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New to Flipgrid? Try a Short!

When trying new tech tools, start small! Flipgrid’s new feature for educators, shorts, are a great way to dip your toes in. Shorts are quick videos – recorded on Flipgrid – that can be shared with anyone! That means that they don’t need to be connected to a specific grid or topic (#Beyondthegrid), allowing you ...

New Features in Teams

  More Video Feeds Microsoft has begun rolling out some new features for Microsoft Teams. As you can see above, one of those new features is that Teams will now support up to 9 video feeds! This is the first step in moving beyond the 2 X 2 grid that Teams was limited to previously. ...

Remote Learning Guide

At Bits & Pieces we understand that our current time of quarantine presents a number of unique challenges for teaching and learning. We now find ourselves in a modality that relies almost entirely on teaching remotely, and for teachers and students alike, you need time, training and support to build your capacity to engage your ...

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 ...

Celebrate National Poetry Month

Next week kicks off Poetry Month! This is a perfect invitation to be creative and reflective. Here are just a few of the ways that you can celebrate.   One way to celebrate is to share a focus poem for the day! You can either share one of your own, or visit Favorite Poem Project, ...

Supports For Using Seesaw at School And at Home

Seesaw is an Issaquah School District (ISD) supported tool available to teachers and students. Elementary teachers and students at school can access Seesaw for Schools (Seesaw’s paid school service) through their Clever accounts or by using the class QR code in the Class App  and at web.seesaw.me. Secondary teachers and students can access Seesaw’s free ...

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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 ...

Flipgrid Roundup: Getting Started

Are you interested in using Flipgrid as a way to communicate and engage students? We’ve got you covered. This roundup will outline the basics for getting started and offer a curation of links for more information. (For previous BNP posts on Flipgrid, click here). Flipgrid Basics Create a “grid” for your “classroom” Share your classroom ...

BrainPOP- It’s Come A Long Way Baby

When I was in the classroom,  I used BrainPOP videos mostly as sub plans. The videos were an easy way to give my students a solid review of what we had already learned in class. It was simple, kids liked it, and the 10 question quiz kept them accountable for paying attention in my absence. ...

Quick Start with Teams

If you haven’t tried Teams and are interested in trying now, check out the Quick Start Guide below. Teams lets you share files easily, have rich discussions around those files and comes with a bunch of other features that are great for the digital classroom, including an end-to-end assignments tool (distribute and collect assignments digitally) ...