Tip #1 - Google TranslationsType “translate (foreign word) in to English” into Google, and it defines the foreign word and tells you how to pronounce it.
Tip #1 - Accessibility Features in G SuiteGoogle Apps have recently been updated with even more accessibility features to accommodate Braille displays and screen magnifiers! Screen reader support is also enabled.
Tip #1- Coding + BrainPOPCoding + BrainPOP: What could be better? Help students learn the basics of coding using this fun, familiar tool.
Tip #2 - IPEVO VisualizerA new app to go with the IPEVO document cameras, IPEVO Visualizer, has been released. This will replace the IPEVO Presenter app. The new app has the same functions and icons with a slightly updated interface. Please look for the new app in your Apps Launcher on all devices!
Tip #1 - The Goo.gl URL shortening service is shutting down in AprilFrom Free Technology for Teachers, “Goo.gl Is Being Shut Down — 5 Alternatives". This article outlines some alternatives.Tip #2 - Desmos Kiosk AppBVSD IT has just pushed out a new app that allows teachers to create a secure environment for testing. Similar to the TestNav and Schoology apps, the Desmos Kiosk app allows students to sign on to Desmos to use during exams in a kiosk or closed environment.
Some important things to know:
The Kiosk App will launch Desmos into its own restricted window environment, which can be used for assessments or other situations where users need to stay on Desmos.
This app will not work with any external pop-up windows, so all content must be embedded and not linked to external sites that would require additional tabs or navigation.
Basic buttons are included for limited navigation (back, forward, home, refresh).
Choosing Log Out will close the Kiosk app and return the Chromebook to the login screen.
Tip #1 - BrainPOP WebinarsAre you a BrainPOP user? Trying to figure out new ways to implement this resource in class? Check out these webinars for training on all that BrainPOP offers, including digital citizenship, teacher tools, and student creations.
Tip #1 - Read&Write for Google ChromeThe Read&Write for Google Chrome extension, which makes documents and website more accessible to everyone, is now available to all BVSD staff and students when signed into Google Chrome with a BVSD account. To learn more about the features of this tool, please see this support document. Please note that this extension cannot be removed, but it can be disabled. For a video walkthrough of the Read&Write features, as well as steps to disable the tool, please click here.
Tip #1 - Single Sign-on Portal - my.bvsd.orgWith the new BVSD Single Sign-on Portal, the quickest and easiest way for students and teachers to sign into Google (and other apps) is to first go to my.bvsd.org, login, and click on the tile from there- one login for multiple tools! For more information, please see Andrew’s latest blog.
Tip #1 - Bookmarks Bar Switcher ExtensionLove bookmarking sites? Need to organize them better? Check out this extension that allows you to switch between different bookmark bars!
Tip #1 - BrainPOPBrainPOP has recently integrated with Newsela to help you coordinate your BrainPOP lessons with quality, leveled articles. In addition, your students can now make your own movies through BrainPOP's Make-a-Movie feature. Learn more about these two new BrainPOP features in this tutorial.
Tip #1 - Free Online Photo EditorUse lunaPic to add all sorts of cool photo, sketch and paint effects to your images. Just click the Browse icon within the image on the main page to upload your photo.
Tip #2 - Announcing the IT Open House!
What: IT Open House--Join the BVSD IT department for an afternoon of learning about IT Services!
Meet the people behind the emails, calls and programming that impact your school and classrooms.
Learn about Internet to the homes of students in need through the ConnectME (My Education) program.
Join Ed Tech and check out the new innovation tools, maker kits, and more!
Join the IT PMO team and work on a project of your very own.
Have a question on your Chromebook or laptop? Bring it and we will provide the answers.
When: February 27th from 4:00-5:30 pm
Who: All BVSD staff!
Why: An opportunity to come and interact with IT, learn about all we have to offer, and get inspired!
First 50 attendees will receive an awesome SWAG bag! Also, AMAZING RAFFLE PRIZES (including a trip to InnEdCO Annual Conference in June 2018).
Optional - RSVP here for this event!