October 10

Tuesday Tip! Inviting Teachers to a Google Classroom

Did you know you can invite other teachers to be a co-teacher your Google Classroom?

When the invitation is accepted, both teachers can coordinate class activities.  This is especially helpful if there is a student support co-teacher for a class, if a teacher must be out of the building for an extended time, or if a student suddenly becomes home-bound, for example.  Continue reading

October 9

Discovery Education: Getting Started

WCS teachers and students have access to Discovery Education.  Have you taken a look lately to see what this service offers? It’s not just videos anymore!  Discovery Education is adding content every day, but at last check, one can find 181,877 multimedia assets.  

Here is a breakdown:

Source: http://www.discoveryeducation.com/feeds/www/media/images/what-we-offer/streaming-plus/STRM(+)_FL_Overview_2017_DIG.pdf  Continue reading

October 3

Tuesday Tip! Share Your Originals Without Fear

When you share a Google creation with a colleague, often you are including them as a collaborator who contributes, tweaks, and improves your work.  Sometimes, though, you want to keep your original document, slides, etc., well, original without collaboration.  In that case, there are a couple of ways to share it.

The first, and most common way, is to share your Google creation with View only rights.  This allows the folks you have shared your items with to access links but not make changes to your original.  If those with whom the item is shared want to use it and tweak it to make it their own, all that is needed is for the person to select File and Make a copyContinue reading

September 20

Tuesday Tip! What can Parents See in my Google Classroom?

There are two ways for parents to monitor what is expected of their student in Google Classroom.  One way is to use the student’s credentials and log in to get the student’s perspective.  Parents/guardians can just ask their student for his/her username and password or can visit his/her school to get that information.  Then, navigate to classroom.google.com to enter the student email and password and explore.

The second way for parents/guardians to monitor Google Classroom expectations of their student is for the teacher to invite guardians to sign up for a summary.  Frequency of summaries could be daily or weekly and guardians can choose their preference. Continue reading

August 29

Tuesday Tip! Updating a Password

A new year means lots of updates and changes.  This year, students returning to our district will have a fresh start and fresh passwords for online products at the beginning of the year.  Using these handy resources, teachers and students can easily update passwords for those apps in ClassLink that hold the password for you (look for the key in the upper right corner of the app).

For a demonstration, check out this video.   The documents linked below will also provide a guide for Williamson County Schools’ users.  (To access, students and teachers may need to log out of personal email accounts and log in to their district myplace.wcs.edu G Suite account.)

Updating a Password on WCS ClassLink

Student Login Clarification and FAQ

WCS ClassLink

 

August 22

Tuesday Tip! G Suite Explore Button

The G Suite Explore button is a handy tool when working in a G Suite app.  It offers the opportunity to search for more information and get suggestions without ever leaving the app.  The Explore button is found in the lower left of the screen when working in a G Suite app.

The suggestions and information relate directly to the app being used – Slides suggestions while working in Slides, Spreadsheet suggestions while working in Sheets, etc.  Just hover over the button and it will expand a bit.

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August 1

Welcome to WCS New Teachers!

Williamson County Schools spent a couple of days this week welcoming and inducting new teachers to our district.  The #WCSEdTech team formally welcomes our new teachers and we look forward to working with you during the year!

Click on the image above to access the Prezi

This week’s Tech Tips includes a link to a Prezi which shares a plethora of introductory information.

Welcome new teachers!  We are so glad you are here!

July 25

G Suite Training Extension for Chrome

How many times have you been working on a project and needed a bit of training in order to effectively use the digital tool?

Really?  Me too!

Almost every single time.

And down the rabbit hole of learning I go with lots of lost time.

The folks at Google must have realized that and created the G Suite Training Extension for our Chrome browser.  It offers simple, interactive training where you can learn and take action all at the same time.  Adding the extension makes the training available within whatever Google App you are using.  So, leaving the application to learn how to use it is never necessary. Continue reading