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Wednesday Web Tool: Tips to Ease Stress During EOY! Wednesday Web Tool: Tips to Ease Stress During EOY!

This time of year, it can feel like EVERYTHING is a must do. Students are not exempt from the stress of the end of the year. This week ...

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Friday G Suite Update: EOY Cleanup for Drive and Gmail! Friday G Suite Update: EOY Cleanup for Drive and Gmail!

The end of the school year is here and it is a great time for students and staff to cleanup your email and drives before you leave for ...

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Wednesday Web Tool: Tips to Ease Stress During EOY!


This time of year, it can feel like EVERYTHING is a must do. Students are not exempt from the stress of the end of the year. This week we are sharing some strategies to help calm the end of year stress felt by students and staff.

Positive Notes

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Give students sticky notes and have them write a positive affirmation for a classmate. Talk about growth mindset and discuss the efforts you have seen your students make this year.

Take a Brain Break

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Go Noodle is a great free tool that has tons of appropriate music videos with coordination activities for your students. From yoga to The Sid Shuffle, these short videos will help students take their mind off testing and get the wiggles out!


Practice Social and Emotional Skills


This article from Edutopia has some great activities to build social and emotional skills in your classroom. By building strong relationships, you are helping your students develop self and social awareness that will help them deal with stressful situations.

We hope these tips help you keep calm over the next few weeks!


Friday, May 19, 2017

Friday G Suite Update: EOY Cleanup for Drive and Gmail!


The end of the school year is here and it is a great time for students and staff to cleanup your email and drives before you leave for the summer.  Here are a few best practices and tools to help you.

Student/Staff Drives:

It is a good idea to backup all files on your school based drives before you leave for the summer. Refer to your EOY checkout sheets for your school process. 

Google Takeout:

To create an archive of all files on up to 16 different Google products including Drive and Gmail. This process is free and very simple, just follow the onscreen directions as shown below.

1. Create an archive by selecting the services you wish to archive:




2. Select your file download type and delivery method (by default all files will download as a zip file):



3. Click Create Archive, you will then see a status page with the progress of your archive:



4. Download your archive file, this will depend on the delivery method you chose. The default delivery method is via a link sent to your email. Note: You must have access to the hard drive or a large flash drive/portable hard drive to download your files as these are large files.

Here is the email I received when my archive was ready:


Your archive file will take some time to prepare depending on the amount of files in your Drive and Gmail; you will receive an email when the file is ready. Your archive file will be available for seven days.

Changing Roles?

Remember to check your Google Drive for folders or documents you own that you may no longer need and transfer them to someone who will be in your role. For example, if you are the owner of the 5th grade math folder for your PLC but you are changing grade levels next year, open the folder in Google Drive and click on the person with a + sign icon and click "advanced" and then make someone else the owner of the folder. You will still be able to access the folder but it will no longer be owned by your Google account.

Here is a short video on how to transfer ownership of files and folders on Google Drive.