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Mar 15
IT Tips and Tricks - 3/15/19

Tip #1 - New Google search options
Now, when you click in the search box you’ll see a range of options, including:

  • Suggested search queries: Click on a term to search for it.

  • Your top collaborators: Click on a person to search for files that you’ve collaborated with them on.

  • File types, edit history, priority items, and more: Click to show files that match the highlighted criteria.

These filters will help you find and filter content more quickly and efficiently in Drive.

Tip #2 - The Mind Online is a new podcast about digital literacy produced by Teaching Tolerance - thanks to Jack Ganse
"Through conversations with teachers, librarians, scholars and reporters, the podcast explores the critical aspects of digital literacy that shape how we create and consume content online. Discover what educators and students alike need to know—and how we can all become safer, better informed digital citizens."

Mar 08
IT Tips and Tricks - 3/8/19

Tip #1 - Clone on in Wixie!
Follow these 3 simple steps to create counting and base ten activities for your students. Tips to create your OWN learning activities in Wixie


Tip #2 - Enable 'Undo Send' and breathe a sigh of relief
Gmail's potentially life-saving "Undo Send" feature was introduced in 2015 so you've probably heard of it, but if you're not sure how to enable it unfortunately, it will be useless to you.

To do so, simply click on the settings gear in the upper right-hand corner of your Gmail account. Select "Settings" from the drop-down menu and check the box labeled "Enable Undo Send." You're then given the option to set a "send cancellation period" of either 5, 10, 20 or 30 seconds.

Feb 20
IT Tips and Tricks - 2/22/19

Tip #1 - Learn about Global Holiday Traditions with Google Earth
Feeling festive? Google Earth launched a fun and quick quiz that will test your knowledge of how holidays are celebrated around the world. Other quizzes cover ocean marine life, global soccer stadiums, haunted places, and of course, natural wonders.

Tip #2 - Learn those sweet sweet keyboard shortcuts
Hotkeys have the potential to change your Gmail life, but before you master them make sure they're all turned on by going to Settings > Keyboard Shortcuts > On.

Once that's done you'll have access to dozens of helpful key combinations that will make formatting text, chatting, navigating your account, participating in Hangouts, and much more seem like a breeze.
Google has a complete list of keyboard shortcuts, but you can also type a "?"when Gmail is open to make another list appear

Feb 15
IT Tips and Tricks - 2/15/19

Tip #1 - Schedule emails like a magician
Boomerang for Gmail is another service that lets you schedule emails to send ahead of time, and is especially great if you want to get a jump-start on work or simply want to ensure you don't forget to send something. You can also set reminders for yourself to follow up on messages, which is something everyone could benefit from.

Tip #2 - Wixie Trading cards

Did you know your students can create their own trading cards to share their love & learning with friends and/or family members?

If not, click this short video to learn how easy it is to print them out (even as one classroom set)!

Feb 08
IT Tips and Tricks - 2/8/19

Tip #1 - Updated K-5 digital citizenship resources
Our K-5 digital citizenship resource bundles have been updated with new lessons from Common Sense Media, Digizen, and more! Be sure to check out these as well as the digital citizenship scope and sequence for more ideas on integrating this into your instruction.

Tip #2 - Chromebook Accessibility Features (Many thanks to Jack Ganse)
Check out this 3 minute video on all the accessibility features Chromebooks have to offer

Feb 01
IT Tips and Tricks - 2/1/19

Tip #1 - Wixie Graphic Organizer  Templates
Help students organize information, research, thinking, and writing with Wixie's graphic organizer templates. students can also create their own organizers from scratch.

Tip #2  - New WeVideo Resources
WeVideo is proud to announce the brand new release of the Education Resource Hub. You’ll find lesson plans, video inspiration and tutorials submitted by educators like you!

Jan 25
IT Tips and Tricks - 1/25/19

Tip #1 - Reply or Reply All (shout out to Heather Trujillo for this tip!)
You may have been noticing that you are  getting a lot of reply all messages. It has been  discovered, that with the email upgrade you need to go into your email settings, and on the 6th item down called Default reply behavior make sure you select Reply.  If you don't' do this, every time you answer an email that has gone to multiple people it is automatically replying all since nothing is selected.

Tip # 2 - Schoology/IC Sync Tip
There is a “copy categories” feature in IC that allow teachers to copy categories to assignments after they have been synced from Schoology.  This should reduce the number of grading categories that have to be manually set up.

Jan 18
IT Tips and Tricks - 1/18/19

Tip #1  - Why you shouldn’t just close your Chromebook
The Chrome operating system that powers chromebooks was built from the ground up with security in mind. Straight out of the box, chromebooks are one of the most secure devices you can buy.There is one thing the user has to do to keep their chromebook secure, however. It’s simple and easy, yet a lot of people don’t do it. What is it? Don’t let your chromebook sleep when you’re finished using it. Shut it down. Click here to read more.

Tip #2 - Schoology/IC Sync Tip
If you are ready to sync grades and don’t want to go to the IC app in the Schoology menu, there is a button in Schoology gradebook to to do sync.

Jan 11
IT Tips and Tricks - 1/11/19

Tip #1  - Elementary Searching Resources
Information Literacy has some great resources for elementary students to use to search the web. Click here for more information.

Tip #2 - Gmail Themes
You can pick a theme or use one of your own photos to change your Gmail background.

Schoology/IC Sync Tip- If you don’t see your courses in Schoology, remember that you are only able to see 12 courses at a time. Click “My Courses” in the upper right corner to see a complete list of your courses.

Dec 21
Tips and Tricks - 12/21/18

Tip #1 - Turn Off the Lights for YouTube
Turn Off the Lights Chrome Extension- blacks out all the extra and usually unwanted youtube suggestions in the margins of the selected youtube video. Only the selected video will show!

Tip #2  - Change PDFs to MarkUp Documents with Kami
Teach students how to recognize a PDF document and why it cannot be modified. Then show them the Kami extension and how it changes the PDF to a doc that can be marked up and typed on. Integrates with Google Classroom and Schoology!

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