Teams Hacks

When routine bites hard And ambitions are low And resentment rides high But emotions won’t grow And we’re changing our ways Taking different roads Love, love will tear us apart again Love, love will tear us apart again – From ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart by Joy Division   Teams is really great (I think) ...

Book Creator

Want to make books for your students to read? Book Creator is an online or iOS program that you may use to create your own stories. Here is one I created on keeping our laptops clean and safe. Each teacher gets 1 library with 40 books for free when you sign in at app.bookcreator.com, Issaquah ...

Teacher Announcements in the Clever Portal (K-5)

Add a teacher announcement to your Clever page with a new feature that is available now! Open Clever and select the teacher page that you want to add a message to, then click the create teacher announcement button. Craft your message for the day or week that you want to send to students and then ...

Teams: Use Insights to Get Data on Student Engagement

  Microsoft Teams is great for interacting and engaging with students but it can be a little hard to know how much they are interacting and using Teams. Sure there are some obvious ways to check on how engaged your students are in Teams (cough, cough Assignments) but those are proxies at best. Fortunately, Microsoft ...

Flipgrid Shorts and Wakelet

A common frustration from my colleagues in Issaquah and from many global educators on the Facebook and Twitter groups that I belong is how to put all of the instructional stuff together in a neat little package. How can I put all these great Ed Tech tools in one spot for my students, and perhaps, ...

Flipgrid “Shorts” – Share Beyond the Grid!

What is a Short? A Short is a video (up to ten minutes) available to all educators with a Flipgrid account that you can share beyond the Grid! You can find Shorts located in the top right corner of your educator account. Unlike traditional Flipgrid videos, Shorts are not housed in a particular “Grid” but ...

Embed Learning Checks into Stream Videos

When I was growing up there was great anxiety about the so-called idiot-box (aka TV) and how it put viewers into a total passive consumptive state (not saying I disagree.) The argument was that all you did was watch and that there wasn’t really an interaction and or active participation. Well now we find ourselves ...

Gallery Walks with Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark offers several creative options for you and your students. Using Classlink or Clever, students and teachers can launch the Adobe Spark app, sign in using their Microsoft account, and choose a project. One option is creating a video. Whether starting from a template or scratch, the video becomes a canvas for making your ...

Use Stream to Record Your Screen

We think Microsoft Stream is pretty great but today it got even better by adding the ability to record your screen and create screen casts. Previously you had to use a different tool (like Teams) to record your screen and this created some workflow issues (like how to make sure your students didn’t pop in ...

Meeting Options, I forgot to change it!

Has your meeting started with all your lovely kiddos and you realize you forgot to change the presentation options? Are students randomly muting one another or worse you? The quick fix to changing meeting options while in the meeting is here! First you will need to open the participants window from your Teams taskbar: Then ...

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