EdTech

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.

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!

Secure Printing

When printing tests, quizzes, IEPS, or other sensitive materials consider using the Secure Print Feature on our copiers.

This seems to work best when you use the ‘ctrl-shift-p’ command to print.

  1. ctrl-shift-p
  2. Choose destination printer and click preferences
  3. Change Job Type to ‘Secure Print
  4. Enter a code – click ok then print.
  5. When you get to the printer push Job Status button.  Then click Secure Print, select your print job and release it with the code.

Thanks Matt Geggie for reminding me of this handy feature.

It’s MyStudyLife! And I can live it how I want to!

Aaron from our CTS Help Desk wrote this App Review of MyStudyLife.

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MyStudyLife is a very useful app for those students that like to keep track of what they have going on, on what days and when. For organized students and for the teachers that like to keep their students informed this is a very useful and very easy to use app for your chromebook or even mobile phone. MyStudyLife has the ability to have entire schools join as well at teachers. The app will recognize the time that you spend in each class, which is nice. It has a feed page to tell you what assignments and tests you have coming up. For tasks there are also gauges for how far you are on the assignment percentage wise. However; this app is fairly reminiscent of google classroom, with classroom being able to sync with your google calendar that feature gives classroom an advantage. But all in all, if you like to…

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Quiz feature in Google Forms

Mr. Wallingford turned me on to the Quiz feature in Google Forms.  If you are looking for a way to give quick feedback to students give this a try as an alternative to Flubaroo.

Getting started with Quizzes in Google Forms is simple.  Open a new form from Google Drive and click on settings.

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Choose the Quizzes tab and follow the prompts.

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It appears that while Flubaroo might be a bit more powerful, Google Forms is simpler.  Mr. Wallingford also told me that he found it was more accurate in grading student responses.

Give it a try and send feedback.