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The WHS Library Learning Commons Blog is the online extension of the Wilmington High School Library Learning Commons.

The goal of this blog is to help extend learning, collaboration, and communication of the daily activities that occur at the LLC.

Please contribute by sharing the posts that interest you and commenting your thoughts.

How to find what you are looking for:

If you are looking for information about Cane Tech Squad Help Desk, Tech Club, or Yearbook feel free to use the links at the top of each page.

If you are looking for Technology Tips, Teacher Resources, or any other LLC related information use the EXPLORE link to the right or the Search tool represented by the magnifying glass at the top right.  For example try searching for “progress book” or “chromebook”  Most teacher technology related tips will be listed under the EdTech category under EXPLORE to the right.

Removing Extensions and Apps

Apps and extensions in Google Drive can be simple to install but tricky to delete.

Here are a couple of suggestions for getting rid of those pesky apps or extensions that you tried out and no longer want to use:

1.  If the new app or extension is automatically opening your file you can:  Right click on a google drive file and choose open with…  then choose the app or extension you want to open the file.  In most cases you will want to change it back to google docs or whatever used to be the default.
2.  To completely get rid of an app or extension click the gear icon in the top right of your google drive.  Click settings and choose manage apps.  From there you should be able to uncheck the use as default for the app or extension OR click options and remove completely.
Hope this helps and as always leave feedback so we know if this tip was useful.

Next Level Exit Tickets with Socrative

 

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Socrative is a great EdTech tool that allows teachers to create quizzes and other content for use in the classroom.  While there are a lot of options for doing this, Socrative’s Exit Ticket tool is what makes it stand out.

Use Socrative as an Exit Ticket tool to collect formative assessment data to drive your future instruction and reflect on the current day’s lesson.  This is a strong way to bring technology into your classroom in ALL subject areas.

Socrative keeps it simple – the Exit Ticket defaults to the following questions:
–  Student Name
–  How well did you understand today’s lesson (multiple choice)
–  What did you learn today (short answer)
–  Solve the teacher’s problem (a quick problem you provide)

Answers will be compiled for the teacher to review.

There is a little bit of set-up in order to get this to work but it is VERY EASY.  Teachers will download Socrative Teacher App and students will need to download the Socrative Student App from the Chrome Web Store.  As with other cloud-based EdTech tools teachers can create a class and then give students the code to join.

If you are even a little interested I would encourage you to watch this video which walks you through the process of creating Exit Tickets using Socrative.  As always let us know if we can support you in getting started with this tool.  Please let us know if you end up using Socrative in your classroom or if you already use it let us know how it’s going.

 

WHS 1:1 Midyear Reflections

Student and Teachers at WHS have had an interesting year.  The introduction of 1:1 with the chromebooks has significantly changed the way we teach and learn.

Students have had to make adjustments to their learning and organizational styles.  Most teachers have embraced Google Classroom to help students stay on task with what is going on in their classes.  Offline mode has helped close the digital divide by allowing students to work on projects from home.  cbs

Teachers have had to re-evaluate the way they present materials to students.  In several subjects new textbooks provided online resources and the ability for students to access textbooks on their chromebooks.  Students are using email and checking progress book much more frequently meaning the connection to teachers has increased.

All in all the introduction of 1:1 Chromebooks here at WHS has been quite successful.  While it has come with its share of challenges, the benefits have far outweighed any negatives.  We have many resources available for those who need support in any of these areas.

1:1 Resources:
Cane Tech Squad – The CTS Help Desk students are always willing to help students or teachers with any tech related issues.
Ext: 7236  Email: techsquad@wilmington.k12.oh.us twitter: @CaneTechSquad

Library Books – We have quite a few new books (yes, books) about chromebooks and bookEdTech.  Teachers should check out Classroom Management in the Digital Age for tips on keeping students on task while using the chromebooks.  Stop in the library to browse these titles.

Technology Cleanse

Another Weekend without Tech post, this time from Carter Nichols.

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Going an entire weekend without technology would be a refreshing experience. I feel like many of the things that I do on a daily basis revolve around technology and it would be nice to get a break from it all for once. School work is probably the main thing that includes the work of technology but social media, games and t.v. also all completely rely on technology. Going without all of these things for an entire weekend would be a struggle at first no doubt but I feel like it would give me a chance to focus on other things for once like catching up on a good read, imagesor maybe even just writing down my own thoughts for a change. I would have to completely shift my way of socializing with many people in my life. Everything would have to either be done in person or not at all…

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No tech for the weekend?

Great post by CTS Member Drew Moyer reflecting on a weekend without technology.

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Going an entire weekend without technology would be a positive experience. I think this would be a good thing for a lot of our youth and adults now a days. In today’s world our everyday lives are dictated by technology. We are woken up by our alarms everyday and then are on social media or texting or calling all day. I think if peopleImage result for woods had to put down their phones for a weekend they would go outside and forgot they ever had one. Go hike in yellow springs, it’s beautiful there. Go to Cincinnati and walk around downtown. Go in your backyard and play with a frisbee. I think that technology is a large benefit of our time. It has helped us advance in so many ways and made our world a better place that way. But I do believe that it has ruined us also. All you see nowadays are…

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Watch CTS Jeopardy LIVE

Watch this replay of our CTS Jeopardy Live Twitter Game Show.  The purpose of this show was to help educate students on the use and care of their chromebooks. We are working on the restricted mode issue so for now students might have to watch from home or another account.

Congrats to Parker on winning our first CTS Jeopardy Game.

Make sure you follow us on Twitter @CaneTechSquad to join us LIVE next time.

Teachers – Would you like CTS members to host a Live Jeopardy event with your class?  Maybe you can challenge another class in your content area?  Let us know!

Kahoot

CTS member Devin’s review of Kahoot.

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App Review: Kahoot: How to hoot up your grades

Kahoot is an upcoming study game that allows teachers to design practice tests for students to compete with online. The game is fairly simple and works like this: Teachers can make tests over any particular topic. The questions are all multiple choice so responses have to be made within a short period of time. There is also a team feature that can be assigned to students for more competition. Once the teacher has finalized the test, a code will be assigned so students in that classroom can all join. The only downside is that for it to work, a classroom will be needed that has computers for every student or every student will have to use their own electronic device.

The questions that the teachers make will appear on their screen so a larger broadcasting system for the classroom is highly…

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CBs + Text Sets = Success!

text_sets_quick-searchThere is no better way than text sets to broaden a student’s perspective while at the same time deepening their understanding of a topic.

Newsela provides a searchable library of current, relevant text sets across the curricula which can be narrowed down and even altered by reading level.  As a result, students at different levels can be reading about and discussing the same topic.  Newsela releases new text sets daily and allows for teachers to create their own that are available to users as well.  There is a feature called binder which allows teachers to create classes, make assignments, and access quizzes.  All of which is part of their free suite of products.

Now that WHS is in a 1:1 learning environment we encourage you to check out Newsela as a resource for you and your students.  Already using Newsela?  Please give us feedback in the comments below and let us know how you use it in your classroom.

Newsela Review from Edsurge

Newsela Review from TeachersFirst