O365: How to Share a File (Word, Excel, PP or OneNote)

You can share your OneDrive files from your O365 (online) space, or you can share them from your local drive.  I have directions on this link, which is a shared Word file.


One of the benefits of sharing it “online” is that the user does not have to download the file to preview it.  You can also make a modification and not have to replace the file… and who doesn’t do their best reviewing “after” you publish!  And in my case, I am not taking up space on WordPress, which does have a limit.  Win, Win, Win!

Other O365 Help Documents

Happy File Sharing!



Screencastify – Chrome Add On

Looking for an easy to use video screencast WEB2oOL that is built right into your Chrome web browser?  Screencastify is your 2oOL (make sure you open this link in Chrome)!   Once you add this to Chrome, just click the “film strip” icon in the upper right hand corner to open the menu shown below.  If you choose Desktop, you will be recording everything that is view-able on your desktop.  Notice, you can add your “face”/webcam video to the screencast.  When you are done recording, you will get the option to copy the link (if you are saving to Google Drive and not locally).  This is the link you will use to share with others.  It is open to anyone with a link, so BV students will be able to see BV teacher videos, and vice-versa.  With the FREE (Lite) version, you get up to 10 minutes per video and up to 50 recordings per month.

Office Mix: PowerPoint 2oOL- Upload to Share

Spice up your PowerPoints with Office Mix!  If you have not made your first Mix, click here to learn more about this before you preview this post.  BVW Staff and Students have this installed.  Once you create your first Mix, you can upload it to share as a link, embed code or to various social media website.  You can access Office Mix Online here (download if needed, or click Sign-In and use your Microsoft School Account to login):  https://mix.office.com/


ToonDoo – Comic Strip Maker

Want to make cartoon comic strips?  Use ToonDoo!  With a few clicks and some drag and drops, you will have your own comic strip.  You can turn those strips into a book as well.

Here is one that was made by one of the best at BVWest!


Basic Instructions and tips on how to keep student content private:

ToonDoo.com – kids must register.

  1. Select Toon / Create Toon (this is if you want a small cartoon – 2 to 4 slides).
  2. Pick a layout.
  3. Drag/Drop elements.
  4. Personalize the elements with the options along the bottom.  Change size, for example (select the element, select Shrink or Enlarge).
  5. Be sure to save each one, Click ToonDoo / Save (icon in upper right of cartoon creation area).  Be sure to select “Keep it Private”.  It is Public by default.

Toons (one page comics) can be private, but unfortunately ToonBooks must be public.  In order to keep student content private, students should do a series of Toons and screen shot (Snip) each one into a word document or PowerPoint to submit to their teacher.   Use the Snipping Tool (how to on a PC) (how to on a MAC).



StoryBird is a WEB2oOL that reverses visual storytelling by starting with the image and then unveiling the story.  Students can explore artists, get inspired and then write.  The books can be shared by link (like below), embed code or social media. https://storybird.com/about/

Picture Book Example: http://storybird.com/books/something-new-for-bettina-barcue/

Chapter Book Example: http://storybird.com/chapters/sameness-in-small-amounts/1/


Basic Instructions on how to create and share as private:

Storybird.com – kids must register

  1. Create and select your artwork. One limitation is that you can only use the artwork supplied (you can’t get some from different art sets).  Notice, these are artists that are allowing you to use their artwork.
  2. Select “Use this Art” (do not “Buy it”).
  3. Write your story in the spaces provided. There are no text bubbles, so you will need to write your story in text form.
  4. Use the + symbol to add pages, and drag the art onto the page in the area that you want.
  5. Save often. Save and Exit when done.
  6. To Share as a Private Book – you must publish, but you can still publish private.
  7. Now click the share icon to email your teacher a private copy.