With a recent update to Google Classroom teachers can now post an assignment to individual students or groups of students. When posting the assignment, notice the new drop down menu that defaults to "All Students". After clicking on the down arrow, it is easy to select a small group of students!
QR Codes can be useful in helping get people to a particular website or URL. Maybe your students have created some awesome digital content that you would like to show off at Open House or maybe you have content that you would like your students to be able to access using their iPads.
Either way, a little work ahead of time creating QR codes can make life easier in the long run.
The link below will take you to 3 short videos that will help make using QR codes quick and easy!
Click this link to access the spreadsheet discussed in the videos
Special thanks to Tammy Worcester for the template. Find more great things from Tammy at: http://tammyworcester.com/
In the coming weeks, D70 staff will be hearing from their TLC about some updates to YouTube settings within the district.
The Technology Literacy Coaches have created a YouTube Playlist with some resources that you may find helpful.
Click Here to view the playlist!
As always, contact your TLC with questions!
As teachers, we ask our students to try something new. So why not challenge ourselves to try something new. There are some upcoming professional development opportunities to get your feet wet and some are a great way to earn PDU (Professional Development units). We know that everyone is always stating how busy they are but these opportunities are flexible, convenient, and inexpensive. Check them out!
NICE - MiniCon 2016
Student Technology Conference 2016
District 70's - Carousel Institute Day
Join a Twitter Conversation
Do you get frustrated with managing all the Google Docs your students are constantly sharing with you? Are you constantly organizing your “shared with me” section to move student’s work into a folder? Then, make a change that will save you time and frustration. Start to use Google Classroom, today! Either watch the Google Classroom Tutorial 2015, look at the slides presentation or ask your TLC.
Perhaps you are already using using Google Classroom. Do you realize you could do more with it? Google Classroom just launched a new feature integrating the Google Classroom and Google Calendar. Check out a brief intro with Jenn Scheffer explaining Google Calendar Integration. (About 3 minutes long).
Are there two teachers in your classroom? Or do you have a paraprofessional who needs access to some student’s work? You can add a teacher to your class for them to be able to view and access the information. Check out how to add another teacher into your class.
Take advantage of a Google Chrome extension called “Share to Classroom”. (3 minutes). This extension allows you to share assignments, announcements or links during the class. The feature can automatically send out an assignment or link and open it on students chromebooks. This will be a great time saver and a great way to share information on the fly. (Text format how-to)
Here are other ideas that will help your productivity while using Google Classroom:
Streamline your grading: http://mrwisetech.com/2015/09/06/streamline-grading/
50 Things you can do with Google Classroom (warning this is a long podcast).
On another note....
Now that you are quite savvy using Google Classroom, come present at the D70 i3 Conference on November 14th, 2015 in Libertyville. Come share a project or explain how to do something in the classroom. Submit a proposal today!
“The best part of learning is sharing what you know.”
― Vaughn K. Lauer. (Special Education Educator)
Come share what you know at the D70 i3 Conference and become a presenter. Presenting is a great way to meet other educators and show what you know. The topic is up to you. You can showcase a project, show how to use a particular app, software or tool, or showcase websites that would be helpful to teachers. Submitting a proposal is easy and won't take long. You can find the form on the D70i3 Conference page. Submit your proposal by October 2nd!!
The D70 i3 Conference for K-8 Educators will be hosted at Highland Middle School on November 14th, 2015 from 8:30-12:30. It is free for D70 Staff and only $10 (credit card fee applies) for other educators. Mark your calendars!
Connecting and learning is a great way to find out how to integrate technology into your classroom.
NICE (Northern Illinois Computer Educators) has regular meetings that provide Professional Development Hours (formerly CPDUs). Most of the meetings and events are free and light dinner or meal is provided.
The first meeting is Wednesday, September 16, 2014 from 4:30 to 7:00pm at Caruso Middle School, 1801 Montgomery Rd, Deerfield, IL 60015. The topic is "Share-a-Rama" - an informal sharing of "What I learned this summer" or during the year.
Please RSVP so we know how many people are coming and how much food to order: http://bit.ly/NICE2015-16
Meetings for 2015-2016
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Caren.
Working together on a Google Doc, Google Sheet or Google Slide is getting easier and easier. Whether it is with your colleagues or students, getting feedback is very important when collaborating. Google Apps has always had the ability to comment on each other's work. Now, you can track changes or suggest the changes in the document. This video will show you the difference between commenting and suggesting. In addition, it will show you how to be notified when someone responds to a form and it is captured on a sheet or if someone changes something on a sheet.