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UDL through Screencasting

UDL Principles

By creating short informative videos on your chromebook teachers can help students access information in a variety of ways. Whether you are flipping classroom instruction or simply providing students another pathway to content, screencasting is simple and can be reused in the future.

Watch this short video to learn about how to use Nimbus to create screencasts which are videos of what is on your computer screen narrated by you. Screencasts can also be student-created to demonstrate knowledge and understanding and then shared with future classes.

Screencastify is another App that can be used for this purpose as well. Let us know if we can help!



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!

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

Get More Done with Action Items in Google

download-5Sharing Google files with other students and teachers has made collaboration here at WHS the norm.  Now Google allows us to assign Action Items to collaborators in the comments section of Google files.  Give it a try and let us know if you find this tool useful.

  1. Open a Google file.
  2. Highlight the text, images, cells, or slides you want to comment on.
  3. To add a comment, go to the format toolbar and click Comment .
  4. Type your comment.
  5. Somewhere in your comment, add the email address, with @ or + in front of it, of the person you want to assign it to.
  6. Click the box next to “Assign to [name].”
  7. Click Assign. The person you assigned the action item to will get an email.

Communicating with Parents in Classroom


Teachers – Now more than ever there is an expectation to communicate with not only our students but their parents in a timely and detailed manner. Communicating with the  parents and guardians of your students just got easier with Google Classroom’s Guardian Email Summaries.  Don Sutton just turned on our access to this important feature so you can now  use it.

Simply go to the ‘students’ tab in Classroom and then turn on Guardian Email Summaries on the left-hand side.  You will then “Invite Guardians” by adding the email addresses or adding from your contacts.  Parents/guardians will have the option to see a daily or weekly summary of posts from your classroom.  This will also allow you to email the guardian directly from Google Classroom.

Try it out tonight as you meet with parents at Report Card Fair.  As always give us feedback so we know if this becomes an effective way of communicating with your parents.

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.


Choose the Quizzes tab and follow the prompts.


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.


The WHS Learning Commons is home to two new spaces this school year.

The Cane Tech Squad Help Desk is located in the SE corner of the library.  In this space you will find help Help Desk students who are taking the Technology Internship class this year.  These students will be on-call throughout the day to help with the technology needs of both staff and students.  More information can be found on the CTS Help Desk here.

The new CO|LAB is located adjacent to the CTS Help Desk area where the in-library lab used to be.  The CoLab is designed to be a space for students to explore and collaborate with technology.  MakerSpace activities from the Technology Club will be available here.  In addition, teachers may book the space to bring down their classes to work with students in a more collaborative way.  CTS Help Desk Gurus will be availale to help students and teachers when they book this space.

16 Chromebook Tips

Teachers – 
In honor of the final 16 days of summer here are 16 chromebooktips to help get you ready for our new 1:1 initiative. 
Plus a bonus tip at the end!

1.  Getting started with Chromebook basics – Not sure where to start?  Learn the absolute basics here.
2.  Google Offline Mode – It will be VERY important to teach students how to switch into OFFLINE mode if they dont have wifi at home.  They will have to do this before they leave and turn it off when they get back to school.
3.  How to print from your Chromebooks at WHS – Another skill to teach the students.  But will they really need to print as much with their own chromebooks?
1.  Locate and click the wilmington.k12.oh.us bookmarks button on your bookmarks toolbar.
2.  Select the printer you wish to use.
3.  Click Add Printer.
4.  Use the back button to return to the page you want to print.
5. Print and your printer should now be installed.
4.  Keyboard acting funny? – Erin Moore can tell you about this one.
Make sure your keyboard is set to US mode.  Look at the icon in the far right bottom corner.  If it says USnext to the icon you are good  If it says INTL click it and select US keyboard.
5.  Lock your Chromebook – Keep your chromebook secure as you move around the classroom.
Hold power button down for one second.  Password will be required to wake chromebook back up
6.  Organize your classes with Google Classroom – Not on Google Classroom yet?  Give it a try.  It makes life easier for everyone.
Now is a great time to jump in with Google Classroom.  For the most part all Google Classroom does is organizes files for you and your students.  www.classroom.google.com  Give it a try, in a matter of minutes you can have your classes set-up.
7.  Get comfortable searching and adding Add-ons and Extensions – https://chrome.google.com/webstore/category/apps
There are several ways to get there but you can just google “chrome webstore”
Beyond the Essentials
8.  Taking a screenshot with a chromebook – A very handy skill to grab an image of your screen.  It automatically gets saved to your files on your chromebook.
  1. To take a screenshot, use the following keyboard shortcut:
  2. Take a partial screenshot by selecting the area you want to capture, Ctrl+ Shift+
9. Overview mode –
Take 3 fingers and swipe your touch pad.  Cool huh?
10.  Google Cast for Education – This is brand new and we need to test it out.  Looking for a few teachers to give it a test drive.  It allows students and teachers to share their screens with each other and the class using a projector.  Game changer?
11.  Listen to Podcasts from Chromebooks – There is tons of great educational content on iTunes in the form of podcasts.  Follow the steps closely to get it to work. It is simple simple once you get the steps down.

An easy way to listen to podcasts on your Chromebook.
1) add this extension
2)Go to this itunes page https://itunes.apple.com/us/genre/podcasts/id26?mt=2
3) Browse podcasts and click the “download” link of the one you want to listen to…

Chromebooks in the Classroom 
12. SAMR model – Use the SAMR model to guide your transition to integrating more technology in the classroom.
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Sample Lessons for implementing Chromebooks with SAMR -(borrowed from Edina Public Schools Chromebook Classroom website) – Here are some general sample lesson ideas for integrating technology.
13. Digital Storytelling –
  • Students will use a variety of websites for Digital Storytelling.  Digital storytelling allows the students to “show with they know” in a creative, digital format.  Digital storytelling on the web also allows for publication and sharing of projects with a wider audience.  Students plan to use Digital Storytelling for Social Studies, Reading, Language Arts and Science.  A few examples of websites that allow for Digital Storytelling are listed below along with curriculum connections.
    • Prezi: Social Studies Regions Project, End of the Year Reflections, Book Reports
    • Animoto: Field Trip Pictures, Classroom Events
    • Voicethread: Biography Poems, Small research projects, Author Studies, Poetry Share
    • Blabberize: Rock Research, Minnesota History research on Lumbering, Saw Milling, Farming, and Flour Milling.
    • Glogster: Book Posters, Character Posters, Who Am I Posters
    • Other Websites: WallWisher, Story Jumper, Get Funky, FotoBabble, Little Bird Tales, Simplebooklet
14. Productivity Tools –
  • Students use productivity tools on the web that allow them to access their work anytime and anywhere.  Students will be using the Chromebooks to work in the Cloud using Google Apps for Education. Below are some examples of the ways that the students will work in the cloud using the Chromebooks.
    • Google Docs: Personal narratives, fiction stories, paragraph writing, Internet Safety Presentations, Collaborative Minnesota A-Z Presentation, word definition Presentations for Word Studies, Student led conference presentation, Forms for quizzes in language arts, reading, science and social studies, online note-taking using custom made Google Forms
    • Google Sites: Student e:Portfolios, State Research projects, Collaborative Science Research
    • Google Maps: Social Studies Standards, State Studies Projects, Minnesota History mapping of important places
    • Picasa: Classroom pictures, field trips
    • Google Earth: Book Setting Trips, Geography tours, Literature trips
    • Moodle: Online courses for Social Studies, Science, Reading
15. Using 21st Century Skills to Communicate –
  • Using Chromebooks, students will be able to communicate using 21s century tools.  Below you will see a variety of ways the students will be able to communicate because of the Chromebooks.
    • Gmail: Communication with students, Book Club Communication, Reader Response Journals,
    • Video Conferencing: State Studies Research, Geography Mystery Quest Video Conference, Learning outside the classroom walls
    • Calendars: All classroom projects and assignments
16. Using 21st Century Skills to Collaborate –
  • Collaboration is one of most important 21st Century skills that we can teach our young students.  The Chromebooks would allow students to collaborate face to face or on the computer while working on projects.  Students would be able to sit face to face, while having a device to work on in order to complete group projects.  When the members of the group are not together, the device will allow them to access their collaborative work and remain productive outside of face to face time.  The following Google Apps for Education allow for this collaboration.
    • Google Docs, Google Sites, Gmail, Google Classroom
17. Courtesy Mode – If you made it this far – Congrats!
Teach your students to tilt their screens to wards them at a 45 degree angle when you want their attention. This way their eyes should be on the speaker and not on their screens. This also keeps their screens on so they can quickly go back to work on their chromebooks. Refer to this as ‘courtesy mode’ and use it when needed.
Thanks for reading and let me know how I can help.