February 27

Tuesday Tip: Padlet Post Connectors

As you know, Padlet recently added some new features, but before we dive into those, let’s take a look at a feature that’s been around a while.

Sometimes, you want a Padlet to be an open space to collect or share information, but sometimes you want that space to follow a specific flow.  With Post Connectors, you can connect information and even add labels!  Check out the Padlet below from the Official Padlet Blog to learn how.

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Click the image below to open the Padlet in full screen.
February 8

New Possibilities with Padlet!

Padlet has long been a favorite of the #WCSEdTech crew, but it recently got an update that makes it even more amazing.  It is now even easier to share in a variety of formats on a Padlet board. Just look at all of those options! Stay tuned for future posts highlighting some of these fantastic new features. 
February 6

Tuesday Tip! Efficiency in Google Classroom with Share to Classroom

Today’s #WCSEdTech tip is all about teacher efficiency in Google Classroom and how you can quickly and easily push webpages to any of your Google Classrooms, so they open instantly on students’ computers.

First, find Share to Classroom in the Chrome Web Store and Add to Chrome.
Note: If you are using a WCS device, this extension may already be added to Chrome. 

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January 16

TEL4u for K-5 Students

We know that the Tennessee Electronic Library is an amazing resource full of subscription content.  But did you know that a part of the Tennessee Electronic Library has resources specifically geared toward K-5 students? All of these resources can be found on the TEL4u page. To access, just log into your ClassLink Dashboard and find the TEL4u app!

Navigate to the different parts of the site using the icons: Homework Help, State History, Look it Up, Ebooks, or Games and Activities.

 

For more about the free resources available on the TEL4u site, read here.

December 7

Join us for a #WCSEdTech Hangout!

Session Description: Keep the communication flowing in your classroom with Google Keep! In this session participants will learn how to create, share and use notes for student communication, collaboration, and teacher feedback. Learn how to add images, grab image text, and organize notes for research and then integrate all into Google Docs. This session will be interactive and provide participants with resources for integrating Keep into the classroom.

Instructional Technology Coaches will be at supported satellite locations:

Hillsboro Elem/Middle Library

Franklin High Library

Mill Creek Middle Library

What is an EdTech Hangout?  
Participants join an online workshop where they interact and collaborate with one another at satellite locations.  In supported sites, a tech coach will be on-site to provide technical support and guidance for participants.

December 5

Tuesday Tip! Accessing G Suite Tools

In our district we are fortunate to have a Dashboard App which allows us to access all our favorites from one place.  But what happens when that Dashboard App is not accessible.  At first we sort of flounder like when the electrical power goes out and we still turn on the light switch anyway.  Next, we look to our Bookmarks and hope we have saved some of our favorites there.

Image result for G SuiteThere is an easy way to access our favorite G Suite tools when this happens.  For example, to access your Google Drive where all your files are stored in G Suite, simply enter the following into the omnibar: drive.google.com

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December 5

Tuesday Tip! More Manipulating Google URLs

Last week we shared the Sir Links-a-Lot Chrome Extension, which makes manipulating G Suite product URLs a quick and easy process.  But, what if you are the recipient of one of those items and you don’t know for certain that you want a copy of this item?  Then, manipulate the URL so that you can see it without making a copy.  The process is as simple as this:

At the end of the URL is the word copy

 Change that word to view

Then, if a copy of the item is desired, simply choose File and Make a copy…

The same principal works when the URL ends with preview or template/preview or export?format=pdf

So, don’t feel as if you have to clutter up your Google Drive when all you want to do is view – manipulate that URL and view to your heart’s content!

November 30

Recording with Screencastify

Recording your screen is easy with the Chrome extension, Screencastify!

Screencastify allows you  to capture your browser tab, entire desktop or webcam. The extension is fully integrated with Google Drive and Google Classroom, so sharing is easy.

Using Screencastify in the Classroom

  • Going to be out? Share a message with your students by recording your screen along with your webcam.  Example (WCS readers only, login required)
  • Teachers and students create math tutorials by aiming the webcam at a paper or board while working and talking through the problem.
  • Share student made (teacher reviewed) tutorials for test or exam review.
  • Students in foreign language classes use the webcam feature to record conversational videos for sharing and collaboration on a Padlet board or for posting in Google Classroom.
  • Record narration for picture books created using Google Slides, Docs, or StoryJumper.
  • Science students take photos during different parts of a lab and combine them to create a lab report with the student describing what happened at each stage as illustrated by the photos.
  • Students can create a comic or add to an image in Google Drawings and record an explanation to justify their analysis of the work.  Example

Have more integration ideas? Please comment below!

Screencastify Setup Instructions