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DyKnow Basics – Blocking a site/application

After you have started monitoring a class, and the class session is in active monitoring, you can easily block a website or application that a student is using. Click on any student's screen to open big view. Teachers can block sites that students are on by selecting the student as they are on the site, ...

Quickly Add Links in Canvas and Anywhere CTRL-K 

CTRL+K might just be your new best friend. When you need to insert a link (for an image or highlighted text) you can quickly copy the link from the original source (CTRL+C) and then in Canvas or other website/document choose CTRL+K to launch the add-link. Here is an example in Canvas after highlighting the text:  ...

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DyKnow Basics – Monitoring

DyKnow is the new Classroom Screen Monitoring software that ISD has been launching in secondary schools this fall.   The DyKnow tip this week is focused on just the basic first step of using DyKnow with classes - Logging in and Monitoring a class.   Without any preparation or plan of what students will be able ...

Canvas – Moving Grade Total to Front in Gradebook 

The tip this week is just to make grading in your course a little easier. You may choose to move the Canvas grade “Total” to the front in order to easily see student grades. This helps when transferring grades from Canvas to Skyward and ultimately saves from scrolling down to see the grade total.   Open ...

Digital Citizenship Week: Coming Soon!

October 17-21 is Digital Citizenship Week! As Common Sense Education reminds us, digital life is real life because our world is connected. This year, the focus of Digital Citizenship Week is on promoting digital well-being. Just as we support social and emotional learning in face-to-face situations, it is equally important that students are equipped with ...

Canvas – Setting Course Default Time

We are creating a series of posts as a part of the "All the Canvas tips you never knew you needed!" We will share a weekly tip until we run out of them. If you have ideas you would like to share, please feel free to pass them to your Ed Tech Lead or Tech ...

Canvas Grading Periods for HS Semesters

Grading periods are back! We explored using them when our secondary courses were yearlong in the 2020-2021 school year, but we have brought them back to our high school semesters in the form of quarter grading periods. Why did we do this? One of the questions that arose often this past year was how a ...

Clever Cleanup for the 2022-2023 School Year (Plus a New Feature!)

As we begin a new school year, everyone is busy setting up classrooms and preparing for students – and this includes the digital space of our classroom! In Issaquah, we use Clever at the elementary level to function as a teacher web presence, a place to curate resources, and a single sign-on. This post will ...

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Actively Learn, Revisiting a Favorite

It has been a while since we have updated you about Actively Learn, but this comprehensive reading tool allows for such distinctive features that it needs to be revisited. If you have not used Actively Learn recently, I urge you to pop in and check out their recent additions such as an updated Lexile search, ...

How To Handle the Semester Transition

Whether it is starting a new school year, or attempting to straddle the transition from one trimester to a new one, there are important administrative and curricular things to consider and pay attention to when starting up a new term. With our switch to Canvas, and the move to a separate course for each term, ...