04.07.2017

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  • Canvas – Are you looking for a place to move your class content? Dr. Potts, Ann Dark and I got to see a district demonstration of this WEB2oOL.  If you are looking to move your class content to anything, this should be at the TOP of your list.
  • Blogger – Do you want to have your students set up their own Blogs?  Try this WEB2oOL!  They can login with their BV Google Accounts.  S/O to  Emily Brown, Jeff Baxter and Paige Waldorf for jumping in with this.  I had a blast working with your students!
  • Canva – Need to make posters?  Either electronic or digital, this is your WEB2oOL!
  • Remind – This is a BV approved WEB2oOL that can be used to communicate with BV students and parents.  It has come a long way since it started.  It no longer is a one way communication 2oOL.  You can set it up to allow replies or you can set up chat rooms.  S/O to Donnie Campbell, Ann Dark and Mallory Huseman on this!  #PowerUsers
  • GroupMe – This is a widely used WEB2OOL; however, we recently learned that BV has blocked the use of this app for safety reasons.  All BV employees are to migrate to a different WEB2oOL.  Check out Remind!

Google:

  • ScreenCastify – Google Chrome Add-in that will create a video screen capture and save it to your Google Drive so you can easily share.
  • Google Form Add On / Form Limiter – Would you like a WEB2oOL that will allow your students to sign up for a Jag Session in advance but limit this to a certain number?  Try Form Limiter!

Microsoft O365:

  • OneNote – learn the various share options so that your audience (students/parents) can use it.
  • OneDrive on the iPad – want to make your iPad a “almost” fully functional computer?  This will show you how to access your working files that you save on your laptop, from your iPad.  #DeviceHarmony

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These are repeats, but they are worth it.  Everyone that takes time to do this, it happy that they did!

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AnnE Kastelic

Congrats to Anne, check out just how techie she is! LINK

TIS-TALK_500Communication:

  • BVW Website moved!  If you have not checked it out, please do so.  One notable change is that we no longer have student links/ teacher links locally.  Hover (don’t click the lock) over the lock in the upper right of ANY district page and you will get to Parent, Student and Staff Login pages.  If there are important links left off, can you please let me know?  I can request to add links.

  • BVW Teacher website migration.  It is done!  I attached my help document that I sent out after spring break as a survival guide. If you want assistance beyond this, please schedule an appointment with me. Happy to help!  Teacher Websites – Survival Guide I do not plan to have formal training’s since we are slated to move to an LMS (learning management system) in the fall.  See my link to Canvas, this looks promising! Stay tuned…
  • The Jaguar Journal looks a little different on the new BVW Website, but the main page that Christy emails to the community and to the staff looks the same.  You will find it under School Information / News.  Oh, and may find more than that!

  • PeachJar is a service that you can use to distribute eflyers to our school and our feeder schools.  Check it out at School Information / PeachJar.  The district contact is Gillian Gonzalez @ ggonzalez@bluevalleyk12.org. Please work with Gillian to get your eflyers published!
  • Look at the front page!  Debbie Glenn’s photog’s are behind the main page image.  Wow, they are amazing!
  • Look at the new calendar.  This one has me super excited.  You can subscribe!  I have subscribed to Outlook and it plants that calendar in my calendar section.  It also updates when a change is made.  I also subscribed to Google and pulled this onto my Google Calendar on my phone.  I have an Outlook Calendar on my phone as well, and that pulled through.  The “old” public calendar called “BVW School Calendar” is not accurate.  You can remove that from your calendar list!  This is all that you need, in image.   If you want assistance on this, schedule an appointment.

Tech Info:

  • Update on the Projector Wiring Replacement Project!  They have about 40 rooms complete.  Vong sent an email on 4/7 describing what you need to look for, with images!  You will have 2 options (science, only HDMI).  We want you to use the HDMI cord… it is blue and fits into the left side of your laptop – similar to USB but bigger.  It WILL NOT fit into your dock.  You will get better sound and picture quality (over the old VGA).  We asked the crew to also leave your VGA cord (as a back up).  MOST IMPORTANT:
    • Plug the HDMI cord into the left side every time you dock/want to project.
    • Select DVI as your input source.
    • Put in a BVCare ticket if you have issues.

INNOVATION STATION:

  • Bryan Brutto shared this with me today.  Please watch and read his thoughts below.

Will you continue to always do it the way you have done it before, or look at trying an activity like this as a new way to assess a student’s learning and ignite passion? To me the student in the video is showing his passion to figure out Splenda.

Think about the following while you watch:

  1. The student is taking his learning public-Which is a very powerful activity.
  2. The student is utilizing communication skills, collaboration skills, critical thinking, and creativity to solve a problem that he has seen.
  3. The student conducts research.
  4. The student does an experiment to gather data.
  5. The student then reflects on the learning that has occurred and has further follow-up regarding the problem or information he has learned.

More information:  http://georgecouros.ca/blog/archives/7231

Thanks Bryan!!

 

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01.06.2017

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  • Quizlet Live – this is the old quizlet, but in a fun game format.  Your kids will love this! S/O to Meyers for showing me this new feature!

Google Drive:

  • Google Forms – Forms is one of the best WEB2oOLS, ever!  Say goodbye to “reply to all”!  Collect data, easily and organized with Google Forms and so much more. S/O to Alsin for sharing the idea of lab data collection!
  • New Feature in Google Forms – You can add an option to attach files to your Forms… thank you Google!
  • Google Slides – Online “PowerPoint” presentation WEB2oOL.  Check out some great tech integration ideas! S/O to Dark for getting this going!
  • Create Shareable Link Between Student and Teacher – Bluevalley student and staff email domains are different (.NET VS .ORG).  With that said, learn how to correctly share documents via a link between students and staff.  Teachers, our students need your help on this.

O365:

  • Overview of BV Onedrive for Students – Our students are set up perfectly to be able to work on files at school and then at home if they simply save to their BV OneDrive.  Check out their digital workflow, they really need your help on this!  I have trained many ELA classrooms, let me know if you want me to train your students, too.  S/O to Rhodes, PWaldorf, Wilson and Jacobs for getting your students #DigitallyOrganized!

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  • OneDrive for Teachers – have you synced, yet?  Dozens of staff at BVW are loving the ability to have 24/7 access to their work files. Make an appointment with me to sync up!  S/O to Meyers, Freestone & Ahnemann for jumping in!  Written Mac directions included.
  • Microsoft Forms – you can share with Authentication between domains!  So you can send a form (quiz) to your students and they have to login with their BV credentials to take it… WOWZA!

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Chemistry PLC – Mike Alsin, Cheryl Myers & Brad banning

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TIS-TALK_500Communication Reminders:

  • Morning Announcements was moved from School Center to OneNote Online.
    • I sent an email on January 5th with details on how to handle the invitation.  Please, let me help you with this workflow.  It is really easy once you load it to your desktop application.
    • If you need an invitation, let me know as well.  I think I got everyone!
    • Some additional information, student and parents can view morning announcements from the same links off of the BVW homepage and off of student links (no sign in required).
    • Last, please only type onto the pages, do not drop files.  While the advantage of file dropping is one of the best feature of OneNote, the main reason we do not want you to do this is simple.  This makes for a 1 page print out for our readers, instead of 7 – 10 each day!
  • Are you using the Faculty OneNote?  If yes, reply on this post and tell me what you love the most!  If not, please set a time with me to assist you with how to use this.  It is a searchable, ever changing Notebook that you can reference to get all of the information about schedules, events, processes and procedures. Check out the Event Schedules section for details of the years big events at BVW!  S/O to Hile and Phan for taking the lead on updating this beast!

Tech Info:

  • Helpdesk is new!  Note that you can no longer email helpdesk.  You need to submit tickets via the web (ITShelpdesk.bluevalleyk12.org ) or call 4080.  Students and parents can submit requests as well.  See the post for full details!
  • Windows 10 – if you continue to experience issues with sound or display while docking, please complete a helpdesk ticket.  Sleeping your laptop each time you dock/undock has worked wonders.  Please, do a helpdesk ticket if it is impeding instruction.  Vong can show you some options, but definitely use Sleep Mode!
  • Print Logic – this is the new print server.  If you need a “non-ricoh” printer installed, complete a helpdesk ticket including your BVTag (on the computer) and what printer you want attached and Vong will take care of it.
  • If students need assistance with using the technology, please refer them to me! I am getting more questions about file management with OneDrive.  Kids are pretty excited when they learn how to use this correctly.  Either give them my email, call me or email me directly.  I am here to help all Jaguars!
  • Do you want me to train your students on OneDrive, or any other technology.  That is what I am here to do!  Contact me and we can do this!  My schedule is already filling up with training sessions, so let me know!
  • School Center – please check your email from January 3rd from Kristy Sailors regarding the status of this product.  I hope to have some more definitive details next week, so stay tuned!

FUN STUFF:

  • VR/360 – check it out! Here is an example.  Use your mouse to pan around.

BVWTIS HUMOR SECTION:

I have a Pinterest Board! You can view the page without having a Pinterest account, but to view the images, you must sign in.  If you want to login, you can use your BV Google Account to login. Here is a link to some educational cartoons:  http://pin.it/RIrl-jG

Here are some of my favorites.

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10.26.2016

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  • Class OneNote – this is takes OneNote to a new level.  It turns the “1 way” dissemination of class content into a “2 way” street.  Teachers can easily drop pages (assignments) into their student’s notebooks, with a couple of clicks!  Students can complete the assignments and then again, with a couple of clicks, the teacher can assess (grade) them.  They can easily provide annotative or recorded feedback.  Additional, teachers can use Screencast-O-Matic to provide a video screen cast form of feedback as well. Most of the math department is using this as a “1 way street”.  Are you next?
  • Office Mix: PowerPoint Add-In – This free WEB2oOL gives PowerPoint some new, and improved functionality.  You can add annotation and voice to your PowerPoints.  You can also share them online.  Check this out! Ask Kim Urenda, she is a pro!
  • GradeCam Student Portal – You can send your assessments to your students to take on their own device, or on our devices (phone, tablets, computers).  No more scanning lines!  Heather Hall is rocking this 2oOL!
  • SafeShare.TV – This is an easy WEB2oOL that will create a safe viewing experience for your YouTube videos. No registration or sign-in required!  Theresa Grospitch is loving this 2oOL!
  • Classroom Content WEB2oOLS Compared – I compared 3 easy ways of displaying classroom content and gave integration ideas for each.   OneNote, Google Drive Shared Folder and OneDrive Shared Folder. Kudos to Danna Ahnemann for sharing a OneDrive folder with her ACADEC kids – the PP’s were so large that it was the best option! Shout out to Mike Alsin, Brad Banning and Cheryl Myers for sharing class content of a Google Drive Folder! Woot Woot to most of math for sharing content using OneNote!  You all rock 🙂

O365:

  • Sync OneDrive as a Local Drive (PC and MAC directions included)- don’t you want to have access to your files when you are away from school?  OneDrive makes it easy to save your OneDrive files as a “Local Drive”.  This means you can work on them, anytime, even if you are offline (no Internet).  It is #CloudTime, folks!  Ask Donnie Campbell about it, he loves it. I just helped Jennifer Stanely make the jump this morning.  What are you waiting for? I am here to help you move to the Cloud!
  • Find your Synced OneDrive Files on Your Mac – you are included!  This post details how to find them, if you have not synced yet, directions are at the bottom of this post. Debbie Glenn has been file sharing with OneDrive for a while now!
  • Open in Word Workflow Feature: how our students can work in the cloud and still use full Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote giving them 24/7 access to their files. You all are on the “front line”, if you don’t understand how this works, please take time and preview this video and share this information with your students.
  • Open a Shared OneNote – I created directions that apply to both staff and students.  I posted this on Student Links as well since we have so many of you using OneNote to display your class content.

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  • Window + P – This shortcut allows you to connect to a projector which is an essential technology function that everyone must know.  MAC directions included!
  • Window + L – When you walk away!  This locks your computer.  Get in the habit.
  • Fn + F1 – Putting your windows 10 laptop has proven to fix some of the docking issues as well as some other benefits!
  • Print to PDF – Print contents in a web browser to a PDF file. Ask Jenny Legrotte and Jennifer Stanley how they are using this.
  • Merge PDF’s – Do you have several PDF’s and want them to be combined.  This is how.
  • PDF and Email Shortcuts – Do you need an easy button (or 2), check out how you PDF and Email each in a click! Fran Hile and Ginny Johnson did it, and you can too!

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THeresa Grospitch

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TIS-TALK_500Communication Reminders:

  • Did you know that OneNote is searchable by page, by section, and by notebook!  Try searching the Faculty OneNote next time you have a question that you think may be in there. Directions:  onenote-search-feature
  • Reminder that I am filing technology announcements in the Faculty OneNote.  I do not send out an email unless it affects most or all of you.  Please preview this from time to time to see if any of this information is helpful.  Look at this list – lots going on!tech-announcements-in-faculty-onenote

Tech Info:

  • Windows 10 Issues – I continue to hear about (and witness) Windows 10 black screen issues.  One suggestion is to put your laptop to sleep each time you dock and undock.  I confirm that this will fix some of the issues. This is how you put it to sleep:  Fn + F1
    • If you are still having issues that are robbing you of instructional time, please do a helpdesk ticket so Vong can discuss some options.
  • I suggest that you shut your laptop down when you take it home (off campus).  In addition, I would shut it down at least once / week and definitely if you start experiencing “tech weirdness”.
  • Videos or music not playing?  I suggest that you load VLC player.  It is the “universal player”.  It is in the BVApp Store!
  • If you are printing something off of the Internet, I suggest that you save it as a PDF first, and then print.  Gradecam sheets are an excellent example of when to use this.  Depending on the printer that you send it to, I have seen some bizarre printing when printed straight from the web browser.  Make it a habit.  See this 41 second video to learn how using the Print to Adobe PDF method: Print To PDF
  • Outlook going Offline?  This seems to be on the rise!  All of a sudden you have a red X on your Outlook icon and you stop receiving emails.  The culprit is that your Outlook just went “Offline”.  To get it back, go to the Send/Receive tab and click “Work Offline”.  It will toggle back to online.

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  • COMING SOON – I will be sending your technology inventory.  EVERYONE moved over the summer (dramatic BVWTIS?).  It is taking me some time to iron that all out.  I know it will have errors, so reply and set me straight if it is wrong.  Thanks!

FUN STUFF:

Have you ever heard of SnapChat?  Being a high school teacher, I am sure that you have!  Look at what our innovative World Language department has been up to.  Andrea Foxworthy, Emily Brown and Anna Dunn are using this with their students.  The primary purpose is to converse in their language and in “their electronic world”.  They have the students add them so that the students see their content, but the teacher does not see the students.  #TechInnovationIntegration!

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And now to “teach the TIS” – thank Andrea Foxworthy for sharing just how you are integrating this wonderful tool!

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BVWTIS HUMOR SECTION:

This one made me smile!

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And this happened…

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05.18.2016

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web200LS_500Review of the BEST WEB2oOLS used at WEST!

  • Smore – Heather Dill created a user-friendly media rich electronic document for parents.  She was commended at the upper levels of administration for her work.  Nice work Heather! Link to this is at the bottom of the post.
  • Windows Snipping Tool– Talk with Donnie Campbell about this one.  In his words (or as Dick Vitale would say), “This is awesome, baby”!
  • Kahoot– So many of you are using this!  Debbie Glenn was the first to show me just how “coolio” this “WEB2oOL-io” is to help kids enjoy learning.
  • Class OneNote– Check with any Social Studies teacher, I think they are all pretty psyched about using this next year with their students.  Save a tree, go electronic!
  • QR Codes – Social Studies teacher rule the QR Code.  Check with any of them on how they use this and Google Forms to help with Jag intervention.
  • Twitter – If there ever was such a thing as a “Twitter Queen”, Debbie Glenn would wear that tiara.  Seriously, she is the master of communication on Twitter.  If I ever want to know… I go there!  @BVWSpotlight, @BVWYearbook, @MrsGlennBVW
  • Below is a Tagxedo that I made plopping in all of the Twitter names that I had at the time.  This is also how I make the BVW staff farewell gifts.

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  • Nearpod– Catch Julia Fulbright before she leaves us to learn how she is using this in her classroom.  It is brilliant (and so is she).

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TECHIE-TEACHER_500REFLECTING ON 2nd SEMESTER’S TECHIE TEACHERS

Congrats again to these inspiring teachers! Some of the Best at West!

Ann Dark

Julia Fulbright

And congrats to the latest “Techie Teacher”!

 Vong Yang

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  • Grades are due before you leave on Friday.  Check out with Mrs. Battista.  I am linking to a page in our Technology Helpfiles OneNote that holds all of the needed documents.  If you have issues viewing this, I emailed them all last week and they are in our Technology Helpfiles OneNote.   GradeBook  (Web view) – go to the Dec/May page.

TIS Help During Finals:

I plan to be in my tech lab each afternoon to assist with Synergy and Windows 10 needs.  I would like to focus on assisting with these 2 “hot topics”, unless you are the only one in attendance.  I will not be making appointments at this time, I will simply be here to help.

Windows 10 Info:

  • Windows 10 Image is underway.  I estimate that Vong has about 30 teacher laptops complete and about 200 student desktops.   Complete the form http://goo.gl/forms/tfg6qfGKYo  to indicate your choices.
  • Windows 10 – How to Set Up Your Newly Imaged Computer – this is a fairly fluid document, so check the Technology OneNote for the most up to date document.  I also have printed copies in Vong’s office when you get your image.  If you need the “packing instructions”, here they are:  1_Get Ready_ To do before New Laptop_FA15
  • If your projected image is not filling the screen, do a helpdesk ticket and be sure to include the times in which Vong can come in to apply a fix.  It won’t take long, but he needs you logged in and to be connected to your projector.
  • Laptop Lid – when you dock/undock, please do so with your laptop lid open.  A fix will be pushed out after Friday to all users that will fix this issue I asked that they wait until then (just in case).  I get a little fearful when I hear that it has to be “pushed” / #NoRockinTheBoat!  Please read the Power Settings information on the Windows 10 – Set up document linked above.  Window + L when you walk away… that is still the same!
  • DVD’s  are not playing on your newly imaged Windows 10 laptop, “yet” (#GrowthMindset).  If you need to play a DVD before the end of the year, you can check a laptop out in the LMC.  I know that VLC player will play them, but we do not want this to be the solution (that is a “Rodina Band-Aid”).  District is working on the best method of acquiring the player (cost, deployment, etc.).  A solution will be achieved before you come back in the fall.
  • GradeCam – I have noticed that the pop-up blocker is sometimes not populating the drop down option.  If you are in Firefox (perhaps other browsers may show this issue as well), you can fix this by allowing pop-ups from gradecam.com.  Directions in the Windows 10 setup packet above or let me know and I will assist.

Something FUN (FUNNY!):

You know how tired teachers are in May?  Now do something really brainless, like hit  “reply to all” unintentionally.  This was me last week:

Then, after a few of my colleagues (Hmm Hmm:  Vandy and Dark) razzed me about it, I realized that this could be a learning opportunity.  Quite timely, one of my favorite educator Facebook “friends” posted this video regarding the reply to all phenomenon.  It is so worth your time to watch, we all need a laugh in May!

I did “recall” my message; however, many of you had Outlook open and it did not miss your box.  Did you know you can do that?  Well, here is the learning opportunity:  From the sent message, click: Actions (click the downward arrow)/Recall this Message.   Hopefully, you all just don’t click that Reply to All button.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!

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04.21.2016

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Windows 10 Overview – It is NOT that different 🙂

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  • ThingLink – Make your images interactive!  This is the WEB2oOL that I used for March PD Registration.
  • Comic Maker – this is an easy comic strip creation WEB2oOL.
  • Safe Internet Image Search with Proper Attribution – Do you find yourself “googling” for an image and using it?  We need to teach our students proper image search and attribution.  I have a simple 3 step process on this post!
  • Nearpod – this is a great WEB2oOL that you can use to engage your students into your lesson AND get formative feedback on how well they are comprehending it.

O365:

  • Sync your OneDrive so you have this as a “Local Drive”. This makes working on your files outside of school a breeze!
  • Open in Word Workflow Feature: how our students can work in the cloud and still use full Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote giving them 24/7 access to their files.
  • Class OneNote – thinking about re-organizing your “electronic classroom space”?  I want to challenge you to consider this WEB2oOL.  It is part of the O365 package (free).  If you would like an invite into one so you can “see it” as a student”, email me!  You can easily create a OneNote for each student and drop files (documents/videos/almost anything) into them.  They also can hand in work back to you.  Again, you can put OneNote app on any device and so can they.  This can make their “electronic classroom space” open 24/7.

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JULIA FULBRIGHT

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TIS-TALK_500Communication Reminders:

  • I moooooooved the Computer and Cow Sign Up to OneDrive!  Stop by if you need assistance!  I sent BV teachers the link to it on 3/10.  Did you know you can:
    • Load it in OneNote on your computer (like the old one)
    • Load it on your smart phone.
    • Load it on you tablet.
    • You know can have 24/7 access to this — and you can also have 24/7 access to all of your H Drive files.  See me for details!
    • Note about the Cloud- be sure to hit “refresh” before modifying if you have had OneNote open on your device for a while (or close and open).  I have noted is a small delay – up to 60 seconds/depending on WIFI.
  • Your Faculty Handbook and Technology HelpFiles OneNotes have also both been moved.  Please, see me for assistance if you need help gaining access.
  • Bryan sent a request for BVW Calendar items.  Please recall that I made it available for you to view in Outlook.  It is a public calendar.  An additional reminder that I pull the contents of this calendar onto our BVW Calendar on the BVW homepage. You can view from either place! These additions will not be live until August, so Outlook is the best option if you are looking for potential conflicts.   Open BVW Public Calendars

Tech Info:

  • Windows 10 Image Information:  we will all have to update to Windows 10.  I have been busy testing and working with IT to fix the image so that it is in the best place for this transition.  I am pretty excited about it.  It will integrate better with Office 365 which many of you attended my training and walked away excited about the changes.  I like having 24/7 access to my files.  THIS is the direction that we are going, let me lead you there!  FAQ’s:
    • When will we have to update to Windows 10?  By the end of this school year.
    • Does it require an image?  Yes.  I know, that is painful.  But I will help you all get ready.  Let’s start with this tech document:  1_Get Ready_ To Do Before My Windows 10 Image
    • What is the process to get Windows 10 installed?  Look for more details on this very soon as the final image has not been given to me.  I want to finalize the documentation for you all to follow.   The general plan will be first come, first served.  You will be able to do it up until May 20th when you want to do it.  If you do not get it done by then, you will be required to leave it at checkout.  Vong will email you as soon as he has it done at which time you will be able to come in and pick it up or wait until we come back in August.  Again, more specific details to follow in a separate email.  Just start thinking about WHEN you want it done and use the linked document above to “Get Ready”.
  • Using GradeCam for Finals?  I created a Best Practices document to help avoid the issues we had with 1st semester finals.  Read it/ Follow it:  GradeCam.
    • Vong and/or I can help you update your driver!  Do it well before finals.
    • Think about when you will get Windows 10 installed.  Do not do it the week of finals and then use GradeCam.  Either get it done early so you can get it set up and tested again or wait and do it after.
  • Firefox – there is an update in the BVApps store.  Update it you would like it!  Takes just a minute to do.
  • COMING SOON – end of year technology to do list.  First up will be to verify your technology inventory 🙂

FUN STUFF:

 

BVWTIS HUMOR SECTION:

Humor_EndOfYearTiredImage found at: http://www.teachjunkie.com/blog/

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02.09.2016

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  • Happy Safe Internet Day! Learn how you can “play your part for a better Internet”.
  • WIX: Need a Website, Blog or Newsletter?  Try WIX!
  • RefMe: This is a citation maker that will not only generate the citation in various styles such as APA or MLA; but also allow your phone’s camera to scan the bar code to capture the reference information?  Sweet!

O365:

  • How to Login Seriously folks, you really need to do this!  I am here to help you all, these WEB2oOLS are super!
  • Sway
    • Here is an example of a SWAY made by your BVWTIS:  https://sway.com/pVntzvTDbZM8cmQN – you must LOGIN to get to it 🙂 Try it on your phone or tablet, this is the best part of this 2ool!
  • How to Open a OneNote Share Link – OneNotes are moving!  Watch this to see how you can open from a share link… Mac Folks Included #DeviceHarmony!

Google Drive:

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Learn how to make a screen capture:

Archive Email with OneNote (must get MS Office 2013 to do this):

Link to the post for a detailed handout and a more detailed video:  https://web2oolbox.wordpress.com/2015/11/20/archive-email-to-onenote/

Reminder that BV Gradebook posts are all Password Protected.  Ask me for the password if you have forgotten!

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Ann Dark  I knew immediately when I met Ann that she was a “techie teacher”.  She has impressed me with her ability to self-problem solve, branch out with new technology and to go on the help various staff with various issues.  I call her my “right hand Ann”.  See full details here.

TIS-TALK_500Communication Reminders:

  • The BVW school calendar on the BVW homepage.  The admin secretaries all add events to this if you need something added.  We post the daily schedule here as well.  We hope this has helped you get/stay organized!
  • The BVW Staff Meetings Calendar (called “BVW Staff Info”) is a public outlook calendar.  Here are the directions again if you need assistance finding this: Open BVW Public Calendars
  • Reminder that I moved the Techonology Helpfiles OneNote to “Upstairs”/OneDrive.  See me if you want an invite to add this!  I put the link to it in our original OneNote “Downstairs”/RDrive.
  • Moving TODAY- Faculty OneNote.  I will send you a link via email after I post this blog.  Watch this video on how to: O365: How to Open a OneNote Share Link  to see how to “accept” the invitation and to load it.  You can choose to view it “upstairs” or to open it in OneNote “downstairs”.  Reminder to my Mac Folks… you are now included.  Just download OneNote from the app store and it will open there.  #DeviceHarmony

Tech Info:

  • Office 2013: If you liked how I archived my emails above, you must get MS 2013 on your computer to do this.  Put in a helpdesk ticket and Vong can take care of that for you!  You should not have to get re-imaged to add this.

Testers Needed:

  • Windows 10 is on the horizon.  It is projected to be installed district wide by early 2017.   If you would be willing to pilot this on your teacher laptop or your computer lab, please let me know.  I have been testing it for a while and am comfortable with it going out into classrooms and on teacher laptops/computers. 1_Get Ready_ To do before New Laptop_FA15
  • The new webpages are a bit farther away.  You can use School Center next year again for your teacher pages.  Beginning the 2017 school year, we should be using an LMS (learning management system).  Nothing has been decided on this, stay tuned!

FUN STUFF:

  • BVWTIS VALENTINE’S DAY SHOPPING IDEAS:
    • Shop right here at school:  Paws Productions has flowers, candy and more for your sweeties!  http://hcdill.wix.com/paws
    • Perhaps something for your techie sweetie!  Morse code necklaces, 3D printed cookie cutters, dodecahedron planter and much more!  Check out 25 tech gifts for your valentine.
    • Cards are a likely purchase, perhaps you could consider some techie cards!

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  • And now for the much needed BVWTIS HUMOR SECTION:

                                  How TEACHERS feel after PTC’s!

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Do you know a deserving BVW Techie Teacher?  Please submit them here for consideration:

Technically Yours,
BVWTIS
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12-15-2015

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  • Remind:   great for one way communication to the masses!  They have added a Chat feature, Stamps to get feedback from your class.  This can help you as you collect AFL data.
  • GroupMe:  need a two – way texting communication 2.OL?  This is a private chat room for a small group.  This is great for your executive student members, your departments or PLC’s.
  • o365:  OneNote Classroom Notebook: Want a collaborative web-space for your classroom where you can handout documents, give formative feedback and collect assignments all within the OneNote environment… on any device… this is the answer!
  • 0365: Office Mix – Powerpoint Add-in: Take your PowerPoint’s from good to fabulous!  This add-in allows you to annotate and voice over your slides, and much more.  You must have Office 2013 on your laptops.  If you need help with that see me.  This app takes about 2 minutes to load from the BVApp store… do it yourself once you have Office 2013 or do a helpdesk ticket for assistance.

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  • Trouble Shoot BV WIFI:  this post shows you how to enable and disable your WIFI as a troubleshooting technique.
  • Online Shopping:  be careful out there!  Here are some tips to keep your personal data safe.

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  • BV Gradebook: Communication works to email students and parents.  However, always use the BCC so you get a copy of the email in your Outlook!
  • BVW Reminder:  Don’t forget, grades are due Friday before you leave.  You must check out with Cheryl, our registrar. I sent 1 email with ALL instructions on 12/11.  Search your Outlook email for it.

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Congrats again to these inspiring teachers! Some of the Best at West!

LISA BAUMAN

Jeff Baxter

TIS-TALK_500BVW Communication:

  • OneNote’s for Faculty – I will be moving the Lab/Cow sign up  & Faculty OneNote to OneDrive very soon.  Please take a moment and try to load this.
    • Technology Help Files – Web View Only (Moved to OneDrive BV)
    • BVW OneNote Sandbox – this one is a PLAYGROUND, do anything you want!
    • I am going to move the Faculty OneNote to OneDrive over winter break, please email me if you use this so I can make sure you are good to go once I move it.  Mac folks – you are about to get “included”, finally!

Technology Info:

  • Office 13 – Reminder to consider re-imaging so you can get Office 13.  You can’t use Office Mix without it!  And everything will work better! Please do not load from the BVAPP store yourself.  Talk to me or Vong about options.  District wants all machines updated by February.  We can try to do this without a reimage, but just in case:  1_Get Ready_ To do before New Laptop_FA15
  • Office Mix – as stated above, this install is in the BVApps store. However, you must first have Office 13 on your computer.  Helpdesk for assistance on this.

Testers Wanted:

  • GradeCam – student portal is open for us to try through December, see me for info.  I think I could get an extension if you would like to try it.  Also, I have a few extra document cameras if you are using this tool.  Ask me about it.
  • Windows 10 is on the horizon.  If you would be willing to pilot this on your teacher laptop or your computer lab, please let me know.  I run it on my Surface Pro so I can assist.
  • GradeCam on the final.  See a full list of suggestions posted on our Technology Help Files – Web View Only (filed under the GradeCam section and on the GradeCam Suggestions Page).  Here are the main highlights:
    • Scan extra slowly, look for inaccuracy. While they are rare, they do occur.
    • Ask kids to use pen or marker to bubble, it has been reported that the lead in the pencil sometimes reflects back as light and the scanner does not “see” the bubble.  This is why you need to scan slowly, looking for potential blanks.
    • Scan how you have been scanning all year.  I certainly hope no one is using this as a “newbie” for finals.

Something FUN:

  • Fun thing 1:  Days of the Year Calendar:  Did you know that everyday is “something”!  You no longer have wait to celebrate those special days, today is the day. As a matter of fact, today, 12/15/2015 is officially “Cat Herders Day”!

Days of the Year

“A day for those of us who feel like we’re tasked with the impossible, Cat Herders Day recognizes the frustration of trying to manage the unmanageable. Whether it’s work, home, school or other areas of life, if it feels like herding cats, today’s your day.”

Wow, can any of you resonate with this right now, especially you teachers?  I don’t know about you all, but I am looking forward to December 30th! #NomNom!!!

  • Fun thing 2:  Happy Winter Break to you from ME(demo of Office Mix)!

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Last, I need and appreciate your feedback.   Please consider completing my 10 question TIS survey here:  REVIEW ME.

Technically & Grade-Fully Yours,
BVWTIS
@BVWTIS
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11.23.2015

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web200LS_500GAMES are a great way to review for your summative tests.  With Final Exams right around the corner, it may be timely to try these Web2.OLS!

  • Kahoot: Many of our teachers using this to help them diagnose what their class as a whole already knows.  Super AFL!
  • eQuizShow: This is an online Jeopardy type review game. Easy to build and play a 2 player game.
  • Plickers: This 2.OL does require that you have a scanner (use an iPad or smartphone).  Stop by the TLC for a 60 second demo – it is super easy!
  • Random Name Picker: This is a fun 2.OL to use to pick student names randomly.

It is that time of your for your end of Season/Year celebrations!

  • YouTube Slideshow Maker: Teachers/coaches/sponsors are so busy and often have to create the end of the year video.  Make it easy!  Use this slideshow maker.

“Turn In” Website for End of Year Projects

  • Padlet:  This is the ultimate “Website Sharing Wall”!  Kids can add a “post-it note” to a shared wall that you set up.  Great to share projects, brainstorm, use as a backchannel during instruction.

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  • Office 2013:  Easy way to archive emails.  Outlook to OneNote
  • Office 365:  I created “BVW OneNote SANDBOX” in OneDrive – click here to try it: OneDrive-BVSDQRCode for OneNote SANDBOXOR scan QRCode.  The PROS of using OneDrive:
    • MAC folks are included
    • You have 24/7 access when connected to the Internet
    • #NuffSaid – No really, you will be hearing more from me about this.  For now, we play!
  • Dual Monitors: Teachers can use their projector as 2nd monitor. Press Window-P on your keyboard and select “Extended”.  Now you can drag applications to your projector.  See me for help.DualMonitors_ExtendScreen
  • Twitter Account Protocol:  Teachers at BVW typically make their account @BVWTheirUserName — Here are a few in my PLN…  TagxedoMade at Tagxedo!

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Jeff Baxter

Jeff has impressed me with his true desire to continue to learn.  He is determined to meet his students in “their” environment, which means electronically!  Jeff came to me with “an idea”.  He left with a plan and executed it brilliantly.  Jeff is wonderful to work with, we are certainly lucky to have him here at West.  This is how Jeff got “Techie”.

  • He had his students create their projects using their choice of electronic media.  They used:
  • In addition, he had his students post their projects to his classroom Padlet PadletWall.  The kids appreciated having the ability to view other students’ projects.  They were to each come up with an example of an Allusion in a variety of texts.  Bonus: the kids can see a “patchwork” of dozens of ideas on Allusions.  Jeff was absolutely thrilled with this aspect.
  • Jeff also stopped by to explain another “side effect” of this project.  He had his kids “present” their ideas in class and one of the groups formatively assessed the students with a Kahoot…  Brilliant!

TIS-TALK_500BVW Communication:

  • School Calendar – did you know that the admin secretaries update an Outlook Calendar with the day to day events at West and you have access to view that calendar? They include varsity athletic events, daily block schedules, assemblies, performing arts events and the like.  Christy maintains an Outlook Calendar that holds all of the meetings.     Here is how you can see the Outlook public calendars. Open BVW Public Calendars
    Note:  I sync BVW School Calendar to the BV website monthly.  Use this as an easy to access resource.
  • Jaguar Journal – this new and improved weekly newsletter is just as much for you as it is for parents.  I hope  you read this weekly.  It will also answer many of the questions that you may have about the day to day schedule/ events at West.  Use the above calendars as well!
  • OneNote’s for Faculty – BVW keeps up several OneNote’s for faculty use.  You should use these as additional communication resources.  Here is a if you need assistance:  BVW OneNote Links.

Technology Info:

  • Pam is retiring!  Vong is the new tech, please welcome him!  Please be patient as he does not know all of you (specifically, where you live)!  Reminder to fill in your room number in your helpdesk tickets.  We have been spoiled by Pam.  She will be missed.
  • Office 13 – Reminder to consider re-imaging so you can get Office 13. Please do not load from the BVAPP store yourself.  We have seen many issues from loading this on top of Office 10.  A fresh image is the best. However, if you want to try a new method where our techs uninstall 10 and install 13, I am hearing that this is working well.   If it does not, then a reimage will follow.  District wants all machines updated by February.  1_Get Ready_ To do before New Laptop_FA15

Testers Wanted:

  • GradeCam – student portal is open for us to try through December, see me for info.  Also, I have a few extra document cameras if you are using this tool.  Ask me about it.
  • Windows 10 is on the horizon.  If you would be willing to pilot this on your teacher laptop or your computer lab, please let me know.  I run it on my Surface Pro so I can assist.

Something FUN:

Do you know a deserving BVW Techie Teacher?  Please submit them here for consideration:

 

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Technically Yours,
BVWTIS
@BVWTIS
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10.26.2015

BVW-TECH-NEWS_1440This is the first BVW Tech News Post!  I plan to communicate a variety of information such as recent WEB2oOLS, TIPS N TRICKS, highlight a TECHIE TEACHER and include TIS TALK.  Follow me on Twitter @BVWTIS and like me on Facebook @ https://www.facebook.com/BVWTIS

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  • Vocaroo:  Need a voice recorder with No Install and No Registration?
  • Prezi:  Pep up your PowerPoints!
  • Screencast-o-matic: Need to record your computer as you teach?  This is great for you and your students.  No registration and no install required (have students use IE at school – explained in the video)
  • Office 365:  FREE Microsoft Suite for Teachers & Students

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TECHIE-TEACHER_500 Lisa Bauman

  • Lisa has impressed me with her passion to integrate technology with her students.  She had her kids create stories using several different web2.0ls:
  • Lisa also investigated ways to help her AP kids best prepare for the AP test.  She wanted to provide formative feedback so students could self correct.  She has begun implementation of these tools:

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  • Teachers should consider re-imaging their computers so that you can get MS Office 2013.  This resolves the email issues that we were experiencing.  This will also allow for better Office 365 integration. Here is a helpdoc to help you prepare before you image:  1_Get Ready_ To do before New Laptop_FA15
  • Looking ahead, I am on a committee that is going to look at various LMS’s for BV to adopt. The plan is to implement this in the fall of 2017. So you are holding on to your School Center teacher sites another year!
  • Parent Teacher Conferences: refer to my email sent on 10/22 for details about how to print your rosters for Thursday and options on communicating student grades. Here is the helpdoc that I sent in that email:  PTC Options to Show Grades to Parents
  • Replacing Print Toners: First, let me remind you that it is best to print to printshop.  The next best option is the Ricoh (follow_you_BW), and the least cost effective is your classroom/office printers.  Use these sparingly. See below for important information on printing.
  • Gradecam is going well for teachers.  Please invite me to see what you are doing.  I am very interested in your implementation ideas. Also, GradeCam has a student portal so kids can login and see their results, as well as take their assessments online.  Looking for pilots!  It is set up if you want to peek at it – see the screen shot – on the “new” side.  Email me if you want to pilot and I will give you student login information.

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  • Security Updates:  IT will be communicating the new process to push some updates to our devices (Teacher and Student) starting next week.  It is important that you leave your computer on and at BVW on the options that they detail.  If you do not, it will push to your device when you connect to wireless.  I understand that it will take some time to push and it will automatically restart your machines (without warning).  This is going to be difficult for the COW laptops.  DC’s, tell me your preference.  We can hold all COWs and manually do them throughout a day or two, or you all can do it.  I imagine it will take 20 min’s to update… but I really have no idea.  If I don’t hear from you, we will leave it to you.
  • BV GradeBook – good news!  District set our gradebook to rounding on as a default.  If you do not touch the setting, it will automatically round with the most precision (i.e. 89.5% = A).  More info to come on your 2 options in December, before Final Grades.

Do you know a deserving BVW Techie Teacher?  Please submit them here for consideration:

 

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Technically Yours,
BVWTIS
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