Category: Tool Bits

Classkick: Learning Tool for Teachers and Students

As the current school year draws to a close, you might be organizing and looking ahead to next year. Gathering user-friendly tech tools to facilitate work with students and colleagues can help build excitement for the coming year! If you plan to be leading a session with colleagues or facilitating a meeting, Classkick is a ...

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Text Pairings/Knowledge Sets in Actively Learn

As you are wrapping up the school year this is a great time to think about what went well and next steps for the upcoming school year. I know, you are waiting for summer to arrive, but right now everything is fresh in your mind so it is a great time to reflect.  While you ...

Toolkits to Navigate Social Media

  Issaquah School District is currently thinking about social media use across our schools, and what we can do as teachers to support student safety, well-being, and citizenship in their online robust social communities. Common Sense Education, one of our district-supported platforms, offers toolkits for educators that include teacher information and accompanying lessons. One toolkit ...

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Creating Fillable Templates with Word

Did you know that you can make Word templates that are editable and protected at the same time! One aspect that I love about my job is being asked to try something new. Like many teachers, I love learning, so it always provides the opportunity to try something new, here are the steps in creating ...

Seesaw “Best Of” Folders

As we near the end of the school year, and your students have been doing some awesome work in Seesaw.  One way to highlight best work is to have students place that chosen work into a “Best Of” folder.  This is a great way to have your students reflect on all the work they have ...

New Features In Teams

Last week, Microsoft released a few important updates to Teams that you may already be aware of, but we want to make sure, just in case. Read below to find out about the new features. Grid View While, having instant access to all your Teams in the side panel is a feature to some, it ...

Seesaw and Classkick: What Are the Differences?

Classkick is one of our core tools that is taking off! Because it is an easy-to-use digital tool that allows teachers to view and give feedback easily, you might be wondering how it is different than Seesaw. While the two tools overlap in many ways and both would bring immense value to your teaching, there ...

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Outlook Add-In’s

Office Add-ins might be one of the most overlooked features of Office. They can be added to any of the office suite (Word, Excel, PPT, and Outlook). We covered some of the add-in options for PowerPoint, but what about Outlook! Outlook add-ins can make your communication more engaging with Emojis or it can add productivity ...

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Small Groups and Editing in Actively Learn

Actively Learn is continuing to make their platform more user-friendly for teachers. Just announced this week are the ability to create small groups as well as the ability to edit previously uploaded Google Docs. First is the new small group function. Under “assignment settings” are two options: Reading settings and Small group settings. Both offer ...

Manage Your Settings In Teams

So it’s sunny and you would probably rather go get some ice cream than noodle around in the settings for Teams, but Microsoft gives teachers some important controls in Teams that can affect discourse and interactions in your class. Read on to find out what you can control and what you can’t (or go get ...