Weekly Tech Update 11/16 to 11/20

Notifications are Back? Domain Postmaster, Chrome Shortcuts,and Last Call for the GC Cleanup

Notifications are Back?

Say What? But we were told that they are gone! I know, I know :) Somehow, someway, the notifications that were once received in our email inbox, have miraculously reappeared. If you have them turned them off, feel free to turn them back on. If they weren't turned on and you would like to see how to turn them on, check out the tutorial below. Check out the tutorial just in case you need a refresher or something has changed. Now you should be able to start receiving those notifications when students submit late work or get notified when students comment back to you. In addition, Sara Gleason created a quick video to show you how to create a rule and dedicate a folder in your inbox so these notifications don't clog up your inbox. Thank you Sara!

Look at the bright side, we learned how to add Form Notifications to a Google Form AND we encouraged the students to get familiar with their emails.

Special thank you to Jeff, Dave, and all their IT staff who have helped logged hours looking into this!

Domain Postmaster Email

This past Thursday we started receiving a summary email in our Outlook email accounts from a "Domain postMaster address". This is a summary email from the Mimecast portal that contains any email that may appear to be suspicious. It does not mean that the email is malicious, it very well could be, but it is another safety protocol to help increase our cybersecurity protection at WCSD. Linked is a pdf summary of the Quarantine Sandbox, and I have made a tutorial below showing you how to navigate the email and the Mimecast portal.

Chrome Shortcuts

How well do you know your Chrome shortcut keys? Scroll down and enter the 'How Well Do You Know Your Chrome Shortcuts" challenge. More directions below.

Last Call

I will leave the presentation for the Google Classroom Clean Up on here for another week. There are still numerous contacts being made on how best to proceed with the new marking period, so I will keep it here for at least another week. It can also be found under the Professional Learning Page on the Empower website.

Finding Ways to Engage Students with Word....Walls

Need a fun and engaging way to engage students whether they are hybrid or virtual? Check out Janelle Bova's implementation of Word Wall. At first glance it may seem like it would be strictly an ELA platform, but it is NOT. Word Wall is a great way to create a quick activity for content that may be challenging for your students to become engaged. It also offers you the option to print out your activities, download as a pdf(which you can then upload to Kami), or assign them straight to Google Classroom. Check out how Janelle has implemented Word Wall into her curriculum. [Link to video]

Screen Recording

Just curious. What is your 'go-to' tool for screen recording. Click here to take the poll.


Notifications in Google Classroom

Notifications in Google Classroom

Sara Gleason's Notifications Hack

Create a Folder and Rule in your Email Inbox

Email Security With Mimecast

Email Security With Mimecast

Remove Backgrounds with Remove.Bg

Remove Backgrounds with Remove Bg

Cleaning Up Your Google Classroom

Tech Tool(s) of The WEEK


Have you ever found a picture of something but wished that you could remove the background? Well, now you can! Use Remove.Bg. Remove.Bg is a free web-based editing tool that allows you to remove those pesky backgrounds from pictures. It's as simple as uploading a picture, previewing the picture to make sure it's what you want, then download it to your device background free. If you want to get fancy, you can even add some special effects to the background before you download your final product. Check out the tutorial above.

Remote for Slides

With Remote for Slides, you can control your Google Slides from any device, REMOTELY. Remote for Slides is an Extension found in the Chrome Web Store. It's great for controlling your presentation so you are not tethered to your computer.


How Well Do You Know Your Chrome Shortcuts?

In this Quizizz challenge, there are a series of screens that will display a common shortcut utilized in Chrome. For example, a screen will appear with the text "Ctrl + C" on it with 4 choices for you to choose from. You should read the question as "The Ctrl key AND THE C key...". The "+" key should be read as the word AND. Hint, Hint, There is one question that might read as the Ctrl key and the '+' key. The person that can score the highest may or may not receive a special visit from me :) Feel free to take it as many times as you would like. The competition will end Friday, November 20th, at 2:30 pm. Good Luck. [Click here to access the competition]

Empower Web Page

Keep checking the Empower web page for upcoming events, links to resources, and access to FAQ's.

Link to Empower Web Page

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.

Cisco IP Phone System

I do not know when the new phone systems will be activated, but I wanted to include the instructions that were sent out via email recently. Just in case you deleted the email or can't find it, you can access the directions and quick start guides here.

Cisco IP Phone 7800 Series Quick Start Guide

Cisco IP Phone 8800 Series Quick Start Guide

78XX Watertown CSD Phone Training PDF

88XX Watertown CSD Phone Training PDF

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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 month! 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 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