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My name is Chris Malanga and I work at Northern Buckeye Education Council/NWOCA as an Educational Integration Specialist. I have been working in the field of educational technology and professional development for the past six years. I love working with teachers, administrators and students as we implement technology in our schools.

I plan on updating this site regularly with news and information about NWOCA, our trainings, and other interesting items about the world of education

If you need assistance, don’t hesitate to contact me, or schedule some time for a virtual or in-person meeting.

Add a “Parent Corner” to Google Classroom Assignments

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Today’s tip comes from the amazing Alice Keeler… and as a parent, I think it’s a fabulous idea. Alice’s idea takes advantage of Google Classroom’s Guardian Summary emails that are auto-generated and emailed to parents. Guardian summaries are a great way to share what’s going on in your classroom without giving parents direct access into your […]

Build a Digital Escape Room with Flippity

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Escape rooms are all the rage! There’s just something awesome about being locked in a room and having to solve puzzles to escape. Escape rooms really require extensive use of the 4C’s – Critical thinking, Communication, Collaboration, and Creativity. But how do you replicate this experience in your Classroom? Well, BreakoutEDU is a company that […]

A (Dot) New Way to Google

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There are several ways to create a new Google file. You can do it using the plus sign in Google Drive… or start a new document from a current one using the File menu… or go to docs.google.com/create. Now there is a super easy way to start a new Google file… and it’s (dot) new! […]

To-do is back in Google Classroom!

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Guess what’s back? Back again. To-do’s back. Tell a friend. (with apologies to Eminem) One not-so-good thing about the new Google Classroom is that you can’t see if students have submitted work unless you click on the assignment on the Classwork page. One of the most requested features was that the To-Do list be brought […]

Develop Your Personal Learning Network

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Every educator should have a PLN – that’s a Personal Learning Network. Each person should develop their own network of leaders, educators, and resources to assist you with questions, ideas, and support. In this Tip, I am going to share with you some ways to develop your own PLN. A PLN doesn’t have to be […]

Split Text to Columns Easily

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Sometimes the simplest features can be the lifesavers! Today’s tip is no different. Have you ever had a list of names or other data that need split? In my example, I have a roster of students’ full names. This is not ideal, because I’d like to have them split by first and last so I […]

Google Classroom is getting even better!

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Late this summer, Google Classroom entered a public beta phase with a bunch of new changes. Last week, these changes went live to everyone. There are some major workflow changes that will occur as part of the new Google Classroom. This tech tip (which is longer than many of the others we will do) will […]

Join us for FREE PD at the NWOCA Road Shows this August!

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We hope that your summer is going well and that it’s been relaxing and refreshing! We know… we said this blog would be on hiatus for the summer. BUT, we wanted to pop into your break quickly to invite you to a FREE professional development opportunity happening in August in Bryan and Bucyrus. It’s the […]

Presentations from #CREATECon18

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I had the pleasure of presenting at Anthony Wayne Schools’ 2018 CREATE! Conference today.

If you missed my sessions or just need the materials, you may access them below.

Thanks to Chris Hamady and all the staff at AW, along with Allison Goedde from BGSU for a wonderful conference. I look forward to the 2019 edition.

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