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EdTech Update: Return to Learn 2020!

Distance Learning Website

This has SOOOOOOO many resources and it's updated daily. Check out the Distance Learning Page of our website for remote learning tips and tools.

New Certificate Download for Personal Devices at School Buildings

In order to get your personal devices to work in a school building, you'll need to download the new certificate. Go to and follow the appropriate steps.

Need help? Contact the service desk.

Virtual EdTech Kickoff was a Success!

Did you miss EdTech Kickoff 2020? Check out our EdTech Kickoff Webpage to view the following:

Zoom is coming!

We are pleased to announce the technology consortium has secured enhanced Zoom licenses for all TEACHERS for the 2020-21 school year. This will provide all teachers with the ability to host video conferences, record lessons, etc.

How do I access my Zoom account?

To access your Zoom account, you will go to and sign in using your Google credentials (same email and password you use to check work email).

What if I already have a Zoom account?

Users who already have a Zoom account tied to their work/school email address will need to convert their current account to the consortium license. To convert your license, go to, sign in, and then follow the directions provided in this PDF (Zoom Account Conversion Process).

ACTION REQUIRED - What should I do next?

We highly encourage all teachers to sign in to their Zoom account anytime after Thursday, August 13 at 5 p.m. and do the conversion if necessary. It is critical that you test your account as soon as possible and make sure that you have access to the platform.

If you have trouble signing in or converting your account, please submit a Service Desk ticket or call the Service Desk immediately at 517.768.5299 so that we can troubleshoot your issue.

JCISD Tech Consortium Virtual Courses

Jackson County EdTech Consultants are offering 3 different virtual course options covering Google Classroom, Seesaw, and Schoology! These courses run for 3 weeks and are self-paced. Participants also have the chance to earn 6 SCECH credits upon completion of each course. Make sure to register for the upcoming courses before they are full!

September Virtual Course Sign-Ups

Google Classroom Updates

  • New to-do widgets: Google is adding a to-do widget for students and a to-review widget for teachers to help keep track of work in Google Classroom. Learn more.
  • Join classes via link: Teachers can now send out links to classes, which students can join with a single click. This can help educators share classes anywhere they communicate with students, including in messaging platforms. Learn more.
  • Support for new languages: Google is launching Google Classroom in 10 additional Indian languages. Soon, Classroom will support over 54 languages globally.

In addition to these improvements, they're also making other changes:

  • Assignments now generally available: Assignments will move from beta to general availability. Learn more.

Technology Tidbits

Check out the Technology Tidbits area of our website for quick how-to videos covering the G Suite apps, Google Classroom, Seesaw, Schoology, and more!

Technology Tidbits

JCISD Tech Consortium Virtual PD Sessions

**NEW - SCECHs available starting 7.20.20!

Jackson County EdTech Consultants are offering online webinar opportunities. If you can not make the live webinar sessions, they will be recorded for viewing on a later date. EdTech Consultants will also be available through email and scheduled virtual meetings. REGISTER HERE. Keep an eye out for the weekly webinar listings!

Weekly Virtual PD

Distance Learning Offline Options

Are your students trying to learn but struggle to get a good internet connection? Here are some ways for them to set up offline learning for their devices.

Distance Learning Offline Options

Technology Guidelines

Tech Tools & Resources

Digital Warmups/Engagement Tools

Get over that awkward silence at the beginning of your virtual call with these digital ice breakers. Melissa Duffrin shared these with us at EdTech Kickoff!

Access more here: digital warm-up folder


Flippity is an amazing tool that allows the user to turn a Google spreadsheet into flashcards, a random name picker, a badge creator, a spelling quiz, a memory game, a word search, and more. Check out to learn more.

Using Desmos to Make Art

Alice Keeler shares how to use symmetry, equations and more to create art with graph paper on Desmos. See the post here:

Math Guidance Documents

This folder created by Heather Holshoe, JCISD Math Consultant has a number of resources to help you determine where to start and what to cover including priority standards.

Access the folder here: Math Guidance Documents folder

👩‍🏫 How to archive your Google Classroom course

Social, Emotional and Healthy Learning!

Google Form for Check-In

Student's mental well-being is more important than ever. Here's a Google Form option for establishing a check-in.

Distance Check-in

These all-inclusive check-ins will give the students some good coping mechanisms and teachers good feedback data.

Daily Check-In for Upper El with Mood Meter

Daily Check-in for MS/HS with Mood Meter

Fall Student Check-In

For more ideas to support student emotional learning, connect with Jessica Bucklin.

Kids' Cardio Videos

Check out this list of kids' cardio videos! Group HIIT kids

The University of Michigan has partnered with Michigan State Board of Education and Superintendent, the Michigan School Health Coordinators’ Association (MiSHCA), and the Society of Health and Physical Educators (SHAPE Michigan) to disseminate InPACT@Home. View their resources here:

Emojis for Daily Check-In

We found this resource from For remote learning, try a quick daily check-in to monitor your students' well being.

Emotionally Connected Learning IS Possible

Start with Relationships.

This article from EdSurge shares some ways to make that emotional connection. Read more here:

JCISD Assistive Tech Weebly

Keep up with the latest ideas from our Assistive Technology Coordinator, Elisabeth Mills.

PD Opportunities

Virtual end of year workshop for PowerSchool admin users

The PowerSchool team has created a website for PowerSchool admin users to walk through the End of Year setup at their own pace. This is for admin staff in charge of student data who typically process records to prepare for the end of year rollover. You can also schedule a one-on-one session with someone from the PowerSchool team.

PowerSchool End of Year Virtual Workshop


Edupaths offers self-paced online courses that can earn you SCECH credits! Check out to learn more.

REMC Virtual Courses

REMC Virtual Courses offers many different courses each month. Each course is worth up to 10 SCECH credits. Check out the REMC Virtual Courses webpage to see what courses they are offering right now!

Discovery Education Experience

REMC presents Discovery Education Experience. Series of three 1.5 hour webinars in September & October. Registration.

2020 REMC Personal Purchase Program

Staff, students, and families can receive Michigan educational prices!!

Now through September 30, 2020 Several of the awarded vendors on the 2020 REMC Device Purchasing Bid are offering discounts to staff, students, and families on computers and accessories purchased for PERSONAL use!

2020 personal purchase program

Tech support

Need help? Did your printer stop working? Can't login? The Internet broke? ;) Contact us and put in a ticket here: Tech Support!

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