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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Using Flipgrid in Canvas

Getting Flipgrid set up in Canvas Are you ready to get your Flipgrid on? Before you do, here are the pros and cons of adding it to Canvas. Pros: It is easy to access from your course for both you and your students It will automatically register your students in your Flipgrid group (previously grid) ...

Secondary Ed Tech PD Opportunity

Interested in more Ed Tech PD before the school year begins? On August 21st and 24th, there will be optional training designed to help you go deeper in understanding how to use Canvas to support learning remotely. Each day is split into two three-hour sessions – attend one or all four! Want to Attend? Remember ...

Ed Tech Summer Camp 2020

Ed Tech Summer Camp Get ready to get your learning on this summer. Ed Tech Summer Camp will be offered July 28-31 with two sections available per day. Morning sessions will run from 8:30-11:30 and PM sessions from 12:30-3:30. Elementary Courses: July 28 & 29: Focus on Seesaw and how to use it in your ...

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What to do with those pesky PDFs?

As we have moved to a remote learning environment, you may be straddled with a curriculum full of PDFs. Unfortunately, these are not as easy to navigate in the online world without a hefty knowledge of Adobe. Well, we have some awesome workarounds for getting students to interact with those pesky PDFs. Option 1: Convert ...

Gallery Walks with Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark offers several creative options for you and your students. Using Classlink or Clever, students and teachers can launch the Adobe Spark app, sign in using their Microsoft account, and choose a project. One option is creating a video. Whether starting from a template or scratch, the video becomes a canvas for making your ...

Meeting Options, I forgot to change it!

Has your meeting started with all your lovely kiddos and you realize you forgot to change the presentation options? Are students randomly muting one another or worse you? The quick fix to changing meeting options while in the meeting is here! First you will need to open the participants window from your Teams taskbar: Then ...

Record Your Teams Meeting (without students)

You may be looking for screen recording options or ways to asynchronously record a lesson for your students. While we are discouraging recording meetings held with students in Teams, you can record your own “meeting” to post content directly in the team for students to access in their own time. Whether recording or hosting meetings ...

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Roundup: Actively Learn

Actively Learn is a district-wide tool available to teachers and students. Elementary teachers and students will access Actively Learn through their Clever accounts while secondary teachers and students will access it through Classlink or directly from activelylearn.com As you might be looking for ready-made reading material or a place to upload content, Actively Learn might ...

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More on Differentiating with Actively Learn

Actively Learn offers several ways for classroom teachers to differentiate for their students in order to increase text comprehension and student engagement.  First, the extra-help tool offers additional support by identifying students who need extra help in the class roster with just a click. When creating questions or comments, the teacher can add the extra-help ...

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Gathering Notes in Actively Learn

Your student has been diligently writing notes in their Actively Learn text and now it is time for them to write their analysis. Students can easily access all their notes with the Notes Summary option located under the Notebook icon. Here students can select “View notes” to see all class notes or they can select ...