Category: Tool Bits

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Spice up PPT with active hyperlinks, add-ins, and animations!

Ready to take PowerPoint to the next level? Try incorporating more interactive elements such as hyperlinks (Jeopardy anyone?). By editing your PowerPoint in the desktop version, you can add links right within the presentation to other slides. Templates are often available (for free or purchase) but may not have the game or content you are ...

Engaged Readers with Actively Learn

As we strive to create active readers who can engage with a complex text, it is important that we develop a joy for reading at the same time. Reluctant readers will often disengage from the content, but Actively Learn blogger Dr. Natalie Saaris offers some practical tips in her blog post, “5 Ways to Make Rigorous Content Motivating to Students,” to ...

Common Sense Education’s Review of Apps

In a sea of apps and resources, Common Sense has led the way in curating and recommending different electronic resources for use in classrooms and outside of school. One of the wonderful things about technology is that it is constantly evolving. This can also be daunting, and at times, scary. In the spirit of being ...

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Flipgrid and your Office 365 Classroom

Perhaps you have taken the dive into your Office 365 with Class Notebook, One Note, and maybe have even started to explore Teams. You are sharing docs, your students are collaborating and writing in their Notebook, but are you ready to have them share their ideas vocally. Or maybe you are looking to add a new ...

Actively Learn: Where did their class go?

You have the perfect lesson prepared, most students are happily engaged and working, and then pops up a hand! “I can’t see the class.”  And you can’t find it either! It’s not you, their class likely did “disappear.” Perhaps they have disappeared from your roster of students or even more confusing, they are still showing on ...

Using Seesaw’s QR Code Feature To Create Interactive Displays

Did you know that every post created in Seesaw can have a QR code generated that can be printed and displayed as part of an interactive classroom bulletin board or hallway display?  Basically, Seesaw posts can be printed with a QR code that then can be scanned to hear or see a recorded message about ...

The Fine Art of Conversations In Teams

One of the things that makes Teams great is the ability to have conversations around the various files and documents shared to a channel. You can just post messages (great for questions or brainstorming) or you can add files and build conversations around those files. Files uploaded are automatically added to the Files tab in ...

Exploring Classkick’s Assignment Library

In addition to providing interesting templates for teachers to use in designing many different assignments/tasks, Classkick has an Assignment Library where other teachers have uploaded sample assignments (if you’re familiar with Seesaw, it functions similarly to the “activity library”). This is an amazing resource if you are looking for templates, assignments that already match your ...

How to Create Channels in Teams

Editors Note: This fortnight’s Toolbit for OneDrive is being replaced by another Toolbit for Teams. We were unable to keep our regular cadence with Teams due to the delay in deploying it and want to get caught up. If you are missing your OneDrive Toolbit fix, check out this resource from Microsoft. The next Toolbit ...

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Ready for some Office updates! 

Immersive Reader, already a great tool in its own right has received some updates making it even better. The translator option is now available in Word,  OneNote, Outlook online, Teams and Flipgrid. In addition to translating into languages by word or whole text, Immersive Reader is now able to speak the language of math. After selecting an equation, launching the math button will give ...