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Record Voice and Screen: Screen Capture Options…

Special thanks to Chris Lorenz.

Reasons to Screen Capture courtesy of Screencastify:

Flipped Classrooms

Record lectures and allow students to absorb material at their own pace while boosting in-class engagement.

P.D. Training

Gone are the days of time consuming, repetitive trainings. Instructional screencasts save teachers hours.

Verbal Feedback

Teachers give more thoughtful, personal feedback by recording themselves reviewing a student’s work.

Proof of Learning

Show students explaining themselves before and after a course to demonstrate learning and improvement.

Interactive Assignments

Students record themselves practicing languages, giving a speech, talking through a problem, and much more.

Cheating Mitigation

Teachers ask students to speak through test answers, and can view both screen and webcam activity.


Creating Calendars for Multiple Categories-Set up for LRHSD App.

You may want or need to create multiple calendars for different clubs, activities, sports or categories.

I will be briefly presenting at the activity advisors meeting tomorrow, but in case you miss it here is how you can create a calendar that pushes events to the LRHSD App.

Click here for directions for Google Calendar.

Click here for directions for Schoolwires.

Useful Google Teacher Tech- Rich Kiker

I think Rich Kiker sparks inspiration and starts momentum in new directions for teachers.  There are plenty of acquisition and meaning-making sites on his dashboard (built within a Google site with Symbaloo):

He pitched Google Classroom which we have been working with for 2 years.  For those of you thinking about giving it a try, watch the classroom 101 video:

Rich also sent along the link to his portal, please enter your email address here:

Click here for the form.

If you need a coach and accountability partner please schedule a time to meet with me.



Shawnee Technology Links Discussed in Today’s Meeting-10-20-15

  1. Google Classroom- Sign up for discussion and collaboration.
  2. Google Calendar for planning.
  3. Google Add On- Attendance Sorter, Developed by Shawnee senior, Tovly Deutsch.  Tutorial Video click here.

Google Classroom in the LRHSD!

Here is a new and easy way to distribute assignments and files to your students for collaboration and assessment this year: Google Classroom.  It’s free and we are already connected in the LRHSD; you and your students log in with your LR email address and off you go!

First and foremost, it is EASY.  Log in, select teacher, then create classes with section numbers.  You can manually add students or give students the class code to join once they log in (send them to then they can login with their and password).

Once you have a classroom you have 2 choices.  Make an announcement or create an assignment.  It’s that simple.


Announcements are simple threaded comment boxes similar to what you would see on any forum, like the Facebook news feed.  You can post text, links, videos, Drive items (docs, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, presentations) or attachments; then students can see it in the classroom “stream” and comment.

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Assignments get instantly distributed to students in the class.  They can be a google drive item (docs, spreadsheets, forms, drawings, presentations), a youtube video, a hyperlink to another page, or an attached file.  You can also have multiple files in the same assignment.  

Drive items can be set to:

  • view only
  • make a copy for each student (to edit in their own user Drive)
  • public and anyone can view and edit.

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Once assigned, all students see it in the class forum “stream” and it gives you a number for done or not done:

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The teacher can click in to the assignment and grade.  More on this later, I’ve yet to try it with students…

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I’m also not sure if notifications go out through the Outlook Email, or through the Gmail associated with each user (Gmail is not currently turned on for LRHSD Google Apps for Education users).  I’ll be posting a follow up once I have a few assignments with students this year.  I also had a question about text message alerts, which is not a feature in Google Classroom.  My suggestion is use Wiggio or Edmodo for that.

I also checked the Google Classroom support forum and there is currently no feature to copy a “class” (with all assignments and assets) from one year to the next.  It has been requested and is most likely something we’ll see very soon.  The other thing that concerns me is once students graduate from LRHSD their user accounts are deleted.  If you have a long term portfolio need (for college/posterity) you won’t be able to use Google Classroom yet, as it is only available for Google Apps for Education users.

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Want more information? Here is more about Google Classroom.

Also check out:

A Round-up of This Summer’s Google Drive, Apps, and Maps Updates



Best Free Edtech Tools on the Web 2011-2012

Rosemary Johnson and I presented to a large group of our faculty at our recent in service this list of free web tools:

Each tool was presented in a minute, teachers were asked to explain how they have already used the tool (if they had experience), and were given 3 minutes to think of a use in their classes.

We had the teachers post ideas on how to use each tool in there classroom here:

This was the most successful tech tips session we’ve had and I think everyone learned something new!  I think the spreadsheet of how each teacher (from different subject areas) would use the tools could be useful for everyone.

2011 in review released a nicely designed summary for the blog postings on this site.  Very cool.  Thanks for visiting this page!  Happy New Year!

Here’s an excerpt:

A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 1,200 times in 2011. If it were a cable car, it would take about 20 trips to carry that many people.

Click here to see the complete report.