Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Touch Screen Chromebooks Are Coming . . .


Touchscreen Chromebooks are coming to a TK-2 Classroom near you.  To help your students transition from tablets to touchscreen Chromebooks, here are UPDATED directions on how to access and print Clever Badges for your students.

Here is a video showing the student login process, as well as, how to access the digital curriculum.

Monday, November 6, 2017

Google Applied Digital Skills

How do you get a classroom full of 9th graders to start collaborating and creating? 

You put a computer screen in front of them . . . right?

While I firmly believe that technology can be a transformational tool in the classroom I recognize that is not always the case.  But when technology is used to allow ALL students to access content,  differentiates to meet the diverse needs of students and allows for student voice to be heard, the results are remarkable.

This morning I had the opportunity to work with a Freshman Requirements class at Central High School West Campus.  A couple of weeks ago I was introduced the to Applied Digital Skills curriculum created by Google to help middle school through college-age students become better prepared for the technology skills required in the 21st century.  The curriculum is designed to work students through real-world applications of digital skills through the use of video tutorials and targeted activities. 

What I witnessed this morning was remarkable.  The first class of the morning, starting at 7:25, is usually a pretty quiet place.  After the first few minutes of helping students log in to their Google Classroom and navigate to the Applied Digital Skills website the excitement began.  Students worked their way through a series of introductory video tutorials demonstrating how to copy, share, collaborate and comment in a Google Doc.  What shocked me was ALL students were on task, ALL students were motivated, students were talking to their peers (even those students who told me that they "don't work in groups"), students were making APPROPRIATE comments to each other on their shared Google Docs, and the new student, who walked into class for the first time today, was already talking to his peers and part of this digital community. 

Thank you to Ms. Hope and her second block students for being my guinea pigs this morning.  I loved learning with you!

Monday, October 16, 2017

How to update your Chromebook


Drive File Stream launching, replaces Drive for PC/MAC



Google Drive for your PC is changing to Drive File Stream.  Google is integrating its system with Google Photo, which backs up (for free) and photos you have to the cloud.  You will be able to sync photos and files that are saved in ANY file of your computer to the Google Drive Cloud with the new software.  Reminders, this program is installed on your PC or MAC and syncs files that you save to your computer (My Desktop, My Documents, or any other file you choose) to the cloud.  This gives you peace of mind that your files are saved in two places, in case anything fails on your computer.  You may be getting a warning soon that the program is changing.  Please update to the new software when you have time at this link.

Tuesday, August 22, 2017

Google Updates Classroom and Forms for Back-to-School

Google Updates Classroom and Forms for Back-to-School

To prepare for the new school year, Google has made many improvements to both Google Classroom and Forms.  Teachers will have these new tools to kick off 2017-18 with Google!  Click on the image below to read the Google Blog and details about the update.

 Google Blog Updates

Monday, August 21, 2017

Getting the Most Out of ST Math: Teacher Mode

Did you know that there are many tools available for you in "Teacher Mode" in ST Math?

To access teacher mode on the student device, triple-click on the bottom right corner of the puzzle.

Teacher mode allows you to replay a student's action in their puzzle.  You have the ability to pause the replay animation to discuss steps with a struggling student.  This is a great feature to encourage dialogue about math in your classroom!

To get started using the features of teacher mode please click here and log in to ST Math to see their tutorial.

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

NEW! Teacher Account Access Page UPDATED

Over the summer there have been some exciting updates to the Teacher Account Access Page.  In an effort to simplify the login process for the various digital curriculum sites that teachers need to login to we are now using Clever!
At this point, please delete any existing bookmarks that you are using to access digital curriculum sites and begin using the new and improved Teacher Account Access Page

Clever Badges



Clever account are live for our TK-2nd grade students.  The Clever Badge (QR Code), allows students to log into Google Chromebooks without the need to type their usernames or passwords.  Teachers are able to log into Clever and print their own badges, and the badges are shared in Google Drive.  Teachers can manage badges through the year when new students arrive by just printing the single option.  The Clever badge should be kept in a secure location with the students so that other students cannot inadvertently use it.  Please click here for clever badges tutorial to use in your classroom.