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Smart Series | Digital Learning Now

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"Long-time education advocate and investor, Tom VanderArk's team at the GettingSmart blog have been working hard with Digital Learning Now! to release one white paper a month on the intersection of Common Core and digital learning. This month's package: a version 1.0 of their Blended Learning Implementation Guide. Check it out; they're eager for your feedback and updates! (An updated version of this report will be out in a few months). Best of all, of course: the (free) infographic!"

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Attended a great Blended Learning Conference in Alban, NY this past week.  Blended learning turns traditional teaching on it's head.  You have to develop a plan that fits for your district or workplace environment though.

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Introducing this work

Introducing this work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

For the purposes of this site, the history of human interaction with information may be divided into 4 eras. The first (spoken) era ended with the invention of writing around 3000-4000 BC. The second era ended with the invention of the printing press in 1440. The third era ended, and the fourth began, with the invention of the Internet (depending how one defines its operational beginning) somewhere between 1969 and 1982. We now exist early, but decidedly, in the fourth era.

 

All readers may not agree with this interpretation of the history of information, especially with the division and numbering of the eras. That is not the main point. Rather, it is that humankind presently exists in an era distinctly different from the one that preceded it -- that in fact, this new era is accompanied with, and characterized by, a new - and quite different - information landscape. This new Internet information landscape will challenge, disrupt, and overpower the print-oriented one that came before it. It will not completely obliterate that which preceded it, but it will render it to a subsidiary, rather than primary, level of influence.

 

Just as the printing press altered humanity's relationship with information, thereby resulting in massive restructuring of political, religious, economic, social, educational, cultural, scientific, and other realms of life; so too will the advance of digital technology occasion analogous transformations in the corresponding universe of present and future human activity.

 

This site will concern itself primarily with how K-20 education in the US, and the people who comprise its constituencies, may be affected by this transformative movement from one era to the next. All ideas considered here appear, to me at least, to impact the learning enterprise in some way. Accordingly, this work looks at the present and the future through a lens that is predominantly, but far from entirely, a digital one. -JL

 

Opinions expressed, scooped, or copied in this Scoop.it topic are my own, or a result of my own judgment, and should in no way be understood to reflect those of my employer.

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Margaret Waage's comment, June 20, 2013 7:43 AM
Jim - I like your perspective. Great subject matter here!
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Beautiful!

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Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis - The New York Times

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The answer to the disparity in death rates has everything to do with the lived experience of being a black woman in America.
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Combining Opportunity and Obligation to Overcome Multiple Student Barriers in College

Combining Opportunity and Obligation to Overcome Multiple Student Barriers in College | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
MDRC has evaluated many programs for students in development education. These programs include learning communities, in which groups of students assigned to developmental education are placed together in two or more courses with aligned content and extra support; financial incentives tied to completing developmental courses and meeting with tutors; reforms that seek to accelerate students through developmental education; instructional changes to the way developmental courses are taught; prematriculation programs that seek to improve students’ skills before they enroll in college; and comprehensive programs that combine various strategies. When we look across these studies, we find that most short-term programs produce modest, short-term results. When several programmatic features are combined into an integrated strategy, though, and when students experience them semester after semester, the total effect can be dramatic. The most effective program we’ve studied is the Accelerated Study in Associate Programs, known as ASAP, a three-year community college program that was designed, developed, and implemented by the City University of New York (CUNY).

 

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A brief document that describes successful strategies for  increasing student retention and graduation of low-income students in college.

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Robot-Enhanced Creative Writing and Storytelling (featuring Ozobot and Wonder’s Dot)

Robot-Enhanced Creative Writing and Storytelling (featuring Ozobot and Wonder’s Dot) | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
There have been complaints leveraged against out of the box robots like Dash and Dot, Ozobot, Hummingbird, Sphero. The complaints usually revolve around the canned and prescriptive nature of their uses and programs, that they lack creative engagement by the younger users. I personally love the excitement my learners have using these robots. As with…

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Albemarle Tech: Center for Creativity and Invention :: New HS Opening in August 2018

Albemarle Tech: Center for Creativity and Invention :: New HS Opening in August 2018 | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Albemarle Tech: The Center for Creativity and Invention is a new ACPS high school experience designed to offer students an alternative style of learning in a place where they are supported and where they can succeed.

Designed using the best contemporary research on education, Albemarle Tech will remove several potential barriers to learning: such as time constraints, environmental limitations, and curricular restrictions. In addition, with a location embedded in the Albemarle County world of innovative businesses, ATech will allow students to fully engage their world. Removing these barriers allows students to discover an extensive education made possible by a grassroots connection to the community through technological problem-solving and maker-infused learning.

Albemarle Tech will accept high school seniors in the first year, expanding to other grades for the 2019-2020 school year.

Operating in ways that will maximize student achievement - both in present day academic pursuits and lifelong experiences - Albemarle Tech is a full time experience without learning time limitations, curricular divisions, or traditional grading practices. Students will have the opportunity to imagine, design, collaborate, and complete projects both within their own school community but also with community partners through internship opportunities. These experiences will meet the needs of each individual student, and by writing their own learning contract with support and guidance of educators, students will declare their goals, decide what they want to do, and even how many credits they should earn. When complete, students will report to the school community on their accomplishments.
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Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility - The New York Times

Georgia State, Leading U.S. in Black Graduates, Is Engine of Social Mobility - The New York Times | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"For decades, Georgia State was downtown Atlanta’s rather unremarkable commuter school, founded “as a night school for white businessmen,” as the college’s spokeswoman, Andrea Jones, says, and kept racially segregated until the 1960s.

"But the college has been reimagined — amid a moral awakening and a raft of data-driven experimentation — as one of the South’s more innovative engines of social mobility.

"By focusing on retaining low-income students, rather than just enrolling them, the college raised its graduation rate to 54 percent in 2017 from 32 percent in 2003. And for the last five years, it has awarded more bachelor’s degrees to African-Americans like Ms. Jones than any other nonprofit college or university in the country.

"That record is a bright spot for a state that ranks among the 10 worst for graduating black males from high school, according to a 2015 report by the Schott Foundation for Public Education. It has also changed the educational landscape in Atlanta, home to some of the nation’s most renowned historically black colleges. They came into being because the State of Georgia used to reject or neglect black students seeking a college degree. But now a state-funded college is serving as an inspiration for them.

"Obie Clayton, a sociologist at Clark Atlanta University, a historically black college with a history that dates to the 1860s, said his administration has been borrowing elements of Georgia State’s undergraduate advising program, which monitors the daily progress of more than 40,000 undergraduates, uses data analysis to predict potential academic problems, and encourages advisers to swoop into students’ lives at the first sign of trouble.

"The innovations have attracted visitors from hundreds of colleges eager to replicate the school’s successes. They have come from the Netherlands, from South Africa, and from across town. “I think everyone in higher education is paying attention” to Georgia State, Dr. Clayton said. “Especially at Clark Atlanta.”

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The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation And Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Launch A Joint Venture To Improve Education 

The Bill And Melinda Gates Foundation And Chan Zuckerberg Initiative Launch A Joint Venture To Improve Education  | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"There’s a large chasm in the American education system between the research level and the classroom. While innovative studies are happening in universities and research facilities, very little of it trickles down to the school level.

The reasons for this disconnect are multiple, but much of it could be improved by more school funding and teacher training while updating learning materials and in-class technology. Every year that education fails to evolve, another class of students matriculate into an ever-changing economy where skills set from the previous decade are in danger of becoming obsolete.

To help bridge this gap, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Chan Zuckerberg Initiative have come together for a new project."

 

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Oh no, instead of pursuing separate paths to confuse, distort, and divert education from doing a better job, this time Zuckerberg, Chan, and Gates (ZC&G) are joining forces! Haven't they learned anything from the debacles they have foisted on poor and minority kids, now entering a second generation? There ought to be a law against ZC&G further intruding into a field of endeavor for which they have repeatedly demonstrated their lack of competence, judgment, or understanding.

 

Just because ZC&G are fabulously wealthy does not mean they know better when it comes to teaching and learning. Every few years, they flit from one failed lab experiment on poor and minority kids to another. If, as ZC&G say, education is failing "to evolve" perhaps someone should point out that their nearly quarter century of involvement has contributed to that failure rather than reverse it. ZC&G's human experiments should be required to be approved by an Institutional Review Board that has parents on it and has not been blinded by their shiny billions.

 

Furthermore, ZC&G should be held accountable for their failures, just as they say educators should. ZC&G advocate loss of jobs for failing educators and closure for failing schools. ZC&G's intentions might be commendable. However, their continued failures might cause some to consider whether ZC&G should be charged with conspiracy to perform educational malpractice on our most vulnerable populations -- the young, the poor, and the people of color. 

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5 Space Companies Zeroing in on First Launch of Tourists Into Orbit and Beyond

5 Space Companies Zeroing in on First Launch of Tourists Into Orbit and Beyond | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
It won’t be cheap, but your holiday plans could include a trip to the edge of Earth’s atmosphere or beyond—before the end of this year. Several space tourism companies are zeroing in on their first launch.

Bob Smith, CEO of Jeff Bezos’ Blue Origin, told CNBC: “We think we still have that possibility of getting that done this year.”

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson shared similar sentiments, revealing that the thing he was most excited about in 2018 was “hopefully going into space,” presumably in one of his own company’s ships. The news follows a recently restarted series of test flights after a tragic test flight crash in 2014.

The two billionaires are far from the only people pushing the prospect of space tourism having a breakout 2018. Nor are their companies the only ones on the brink of letting you spend a holiday in space.

Astrium, Boeing, Bigelow Aerospace, Excalibur Almaz, SpaceX, Space Adventures, Space Island Group, and Zero2Infinity have been working on similar solutions. So, strap yourself in and peruse five of the ways in which you could soon be heading heavenward.
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Earth's sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian

Earth's sixth mass extinction event under way, scientists warn | Environment | The Guardian | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
A “biological annihilation” of wildlife in recent decades means a sixth mass extinction in Earth’s history is under way and is more severe than previously feared, according to research.

Scientists analysed both common and rare species and found billions of regional or local populations have been lost. They blame human overpopulation and overconsumption for the crisis and warn that it threatens the survival of human civilisation, with just a short window of time in which to act.

The study, published in the peer-reviewed journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, eschews the normally sober tone of scientific papers and calls the massive loss of wildlife a “biological annihilation” that represents a “frightening assault on the foundations of human civilisation”.

Prof Gerardo Ceballos, at the Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México, who led the work, said: “The situation has become so bad it would not be ethical not to use strong language.”
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Ohio State, Apple expand initiative to create first 'Digital Flagship University'

Ohio State, Apple expand initiative to create first 'Digital Flagship University' | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Since Ohio State University joined with Apple last fall in a first-of-its-kind partnership to support digital learning through Apple's iOS technology, it has worked out the kinks of its Digital Flagship University initiative and is prepared to expand the program to all of Ohio State's 10,700 first-year students.

"The partnership, which began piloting iPad courses in January, will eventually see Apple contributing expertise to the university with the hope of elevating student and faculty skills in app development, coding and access to educational technology, said Corey Tressler, the associate director of learning programs for the university.

"Roughly 130 students participated in iPad courses during the spring semester, Tressler said. In the fall, all 10,700 students across six campuses in Ohio State's incoming freshman class will receive the devices — a large undertaking, he said, and one that requires extensive training and orientation for students and teachers alike. The university is paying for the iPads."

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New Survey Details How Teachers Use Their Own Money to Fill in Equity Gaps - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher

New Survey Details How Teachers Use Their Own Money to Fill in Equity Gaps - Teaching Now - Education Week Teacher | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
On average in the past year, teachers who were surveyed spent $530 of their own money on classroom items. Teachers in high-poverty schools spent nearly 40 percent more—an average of $672. 

As the chart shows, 70 percent of responding teachers said they purchased food and snacks for their children. Sixty-five percent purchased cleaning supplies. And 26 percent of teachers who were surveyed said they bought clothing for their students. 

Principals also used their own money—an average of $683 over the past year—to pay for classroom or student supplies, and for principals in high-poverty schools, that figure increased to $1,014. Seventy-nine percent of principals purchased food and snacks for students. 
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An Educator’s Guide to Augment Learning with Merge Cube | The Janus Group

An Educator’s Guide to Augment Learning with Merge Cube | The Janus Group | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Along with Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality is quickly becoming popular in the classroom. One of the most popular AR experiences right now is the Merge Cube. With a recent hot dollar deal on the Merge Cube at local Walmarts, many teachers caught the craze and bought out entire stocks of this amazing AR tool! But now what? What do you do with all those Merge Cubes in your possession and how can they be useful in the classroom? Let’s dig a little deeper and find out!
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Along with Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality is quickly becoming popular in the classroom. One of the most popular AR experiences right now is the Merge Cube. With a recent hot dollar deal on the Merge Cube at local Walmarts, many teachers caught the craze and bought out entire stocks of this amazing AR tool! But now what? What do you do with all those Merge Cubes in your possession and how can they be useful in the classroom? Let’s dig a little deeper and find out!
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What to Do on Lame Duck School Days :: Jennifer Gonzalez

What to Do on Lame Duck School Days :: Jennifer Gonzalez | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

The term “lame duck” is most often used to describe a president who is still sitting in office after his or her successor has been elected. Technically this person is still the president, but his or her decision-making power is generally perceived to be minimal.

We have something like that in school: those days when technically we’re still in school, but because it’s right before vacation, the end of the school year is near, or we’re in the middle of standardized testing, those class hours don’t have the same instructional potential as your average school day. In some cases, like on standardized test days in certain districts, teachers are explicitly told they CAN’T plan regular instruction. On these Lame Duck days, it’s hard to figure out what we can do to still provide valuable learning experiences for our students.

Sometimes instead of days, we have small bursts of Lame Duck time: The leftover 15 minutes after the fire drill, when you know you don’t have enough time to actually finish the lesson you were teaching, but you don’t want to just let them sit there. We often call the activities we need for these times “sponge activities.” Regardless of what you call it or how much you need, we all have those times when students are right in front of us but the regularly scheduled programming just isn’t going to work.

What then?

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5 Ways to Finish Out The School Year Strong –

5 Ways to Finish Out The School Year Strong – | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The end of the school year can be an emotional time for teachers, students, and administrators. All parties are tired, but hopefully satisfied with the progress made during the past nine months. While it would be easy to coast through the last few weeks of instruction, it is best for all to push through and to finish out strong. Every day counts. Every day is another opportunity to to engage, connect, and inspire.

Here are 5 ways to finish out the school year strong.
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Nudges, Norms, and New Solutions

Nudges, Norms, and New Solutions | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Get free one-on-one support from a behavioral scientist and create a customized, light touch nudge strategy to get your students to and through college.
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David W. Deeds's curator insight, May 19, 12:35 AM

This is interesting. Thanks to Jim Lerman. 

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Deep Learning and Well-Being - Levelling the Playing Field for all Children - Dr. Clinton via The Learning Exchange

Deep Learning and Well-Being - Levelling the Playing Field for all Children - Dr. Clinton via The Learning Exchange | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
I was honoured with an invitation to speak at Michael Fullan’s conference on New Pedagogie

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If You Really Want to Change School, You Need to Change the Lens

If You Really Want to Change School, You Need to Change the Lens | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The lenses through which we see our work as educators have to change, away from what's easy and efficient and, instead, toward what makes common sense for kids and teachers and parents. We have to deepen our understanding and our commitment to how learning really happens in our kids and in ourselves.

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A technical primer on blockchain

A technical primer on blockchain | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
BLOCKCHAIN, in many ways, appears to signify the dawn of a new era as it relates to the way we store and exchange value. In fact, it can be considered one of the biggest technology breakthroughs in recent history, similar to the advent of the Internet in the early 1990s. At that time, the Internet provided a new and more sophisticated way to search and share information, a way that was much more efficient and transparent.

Today, blockchain presents a similar value proposition and provides a way to transact in a secure, immutable, transparent, and auditable way. However, the understanding of the technology varies widely in terms of its potential and applicability. Through this primer, we aim to demystify blockchain and share our assessment of the current and future landscape, key drivers and impediments, potential applications, and considerations for companies.

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David Hain's curator insight, April 27, 4:09 AM

Seems like blockchain is here to stay and will have significant impact on future business. This is the best explanation I've seen yet about why and how. 

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How To Communicate With People Who Disagree With You

How To Communicate With People Who Disagree With You | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"We’ve all been there: those times you need to argue your point of view to someone who you know disagrees with you. You immediately go to your keyboard and start to type out that 280-character tweet, the Facebook reply, or a paragraphs-long email. Surely the reason, logic, and sheer power of your written words will convince whoever it is who disagrees with you to see your point of view? But new research suggests these written arguments may not be the best approach."


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The Learning Factor's curator insight, May 10, 1:43 AM

Research suggests oral, not written, communication works best.

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...written arguments may not be the best approach.
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From Drone Swarms to Tree Batteries, New Tech Is Revolutionizing Ecology and Conservation

From Drone Swarms to Tree Batteries, New Tech Is Revolutionizing Ecology and Conservation | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Understanding Earth’s species and ecosystems is a monumentally challenging scientific pursuit. But with the planet in the grip of its sixth mass extinction event, it has never been a more pressing priority.

To unlock nature’s secrets, ecologists turn to a variety of scientific instruments and tools. Sometimes we even repurpose household items, with eyebrow-raising results—whether it’s using a tea strainer to house ants, or tackling botfly larvae with a well-aimed dab of nail polish.

But there are many more high-tech options becoming available for studying the natural world. In fact, ecology is on the cusp of a revolution, with new and emerging technologies opening up new possibilities for insights into nature and applications for conserving biodiversity.

Our study, published in the journal Ecosphere, tracks the progress of this technological development. Here we highlight a few examples of these exciting advances.
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Ted Dintersmith brought blunt conversation about education innovation — and words of praise — to Pittsburgh

Ted Dintersmith brought blunt conversation about education innovation — and words of praise — to Pittsburgh | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"Dintersmith, a former venture capitalist from Virginia, spent one full school year traveling around the U.S., stopping at more than 200 schools in all 50 states. He visited rural schools in North Dakota, tribal schools in Alaska, an impoverished high school in Newark, N.J., and so many others, talking at length with students, parents, teachers and administrators.

"Along the way, he saw too many outdated classrooms and too much test-focused teaching, but Dintersmith was also encouraged to find creative educators really engaging and inspiring their students through project-based, relevant assignments. Their work and the impact they’re having on students is proof that new approaches can and will succeed if only school districts will embrace them.

“Kids are trusting us to give them school experiences that will open life’s doors for them,” Dintersmith said during a Q+ A interview with NEXTpittsburgh’s founder and publisher Tracy Certo. “I feel like too often we’re putting them into situations where we’re not opening those doors.”

"In his book “What School Could Be: Insights and Inspirations from Teachers Across America” (Princeton Press), Dintersmith writes that students thrive in environments where four principles — purpose, essentials, agency and knowledge (PEAK) — are emphasized."

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Newest Existential Threat to Oakland’s Public Schools

Newest Existential Threat to Oakland’s Public Schools | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

"A “Systems of Schools” plan has been introduced by the destroy public education (DPE) forces in Oakland, California. The plan basically posits that with 30 percent of students in charter schools, the system has become inefficient. Therefore, the school board needs to review resources and close schools in areas with too many seats and overlapping programs.

However, since Oakland’s school board has no authority over charter schools it is only public schools that can be closed or downsized unless charter schools voluntarily cooperate."

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Digital Tools Will Not Magically Transform Your School; You Must Do the Work

Digital Tools Will Not Magically Transform Your School; You Must Do the Work | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
The field of educational technology is something like the Wild West: there is great promise, enormous opportunity, and a lot of chaos. The bottom line is that edtech will not work magic. There are three main reasons for this.

The actual data on student outcomes for tech-infused instructional approaches is somewhat disappointing. In many cases, the returns on edtech are minimal—or even negative. This perhaps seems shocking on its face, but a deeper dive into the research suggests some reasons for this. One reason is that lower-order thinking skills are the easiest to present and assess in an edtech context, so those are often the items that are focused on.
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Google Sheets: Add Page Breaks :: Alice Keeler

Google Sheets: Add Page Breaks :: Alice Keeler | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it
Need to print a Google Sheets spreadsheet? Now you can custom set your page breaks. Here is a spreadsheet for you to try it out on!

 

Outstanding directions how. -JL

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