Movie Trailers to Help Students Take Ownership

This week, Haley Skavaril has been having students create movie trailers from the book they are reading. Using Adobe Spark, students are showing their learning by planning and creating movie trailers about the book while collaborating with classmates.By allowing students to use a familiar medium, this project allowed students to take ownership of their learning. ...

Canvas Setting an Assignment Default Score 

Did you collect an assignment on paper and just need to quickly add a score for all students? Or maybe you want to add a score for students who have not submitted? You have the option, by assignment, to add a default score.  Open Grades for your course Find the assignment you want to score Using the ...

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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:  ...

2022-2023 Building Tech Series for Secondary

Ed Tech is offering regular opportunities for training on a variety of tech tools this year. These sessions will offer overviews of the tools and the features that support powerful learning.   This year these will take place at central locations and be focused on understanding how the tools work and how to use them with ...

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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 ...

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