60 WITH SAINT

Weekly Tech Update 11/9 to 11/13

IT Help Desk, Change in Email Coming, Split, Dock or Print

The IT Help Desk

The Instruction 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. There is a tutorial below on how to utilize your bookmarks in the Chrome browser.

Issues you may wish to contact IT for may include, but certainly not limited to:


  • Chromebook Issues

  • Computer & Printer Issues

  • Wifi

  • Email & Google Workspace usernames and passwords

  • Smart board issues

  • other equipment issues such as the new phones



Change in Email

Hopefully, everyone saw Jeff Wood’s email from 11/4 regarding a small change that we will be coming to our email inboxes. The district is working in conjunction with the MORIC to enhance our cybersecurity protocols. Essentially, all incoming emails are going to be scanned using the Mimecast portal. If the Mimecast portal flags an incoming email, it will be placed into a quarantine folder. The portal will be looking for suspicious emails, phishing emails, spam emails, etc. You will then access the quarantine folder to either approve the incoming email or delete it. There are a couple of other changes as well. Again, the email was sent on 11/4, it would be a good idea to review it. An overview of the email security update can be found here. [WCSD Email Security Update]

In case you are wondering, I have asked Jeff Wood to whitelist this newsletter so you can continue to access this newsletter easily. If by chance you do not see the newsletter next Sunday in your inbox, it may be in your quarantine folder. Simply access your quarantine folder and approve it and it will be released into your inbox.


Split, Dock, or Print

Not syncing yet and need to get those grades from Google Classroom into School Tool? You have several options on how this can be accomplished. First, you could split your screen using an extension like Dualless(see archived 60 With Saint Week of 9/28 to 10/2 below). This will allow you to split your screen with Google Classroom on one side of your screen and School Tool on the other. Find the corresponding classes and input your grades. Secondly, if you are on a Chromebook, you could use the ALT+[ and ALT+] shortcuts to dock your windows on the left and right of your screen so that your screen acts as a dual monitor. Once you have your windows docked, find the corresponding classes, and input your grades. Thirdly, you could copy all of your grades from a Google Classroom into a spreadsheet and print them out. Then you just have to open School Tool to the corresponding class and input your grades.


All 3 methods are demonstrated in the tutorial below.

Little Things Lead to Big Things

Something as simple as directions can often be taken for granted. Directions are often a vital part of any task we assign to our students and should not be overlooked. Jeri Gosier, from Case Middle School, demonstrates how she uses explicit direct instruction to deliver her directions to her students. Check out Jeri and the different methods of delivering directions in her video.

Changing the Date in School Tool

Don't forget to use the refresh arrows next to the calendar when updating attendance for previous days. Click on the School Tool icon for a GIF. Thank you Lisa Winkler!

Tutorials

Using Bookmarks in Chrome

Using Bookmarks in Chrome

Split, Doc, or Print

Split Dock or Print

Cleaning Up Your Google Classroom

Tech Tool(s) of The WEEK

Classwork Zoom

Although Zoom is in the title, this extension from the Chrome Web Store is completely unrelated to the video conferencing software Zoom. Classwork Zoom is an extension from the Chrome Web Store that allows teachers to see if students are engaged, how much time they have spent on an assignment, or if they are contributing to a group assignment. The extension provides a timeline overview for an entire Google Classroom. Check it out if you get a chance.

Whiteboard.fi

Need a quick whiteboard for your virtual session? Head on over to whiteboard.fi and set up an entire class of whiteboards for your students. As the teacher, you can create a class for your students and deliver a whiteboard to each of them. The teacher gets to follow the progress of the students while on the whiteboards. Quick, Free, Painless.

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Twitter Chat

Thursday, Nov. 12th, 5:15pm

This is an online event.

Join Jen Akins as she continues the discussion on feedback in the virtual setting on Twitter. You do not need to RSVP to participate. If you would like assistance prior to Thursday on how to participate in a Twitter chat, RSVP and I will get you ready for Thursday's chat.

#WCSDLchat

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

It Isn't Too Late! Join us this week as we talk about Feedback

Hopefully, you have seen the email from the District regarding the upcoming virtual book study that is being offered. The District is conducting a virtual book study for the Distance Learning Playbook. Head on over to Frontline (MLP) and sign up; it isn't too late!

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

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 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