Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits September 19, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
September 17, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: How to Cite Sources in Google Docs

There are a few ways to cite sources in Google Docs. See Ms. Vetter's Blog from September 12, 2017 to see how upload the MLA template in Google Docs (from last week).
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  1. Cite as Footnote: Use the “Explore Tab” in Google Docs, and search for the source online (using Explore). If you move the mouse over to the corner of the article you will see a quotation mark (“ ). Click on the “ and it will insert a # into your text and put the footnote at the bottom of the page.

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  1. 2. EasyBib Add-On: Go to “Add-ons”, then “Get Add-ons” and search Easybib or click HERE. Once you add the extension, go into a Google Doc,  Choose “Add-ons”, “EasyBib”, then “manage bibliography”. You can choose MLA or APA format.

Here is a short video explanation:

Tuesday, September 12, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits September 12, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
September 12, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: 1:1 Resources for Teachers

Wow! It has been a VERY busy start to the school year! Thank you for being patient with the Tech Tidbits and all of the technology changes. Just a quick update on the Technology changes for this year...

  • Uniflow Printing (and new printers in commons)
  • Upgrade to  PowerTeacher Pro 11 (Students can now see their grades on the website! Carrie is working on the Semester issue (not broken into quarters).
  • New Hardware (SSD Drive and more RAM) in the teacher laptops
  • Booked Scheduler- All day reservations (for mobile labs!)- (Teachers, please share the carts and know that chromebooks are coming on Thursday to freshman!)
  • Over 400 chromebooks getting ready to be deployed to the Freshman class on Thursday during period 6 (current plan is to call down students by common areas during the period)!
    • The Freshman that have signed both 1:1 forms, and their student ID, will be able to pick up their chromebooks during period 6 on Thursday.
1:1 Chromebooks: Freshman chromebooks are coming this week!
You can visit the 1:1 Chromebook Website here!
A few reminders for keeping the chromebook expectations consistent:
  • Students are expected to bring their chromebooks home everyday to CHARGE them at night! Students will not be allowed to charge chromebooks during the school day.
  • Teachers should establish a system of communicating appropriate times to use the chromebooks in the classroom. Terminology such as “Lids UP!” or “Lids Down” can be used, for example. You could also use a RED circle to indicate no chromebooks today, or a GREEN Circle for Chromebook usage that day. Making a routine of expectations will help students stay on track in the classroom!
  • If a student forgets their chromebook at home, they will need to work with paper or pencil that day (or teacher's discretion to have them use the classroom desktop).
  • If a student has a broken chromebook, they will need to fill out THIS google form, print it, and bring it to Ms. Vetter in the Library. Ms. Vetter will have loaner chromebooks for the student to sign out if necessary.
I will be sharing resources throughout the year for teachers that are geared toward success in the 1:1 classroom. Here is one to get you started!
Here is how some of our teachers are integrating technology at EHS!  Please feel free to add to the list!

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits June 20, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
June 20, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: Google TakeOut

This is the LAST Tuesday Tech Tidbits of the 2016-2017 school year! Can you believe it?

If you are leaving the school district, or know of students leaving (moving or seniors), this is a great way to move your Google Drive files from SAU16.org to your personal Gmail account.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits June 13, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
June 13, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: Clean up your Gmail Inbox

There are a few ways to clean up your Gmail inbox to prepare for summer vacation!
  • Search for email that is older than a certain date (say 6 months for example). You can use the arrow next to the search box at the top of Gmail and you will see the image to the left.Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 7.26.30 AM.png
  • Create folders to organize important emails and delete the ones you do not need. To create a folder, on the left menu of Gmail (under categories) choose “Create New Label”.
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Here is video tutorial that explains how select files to put in folders then delete the rest of the existing emails (even if there are multiple pages or thousands of emails!).
Backup your computer files for Re-Imaging:
To prepare your computer to be re-imaged, please backup your data! (You can use an external hard drive, thumb drive, or cloud storage (such as Google Drive or Dropbox).
Places to back-up...
  • Desktop
  • Home Folder Screen Shot 2017-06-13 at 8.34.12 AM.png(Home is only stored on the computer)
  • Downloads folder (many times you do not need these files, but look there just in case).
 The network folder IS BACKED UP! It looks like this…
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It is the SAME as what you see when you open this...
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 Google Drive files ARE SAFE (cloud storage). All of your Google Bookmarks are SAFE (as long as you are logged into Google Chrome when you save them).

*If you need assistance, please see Sandy Blanc

Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits June 5, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
June 06, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: End-of-Year Google Classroom Clean-up

I would like to share this article by Eric Curtis called “End-of-Year Google Classroom Clean-Up”. This article highlights the below six steps to help you clean up your Google Classroom and prepare for next year.
  1. Return Student Work (in Classroom)
  2. Un-enroll Students
  3. Archive (this works well if you choose to not “un-enroll”)
  4. Remove old classroom calendars
  5. Move old class folders in Drive
  6. Remove class “shared with me” files
Here is a tutorial I created to show how to archive your classes in Google Classroom.

How can I use this in my class?

It is important to keep Google Classroom Organized for your students (and for yourself!). If you follow the suggestions above then students will be able to still access their work and you will be able to access pre-existing assignments.

Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits May 30, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
May 30, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: Changing Permissions in Team Drives and Read & Write for Google

Changing Permissions in Team Drives

A few weeks ago, some of you may have set up a department “Team Drive”. Recently, I went into my Team Drive to change permissions and noticed that it looks a bit different than permissions in a Google Doc through Drive. Please watch the below tutorial to see how to change permissions in Team Drives.

Read & Write for Google

Read & Write for Google is a great Chrome extension for students that may need a little help with typing, writing, or spelling. Read & Write for Google has some great futures for use in Google Docs such as;
  • Speech to Text
  • Word Prediction
  • Highlighting
  • Reading text (and highlighting it simultaneously)
  • Text to Pictures

How can I use this in my class?

Read & Write for Google is used as assistive technology in classes. This tool can help struggling writers gain confidence and push through written assignments. Students can get helpful hints with spelling through word prediction tools, and hear the text being read to them if they have difficulty reading.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits May 23, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
May 23, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: Screencast-O-Matic and Explain Everything!

What is screencasting?
   A screencast is recording the computer screen and adding narration. Screencasting is how I create the tutorials for technology! My favorite screencasting tools are Screencast-O-Matic (There is a free version, which should be just fine, or an upgraded “pro” version for $15/year. I do have the upgraded version ) and Explain Everything (preferably used on an iPad or touch Chromebook)! Screencast-O-Matic is NOT supported by iPad. You can use it on a PC or Mac!

Explain Everything is a fantastic tool for creating flipped lessons! Essentially Explain Everything is a multi-media screencasting and whiteboard tool used to create videos. Different from Screencast-O-Matic, you can upload images, handwrite (easier on the iPad), voiceover, add text, animate, insert images, and much more!

How can I use this in my class?

You can use a screencast to:
  • Flip your classroom
  • Double yourself to monitor student behavior (by playing your lesson while moving around your class and having proximity to students that may need a bit more support)
  • Create a review for a homework assignment
  • Make sub plans!
  • Demo a process to parents (such as the method you teach a math problem for example)
  • Peer tutoring (students that understand can make a screencast for other students)
  • Student Projects (have students make their own!)

Added Benefits(from this article)
In addition to what is essentially added class time, screencasting comes with a host of other advantages:

  • Students can watch the video as many times as they need to, in order to better understand complex concepts.
  • During the independent practice time of class, when it often seems that all of your students need you at once, students can be encouraged to access the screencast again on a class computer to review segments of it before asking for one-on-one help.
  • Students are getting the direct instruction (when you’re most likely to lose them) one-on-one at home, plugged into a computer, without as many distractions.
  • Since students are working on independent practice in class, the teacher can catch misconceptions early and offer interventions.
  • Students spend more collective time on independent practice — where they learn more, and where they’re practicing skills necessary for standardized tests.
  • Students can work collaboratively during the early stages of independent practice, which offers support to those who need it and helps solidify the learning of those offering support
  • When doing additional problems at home, students can refer back to the video for added help.
  • Absent students can stay on-track with little teacher intervention.
  • Screencasts are great when kids are studying for a test — they can essentially refer back to all the lessons from the entire year.
  • Screencasts make your job easier: if you screencast all your lessons this year, you can use them all again next year.