more updates, don't forget to follow us on Twitter.  

We hope everyone has a great year ahead, and just remember to...

Last Blog Post For The 2015-2016 School Year!

Have A Great Summer From Your #BISDwired Team!

Tom Spall
My favorite memory from this past year was being able to bring so many new STEM ideas to the elementary schools.  The students worked so well together coding, using the spheros, the makey-makey's, and during our energy units shooting off rockets.  

Best tech tool(s) from 2015-2016: Google Keep and Menimeter

Best instructional technology advice for the 2016-2017 school year: Technology is such a valuable tool in any classroom, especially when used appropriately and meaningfully.  You don't need to just throw in a technology activity when tech isn't needed.  Tie it to your TEKs or objectives and make the connections with the content you are teaching.  


Troy Kuhn
My favorite memory from this past year working with BMS students editing their videos for the annual Film Festival. The students show cleverness and creativity in ways they may not have been able to otherwise with the movie ideas. 

Best tech tool from 2015-2016:

Best instructional technology advice for the 2016-2017 school year: Find a Web 2.0 tool that works for your needs and master it for that school year.  While there will always be something NEW and EXCITING, find one that you can get the most out of with your students. 


Jessica Johnston
My favorite memory from this past year was collaborating with Mrs. Knebel's second period English students on two video projects. The depth of talent in that room was immeasurable and the students just took our ideas and ran with them! I will NEVER forget that class.

Best tech tool from 2015-2016: Google Classroom!

Best instructional technology advice for the 2016-2017 school year: Commit to trying at least one new tool or method or practice in your classroom each semester and involve your students in your ed tech journey! Be honest with them when you are unsure and partner with them to grow professionally!

Web Tool Wednesday: Read&Write for Google Chrome Updates!

Teaching Tip Tuesday: Twitter updates coming soon!

Love Twitter?  Great!  New updates coming soon!!

Thank you +Sylvia Duckworth for the image.  Check her out on Twitter HERE!  Also, her website is loaded with great information HERE!

Fab Find Friday: Transferring your data from one account to another.

Transferring your Google data from one account to another

Google Takeout is a FREE export service originally intended to simply give a zip file backup of data associated with a Google account.  This means that Takeout creates an archive of many different file types which are destined to land on a hard drive and end a user's Google experience.
  • So, this could mean Google docs now become .doc files on a computer, Sheets automatically convert to Excel, and Slides as Powerpoint (if that user has those programs).  It also means that a teacher or student email will become a .mbox file (which needs to be reuploaded into another mail client in order to be read).  Contacts will be .vcf and so on.  Reasons why this is not ideal:
    1. Google Takeout does not export "Shared with me" files.  That means if a teacher creates or shares any file with a student or other teacher, Google Takeout will not include it in your export.  For our student users, this has represented 62% of their Google Drive.  
    2. Using Takeout means your work is now subject to the safety of your hard drive.  If it crashes, the information is gone.  
    3. A lot of people don't know what to do with an .mbox file and even if they replied it into another mail client like Outlook or Google (which will be their preferred choice most likely anyway), using Takeout can lose folder organization and labeling.  
    4. Takeout can be time-consuming.
Why GradGopher is much better and much different than Google Takeout for any data movement from a Google cloud:
  • Our service takes one minute to set up.  Once a copy begins, a user can close their browser and shut down the computer and the copy will still run.  They can also go in and out of the accounts, still using the data while the copy runs.  (They will actually be able to see the information populate!)
  • GradGopher copies the entire Google Drive (Shared & Owned files), Gmail emails (w/attachments), Contacts, and Calendar event directly into that person's second Google account (whether it be personal or a new school account).
    • We also create convenient subfolders for Mail and Drive so that all organization and labeling is kept while also not interrupting what you have in your second account!
    • Copying directly into another Google account allows a user to continue their Google experience and accessibility is a quick and safe way.  No worry about hard drives crashing, no loss of organization, it's a fluid transition.  
  • Having your info back on another Google cloud also means you can access it from any device that has an internet connection!  
  • GradGopher does not download, it only copies information to move to your second Google account.  That means the first account will not lose the information in the process either!
  • We've tailored the software to alleviate all headaches with this process because once teachers and students begin to step towards saving their data they are often confronted with an uphill battle of jargon, monitoring, and hard work.  We'll hopefully make their transition 1000x smoother! 
Here a 5 minute video if you want to see how the entire process works/looks:

Another option that you could use.