October 23

Discovery Education: Sharing Content

There are many ways to share Discovery Education content.  Let’s take a look at a few.

Direct to Google Classroom
Discovery Education makes it easy to share directly to Google Classroom as an assignment, question, or announcement.  After clicking the link in the Classroom stream, students will sign into their Discovery Education account. 

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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:

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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.

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September 5

Tuesday Tip! Adding Audio

One of the best ways to check  for understanding is to ask a student to explain something.  Why not ask students to add an audio explanation to something they have created using digital tools?  A great tool for adding an audio explanation is the Chrome Extension Simple Audio Recorder.  The extension records your voice and automatically saves the recording as an audio file.

After successful installation, a small pop-up will ask you to allow this extension to use your microphone.  Then, a microphone will appear at the end of the omnibar when the extension is ready to use.  To create a recording, click on the mic icon that lives at the end of the URL address bar.  A small timer will appear to inform you of elapsed time.  Click the mic again to end the recording and there will be a prompt that suggests you save your recording as an audio file.  Choose where you would like to save the recording.  Then, simply link the recording to whatever you want to explain.  This YouTube video shows just how quick and easy it is to use.  Audio recording is that simple!

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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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