Summer 2019 Technology Newsletter
By: Michael Kealy
New Technology Throughout The District!
What is zSpace?
The district purchased a set of zSpace laptop computers that will be shared amongst all 6 buildings. Training will be forthcoming on how to utilize zSpace in your instruction and teachers can submit a BCSD Technology Help Ticket to reserve the zSpace laptops for their classroom.
zSpace also offers curriculum and lesson ideas on their zSpace for education page where educators can search by content area or standard. A link to the zSpace Education can be found here: https://zspace.com/edu/
Apple iPad's Will Be Available in Every Building
Apple Pencil's Will Be Available To Sign Out and Use With Your iPad's
About Apple Pencil:
Mark up email, screenshots, and more.You can write and sketch on email messages, and even draw directly in apps like Keynote. Take a screenshot, then mark up the shot you just took.
The ideal tool for artists of every kind.Apple Pencil helps you express your creative ideas. Whether you’re painting a watercolor, designing an interior, or retouching layers of a photo, Apple Pencil brings your visions to life.
Apple Pencil is packed with technology designed to make using it completely intuitive. With imperceptible lag and pixel-perfect precision, it feels like a familiar writing and drawing tool you’ve always used.
Ryze Tello Drones Available To Use
Ryze Tell Drones can also be used to easily learn programming languages such as Scratch, Python, and Swift Programming has never been this fun with Tello EDU! The drones are controlled by an app which will be installed on the iPad's assigned to your building.
Portable Green Screens
Dell Interactive Panels
A special thank you to the facilities team for assisting in the setup of the new boards!
BCSD District Is 1:1 This School Year!
Summer G-Suite Updates
All classes moving to Google Classroom with the Classwork Page in September
Posted: 08 Aug 2019 06:22 AM PDT
Last year, we introduced a new version of Classroom that provides additional features, including a Classwork page to help teachers better organize assignments. Newly created classes automatically include this Classwork page, with the option for instructors to revert classesback to the version of Classroom without Classwork.
The previous version of Classroom (without the Classwork page) is deprecated and will be discontinued on September 4, 2019. This means that new classes will be created using the version of Classroom that includes the Classwork page—instructors will no longer have the option to revert to the version without Classwork. In addition, all classes still using the previous version will be automatically converted to the version of Classroom that includes the Classwork page on September 4.
Why it’s important
Any class materials that exist in the Class Settings page will not be carried over, however instructors can create the same experience in the new Classroom by adding the same materials to the Classwork page. Note that you’ll still be able to access these materials, excluding links to YouTube content, via Google Drive.
For more information and resources on Google Classroom for your instructors, check out our Help Center and Teacher Center. Your instructors can also view this video on how to create resources in the Classwork page using topics.
Stay up to date with G Suite launches
Priority page in Drive now available for all G Suite editions
Posted: 07 Aug 2019 06:46 AM PDT
Quick launch summary
Earlier this year we launched a new Priority page in Drive, which makes accessing and organizing your most important files easier. This feature is now available for all G Suite editions.
On the Priority page, you’ll see your most relevant documents and are able to take action in line, like replying to a comment or reviewing recent edits, without opening the doc. In Workspaces, you’ll see related content grouped together for easy access, or you can create your own personalized workspaces. To learn more about the Priority page in Drive, see here.
Originality reports for Google Classroom and Google Assignments launching to beta
What’s changingWe're opening a beta for originality reports. The feature scans a student's work for matches across billions of web pages and books, which can make it easier for instructors to evaluate the academic integrity of work and provide constructive feedback to the student. Originality reports can be used within Google Classroom and Google Assignments.
Note that Google Assignments is an improved and expanded version of Course Kit. If you’re already part of the Course Kit beta, you’ll automatically have access to Assignments.
Who’s impactedAdmins and end users
Why you’d use itWe've heard from instructors that they frequently use Google Search to check if student work is authentic and that they spend a lot of time giving feedback about missed citations and improper paraphrasing. This feature makes that process more efficient and effective by integrating the power of Search into our feedback and grading tools.
Additionally, this feature gives students real-time feedback about issues before they turn in a document, giving them the opportunity to improve their work and learn from their mistakes before final submissions.
How to get started
- Admins: Admins can express interest in the originality reports beta for Classroom here. All Assignments beta users will automatically have originality reports. To express interest for the Assignments beta, see here.
- End users: Once enabled in your domain, end users can turn originality reports on per assignment by checking the originality reports checkbox within the assignment creation process.
Additional detailsOnce the feature is generally available, instructors will be able to access originality reports at no charge for up to three assignments in each course they teach. Schools that would like unlimited access can upgrade their instructors to G Suite Enterprise for Education. During the beta, all instructors can use originality reports as much as they would like, at no additional charge.
Regardless of what G Suite for Education edition their instructor is using, students will only be able to create reports up to three times per assignment when enabled by their instructor. This applies to the beta and when the feature becomes generally available.
If your domain has turned on the Assignments LTI tool, you can also use originality reports within Google Assignments in your LMS. Note that when new coursework is set up within Assignments, you’ll need to click the checkbox to add originality reports to the assignment.
While this feature is in beta, originality reports will only work for Google Docs and will only be available in English.
Remove or select a custom color for chart borders in Google Sheets
Posted: 08 Jul 2019 10:20 AM PDT
Quick launch summary
You now have more options for customizing chart borders in Google Sheets. Currently, the default border for a chart is dark gray — now, you can change the border to a custom color or remove the border:
Double click on any chart to open the Chart editor and select the Customize tab.
Under Chart style, you can select a border color or select “None” to remove the border.
Switch to a blank screen and set advanced time options for presentations in Google Slides
Quick launch summaryWe’re adding two new features in Slides Present mode to help you better control and customize your presentations:
Keyboard shortcuts to switch to a blank screen
Using new keyboard shortcuts, you’ll now be able to change to an all white or black screen while presenting. This can be helpful when you want to pause a presentation to answer a question or further a discussion without any material on screen.
While presenting, press “B” to turn your screen black or “W” to turn your screen white. You can resume presenting by using any other keyboard or mouse action. To see more keyboard shortcuts for Google Slides, see this article in our Help Center.
Looping and auto advance time options for presentations
New options allow you to set auto advance time in present mode and presentation looping. You can access these options by clicking Settings (gear icon) in the presentation navigation bar. Your settings will be applied once you hit play and begin your presentation.
With these settings, you can easily set your presentation to loop, which is useful when presenting at a conference or for displaying information on a kiosk. To learn more about presenting in Slides, see our Help Center.
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