What We're Sharing This Month
Click the button to get an overview of what's in this month's Technology Tidbit. Or, play the video below.
Snag It-Using Google to Provide Audio Feedback and More...
This video was made using Snag It. It is providing the student with feedback on their Google Slide presentation for conferences.
Skyward: There's More Than Just Grades and Attendance
- Go to Skyward and log-in to your gradebook.
- Click on Other Access. It is on the top left side.
- Click on Message Center. From this point on it is easier to watch the video (I didn't want to violate my student privacy by having their grades up for all to see.). However, i will try to list out the steps.
- Go to the right side of your screen and click on Add Message for Current Class.
- At the top you write your message. Then, go down below to choose whether you want to post to Family and/or Student Access. If it is a newsletter or general information, I go ahead and include Student Access.
- Now, to send as an actual email, go down below to Emailing Options. Again, I send newsletters and general information to both parents and students. I also select email to guardians. This way all who should receive emails for that student gets it. If you want a copy, add yourself as an additional recipient. Your students are already selected if you go that route. Be careful, I believe choosing Post to All Students sends it out to the entire student body.
Changing Grades in Skyward
- Log-in to your Gradebook.
- Click on Posting Status. It is just right of the middle.
- Choose the quarter you need to change.
- Click Change Grades on the right side.
- It will prompt you to give a reason for changing grades. Do this as it will leave a record as to why you changed a grade and could protect you should you need it.
- Then go ahead and change your grades.
Learn More About Utilizing Google Resources
Awesome Blog for Utilizing Google in Your Classroom
Apps for Students and Teachers
- Write About This-This app provides prompts for students and a place for them to write within the app. It also allows you to take photos for your writing and add audio. It also has a save feature.
- Show Me-This app looks like a whiteboard and has audio features. Once you've taught your kids how to use it, the possibilities are limitless. It's been used to explain how to solve math problems when parents are unsure how to help, create a problem for students to solve. They solve it on the app and explain verbally as the app records them.
- Green Screen-This app does not require you to have a fancy green screen. Just use a green sheet or bulletin board paper. It's great to use if creating a newscast, sharing student writing with a thematic background, reader's theater where the set is created with a green screen, reports on animals or monuments and those are in the background. Coleen and Deb have both used them and are happy to share.
- Boss Jock Studio Lite-This is pretty cool and we're just beginning to explore. The lite version is free, but has plenty of great features. If you've ever listened to a podcast you hear intro music, sounds separating parts of the podcast, and then finale music. This app allows you to do so, quite easily. So many possibilities to use with this one.
- Running Record Calculator-This is a great and free app. You can use it at the basic level to quickly calculate wpm, sc, and errors. However, you can use it to record the student reading as you collect data. There's even a feature for you to tap each time a certain error is made. Lots of possibilities!
- Quick Grader-This is like the old cardboard EZ-Graders. For those in grades 3-5, you can enter points possible (even to the half-point) and then choose either number correct or number wrong to get your percentage.