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Nov 09
IT Tips and Tricks - 11/9/18

Tip # 1 -  Tips for Protecting your Personal Data
Now that you may have completed the district's required Student Data Privacy course, learn more about ways to protect your own personal data using these tips and tricks.

Tip # 2 -  Override the BVSD filter
Staff members who require access to blocked websites can override the filter by going to https://filter.bvsd.org and logging in with their BVSD credentials. A step by step guide on how to gain access to a blocked site can be found in this Web Filter Override Knowledge Base document.


Nov 02
IT Tips and Tricks - 11/2/18

Tip # 1 -  New FlipGrid Feature: Combine Videos from Multiple Grids to Create Mixtapes
Just because FlipGrid is now free for everyone doesn't mean they've stopped added new features for teachers! Check out this blog post for an introduction to the new Mixtapes feature. Mixtapes was created so that you can pull videos from multiple grids to create things like digital portfolios, summaries of a semester's discussions, and presentation highlights.

Tip #2 - IT Training Center
The IT Training Center, which offers classes on the features and functions of your favorite digital tools, is launching a fall learning series. Check out this flyer for information on classes for Google, Schoology, Infinite Campus, and more! For questions, please contact Rose Foster at rose.foster@bvsd.org or call the IT Service Desk at xHELP.  


Oct 26
IT Tips and Tricks - 10/26/18

Tip # 1 - Check out Wixie's Curriculum Library
Did you know that Wixie has a curriculum library that you can use to find, customize, and assign activities? Each activity is standards-based and ready for you to use with students, whether it be a project or a formative assessment. See how this Ed Tech tool can be used in your classroom!

Tip #2  - Required Student Data Privacy Course
Have you started the Student Data Privacy Schoology course? All BVSD employees who have access to student data are required to take this course by December 21st. Log in to Schoology today to get started!


In order to access this course:

  • Sign into the my.bvsd.org (BVSD Single Sign On Portal) with your BVSD credentials

  • Click the Schoology icon

  • You will be redirected to your Schoology homepage

  • Click Courses in the top menu bar, and select the Data Privacy for Staff course from the dropdown menu

Contact enrique.gonzales-moo@bvsd.org if you have any trouble logging into Schoology or joining the class


Oct 19
IT Tips and Tricks - 10/19/18

Tip #1  - How to attach a screenshot or picture to an IT Service request
Many times IT tickets refer to an attachment, usually a screenshot or picture. Unfortunately, however, the attachment(s) do not come through.  Check out this quick screencaster to learn how to easily attach your screenshot or picture.

Tip #2 - Celebrate National Book Month with Wixie
Are you ready to integrate Wixie into your daily instruction to celebrate National Book Month? Check out these lesson ideas for elementary students.


Oct 12
IT Tips and Tricks - 10/12/18

Tip #1 - IT Updates
IT Updates for the 2018-19 school year. Click here to learn more!

Tip #2 - Set the Tone for Parent Teacher Conferences with WeVideo!
Using video in your classroom is already a powerful tool, so why not use it during Parent Teacher Conferences? Check out this article from WeVideo and use your district account to get started!



Oct 02
IT Tips and Tricks - 10/5/18

Tip # 1 - Splitting screens on a Chromebook
There are two options available to you. The first is Dualless which is a poor man's dual monitor solution. It splits your browser windows into two by just 2 clicks. The ratio can be adjusted according to your needs.  The second is Tab Resize - split screen layouts". Two clicks, four quick layouts to choose from and the ability to create a custom layout. Easy to undo and revert back to a single pane.

Tip #2  - Pear Deck Power-up
Pear Deck Power-up is a free Chrome extension that works with Pear Deck for Google Slides. With the Power-up installed, you can embed videos, animations, and GIFs in your Google Slides! When you present with Pear Deck those animated elements will play on the projector and student devices—exactly the way they should!


Sep 27
IT TIps and Tricks - 9/28/18

Tip # 1 - New Features Coming to Google Classroom
Do you use Google Classroom? Google has been listening to teacher feedback and working on improvements to the platform. Check out this blog post for an overview of changes coming to the platform for the 18-19 school year.

Tip #2 - Fluent Stream phone settings
You can review and change settings online at my.fluentcloud.com and log in with your BVSD email and password. Here are directions on how to use your voicemail from your phone. Here are some directions on how to access voicemail settings from the online portal.


Sep 20
IT Tips and Tricks - 9/21/18

Tip # 1 - Schoology Kiosk App for Staff
The Schoology Kiosk app, which allows students to sign on to Schoology and take exams in a kiosk or closed environment, is now available on staff Chromebooks as well! Here are some important things to know:

  • The Kiosk App will launch Schoology into its own restricted window environment, which can be used for assessments or other situations where users need to stay within the LMS.

  • 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 #2 - A new Gmail is coming!
The new Gmail has a new look for the features you already use, plus new ways to organize your inbox, view upcoming events, and take action on emails. Click here to learn more.


Sep 10
IT Tips and Tricks - 9/14/18

Tip #1 - Check out what software BVSD supports!
BVSD Ed Tech offers many digital tools to support student collaboration, creativity, communication, and critical thinking. Be sure to refer to our Ed Tech Software webpage for a full list of these resources and how to access them

Tip # 2 - EdPuzzle Extension
Pick a video, add your annotations, questions, or voiceover, and push it out to students for an engaging mini-lesson! This extension makes it even easier.


Sep 07
IT Tips and Tricks - 9/7/18

Tip # 1 - Keep Awake Extension
Have you ever had to sign back into your Chromebook after several minutes of inactivity? Keep Awake allows you to adjust the power settings so it will not automatically lock, allowing it to stay on until you close it!

Tip #2 - Get your PD on while you drive!
Here is the list of three of the top educational podcasts:

  1. Google Teacher Tribe
    The Google Teacher Tribe Podcast is a weekly podcast designed to give K-12 educators practical ideas for using G Suite and other Google tools hosted by Matt Miller (Ditch That Textbook) and Kasey Bell (Shakeup Learning).

  2. Cult of Pedagogy
    Teaching strategies, classroom management, education reform, educational technology -- if it has something to do with teaching, we're talking about it. Jennifer Gonzalez interviews educators, students, administrators and parents about the psychological and social dynamics of school, trade secrets, and other juicy things you'll never learn in a textbook.

  3. StartEd UP
    Join student and teacher hosts, Don Wettrick and Hunter Stone, as they interview experts in education, innovation and entrepreneurship while discussing how anyone has the power to change the world and live life to the fullest.


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