Google Form Add-Ons Have Arrived

When I opened up my Google Drive this morning to create a form I was pleasantly surprised to find that Google Form Add-Ons have arrived!

I scanned the list of available options and found one titled Forms Notifications. I opened this Add-On in hopes of finding an option for streamlining my morning work. I’m happy to say I found an Add-On to help me auto-send an email confirmation to people who submit information through a Google Form. 

Google Form Add-On – Form Notifications

The Form Notification Add-On provides users with the ability to quickly create a custom message that is automatically sent to people who complete a form. Once the Add-On is installed, click on Configure Notifications to access a box for creating the message. 

Explore this Interactive Image to Learn More

This morning I found the Forms Notifications Add-On to be helpful for managing ThingLink Educator Expert Applications. Here is how I used the Add-On with an existing form to send quick communication to applicants after they submit the form.




More Google Form Add-Ons

Here is a sneak peak at the other Google Form Add-Ons available now. I’m looking forward to trying some of them. Try them yourself by opening a Google Form and selecting Get Add-Ons. Remember to check back often and watch the 3rd party tools available grow!




Live Event: Best Google Tips for Your Classroom

On Saturday October 25th, Simple K 12 will be hosting a free Google day of learning designed to provide educators with The Best Google Tips for Your Classroom. Educators can enjoy a series of webinars throughout the day, starting at 10 AM EDT.

I am looking forward to hosting Improve Writing Skills Using Digital Writing and Google Docs  at 1:00 PM. The session is designed to help educators learn to use Google Docs to thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum. 


Improve Writing Skills Using Digital Writing and Google Docs 

Would you like to improve your students’ writing skills and help them bridge the gap between writing in school and writing in the real world? One way of doing so is by using digital writing and Google Docs, the documents editor available in Google Drive. Since Google Docs is collaborative and available 24/7, students using Google Docs often write more frequently and better than when given traditional paper and pencil writing tasks. Join Susan Oxnevad as she shows how to use Google Docs to thoughtfully incorporate digital writing into the curriculum. She will explain how to fully utilize the latest Google Docs features, such as integrated reference tools and collaborative revision tools to help you and your students embrace digital writing.

Learn more about the webinars offered throughout the day and register at Simple K 12. 

Join Our Live Event on October 28th

I am excited to have the opportunity to connect live and worldwide with talented EdTech SuperStars during the next ThingLink Interactive Image Slam. Join me and guest experts Richard Byrne and Shelly Sanchez Terrell to explore some interactive images. We will learn about the powerful ways these amazing educators use ThingLink to transform teaching and learning during this informal webinar.






About the Event

Join us live on October 28th at 8:00 PM EDT, or sign up for the archive. 

Meet ThingLink Expert Educator Jodie Johnston


Today we are celebrating Connected Educator month at ThingLink by introducing our readers to one or our Expert Educators, Jodie Johnston. Jodie is a Curriculum Technology Specialist from Overland Park, Kansas who specializes in Web 2.0 Tools. Jodie is also the Edmodo Administrator in her school district and an Edmodo Certified Trainer. 



Meet Jodie Johnston’s digital self and learn more about her on the ThingLink Blog.

Meet ThingLink Expert Educator Sue Fitzgerald

Digital Research Toolkit, by Sue Fitzgerald

It’s Connected Educator month and today at ThingLink we are celebrating Sue Fitzgerald. Sue is a connected educator who is also a member of the first group of ThingLink Expert Educators! We got to know and love Sue when she participated in the ThingLink Teacher Challenge over the summer. 

Meet Sue’s Fitzgerald’s Digital Self and learn more about her on the ThingLink Blog.

ThingLink + Google Drive – A Webinar

Educators need a flexible toolkit of resources to meet a variety of unique personal learning needs. Keep it simple with just two amazing multimedia rich tools, ThingLink and Google Docs. Use these accessible and easy to embrace tools together to transform teaching and learning in amazing ways! Explore an interactive graphic with 12 resources you can use to 

Transform Teaching Learning with ThingLink + Google Drive
Date and Time
Tue, Oct 14, 2014 
Live at 8:00PM EDT or SignUp to receive the archive.


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Tackk a ThingLink

One of the benefits of building a flexible digital toolkit is the ability to weave tools together to fit your teaching and learning needs. If you’re looking for a simple tool to serve as a container for one or more ThingLinks, try Tackk.
Tackk is a blank canvas that allows anyone to easily publish multimedia web content on a  simple page. Tackk supports live, interactive ThingLink images, which are embedded into Tackk simply by copying and pasting the share url. A big bonus is the text editing feature in Tackk, which  provides users with a handy way  to label a ThingLink.  




Explore this example

Cathy Yenca, @MathyCathy, created the ThingLink vocabulary activity pictured below to teach students about functions as part of the ThingLink Teacher Challenge last summer.  I popped the link from Cathy’s terrific ThingLink into Tackk and typed the headline you see below. Then I created a button leading to more resources. Voila!
Click on the image to visit this Tackk and explore this vocabulary activity on Tackk.


Connected Educators: Power Up Your Pedagogy with ThingLink

Today I’m excited to be participating in a MOOC, or Massive Open Online Course that is free. Today’s MOOC is part of Chris Long’s University of California Irvine’s course, Advanced Instructional Strategies in the Virtual Classroom I will be sharing some powerful strategies for increasing students’ engagement in learning using ThingLink and ThingLink for Video. 



About the MOOC

This MOOC, facilitated by Chris Long @clonghb, has a course enrollment of over 4,700 educators. Participants are primarily teachers, pre-service teacher or other educational specialists in K12 and higher ed. The demographics of the course show a strong international diversity. In addition to live, online learning opportunities, participants collaborate through online discussion forums and Twitter chats. They complete assignments and take online quizzes. This type of tech fueled learning environment presents powerful possibilities for connected educators.

Learn to Power Up Your Pedagogy with ThingLink

Anyone can drop in on the Google+ Hangout or watch the archive.

Learn more about the MOOC and sign up for Power Up Your Pedagogy with ThingLink on Google+. Live @ 7:00 PM EDT. Convert to your time zone.

More ways to be a Connected Educator in October


4 Ways to Celebrate Connected Educator Month

ThingLink is a powerful tool for making connections and we are pleased to announce an exciting lineup of events to celebrate Connected Educator month. The events are designed to grow and strengthen our community of educators through the sharing of knowledge and ideas. Explore this interactive image to learn more about the events. Read more on the ThingLink Blog.


A Free Day of Differentiated Learning on SK12

Instructional Shifts 

Simple K 12 will be hosting a free day of learning on Saturday October 4, 2014. I am excited to kickoff the days’ events with a webinar and overview of my interactive model highlighting Flexible Learning Tools for Digital Differentiation. Please join us!






Digital Differentiation: 

Tools to Support Flexible Learning Paths for Personalized Learning
Saturday, October 4, 2014 @ 10:00 AM EDT

Technology is a tool that can be used to help teachers facilitate personalized learning experiences to address the diverse needs of all students. At the most basic level, digital tools can be used to help students find, understand, and use information. When combined with student-driven learning experiences that are fueled by essential questions and offer flexible learning paths, use of digital tools can break the learning barriers that exist in our classrooms. Join me and Simple K12 as we provide an overview of digital tools and resources to design personalized learning experiences that effectively incorporate digital differentiation




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