Category: Tool Bits

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Gathering Notes in Actively Learn

Your student has been diligently writing notes in their Actively Learn text and now it is time for them to write their analysis. Students can easily access all their notes with the Notes Summary option located under the Notebook icon. Here students can select “View notes” to see all class notes or they can select ...

Take Seesaw To The Next “Level”

So you have been using Seesaw since the beginning of the year.  You have gotten your parents connected and they are able to see some of the wonderful learning that is going on in your classroom.  But maybe you as the teacher have been doing all the posting.  You have been really good at taking ...

Add Your Sweet Website to Teams

An Open Letter to Teachers With a Boss Website If we’re being honest, I think your website is pretty amazing. You’ve done an excellent job over the last 17 years organizing, revamping and making sure it hums and sings a glorious song about your class and all the great learning that goes on there. However, ...

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Collect Files in Forms

A great new feature has been added to Microsoft Forms, you can now collect files! Many teachers have had students submit links to files, but this new feature means that students can now submit their completed files as an attachment directly to a folder in your own One Drive. Here is a quick video to ...

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 ...