All posts by Stephanie Olson

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist supporting BLMS, PLMS, IMS, PCMS, and SHS. I love collaborating and working with teachers on how best to integrate technology into their curriculum to create a dynamic learning experience for students. I am very excited to be a part of such a dynamic team and innovative district. I look forward to learning more about the Microsoft world and how to integrate Teams and One Note into a classroom setting. I also hope to support my schools with my knowledge of iPad use in the classroom, Project/Problem Based Learning through the Innovative Designer lens, and exciting ways of meeting the ISTE standards. You can contact me at 425-837-7172 or email me at olsons@issaquah.wednet.edu.

Teacher Feature: Using Teams & Class Notebook

It’s the beginning of a new school year and that often means the start of a new classroom management strategy, trying a new technology tool, or putting a twist on a tried and true procedure. This year, Mrs. Caroline Dwyer-Sanik has taken the dive into Teams and Class Notebook for the first time and I had ...

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Using the Independent Reading Library on Actively Learn 

If you have not yet explored the Independent Reading Library, take a moment, either in teacher mode or student mode to find some of the current event articles available. This is a great place to assign students an “Article of the Week” or independent reading assignments. More importantly, they can even track their reading with ...

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Personalizing your O365 Dashboard

Office 365 allows several ways to personalize your dashboard (launcher), whether through changing the theme or adding apps. First, to personalize your dashboard use the settings icon (gear) in the upper right corner when you are logged in to Office 365. Choosing this will immediately show different theme options. Recently added are more elaborate themes ...

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Creating a Text Set in Actively Learn

While Actively Learn offers a variety of knowledge sets for ELA, Social Studies, and Science, you can also create your own text sets with your uploaded content. Do you have a few articles or some student samples that you’d like to share? Uploading them into your content will allow you to then create a text ...

ELL Frontiers Book Study

Learn how to use technology to support your English Language Learners in this 8-week long book study. Hosted by Jill Klune and Stephanie Olson, the course will be conducted through Actively Learn and provide a variety of chances to try out some new technology. Course starts October 7 and the book, ELL Frontiers: Using Technology ...

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Video Lessons in Actively Learn

Ready to take Actively Learn to the next level of media? You can now upload videos from YouTube or your Google Drive into Actively Learn. From your “My Imports,” choose “Add Content” and “Import Video.”  Actively Learn offers a tutorial on how to add your videos. The best part is, you can embed questions throughout the ...

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Teams vs. Class Notebook

So, what is the difference between Teams and Class Notebook? More and more we are hearing about Teams, but why should a classroom teacher consider making the switch? Both teams and Class Notebook serve their own purpose and a teacher might consider using both in their class or choosing one depending on how they see ...

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Text Pairings/Knowledge Sets in Actively Learn

As you are wrapping up the school year this is a great time to think about what went well and next steps for the upcoming school year. I know, you are waiting for summer to arrive, but right now everything is fresh in your mind so it is a great time to reflect.  While you ...

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Creating Fillable Templates with Word

Did you know that you can make Word templates that are editable and protected at the same time! One aspect that I love about my job is being asked to try something new. Like many teachers, I love learning, so it always provides the opportunity to try something new, here are the steps in creating ...

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Outlook Add-In’s

Office Add-ins might be one of the most overlooked features of Office. They can be added to any of the office suite (Word, Excel, PPT, and Outlook). We covered some of the add-in options for PowerPoint, but what about Outlook! Outlook add-ins can make your communication more engaging with Emojis or it can add productivity ...