Category: Tool Bits

Teacher Feature: Using Teams & Class Notebook

It’s the beginning of a new school year and that often means the start of a new classroom management strategy, trying a new technology tool, or putting a twist on a tried and true procedure. This year, Mrs. Caroline Dwyer-Sanik has taken the dive into Teams and Class Notebook for the first time and I had ...

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Create a Form from Excel (To Keep It Linked)

One of the ways in which Microsoft Forms is different than Google Forms, is that if you create a Form from the Forms web app, there is no Excel sheet attached. This creates an extra step if you want to play with the data collected from a form. Another difference is that when you do ...

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Using the Independent Reading Library on Actively Learn 

If you have not yet explored the Independent Reading Library, take a moment, either in teacher mode or student mode to find some of the current event articles available. This is a great place to assign students an “Article of the Week” or independent reading assignments. More importantly, they can even track their reading with ...

Post a Conversation to Multiple Teams at Once

Do you have multiple sections of the same class? Yeah, I figured you probably did. Prior to last week, if you wanted to get the word out in Teams about a topic relevant to more than one Team, you had to do the hard labor (and let’s be honest it was really hard work) of ...

Be in the Know: Consent Forms and Flipgrid

Flipgrid is a tool that is taking off in our district, and rightly so. Students can engage with one another by reflecting on content or lessons, and they can respond and hear classmate responses. The possibilities for sharing learning in creative ways are endless! Click here to read past posts on Flipgrid and how to ...

Support Teacher-Parent Communication Through Seesaw

With Seesaw, home-to-school communication is centered on students and their learning. From video reflections to hands-on group projects, students of all ages are empowered to add work to their journal where family members can see it and leave comments of encouragement. With some recent updates, connecting with families on Seesaw is now even easier than ...

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Personalizing your O365 Dashboard

Office 365 allows several ways to personalize your dashboard (launcher), whether through changing the theme or adding apps. First, to personalize your dashboard use the settings icon (gear) in the upper right corner when you are logged in to Office 365. Choosing this will immediately show different theme options. Recently added are more elaborate themes ...

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Creating a Text Set in Actively Learn

While Actively Learn offers a variety of knowledge sets for ELA, Social Studies, and Science, you can also create your own text sets with your uploaded content. Do you have a few articles or some student samples that you’d like to share? Uploading them into your content will allow you to then create a text ...

Private Channels Are Here

  Teams has been (and continues to be) a great tool for supporting easy, and seamless group work. However, let’s be honest, it has been kind of difficult when it comes to small group work in the classroom. Why? Because it used to be the case that anything and everything was accessible to the entirety ...

New to Flipgrid? Check out the Disco Library!

  There are almost 10,000 “Topics” in Flipgrid’s Disco Library – plenty to explore and consider. Within Flipgrid, a “Grid” is your class or content area, and the “Topic” is the project or assignment. The Disco Library has two main sections: Weekly Hits: these are quick templates that you can add to any of your ...