DTL e-Digest

Technology Tips & Strategies

January 2019

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Interested in any of the gadgets, apps, or tools featured in the above video, contact your DTL coaches, Jackie, Susan, or Don
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Carolyn Campbell, Design & Computer Science, Northview IB


Nominate a Teacher For Spotlight

If you know of a teacher who is doing some great and innovative things for students, nominate him or her for the Teacher Spotlight.
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Wakelet is great tool for creating, curating, and sharing web content. It is an easy way to collect and organize articles, videos, tweets and more in an attractive format. It is available as an app or an add-on, so it can be used on your iPad or Laptop.

Using Wakelet in the Classroom for Curation and Research

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If you are in need of Digital Learning Credits, the Apple Teacher Program is a great option. The learning is FREE and SELF PACED. You can choose to take the MacBook or iPad Route. There is even a path teaching you Apple’s coding platform Swift! The resources available through this program is unmatched. Once you have earned your badges, contact Digital Learning Coach Jackie Parker to find out how to receive your CEUs. By completing either the MacBook path or the iPad path, you can earn 1.6 Digital Learning Credits each. You can certainly complete both paths as well!

Teachers and School Admin have expressed the value and enthusiasm that has come from the Coaching Cycles. You’ve said you’d like more of that for your teachers! That’s awesome! The Digital Teaching & Learning Coaches are here to come work side by side with your teachers - coaching and guiding them in integrating technology into their lessons.

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Spotlight a Canvas Example

Seeing Canvas use cases is valuable. Seeing how others build content can be inspiring and motivating. We have have built a public Canvas course with examples from across the subject areas and grade levels.

Bookmark this course for easy access. It is a work in progress, new examples are being added frequently. Explore the buttons on the home page.

This month's Canvas example spotlight is . . .

Embedding Digital Tools in an Assignment/Media Recording Submission: Symbaloo: First Grade Reading.

Notice how the teacher created this assignment using an embedded Symbaloo. Students choose a book, then must record themselves reading the book. Here is what it looks like from the student perspective.

Did You Know?

In the January, Canvas released a few updates that you need to know about. Read about these updates and think about ways that each can impact your learning environment positively.

  1. Canvas Commons Preview: This is EXCITING. Now, when you visit the Canvas Commons, you can preview a resource between importing into a Canvas course. Watch this video demonstrating how the Preview feature works.

  2. Link Validator: If you have never used the Link Validator from the Course Settings, what are you waiting for. Clicking the Link Validator will provide an exhaustive search of your course for broken links. A Time Savor. In this update, the Link Validator received a face-lift. Before, when a validation of content links ran, it generate a "drab" list of page, assignment, etc. titles. But now, the validation results have a different look.

  3. Flickr Images to be Removed: Canvas utilizes Flicker in image searches. On February 5, 2019, Flicker will remove millions of images from the Canvas search. The only images to be affected are those that are not licensed under Creative Commons. The good news is that no images will be affected when trying to import an image from Flickr inside the Rich Content Editor for all of those images are licensed under Creative Commons. However, if you use the Flickr search for creating Dashboard course cards, those images might be affected since not all are licensed on Creative Commons. So, if your Course Card images disappears, you will know why. Immediate solution, just search from another image. Read the full announcement and the Canvas solution.

Continue Your Learning

There are a plethora of ways for you to experiment and color your Canvas learning. Read about the possible avenues to enrich, grow, and extend your knowledge and skills as a Canvas artist.

  1. Canvas Palooza: There are two options. Explore the Virtual and F2F dates, topics, times, and locations. Register in Time Keeper for the virtual sessions (#508) and the Face-to-Face sessions (#506). Earn CEUs.

  2. Growing with Canvas: Interested in building your capacity in Canvas and becoming a Canvas ninja? Then you can self-enroll in the Growing with Canvas professional learning experience. This learning experience is self--paced and along the ay you will submit activities and earn seven total badges. At the conclusion of Growing with Canvas, you can request a certificate of participation for 1.2 CEUs which can be used for DLC credit.

  3. Canvas.Net: Canvas.Net is a catalog of professional learning covering a wide range of topics (content and curriculum, blended learning, to languages). Teachers and Administrators can search the entire catalog.

  4. Canvas Live: Canvas Live is a portal of online learning searchable by categories (lower right) such as student engagement, content design, and Assessment & Grading.

Canvas, Digital Learning Competencies, & SAMR

In every issue of the DTL e-Digest, our goal is to dive deep into the Digital Learning Competencies--either as a whole or a specific competency. How does Canvas allow teachers and administrators to align and apply to the Digital Learning Competencies and SAMR? What features in Canvas allow you and your students to illustrate the DLCs and SAMR?

Digital Learning Competencies:

To review, here are the DLCs for Teachers & Administrators. Read the complete list of DLCs and what Canvas features supports that competencies.

DLC 1A: Teachers engage in virtual and face-to-face learning communities to expand mastery of technological applications for professional growth and student learning.

How does Canvas promote 1A?

  1. Canvas Community: The community is a great place to learn and share. Sign-in with our iss.instructure.com account, choice a group to following: K-12, Engagement. Find answers to any question, find innovative solutions, and Canvas hacks.
  2. Canvas Commons: Join an I-SS Canvas Commons Group, share resources, preview those resources, provide innovative ways for you and your colleagues to connect and engage.
  3. Collaborations: Start collaborations in Canvas courses with colleagues and with students. Collaborations allow you to connect and build content and ideas via the Google LTI integration.
  4. Conferences: Use the Big Blue Button integration in Canvas to hold virtual PLCs, meetings, enrichment, tutorial, or coaching session for students. Present slide-decks, poll audience, engage with the Chat feature.

SAMR (Substitutions, Augmentation, Modification, Redefinition)

If you want to review what SAMR is with some examples, check out this image.

SAMR Rubric applied to Canvas Feature -- For Administrators

SAMR Rubric applied to Canvas Feature - For Teachers

Check out the Leadership in Digital Learning competency as it flows through SAMR.

Canvas Tip of the Week

I hope you are reading and applying the Canvas Tips of the Week. Each week (Monday-Wednesday), you and your students can explore the Canvas tip for that week. Please encourage your students to read and apply the tip. These tips will help with Canvas productivity.

Here are the archives of the Canvas Tips of the Week:



Got a tip, suggestion, hack, solution. Share it with us. We will feature it an upcoming Tip of the Week and for each tip, you will receive your Canvas Tipper badge.

Tell us your Tip Story.

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Copyright, Fair Use, and Creative Commons

Last month we started providing you resources to understand and teach copyright, fair-use, and creative commons. We hope that you are curating these resources, perhaps now with the Wakelet curation tool shared above, or with a Livebinder digital notebook, similar to the one shared last month.

We have focused for some time on finding the right graphic to communicate theme, meaning, or to teach a concept. It is critical to use such media respectively, and responsibility; that is, to ensure that such media is attributed properly.

Many of us jump to Google to find "that" image. But, there are other options out there. Explore this resource with 13 Alternative Searches other than Google.

How does copyright, fair use, and the creative commons align to Digital Learning Competencies?

Digital Citizenship illustrates that teachers will model and teach digital citizenship by the ethical, respectful, and safe use of digital tools and resources that support the creation of a positive digital school culture. There are two indicators that will ensure that teachers demonstrate this competency:

  1. Ensure full, equitable access and participation of all learners through high-quality technology tools and resources. When you choose the right image for the right occasion and model respectful and responsible use of those graphics, you are engaging students in equitable access, by providing high quality graphics that are purposeful and meaningful. In addition, teaching students that there are equitable and accessible alternatives for using graphics to present, share, and communicate, you are building their capacity as digital citizens.
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Teaching Teachers How to Create Magic

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Vertical Video Syndrome