Weekly Tech Update

GAPS Technology | October 6, 2020

October 9th Technology PD

The morning of Friday, October 9th, there will be a variety of PD sessions offered on different tech topics for secondary teachers; staff can choose 3 sessions to attend in real-time, and all sessions will be recorded for later viewing and accessible by all staff.


Tech PD session details and schedule can be found here.

Canvas Support - Phone, Chat, Video

Did you know that the Help button at the lower left of your Canvas screen connects you directly to Canvas support?


Network and Service Status Links

Having problems connecting and not sure if it's you or the program (Zoom, Canvas, etc.)? Click here to see current network and program status. These will be updated as soon as an issue has been identified.

GAPS Bookmark on Student Chromebooks

When students are signed in to their student Google account on a Chromebook, there is a folder at the far left end of their bookmarks bar that contains quick links to several useful resources, such as the library home page, curriculum sites, and their school's home page. Each student's folder is customized by grade level and school.
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Loom video - FREE Pro upgrade for educators

Loom makes screencast videos easy and personal, and is a great way to share screen-based information with students, parents, and staff. The Pro account includes unlimited videos, a drawing tool, and custom recording dimensions, and is FREE to educators.


You can sign up for a free Educator account here.

More Zoom resources:

Updated Zoom login video


How to Zoom Youtube Channel

Several Zoom Education Webinar sessions each week with a live host to answer your questions, and focus on the following topics:

  • How to download the Zoom applications and join a Zoom meeting

  • How to schedule a meeting and send out invitations

  • In-meeting controls and differentiation tools (including the waiting room, share screen, breakout rooms)


Zoom 101: Polling (In-Meeting)
Zoom 101: Manage Participants (In-Depth)
Screen Share & Annotate for EDU
Comprehensive Guide to Educating Through Zoom
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Who to ask:

Zoom questions: Cindy Drouhard <cindy.drouhard@albany.k12.or.us>

Canvas questions: building Canvas site admin / teacher leader

Pinnacle questions: Jon Dilbone <jon.dilbone@albany.k12.or.us>

Clever / Seesaw: Dan Rothwell <dan.rothwell@albany.k12.or.us>

Computer hardware / network issues: GAPS IT <GAPS_IT@albany.k12.or.us>

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