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Keep on track!

I was really proud of 1st year CTS member Ryan Doan for his first Screencast covering Google Calendar. This is worth watching if you need help getting started using Google Calendar or if you are a teacher wanting to see how Google Calendar integrates with Classroom from the student perspective. Hi-five Ryan if you see him! Click on view original post to view video.

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Falling behind on assignments? Stay on track with this app!!!

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You Need to Organize and Prioritize, Google!

I highly recommend taking 2 minutes to watch this video. CTS member Aaron gives you tips to PRIORITIZE your Google searches – crucial information for all students and teachers.

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One thing that a fair amount of people don’t know about is how to prioritize their searches in google. Whether you’re writing an essay for Mrs. Knoblaugh, or an article of the week for Mr. Oney. Prioritizing what comes up in your search in rather important. I’ll teach you how to do so, in the video below.

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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.

 

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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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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Exploring Genres: Historical Fiction

Today in the Learning Commons we explored Historical Fiction with Ms. Moore’s Honors English 2 students.

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Historical Fiction includes any books set in the past.  Students seem drawn to this genre especially when it comes to stories that they can relate to in their own lives.  Students realize that some of the same issues, struggles, and even solutions they face today were also present in the past.

We also took some time to evaluate how to select a book based on reading and interest level.  Students evaluated books and rated them based on how interested they would be in reading the book.  They then had the opportunity to check out a book to use with an independent reading assignment for 2nd quarter.

To look for Historical Fiction books in our library use the following link (while at school): http://destiny

 

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.