Weekly Tech Update 3/29 to 4/1

WCSD 2021 March Madness EdTech Champion

It wasn't a nail-biter, Ed Puzzle was selected as the favorite Ed Tech Tool by those who participated in the vote. Here are the results: Ed Puzzle 50%, Parent Square 27.28%, and Google Slides 22.22%. There were 3 individuals who had Ed Puzzle as their Champion: Karen Meeker, Katrina Carbone, and Stacey Eger. After a spin on the random name picker, recorded on Loom and observed by Price Waterhouse Coopers, the WINNER is... Katrina Carbone! Congrats Katrina, I'll be around to give you your prize. View her winning bracket at left ⬅️ .

Play, Stop, Rewind, Play It Again

Have you ever had to YouTube something to figure out how to do something? I know I do it all the time! In fact, I did it last night to learn how to save the elements you see in my videos so I don’t have to recreate them every time. Where am I going with this? It got me thinking, what if we could provide our students with the same opportunities that we take advantage of? If our lessons (or at least the main instructional portion) were recorded, they would be able to stop, start, pause, or rewind the lesson to help them with the acquisition of the content. With EdPuzzle, this would be really easy to insert a check for understanding question into the video. Turn on ‘Prevent Skipping’ and assign it to your class in Google Classroom. The students could access the content for reference and progress through the video at their own speed! Check out the research and data from this article in the ViewSonic Library titled “The Benefits of Video in a Digital Classroom.”

🚨Special InstaStrategies This Wednesday🚨

What do you do when a month has 5 Wednesdays and you only have 4 topics that we’ve been focusing on? You hold a special InstaStrategy session to keep the momentum going!!!

This Wednesday’s theme will be a “Bring and Brag” session. We would like you to Bring and Brag your best or favorite Ed Tech strategy and share it with your colleagues. Some topics to consider, but certainly not limited to are student engagement, norms, and protocols, digital citizenship, formative assessments, content delivery, reading strategies, vocabulary, etc.

To join the meeting this Wednesday, click HERE for the 12 o'clock session or HERE for the 1 o'clock session, or email me and I will send you the Zoom link directly. If you would like, you can register for each session below, and I will email you the link on Wednesday so that you don't have to search very far for links. See registration buttons below.

IMPORTANT: Make sure you are signed in with your district Zoom account or you will not be admitted from the waiting room. Sorry, I'd rather be safe than sorry!

No Bitmoji, No Problem! Welcome Pixton

People often inquire about alternative sites that function similarly to Bitmoji. If you are looking for an Ed Tech tool that is Ed Law 2D compliant, and students & staff can personalize their own caricature, then give Pixton a try. Pixton will allow you to customize your creation and export, share, or download the creation to your device.

Screencastify Users Have an Update

If you utilize Screencastify, you have an update coming for you. Not only will it be even easier to stop and start a recording, you now have the ability to add stickers, emojis, and shapes. Moving the toolbar just got a whole lot easier as well. Check out the update here or click on the picture to access the update in more detail.

New Entrants = Update Online Sites

It is always a good idea to update those online resources that we may connect to Google Classroom. For instance, GoGuardian, EdPuzzle, and Quizizz. If you have a new entrant (or have had a student leave) in your Google Classroom, watch the tutorial below to see how you can update your rosters.

Join The InstaStragies Google Classrom

Feel free to join the InstaStrategies classroom. All the resources shared during the InstaStragies are posted here.

🚨 Who Got Caught? 🚨

Has anyone noticed the new “I Caught” option on the Empower website? If you haven’t, head on over and check it out. The “I Caught…” form is courtesy of the Cyclone Learning Zone. I’m not going to spoil it, you’ll have to check it out. Here’s the link.


Put Agenda/Objectives in Zoom Background with Canva

Virtual Backgrounds with Canva Take 2

Update Sites Connected to Google Classroom

Update Online Resources

Tech Tool(s) of The WEEK

In search of a graphic design website to create graphics, presentations, posters, documents, and other visual content? Canva could be that site for you. Canva has pre-made templates that are fully customizable for a wide variety of projects. We all loved those Microsoft Publisher templates, right? Canva can help fill that void. See it in action with the Agenda Virtual Background tutorial above.

Here is a link to upgrade your account for free for all educators. All you will need is a copy of your teaching license or certification to upload. A screenshot of TEACH online will not work, I already tried that :) Canva for EDU is Ed Law 2D compliant.


WCSD Informational Technology Website

The Informational Technology(IT) department is establishing a ticketing system to streamline the process of tracking technology issues. The ticketing system can be found using this link. (https://sites.google.com/watertowncsd.org/informationtechnology/home). This should be a website that you bookmark in case you need to reach out to the IT department.
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Let's Talk Tech Integration

Below are the dates and times that I will be in the following buildings exclusively.
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I will make myself available in the following locations:

HT Wiley: Wiley IMC

Case Middle School: Room 210

WHS: Student Help Desk 1st Floor

Would you Mind Sharing?

It seems like it's been a year, but we made it through the first 6 months! I have been fortunate to witness colleagues finding their stride and using strategies and techniques that have helped with the start of this unprecedented school year. However, there are colleagues that could use some ideas on strategies and techniques that could help in their transition to this style of hybrid/remote learning. If you are willing to share, please click on the Google Form below so we can compile some strategies that have been effective for you. Just drop a quick note in the Google Form and I will be in touch. THANK YOU!!!

Feedback Welcomed and Encouraged

Jayson St.Croix

Please contact me so we can collaborate on how to integrate more technology into your lessons.

Archived Editions of 60 With Saint

60 With Saint Week of 3/22 to 3/26

Chrome Update Part 1 Jamboard, Chrome Update Part 2 Screen Recorder, New Entrants Update Sites, Make it Pretty, InstaStrategies, InstaStrategies GC, Built-In Screenshot and Screen Recorder, Update Sites Connected to Google Classroom, Highlight Tool

60 With Saint Week of 3/15 to 3/19

GoGuardian and Groups, Photo Vaults and Fake Calculators, Virtual STEAM Faire, Movie Buffs, End of Year Ideas, InstaStrategies, Access G Drive Files Quickly & Clean YouTube Links, Knowt

60 With Saint Week of 3/8 to 3/12

EdTech March Madness, Watching and Waiting, GoGuardian Announcements, CLZ Challenge, Clubhouse App, Emoji Movie Madness, BOLD Virtual Conference, InstaStrategies, Sending Announcments Using GoGuardian, Google Keep

60 With Saint Week of 3/1 to 3/5

EdTech March Madness, Upgrading EdPuzzle & Domain Postmaster, Email and Security, Puzzle Lovers, BOLD Conference, InstaStrategies, Tips to Organize Your Google Drive, Email Security with Mimecast, Answer Garden

60 With Saint Week of Feb 22 to Feb 26

Conundrum, Thank you, Updates to Google, New Entrants Update Sites, InstaStrategies, Quick Actions in Outlook, Classroom Q

60 With Saint Week of Feb 8 to Feb 12

Influence vs Control, Interacting With Google Fonts, Twice as Nice, Tips for G Suite, OETC 21, Kami Connect, Blessing or a Curse Part 2, InstaStrategies, Chrome's Built-in QR Reader, Esther Parks Valentine Template

60 With Saint Week of Feb 1 to Feb 5

Colleagues Challenging Colleagues, Blessing or a Curse, Teaching in the Concurrent Classroom, #EatYourOwnDogFood, Don't Wait...Update, InstaStrategies, Upload a PDF into Google Slides, PDF2JPG.net,

60 With Saint Week of Jan 25 to Jan 29

Leveraging Social Media w/Our Students, InstaStrategies, Who the heck is Rosenshine, Cleaning Up Your Google Classroom, Organize Your Google Tabs with Chrome Tab Groups, Recording Zoom Screen Share Only, Full-Screen Interactive Google Slides

60 With Saint Week of Jan 19 to Jan 22

15 Remote Approaches to Remote Learning, InstaStrategies, Calendly, Remote Learning Activities DTTB, Google Templates for Students, Phone as Doc Camera, Record Screen Share Only

60 With Saint Week of Jan 11 to Jan 15

Loom and Screencastify, Focus on Connections, Making Instructional Videos, 5 Tips to Effectively Flip Classroom, Secret Sauce Twitter WInner, Who Got Caught, Lost it Can't Find it, Recording Lesson During a Zoom, Empower Web Page

60 With Saint Week of Jan 4 to Jan 8

Secret Sauce, Station Rotation Dr. Tucker, Push to Slides, Text Giraffe

60 With Saint Week of Dec 21 to Dec 23

60 With Saint featuring Ms. Eger-Converse

60 With Saint Week of Dec 14 to Dec 18

Google Docs Multiple Orientation, Update Chromebook, Jamboard File Version History, #DitchSummit, Who Got Caught, Story Map Knight Lab, Christmas Fun, Remote Learning APP-vent Calendar, 12 Days of Tech-mas, PDF Candy

60 With Saint Week of Dec 7 to Dec 11

Google Updates SItes and Jamboard, Who Got Caught, Pixel Art, Christmas Fun, APP-Vent Calendar, 12 Days of Tech-mas, Teacher Made

60 With Saint Week of Nov 30 to Dec 4

Zoom and Loom, Who Got Caught, Keeping Parents in the Know, Holiday Movie Trivia, Zoom Security and Settings, Using a Bookmark to Create New Google Files, Record to Slides,

60 With Saint Week of Nov 23 to Nov 24

60 With Saint featuring Superintendent LaBarr

60 With Saint Week of Nov 16 to Nov 20

Notifications are Back, Domain Postmaster, Chrome Shortcuts, GC Cleanup, Word Walls, Remove.BG, Remote for Slides, Chrome Shortcuts

60 With Saint Week of Nov 9 to Nov 13

IT Help Desk, Change in Email, Split Dock or Print, Directions, Change Date in ST, Bookmarks in Chrome, Clean Up Google Classroom, Classwork Zoom, Whiteboard.fi.

60 With Saint Week of Nov 2 to Nov 6

Clean Up Google Classroom, Upgrade Zoom, Update Chromebook, Assignment Boards, Copying Grades From GC to Sheets, Use Emojis to Grade, SlidesMania, Go Soapbox, Cisco IP Phone

60 With Saint Week of Oct 26 to Oct 30

We be Jammin, Flat IO for Music, Dreaded Reply All, Free Up Your Time, Submitting Corrections in Kami, Locking in Jamboard, Cool Font Generator, Flat For Docs, Go Soap Box, Cisco Phone

60 With Saint Week of Oct 19 to Oct 23

Notifiactions Workaround, No Dice From Go Guardian, Turn In vs. Mark As Done, Casting With Google Meet, Form Notifications Add-On, To Review in Google Classroom, Math Editor in Kahoot, Equatio, Classroom Screen, Go Soap Box, Cisco IP Phone System,

60 With Saint Week of Oct 13 to Oct 16

Google Workspace, Google Trash Update, Casting Using Google Meet, Print Participants in Zoom, Screenshot with Lightshot, Schedule Zooms in Google Calendar, Mote

60 With Saint Week of Oct 5 to Oct 9

Kami Update, Google Classroom, and Notifications, Split and Merge with Kami, Page Marker

60 With Saint Week of Sep 28 to Oct 2

Install Kami Extension, Assign Kami Assignment, Activities for Kami, Kami from Student's perspective, Dualless