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.

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Spice up PPT with active hyperlinks, add-ins, and animations!

Ready to take PowerPoint to the next level? Try incorporating more interactive elements such as hyperlinks (Jeopardy anyone?). By editing your PowerPoint in the desktop version, you can add links right within the presentation to other slides. Templates are often available (for free or purchase) but may not have the game or content you are ...

Engaged Readers with Actively Learn

As we strive to create active readers who can engage with a complex text, it is important that we develop a joy for reading at the same time. Reluctant readers will often disengage from the content, but Actively Learn blogger Dr. Natalie Saaris offers some practical tips in her blog post, “5 Ways to Make Rigorous Content Motivating to Students,” to ...

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Flipgrid and your Office 365 Classroom

Perhaps you have taken the dive into your Office 365 with Class Notebook, One Note, and maybe have even started to explore Teams. You are sharing docs, your students are collaborating and writing in their Notebook, but are you ready to have them share their ideas vocally. Or maybe you are looking to add a new ...

Actively Learn: Where did their class go?

You have the perfect lesson prepared, most students are happily engaged and working, and then pops up a hand! “I can’t see the class.”  And you can’t find it either! It’s not you, their class likely did “disappear.” Perhaps they have disappeared from your roster of students or even more confusing, they are still showing on ...

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Ready for some Office updates! 

Immersive Reader, already a great tool in its own right has received some updates making it even better. The translator option is now available in Word,  OneNote, Outlook online, Teams and Flipgrid. In addition to translating into languages by word or whole text, Immersive Reader is now able to speak the language of math. After selecting an equation, launching the math button will give ...

Teacher Feature: Actively Learn with Heidi Fielden 

One of our secondary school Ed Tech programs is the Digital Learning Workshop. This January, we were able to host one at Pacific Cascade Middle School where we had the pleasure of visiting Heidi Fielden’s 7th grade English Language Arts classroom to observe how she incorporates Actively Learn as both a collaborative classroom discussion as well ...

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Hacking STEM: Microsoft Lesson Library

Ready to bring a STEM activity for your classroom? Check out the Hacking STEM Library presented by Microsoft. As Microsoft states, “Browse our library for downloadable, hands-on, teacher-tested projects and activities that use everyday materials to make STEM affordable, accessible, and fun for everyone.” Each activity includes the title of the lesson, approximate time to complete the activity, age group, materials, cost per student, ...

Book Club & Literature Circles with Actively Learn

A common ELA classroom practice is literature circles, but management can be tricky and it is hard to determine if all students are working to their best ability or participating equally. Actively Learn takes the guesswork out of the equation since students will need to respond to the Q&A and actively work with their group ...

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Office 365, Making Collaboration a Reality

Despite the fact that student emails are not available for communication, students can still collaborate and share documents with just a few workaround steps.  Sharing a collaborative document is as easy as grabbing the Share link for the document, posting it on your website or in a Class Notebook and allowing students to work together on ...

Jigsaw with Actively Learn

One of the best parts of Actively Learn is the flexibility in assigning material to your students. You can choose to assign to individual students, small groups, or the whole class. This is a great feature to utilize for your next Jigsaw activity. First, decide which articles you’d like to use or if you need ...