Category: Tool Bits

Pin Files to Make Them Easier to Find

In Teams, files are super easy to create and collaborate on. However, sometimes it can be a little tricky to find them. Thanks to a new feature recently rolled out by Microsoft, helping team members find files just got easier. You can now pin any file to the top of the Files tab (or inside ...

Now is as Good a Time as Ever to Make the Switch to OneDrive

Maybe it’s because it’s the new year, or maybe it’s because of all the hullabaloo around the district internet and servers over break, regardless, now is a great time to move your files off your computer (and/or district servers) and into the cloud. OneDrive is Microsoft’s cloud storage solution that is included through Office 365. ...

Seesaw Adds The “Send Back” Feature For Teachers.

(Edit:  This feature will actually not be available until January 22, 2020) Seesaw recently rolled out a new feature that finally allows teachers to send a student’s post back to them to re-edit if needed.  This has been a feature request for some time and is finally here!  But… there is a catch. First, this feature ...

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Activate, Support, and Reveal student thinking with Actively Learn

Actively Learn strives to support students becoming stronger readers and increasing their higher-level thinking skills. They suggest the ASR framework to help engage student thinking. When creating your assignment, adding the learning objective activates student thinking by supplying them with a focus. Then scaffolding with notes or media can support their thinking around complex ideas.  ...

Teams Adds a Gradebook View

You may have noticed an extra tab the last time you logged into Teams. If you’re like me you immediately clicked it and discovered that the tab gives you a gradebook style view of all the assignments and student grades on those assignments. It’s pretty sweet, and if you are less impulsive than me, you ...

Collaboration with #GridPals

ISTE’s Global Collaborator Standard calls for students to broaden their perspectives by working with others at the local and global level. This means leveraging digital tools and resources to connect with others across their school, community, and world. Technology is a perfect platform for fostering relationships beyond the classroom walls… think of it as having ...

Flipgrid + Immersive Reader = Access for All!

  Flipgrid is taking on the ISTE standard of “Empowered Learner” to an entirely new level, by incorporating Microsoft’s Immersive Reader tool. This way, not only are students encouraged to use their voices to post their own videos, but there are built-in supports for them to listen to the initial prompt. By incorporating Immersive Reader ...

Using Seesaw to Showcase Student Learning During Conferences

Hey, Elementary Teachers.  You may not want to hear this yet, but… CONFERENCES ARE COMING! It will be here before you know it and you may be trying to think of some ways to show parents all the great things your students have learned so far since the beginning of the school year. Last year, ...

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Microsoft Inclusive Math Tools

One Note (Class Notebook) offers several inclusive features to support student learning including  Math Tools. This inclusive feature allows students to solve math problems, see how the problem was solved, graph the problem, and interact with the graph. They can also create their own practice quiz, use the Immersive Reader tool to read the problem aloud, ...

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Student Goals using Actively Learn

As teachers, we are intentional with the use of data to help us support our students. We can find data points in various ways, even in Actively Learn regarding our students reading. But what if we made our students responsible for their own data? Students can easily create reading goals using their own data in ...