All posts by Stephanie Olson

I am an Instructional Technology Specialist supporting LHS, CMMS, and MMS. I have a BA in English, MA in English, and a MA in Secondary Education; I taught middle school and high school ELA for 11 years before transitioning to a role in educational technology. 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 also love showcasing how technology can engage students and bridge gaps by making content more accessible for all learners. I am very excited to be a part of such a dynamic team and innovative district.

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Sway it!

Sway is a digital presentation and storytelling tool that can be used as an alternative to PowerPoint. Since it is an app, it is available across platforms and we have free access to it with our Office 365 accounts! Sway is meant to make it easier and quicker to communicate information. Unlike PowerPoint, Sway is designed to be interactive and ...

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Advantages of creating and using Office 365, OneDrive & Desktop Shortcuts

It is Sunday night and I just realize that I need to edit my slides for my presentation Monday morning. I already have a hectic morning schedule, dogs, kids; I am a general slowpoke, etc. I left my laptop at school so now I need to leave earlier so I can get to school and ...

Supporting ELL Students with Actively Learn

Ready to help your English Language Learners take the next step to independent reading, use Actively Learn's embedded features to help support language development. Define and translate features are great for identifying new vocabulary. The define feature allows your ELL student to take the first step in decoding the word by seeing it used in other sentences and hear it spoken ...

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Supporting ELL Students with Actively Learn

Ready to help your English Language Learners take the next step to independent reading, use Actively Learn's embedded features to help support language development. Define and translate features are great for identifying new vocabulary. The define feature allows your ELL student to take the first step in decoding the word by seeing it used in other sentences and hear it spoken ...

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ABC’s of Microsoft Forms

  Are you ready to try Forms? It is a great way to digitize and grade a quiz, survey or poll students, or even create a submission for gathering digital projects or work. Here are some of the ABC's of Microsoft Forms: A: Add a picture or logo to format your header and theme. B: Branching options ...

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What’s New to Actively Learn

Features:  Have you logged into Actively Learn lately? There were some interface changes as of August including an updated Workspace, a search feature for navigating your content and the Actively Learn content, importing options including Google Docs and PDFs, a new options menu (three dots) for editing and updating current assignments, as well as the ability ...

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Office 365 Immersive Reader Dyslexia Awareness Month

Immersive Reader is a part of the Office Learning Tools meant to support students with dyslexia and dysgraphia. Word (online) and One Note allow students to read in the Immersive Reader view, which offers a full-screen reading experience with additional visual options. In the online version of both Word and One Note select the “View” ...

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Actively Learn for Visual and Hearing Accommodations

As teachers, we are often looking for technology to help us address the individual needs of our students or that offer easy to use support strategies for students with accommodations. Actively Learn can support students in a variety of ways. Students can choose specific sections of a text to have read aloud or even use ...

Outlook Calendar: An Introduction

Outlook Calendar offers a variety of ways to support organization and planning. It can be used for your personal (school) use, or you could use it as a communication tool with your colleagues. The Calendar can be accessed directly from your Outlook whether using the desktop version or online version. Some of the features that ...

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Close Read with Actively Learn

Here is a new way to use Actively Learn to develop complex Close Reading skills. First, duplicate an assignment. Then on each version, embed different notes and questions to support each round of reading. On round one, students can look for words they do not understand and define them as you read the text with ...