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Teachers create a topic of discussion. Students sign in from any device to record a short response to the conversation. The videos are limited to five minutes, but many teachers choose a shorter time limit to avoid rambling. The videos set the stage for more in-depth discussions in the classroom. As the site says, Flipgrid helps students “define their voices, share their voices, and respect the diverse voices of others.” Flipgrid quickly found favor among educators who saw the poten- tial in the platform. Microsoft also took notice and acquired the company for an undisclosed amount of money in June of 2018. The software giant announced that Flipgrid would be free for teachers and students as part of their commitment to education. The buzz around Flipgrid continues to grow as more than 20 million teachers are now using the product. Google Classroom With Chromebooks accounting for almost 60% of the educational computer sales in the United States, Google is leading the way in the classroom. G Suite for Education is the company’s free collection of powerful, collaborative-based tools that go hand in hand with Chromebooks. The suite in- cludes applications for word processing, spreadsheets, pre- sentations, websites, email, and more. Google Classroom is the platform many teachers use to get all of those documents to their students. Classroom includes a scrolling feed, simi- lar to popular social media sites like Facebook or Instagram. When a teacher creates an assignment or posts an announce- ment, students can find it at the top of their feed. Google Classroom also connects to Google Calendar. This interaction provides students with a single view to see all of their as- signments and due dates. There are many additional features such as automatic grading and differentiation that have made Google Classroom a favorite among educators and students. 1. BE SMART 2. SAVE MONEY 3. MAKE MONEY Accepting Fall Items Back-to-School Savings! Up to 70% OFF $$ Retail Prices! $$ MOMS ’n Tots Unrivaled Maternity & Kids Consignments Since 1991 Hours: Tues, Wed, Fri, Sat 10-4, Thurs 12-8 4279 Delaware Ave., Tonawanda, NY (1/4 mile N. of I-290 across from Valu) 695-2220 www.momsntots.net Charter School of Inquiry (CSI) A Kindergarten through Grade 6 School In Summary Technology will continue to revolutionize the public education system going forward. For you to stay relevant, I believe it is essential to be aware of the applications your stu- dent may use in or out of the classroom. Understanding what, why, and how these software systems are used will allow you to better connect and communicate with your child and pos- sibly their teachers as well. Free Bus Transportation Free Extended Day Program 3:30pm to 5:20pm Mike Daugherty is a husband, father of three young children, author, speaker, Google Innovator, and possible Starbucks addict. He is a certified educational technology leader who has served in a variety of roles through his eighteen-year ca- reer in public education. Currently, Mike is the Director of Technology for the Chagrin Falls Exempted Village School district in Northeast Ohio. As an IT director he has developed creative, well thought out solutions that positively impact teaching and learning. Inclusion: Study of world cultures with focus on African and African-American history and culture Art, Music, and Physical Education for All Grades Charter School of Inquiry 404 Edison St. Buffalo, NY 14215 www.CharterSchoolOfInquiry.org 716-833-3250 Call to get more information or schedule a tour Applications are available on CSl’s Website facebook.com/charterschoolofinquiry/ September 2018 WNY Family 11