Tuesday, November 15, 2011

2011 Charter School Conference Presentation

I am proud to be presenting at the Florida Charter School Conference for the second year on Monday, November 14, 2011. Along with a colleague, Nancy Walker, the Principal of Pinellas Primary Academy, we will be talking about online tools for educational leaders.  The presentation and a few essential links are listed below.


Monday, August 30, 2010

Florida Charter School Conference

Embedded below is the presentation I will be giving at the Florida Charter School Conference. 
My presentation is titled: "Google Apps for Education in Charter Schools." 

You can access the presentation directly at: https://docs.google.com/present/view?id=dhktvdvb_173cngsbrfg

Here are the links on the last page of the slide:

    Feel free to email me at cfuller@pinellasprep.org for follow-up.

    Curtis Fuller
    Pinellas Preparatory Academy

                  Friday, March 26, 2010

                  GMail Keyboard Shortcuts - Part Three

                  Today we will be again be looking at Keyboard shortcuts. Yesterday we talked about how to manipulate emails from your inbox. Today we'll be talking about how to manipulate things while you are reading your actual email message instead of from the list.

                  Actions While You Are Reading A Conversation
                  I have been using the term "Conversation" instead of "email" (or at least I'm trying to remember to do so). The reason for this is because as you've hopefully noticed by now, GMail takes emails which are similar (I believe it does so based on the subject line being the same) and groups them together... making it easy to follow a conversation happening by email (also meaning less emails listed in your inbox, which is a plus for me). When you enter a conversation, typically only the new emails will be displayed, emails which are marked as read are collapsed at the top of the conversation. The following list of shortcuts are helpful while you are inside the conversation, but before I start those, please bear in mind that most of the keystrokes listed above also work while you are in the conversation. Here are some others you may want to know:
                  • "p" - Previous email withing this conversation
                  • "n" - Next email within this conversation
                  • "o (or [Enter]) - Opens (or collapses) the selected email (watch for the triangle, and use n/p to move it up and down)
                  • "m" - Mute the current conversation (will automatically archive all future emails that would normall have gone into this conversation... great for a mailing list conversation you're not interested in)
                  • "r" - Reply to the current message (in the same window)
                  • [Shift]-"R" - Reply to the current message (in a new window)
                  • "f" - Forward the current message (in the same window)
                  • [Shift]-"F" - Forward the current message (in a new window)
                  • [Tab] then [Enter] - Send the email (after you're done composing/typing it)
                  • "[" - Removes the conversation from the current list (removes the label), and then moves you to the next (older) conversation (great for when you're trying to get through lots of conversations without having to keep going back to the conversation list)
                  • "]" - Removes the conversation from the current list (removes the label), and then moves you to the previous(newer) conversation

                    Thursday, March 25, 2010

                    GMail Keyboard Shortcuts - Part Two

                    Yesterday I shared with you some basic keyboard shortcuts to help you quickly move around:
                    • ? - Show list of shortcuts
                    • / - Jump to the search box
                    • q - Jump to the chat box
                    • c - Compose a new message
                    • [Shift]C - Compose a new message in a new window
                    • j - Move to an older conversation (down the list)
                    • k - Move to a newer conversation (up the list)
                    • [Enter] - Open the currently selected conversation
                    • u - Return to the conversation list
                    Today I am going to share a few more of the keyboard shortcuts which can help you move around efficiently within GMail. Specifically, today's video shows options for moving around and organizing your inbox. My goal is "Inbox Zero." Inbox Zero means finishing all of tasks related to the emails within your inbox, and getting them out of the inbox where you don't have to deal with them again. This was never possible for me within Outlook without hours and hours of responding, completing tasks, and filing folders away. The process was daunting for me! With GMail, I meet "Inbox Zero" about once a week, and shortcuts have been extremely helpful in meeting this goal. Here is a video highlighting today's tips:

                    Selecting and Working With Conversations From The List
                    Daily I receive numerous emails that I honestly do not need to read. They could include advertisements from stores, spam, or automatic email messages from our school's computer system. With these emails, I can quickly select, mark as unread, and archive the emails in one quick sweep. Here is how I do that.
                    • While you are on the conversation list, you can press "x" to select a conversation (it puts an x in the checkbox next to the conversation)
                    • Use "j" and "k" to move the traingle to the next conversation you want to work with and select (you can select as many emails as you would like
                    • Once you have the conversations selected, here are some keystrokes which can apply tasks to the selected messages:
                      • [Shift]-"i" - Marks the emails as READ
                      • [Shift]-"U" - Marks the conversation as UNREAD
                      • "e" - Archives the conversation (means it removes the "Inbox" tag from the conversation, if it has another tag from filters or that you've applied, the other tags stay on the conversation)
                      • "v" - Move the conversation to a label (After you press "v" you can type in the label you want to apply... GMail will apply the label and remove it from the inbox)
                      • [Shift]-"T" - Add the conversations to a Task within your task list (then you can move it out of your inbox, and later, when you open the task, the conversation is linked to the task for easy reference later
                      • "s" - Star a conversation (you can use this to prioritize specific conversations)
                      • "#" - Deletes the selected conversations (moves them to Trash)kj
                      • "." (period) - Opens the "More Actions" menu for the selected conversations

                      Wednesday, March 24, 2010

                      GMail Keyboard Shortcuts - Part One

                      One of my favorite parts of GMail are the keyboard shortcuts. Granted, I am quicker on the keyboard than most, I'm thinking that even for people who type slower than 100wpm will find keyboard shortcuts a huge time saver. Over the next few blog posts I'm going to share videos demonstrating the power of keybaord shortcuts for moving around and reading emails. Today I'm going to show you how to use some of the application shortcuts and some of the basics of moving around the inbox, tomorrow I'll focus more on moving around your email and organizing your inbox, and then the next day I'll talk about how to get to others parts of your GMail with keyboard shortcuts. Before I get started on the various shortcuts, I wanted to remind you that the shortcuts are case sensitive, so please be sure you pay attention to upper and lower cases in the shortcuts. As always, I'll start with a video for you visual learners:

                      First, if you haven't already done so, make sure you enable keyboard shortcuts in GMail:
                      • Click on Settings
                      • In the General tab, the third option is "Keyboard Shortcuts" ... make sure to select "Keyboard shortcuts on"
                      • Scroll to the bottom and click "Save Changes"
                      • After changing your settings you may need to reload GMail (Press: [F5], or hit the Reload button on your browser)

                      Find a list of shortcuts
                      • From your inbox just press "?" (Question mark)
                      • A list of all available shortcuts appears on your screen
                      • From this screen on the top left you can open the list in a separate window if you want to print it out or keep it handy.
                      • Pressing any key will make the box go away.

                      Search without the Mouse
                      • Just press "/" to move your curser to the search box.
                      • Type in your search and press enter.
                      • When the search is returned you will be back in the list for navigation.

                      Jump to Chat Windows
                      • Press "q" to juump tp the chat window
                      • Type in the name of the person you want to chat with.

                      Start A New Email
                      • Starting a new email in GMail is called "Compose Mail" to do so, just press the "c"
                      • A new email message will be started in your current window
                      • If you would like to start a new email in a separate window just make a capital "C" (Shift-C)

                      Moving Up and Down The Message List
                      • Pay attention to the little black triangle to the left of the emails (►)... this arrow shows you which email is currently selected
                      • "k" and "j" are the letters you need to remember to move up and down your email list
                      • "j"-moves to older conversations, or down the list
                      • "k"-moves to newer conversations, or up the list)
                      • [Enter] will open the conversation you currently have selected
                      • "u" will return you to your list of emails

                      Tuesday, March 23, 2010

                      GMail Settings (Part 5): Labs

                      Google is always experimenting with new ideas and programs. One of the best ways to find some of the new things they have come up with is by clicking on "Settings" and then going to "Labs." The video below will highlight six of my favorite lab options:

                      (Sorry for the bird screaming in the background of this video).

                      If you find a lab you would like to try, just click the "Enable" button and save your settings. You will need to refresh your screen or close your browser and reopen it before the extra features will work. Here are the six favorite highlighted in the video:

                      • Google Docs Preview in Mail: Will allow you to open Google Docs more quickly to see what they have.
                      • Canned Responses: If you have emails that you write repeatedly, this will help you do it more quickly.
                      • Hide Read Labels: Those labels that have no unread emails will not show up on the left hand column of your GMail home screen (they will be found under "More."
                      • Inserting Images: Allows you to embed images into your outgoing emails.
                      • Google Calednar Gadget: Let's you see your calendar on your GMail home screen.
                      • Mail Goggles: Fun tool that allows you to set a time when you shouldn't be sending emails, and then when you try to send an email during that time frame, it forces you to correctly answer the math questions before the email will be sent - prevents you from sending emails when you're not in a fully conscious state of mind.

                      Monday, March 22, 2010

                      GMail Settings (Part 4): Forwarding, Chat, Web Clips and Themes

                      GMail is very customizable, and you can set it up to operate in a way that best helps you communicate! Today's video talks a little about how to setup your email to forward to another account (and how you can download your email with an external client if you wanted), where you can find "Chat" settings, and how to change the way GMail looks.

                      Play around in the settings for yourself and personalize your GMail account to look and behave the way you want it to!