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:

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April 7

Finally! Introducing EquatiO!

Finally a user friendly equation editor integrated with Google Docs and Google Forms! Introducing EquatiO!

EquatiO is a Chrome Extension that launches an equation editor at the bottom of the screen within Google Docs and Google Forms.

Students can collaborate in one Google Doc and insert their own equations or expressions.

Teachers can collaborate in one Google Doc to create assessments. Click the image below to see a demo in Google Docs.

 Download EquatiO from the Web Store.

Check out EquatiO tutorials on the EquatiO YouTube Playlist.

Happy equation writing!


July 27

Welcome to WCS!

The Instructional Technology Team welcomes about 350 new teachers to the district this week.  We are glad to guide these fresh faces to ‘test the waters’ integrating technology into a lessonNew Teacher Form Link Image.

First, clarification might be needed to recognize the difference between Information Technology and Instructional Technology.  Information Technology (IT) works with the infrastructure and the hardware. Instructional Technology supports software and instructional uses of technology. You will see Instructional Technology referred to as WCS EdTech.

This Prezi provides a guide to spark inquiry and facilitate learning.  Work through the activities accessed via the QR Code link or this URL to learn more about integrating technology into your lessons.

If you have questions relating to integrating technology into your classroom, be sure to contact your school’s tech coach.  We look forward to collaborating with you this year!

April 29

Voting with Google Forms

Ballot Box With BallotDo you need to capture student votes in your classroom or school? One easy method is to combine Google forms and one of our favorite URL shorteners, First, create a form using your WCS Google account. Next, shorten the URL and create a QR code using Share the QR code in your classroom or assembly for students to scan and vote. You can edit and reuse the Google form over and again. This will let you reuse the same QR code for voting. A new feature in Google will allow you to create a new spreadsheet for the recycled form. This allows you to retain and archive your earlier voting. Refer to our step-by-step directions. Enjoy!