Tuesday, October 10, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits October 10, 2017

   Exeter High School

Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
October 10, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: Flip Your Classroom!

Now that we have begun moving our freshman class 1:1 with technology, you may want to consider a flipped lesson.

Flipped Classroom Infographic and Ideas!- CLICK HERE 

This is another great article on suggestions to get started flipping your class!

Tools to create flipped lessons:

I use Screencast-O-Matic to create screencasts. However, there are many other ways! You can use the "Light Board" in the Broadcasting room if you like to handwrite your content. You can also use Explain Everything (on a touchscreen chromebook or iPad). You could also simply record yourself teaching using your smartphone camera to record!

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits October 03, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
October 3, 2017

by Sandy Blanc
Technology Tips of the Week: Google Tasks!

Recently, we had a freshman student request a chrome extension for creating tasks and reminders. I immediately thought about Google Tasks! There is no need to add any extensions because we already have Gmail and Google Calendar and that is all you need! Have you ever used it?
From Gmail- choose the arrow next to “Mail” on the right and select “Tasks”.

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You will see a box pop up over your Gmail that looks like this…
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The + sign allows you to add a task. I recommend adding a “Due Date” then it will show up on your Google Calendar too!

Here is a nice explanation of Google Tasks:

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Tuesday Tech Tidbits September 26, 2017

Exeter High School
Tuesday Tidbits: Technology
September 26, 2017

by Sandy Blanc

Technology Tips of the Week: 10 Google Classroom Tips!

Google Classroom is being used by more and more by our staff here at EHS (how exciting!). I have a few suggestions/tips to help make using Google Classroom easier for you.
If you do not use it,  you should TRY IT!
There are 3 main “tabs” to use in Google Classroom: STREAM, STUDENTS, and ABOUT
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  1. Screen Shot 2017-09-22 at 1.31.22 PM.pngSTUDENTS tab- to ask students to join your class, go to the arrow next to the generated class code.
Screen Shot 2017-09-22 at 1.31.41 PM.png“Display” the class code while projecting it to the class so they can easily read it. Students go to classroom.google.com and choose “join class”. They enter the code there!
You can also choose to “invite students” manually be email address.
  1. ABOUT tab- use to store your most important resources for the class (syllabus, class website, links to often used websites, etc.)
  2. STREAM tab- this is where you create an assignment, post a question, etc.
  3. Create “Topics” in Stream tab to tag your posts! You can connect any assignment, question,  or announcement to the topic so students can easily pull those out from the Stream later (especially if there are a lot of items in the Stream).
You can “Add Topic” when you create an assignment or before by using the TOPICS box (see the bottom and choose “add topic”).
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*You can even use dates as “Topics” if you want to organize by week, for example.
  1. Make comments- you can add a private comment by clicking on the student’s name from the grading view (see video).

  1. Grade and “Return” work to students so they can read the comments.
  2. Screen Shot 2017-09-25 at 10.23.58 AM.pngShut on/off parent notifications- from STUDENTS tab, below the class code, you can turn off or on “Include this class in guardian email summaries”.

  1. Schedule posts ahead of time-  You can choose a specific date to schedule a post. When you add an assignment in STREAM, choose the arrow next to “Assign” and choose “Schedule.
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9. Differentiate Work-  When you create an assignment in Stream, you can choose “All Students” arrow and select on certain students for different assignments if you want to differentiate.
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10. Reuse Posts- You can reuse posts by adding an assignment, choosing “Reuse Post”, choosing the class, and then the assignment and choose “Reuse”. You can even reuse the assignment even if the class has been archived.
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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