Monday, July 8, 2019

Chromebook Getter - Free Replacement for Chromebook Inventory Tool

The Chromebook Inventory Tool is/was an extremely useful tool for G Suite Admins to make managing and updated their Chromebooks easier. However, it will not work after July 16th due to changes to Google's Sheets API.

I just learned about a free alternative, Chromebook Getter, that was developed for the education community as a replacement.

It performs the same basic operations as the CIT:

  • Extract Chromebook device info from Admin Console to Google Sheets (only for super admins and Chromebooks that are managed).
  • Modify data and sync back into Admin Console. 
  • Search device info easier and faster. 
  • Export your entire inventory, or just an OU of Chrome devices into a Google Sheet, including all of the following metadata: etag, Org Unit Path, Serial Number, Platform Version, Device Id, Status, Last Enrollment Time, Firmware Version, Last Sync, OS Version, Boot Mode, Annotated Location', Notes, and Annotated User
  • Device export options include the ability to filter by enrollment date (Past hour, Past day, Past week, or Between specific dates).
  • Make edits to "Annotated Location","Notes", and "Annotated User" and bulk update the devices in your Chrome console directly from this spreadsheet.

It is an Add-On for Google Sheets, easy to install and use. 

Take a look and try out Chromebook Getter.

More Google for Education Resources, tips, and information


Monday, July 1, 2019

Cyberpatriot - national youth cyber education program

CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association to inspire K-12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines critical to our nation's future. ​At the core of the program is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, the nation's largest cyber defense competition that puts high school and middle school students in charge of securing virtual networks. Other programs include AFA CyberCamps, an elementary school cyber education initiative, a children’s literature series, and CyberGenerations –a cyber safety initiative geared toward keeping senior citizens safe online.

These are excellent, free resources and more for K-12 educators and students.

​The CyberPatriot Programs are:

At the center of CyberPatriot is the National Youth Cyber Defense Competition, which puts teams of high school and middle school students in ​the position of newly hired IT professionals tasked with managing the network of a small company. Through a series of online competition ​rounds, teams are given a set of virtual operating systems and are tasked with finding and fixing cybersecurity vulnerabilities while maintaining critical services. The top teams in the nation earn all-expenses paid trips to Maryland for the National Finals Competition where they can earn national recognition and scholarship money.​​

Held during the summer months, AFA CyberCamps emphasize fun, hands-on learning of cybersecurity principles that are relevant and applicable to everyday life. Though camps, students learn the importance of cyber safety and how to protect their personal devices and information from outside threats. Standard AFA CyberCamps teach beginner students the basics of cybersecurity, while Advanced AFA CyberCamps incorporate more complex concepts geared towards students who have previously participated in a camp or in the cyber defense competition.


The CyberPatriot Elementary School Cyber Education Initiative (ESCEI) is a set of three interactive learning modules aimed at increasing the awareness of online safety and cyber​security principles for K-6 students. The modules, which are available for download at no cost, can be presented in a classroom setting or at home. Supplemental activities are also available.

The Cyber Education Literature series was launched in December 2017 with the publishing of its first book, Sarah the Cyber Hero. The book is a pre-K reader for younger children that pioneers the topic of cybersecurity to a early elementary youth. Digital​ and hard-copies of the book are available for purchase on Amazon and

CYBERGENERATIONS​CyberPatriot's newest program, CyberGenerations, the Senior Citizen's Cyber Safety Initiative, is designed to teach older individuals about password hygiene, malware and ransomware, marketing and fraud scam, and social media awareness. More importantly, CyberGenerations offers resources to victims of cyber scams. The program can be done as a self-paced guide, or it can be presented as a workshop in a group setting.


Live Total Solar Eclipse Coverage from the Exploratorium on July 2

On Tuesday, July 2, 2019, from 12:23 to 2:46 p.m. PDT, the Exploratorium, in partnership with NASA, will broadcast a total solar eclipse from the NSF’s Cerro Tololo Observatory in Chile. The broadcast will be available to downlinkonline, in the museum's award-winning eclipse app, and onsite at the Exploratorium. Visitors to the Exploratorium can enjoy programs in both English and Spanish, a data-driven sonification by composer Wayne Grim, lectures by Exploratorium staff educators, and other eclipse programming.

Exploratorium has a large variety of other resources for educators as well.

Photo of totality during a total solar eclipse—a black background and the black sphere of the moon passing in front of the sun, with a ring of light around it.

WHO:           The Exploratorium in partnership with NASA
WHAT:          Live coverage and explanation of the total solar eclipse
WHEN:         Tuesday, July 2, 2019, 12:23-2:46 p.m. PDT

Staff experts are available for interview before the eclipse.

Isabel Hawkins is an astronomer and educator with a PhD in astronomy from UCLA.  She spent 20 years as a researcher and science educator at the University of California, Berkeley, Space Sciences Laboratory, before coming to the Exploratorium. Isabel has published more than 100 articles on a variety of astronomy and education topics, and in 2009 she received the Astronomical Society of the Pacific’s Klumpke-Roberts award for her work in astronomy education and public outreach. Available for interviews in Spanish.

Ron Hipschman has hosted eclipse coverage for the Exploratorium for over twenty years. He has worked as an exhibit developer, author, teacher, and webcast host since joining the Exploratorium in 1971. He currently works on the Exploratorium’s Environmental Initiatives.

Read this advisory on our website.


NASA STEM on Station - lesson resources with the International Space Station

NASA is an amazing resource for STEM education. They have multiple sites and programs, with multimedia and lesson resources for educators.

NASA also has a speakers bureau that will provide engineers, scientists, and other professionals to speak to audiences around the country. You can also request an astronaut to come and speak to your class. It is free, but there are some conditions. It is an easy process.

A new resource that is really exciting and fun is the STEM on Station resource. This is education's connection to the International Space Station and includes lesson plans, videos and news. There are opportunities to connect with the space station and research conducted there as well as other great resources.

This is a great resource for any teacher, not just STEM.

More resources:

NASA - Find lots of great educational resources


CleverPDF - 27 Powerful and Free Online PDF Tools

PDF files are extremely useful and ubiquitous. There are ways to view them on any device and any platform. Sometimes you need to convert a PDF file to another format or you want to convert another file to a PDF file.

There are a lot of resources out there to do this. CleverPDF is one of them. CleverPDF offers 27 Powerful and Free Online PDF Tools including conversions and modifying PDF files. It is available in 20 different languages and there is a support and help page.

Here are some More Resources for working with PDF Files (lots here, plus more listed below)

Free online PDF converter - EasyPDF - secure and free


CK-12 Certified Educator Program - free resources and free PD


CK-12 is one of my favorite resources for educators. It contains a wide variety of materials, lesson plans, virtual labs, interactive lesson activities, digital-multimedia "flexbooks" and much more.

CK-12 also has a certified educator program for teachers. It is a comprehensive program with thousands of educators around the globe. They have some great free webinars coming up from July 8-19, 2019, where you can enjoy free, fun, flexible learning. There are over 30 live sessions so you can create your own learning pathway. To earn the CK-12 Certified Educator status, you need to watch 5 live webinars, watch 2 on demand sessions, and create 7 matching assignments. The program offers professional development hours, engagement with live CK-12 moderators, extensive knowledge of the CK-12 platform, and a network of educators. All free!

Take a look at CK-12 and the Certified Educator Program.

More resources on CK-12


Monday, June 17, 2019

The Ultimate Parental Guide To Protecting Your Child On The Internet

The Ultimate Parental Guide To Protecting Your Child On The Internet is a free resource I found out about this week.

It has some great tips and ideas for keeping your devices and children safe from setting limits, to parental controls, and more. It has focus points on young children and teens. 

This is a great resource for teachers to use with students and for schools to share with parents.


More Internet Safety Resources
Digital Citizenship Resources
Online Safety Resources



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