May 9

Tuesday’s Tip! – Create Google Drawings to Create Deeper Understanding

Now more than ever, we are a visual society.  Constant access to the internet has completely revolutionized the way we communicate.  According to Jessi Hempel, who writes for Fortune Magazine, “Pictures are no longer precious; there are just too many of them.  Once collected and preserved as art, or to document memories, they are now emerging as a new language, one that promises to be both more universally understood and accessible to anyone.”

So, now, more than ever, we need to include images and graphics into our communication.  One way to do that is by using Google Drawings to create charts, memes, comics, and infographics which solidify new ideas in our minds.  Matt Miller says that by creating drawings, students get a firmer grasp on the content they are learning.   Continue reading

August 1

WCS Textbook and Electronic Resource Login Information

Each year Instructional Technology supports staff and students by creating accounts for district managed textbooks and electronic resources. These accounts will be accessible from the WCS Single Sign On Dashboard. Staff members received an email August 1 with an update on the availability of accounts including a link to an account cheat sheet.

The login information for applications on the student dashboard can be found at the links below. This information will be updated again the second week of August in the event of a change.

K-5 District Resources Student Login Information
6-8 District Resources Student Login Information
9-12 District Resources Student Login Information
  • If you use a textbook that requires a student code to create their account, a tech coach will contact you directly via email.
  • Student and teacher accounts for instructional products will be ready the first full day of school. You will notice some are even ready now. If the administrator who schedules classes in your building has made changes to your schedule in Skyward since July 15, the accounts may not be ready or may be associated with the incorrect class. Students who have recently enrolled in WCS for the first time may not have accounts when school opens. If your teacher name shows as TBD on your Skyward schedule then you may not be able to access your accounts until your scheduling administrator updates the information in Skyward. All accounts that fall into these categories will be corrected as soon as possible.
  • Your Tech Coach will be able to help you if you have questions. Find the name of your tech coach here or by checking the tabs in the top right corner of this blog.
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August 1

WCS Single Sign On Dashboard

The WCS Single Sign on Dashboard powered by ClassLink went live August 1!

The purpose of the dashboard is to save valuable instructional time and prevent management of multiple usernames and passwords. The dashboard is available from school and home. We recommend use of Chrome as your browser when using the dashboard. Later, we will let you know a process to request additional apps to be added.  Your Tech Coach will be able to help you if you have questions. Find the name of your tech coach here or by visiting the tabs in the upper right corner of this blog.

dashboardTo start your successful use please view the training video using the link below. The video is divided into segments with practice activities between each segment. You will enjoy working with others in small and large groups as you complete this training.  Please allow one hour to complete the training.

WCS Single Sign On Dashboard Training Video

Thank you and enjoy this new resource!

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