Did you know that the Iowa City CSD has a site license for Screencastify, a Chrome plugin that allows you to record your entire screen (not just Chrome)? For teachers thinking about flipping a lesson, staff members providing a walkthrough of an on-screen process, or a student recording a presentation, screen recording software can be of great value.
The Screencastify plugin allows ICCSD teachers, staff, and students to record an unlimited number of videos, each of unlimited length, which can then be uploaded to YouTube, shared via Google Drive, or downloaded as an mp4 file or animated GIF. In order to use the ICCSD site license, you just need to authenticate with your @iowacityschools.org or @icstudents.org Google account.
For instructions or more information, check out our guide.
While this has been shared before, I wanted to provide a new link to our guide to getting started with the wireless video and interactive projector technologies that we’re installing in our classrooms. Ten new buildings will be brought up to the new suite beginning next year, and we’re excited to provide the support needed to make that a smooth transition.
If you run into problems following these instructions, or if there’s something that you wish we had included, please reach out to the Help Desk at firstname.lastname@example.org or x4357.
As I’m preparing to assist with Google-focused professional development for staff here at the ESC, I wanted to share more broadly some tips and tricks for working more efficiently and effectively within the Google G-Suite, including Drive, Docs, Sheets, Forms, Calendar, and other apps. Some of the resources below are mine and some are from elsewhere; I hope that some of these tips are helpful to you! Continue reading Google G-Suite Tips and Tricks
As we learn during our first year Canvas implementation, I have some notes to share regarding teachers’ and students’ access to last trimester’s Canvas courses and data.
Accessing Previous Grades – Teachers
If you log in to your T1 Canvas courses this morning, you will find that the “Grades” page appears to be empty. In order to view and work with T1 grades, you will need to click the gear icon in the top right, and then choose “Show Concluded Enrollments”.
Continue reading Canvas – Trimester Change
Gmail offers a number of features that allow you to customize your experience, and I’ve blogged about some of those already – such as adding a preview pane (like Outlook) and creating rules to filter incoming messages – but I haven’t yet written about the wonder that is (are?) Gmail Labs.
What are Gmail Labs?
Have you ever wanted to be able to automate replies that you send on a regular basis? Automatically filter out bulk emails? Add your calendar to your Gmail interface? These and many more features are available within Gmail Labs, and can be enabled for any ICCSD account. Continue reading Extending Gmail with Google Labs
I previously posted regarding the dates at which courses will no longer be available to students and teachers; in a nutshell, Trimester 1 courses will be available until June 30th, 2018. Here is a more comprehensive guide for teachers as the end of the first trimester approaches. Continue reading Canvas at the End of the Trimester
While I’m amazed that we’re already nearing the turn of the calendar to second trimester, I received a question today that reminded me that I needed to get some information to ICCSD teachers and students regarding what to expect. Specifically, what happens to Canvas courses at the end of the first Trimester?
A: All teachers and students will continue to have access to Tri 1 courses – whether they are yearlong courses or single-trimester courses – until midnight on June 30th, 2018. This will allow teachers to work on grading, students to reference previously-submitted work and materials, and so forth.
Since the courses will no longer be current, their status will change to “Past Enrollment” and won’t appear – by default – on students’ and teachers’ dashboards. Instead, users will need to click the “Courses” button on the left side of Canvas, and then “All Courses” to show both past and current enrollments. This area will also show teachers their future courses.
If you’ve read about Canvas, you may be aware that this is not the default behavior; we modified the access end dates to ensure that students and teachers can seamlessly use and reference previous course content until the end of the year.
While we’ve taken many steps to expand our network access and performance over the past few months, the reality is that all networks face hard limits in terms of the amount of data that can be moved at once.
In order to ensure that teachers and students are able to maximize internet and network performance, here are a few useful tips: Continue reading Maximizing Internet/Network Performance
The Canvas Parent Portal App (available on iOS and Android) allows parents to follow their child(ren)’s Canvas courses. In order to get started, check out the video and/or written instructions below.
Continue reading Setting Up the Canvas Parent Portal App
With new computers and wireless projection throughout the district, we have more staff who are interested in concepts such as extending your display so that your projector shows different content than your laptop screen. A more specific request that has come up a handful of times has been how to disable presenter view in PowerPoint, which makes use of both screens when using it in extended display mode.
You can enable or disable presenter view by clicking on the “Slide Show” tab in PowerPoint, and then toggling the “Use Presenter View” checkbox (see below). With presenter view off, your computer will show you the same content that is on the projector while presenting with PowerPoint with mirrored displays, and will default to the presentation appearing on your projector only when using extended desktop.