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Making lists and checking them twice

At this time of year we're making lists (and checking them twice) in both our personal and professional lives: things we need to do at work before the end of the term, presents we still need to buy or shopping lists for the festive period - and the lists go on...

So we thought it a good time to revisit our posts on Google Keep. Keep is a fantastic note-making app (along the same lines as Sticky Notes, Evernote etc) which you can add lists, photos and handwritten annotations to - and then in true Google style, whichever device or computer you are using, you have access to all of them. So making a shopping list in your lunch hour at work means it comes with you to Tesco in the evening. Making a to-do list for the last few days of term whilst sitting in front of the tv means you can log in to your PC tomorrow and have the list in front of you. Really handy, and so simple to use.

It's incredibly simple but can also be supercharged - Docs and Slides now have a 'Keep Notepad'…

School closures not as they used to be

The 'Snow Bomb' that hit over the weekend has led to school closures in some areas today. 
Thankfully, with the way we work and teach these days, coupled with the way pupils learn, it doesn't necessarily have to mean a wasted day.
Our eBook library at books.dret.cloud has already seen a spike in hits this morning. Stuck knowing what to read? Why not check our recommended reading lists at reading.dret.cloud.
With tools such as Google Classroom being used widely across the Trust, teachers can stay in touch with their students remotely as required - either using it as a message board, or setting work, directing students to websites or eBooks, or other general updates that don't need face to face interaction.
With such a widespread geography of schools, we have been keen on video conferencing for ages - but on days like today, these tools really come into their own. We love Appear.in and Google Meet for meeting online, and I for one plan on using it lots today with colleag…