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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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 ...

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Small Groups and Editing in Actively Learn

Actively Learn is continuing to make their platform more user-friendly for teachers. Just announced this week are the ability to create small groups as well as the ability to edit previously uploaded Google Docs. First is the new small group function. Under “assignment settings” are two options: Reading settings and Small group settings. Both offer ...

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Ed Tech Summer Camp

Ed Tech Summer Camp is now open for registration!  Are you looking to earn clock hours and tech compensation this summer? If you have a Tuesday or two to spare, consider signing up for our summer tech courses. Courses include Seesaw, Class Notebook, Formative Assessment, O365 Toolkit, STEM courses, and more. Starting July 9 you can earn up to 6 clock hours per day! This ...

Teacher Feature: Teams & Global Collaboration

Holly Stipe’s 8th-grade Advanced Language Arts students at Issaquah Middle School along with Amy Krohn and Anne Miller’s 4th and 5th grade Science Technology class at Briarwood teamed up for a Global Collaboration this spring. The unit crossed miles to discuss the theme in their respective novels using Microsoft Teams as their gateway for collaboration. ITP participants (Stipe and Krohn) ...

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New Actively Learn Extra Help and Teacher Features

A beta version of suggested grading is now available. You can opt-in and it will suggest based on historical data of a similar question whether the answer is basic, proficient, etc. Whiteout is now able to block out videos and photos with “White Out Above.” An eraser will appear in teacher view while students won’t ...

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Poetry Month & Actively Learn

  April showers bring May flowers and a celebration of poetry Create or appreciate, April poetry month is in full bloom Actively Learn casts rays of sunshine on inspirational poets Questions to ponder, notes to guide, abundant styles Lyric Narrative Descriptive Elegy Epic A poem to appreciate singularly or in a set By grade level ...

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Using Actively Learn For Classroom Research

Primary sources, secondary sources, and the ability to create and collaborate are reasons why Actively Learn is a great space to encourage classroom research.  Teachers can assign primary sources to their classes and work through note-taking using the “highlight and take a note” option. Questions can be embedded (many are already included), but teachers can modify ...

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Actively Learn Features Make Learning Interactive & Differentiated

Calling all Science teachers, what is new in Actively Learn – PhET!  PhET is a series of interactive simulations that includes virtual science experiments, demonstrations, and visualizations for math and science. It not only integrates into PowerPoint as an add-in, but it is now available in Actively Learn. Currently, five of the PhET simulations are available and include Energy Skatepark, Forces ...