Category: Announcements

Gimkit

Gimkit’s mission is to create memorable classroom experiences. With Josh Feinsilber (Gibson Ek senior) at the helm, the growing Ed Tech company is positioned to do just that! This year Josh and his advisor, Hillary Nadell, came to one of our Ed Tech meetings to introduce us to Gimkit, a tool that he developed as ...

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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 ...

Seesaw “Best Of” Folders

As we near the end of the school year, and your students have been doing some awesome work in Seesaw.  One way to highlight best work is to have students place that chosen work into a “Best Of” folder.  This is a great way to have your students reflect on all the work they have ...

Brain Pop: Make-a-Movie and Draw About It

A few weeks ago, we shared that BrainPOP is now available on Clever accounts for K-5 teachers and students. If you missed this news, check out the details here! With the new access through Clever, we have additional features for students to show what they know about the vast content available on BrainPOP and BrainPOP ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

100 Ways Students Use Seesaw

          Seesaw is a terrific way for teachers to showcase student academic growth, strengthen the home/school connection, and educate students about digital citizenship in authentic ways.  But there is so much more that you can do with Seesaw and the challenge is to continue to find authentic ways that students can ...