Efficiency with less brain power and more time saved: Google Keep by Matt Lay



Right now you’re probably wearing your teacher hat, but what about your parent or coaching or friend or spouse or… (insert here any additional miscellaneous) other hats that you constantly throw on and off throughout the course of the day and week? To say the least, we have a lot going on. How do y18ogh3xzo2fb7jpgou keep organized?

For me, I need lists. I don’t have the brainpower to remember all of the items on my lists in addition to completing all of the tasks.


When I make lists on paper, I end up losing them, or I end up making multiple lists that say the same tasks and I’m wasting time making lists rather than completing them.

Insert Google Keep:

Keep is a Google app & extension (so you can access it from your phone or computer) that will solve all of your list-making problems, and it’s quite a bit more dynamic than your paper list. So, what can Keep do? This (and probably more):

  • Make lists (duh)
  • Make multiple lists with different topics (grading, planning, shopping, misc. to-dos…)
  • Use different Google accounts to make varying lists (personal vs. professional)
  • Set a date/reminder to a list (I did that for this very blog post!).
  • Share your list with collaborators
    • For example, share one grocery list with your spouse that you can both amend.
    • For example, I share a yearbook to-do list with my editors so we can keep organized.
    • You can see the last person to amend your list so you know who has been making the changes.
  • Check items off your list, but keep them in reserve.
    • You can see what you’ve done/not done.
    • If it’s a list of items you do/use frequently, then you can simply add items back to the to-do list without having to retype anything; just click the check box.
  • Add colors/pictures (if you like that sort of thing).

Keep is actually pretty awesome. I don’t use a lot of apps (they tend to overwhelm me and they feel like another thing that’s compounding my already overflowing life), but Keep is easy and useful.

by Matthew Lay


The Local Book Pusher – Jane Schissel

It’s March 2!  Happy Birthday to Dr. Seuss!!! In his honor, librarians and teachers are promoting Read Across America! “Jane I Am” is here to remind you that accessing great reading material has been made so much easier thanks to our high tech library resource, OverDrive. You can access eBooks and Audiobooks 24/7 from the Library webpage found on the school website. All you need is a device (the more recent the better) and your school login (without the @bvsd.org). Try it! Live large. Try new things. There is a “help” tool on the OverDrive page if you get stuck or just call me–Jane I Am–your local book pusher. Happy Reading and Happy Birthday to the one and only, Dr. Seuss!


South Side is the Best Side by Kay Davidson

Starting a blog is easy.  Posting ideas on a blog for me…..not so much.  I’ve taken the liberty to recap some awesome things from our PD Day (2/10/2017) and add some more resources you can add to your OG repertoire directly from our South Side Science peeps.


Free Tech For Teachers – Gamechanger!  Robert Byrne’s blog about technology is all around great. He provides information about free technology that teachers can use in their classroom that is insightful, appropriate and awe-some!  He has one of the best Ed Tech blogs around, so check him out, subscribe, and you will never look back!

Alice Keeler – Talk about Google GURU.  Sheesh. Check HER out!  Alice is clear, precise, has great ideas and is usually first to delve into Google product updates.

edutopia – K-12 education tips and strategies.


One Tab – If you have too many tabs open on your CB, this is your go to extension!  Have you ever gotten “You killed him” notice on your tab or tabs?  One Tab will take all of your tabs and make a list that you can access, share, and restore without killing the CPU/memory on your CB.  Do it!!!

Tab Resize – If you don’t have two monitors to split screens, this does the job for you.  A paper on one side, rubric on the other?  Schoology open on one, IC on the other?  Check it out.

Grammarly – Easiest way to check your spelling and grammar on everything you type/compose/email because not all of us have a “Jim Davidson” at home!

Ublock Origin – An efficient ad blocker for your device.

Extensity – A way to manage your extensions so they don’t jam up your Chromebook – turn them on or off as you see fit with the click of a button.

I signed what? 1:Web and BVSD Agreements – by Kay Davidson

I teach 5 sophomores and all of them have Chromebooks.  What I don’t have are the daily technology struggles such as bringing charged Chromebooks to class. The other juniors and seniors don’t own one and don’t even get them started on that issue.

How can I help you support your students by being prepared for class regardless of my current situation?  Here are some questions to think about:

  • What expectations have been set by you as the teacher?
  • What expectations are in place through Broomfield High School’s 1:Web Pilot Program?
  • What expectations are in place through BVSD?

The expectations that are currently in place at Broomfield High School and BVSD are below:

  • All parents and students signed the 1:Web Agreement before they were issued Chromebooks.  I have highlighted several sections of the agreement below that may help you address student struggles and remind them of Chromebook user expectations.


I hope these two resources will help:

  • reinforce your own classroom Chromebook expectations and
  • remind students and their families what they signed and agreed to as a student in BVSD and the 1:Web Pilot Program.

In the upcoming weeks, I will share a video with you reminding students of the Chromebook expectations at Broomfield High School.  It’s never too late!  Please let me know if you have any suggestions or questions.

Have a great Tech Thursday!

BrHS YouTube Playlist by Kay Davidson

Here are some topics of interest that are screencast to help you with some questions you may have.  If there are any other topics you’d like to see on here, let someone on the Tech Team know!

IT Ticket Generator

Cloudprinting at BrHS

Chromebook Calendar Scheduling and Deleting

Adding/Managing Google Calendars

Connecting Your Chromebook to the Projector

Sending Messages to Classes on IC