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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 ...

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Ed Tech Summer Camp

Ed Tech Summer Camp is now open for registration!  Are you looking to earn clock hours and tech compensation this summer? If you have a Tuesday or two to spare, consider signing up for our summer tech courses. Courses include Seesaw, Class Notebook, Formative Assessment, O365 Toolkit, STEM courses, and more. Starting July 9 you can earn up to 6 clock hours per day! This ...

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 ...

Common Sense Census: Taking Stock

Common Sense Education is a highly respected organization that delivers research-based information and resources to educators. As such, the organization periodically takes stock of what is happening in classrooms across the country to inform their decisions moving forward, and to support all stakeholders in making smart decisions related to educational technology. A recently published report, ...

Block Download of Shared OneDrive Files

Ever wanted to share something with your students or parents but don’t want them to download it? OneDrive now makes it easy to block download of OneDrive files you’ve shared. With a simple toggle, you can set those file so that if you share them, the viewers won’t be able to download a copy of ...

Teacher Feature: Teams & Global Collaboration

Holly Stipe’s 8th-grade Advanced Language Arts students at Issaquah Middle School along with Amy Krohn and Anne Miller’s 4th and 5th grade Science Technology class at Briarwood teamed up for a Global Collaboration this spring. The unit crossed miles to discuss the theme in their respective novels using Microsoft Teams as their gateway for collaboration. ITP participants (Stipe and Krohn) ...

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New Actively Learn Extra Help and Teacher Features

A beta version of suggested grading is now available. You can opt-in and it will suggest based on historical data of a similar question whether the answer is basic, proficient, etc. Whiteout is now able to block out videos and photos with “White Out Above.” An eraser will appear in teacher view while students won’t ...

100 Ways Students Use Seesaw

          Seesaw is a terrific way for teachers to showcase student academic growth, strengthen the home/school connection, and educate students about digital citizenship in authentic ways.  But there is so much more that you can do with Seesaw and the challenge is to continue to find authentic ways that students can ...

A Question About BrainPOP

Dear Instructional Technology TOSAs, I love BrainPOP, but I feel like my kids are just consuming more and more video content these days. Do you have a suggestion for me to engage them in a way that encourages them to create vs just consume media?   Thanks, A Very Techie Teacher   Dear Techie Teacher, ...

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