Weekly Tech Update 1/25 to 1/29

Good Luck You Bills Fans!

Good luck to all you Bills fans out there!

Leveraging Social Media With Our Students

Like it or not, our students are very active on social media. Whether it is Snapchat, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc., social media can be engaging for our students. Please, don’t take this post as permission to go out and start interacting with your students on social media platforms. That is not the purpose of this post.

Recently, I came across this article in Edutopia written by Jonathon Keck titled ‘Twitter Wars’ Breathe Life Into Challenging Material. Jonathan describes how he leveraged the use of social media templates in his US History classes. As soon as I read it, even though it was a ‘US History’ class, my wheels started turning on how I could implement this in a math classroom. My answer was easy, I could use one of the online templates he suggests from the article and post a problem as a tweet. Students could then upload a picture of their solution and explain in 280 characters or less! In science, tweet a conclusion to a lab report. ELA, options are bountiful, take on the persona of a character from a novel. Foreign Language, tweet in a foreign language, and immerse your students in the language. Foreign Language could also ask students to write a Yelp review in the language you are studying(templates linked). Music, maybe a tweet template wouldn’t be my first choice, but a Spotify Playlist, TikTok, Snapchat, or Instagram template could certainly do the trick!

My point is, the wheels really started turning as I read the article. We can meet the students where they are at and use the tools that they are familiar with to help increase that engagement. The article is linked above or click on the picture at left.

Get Stuff Done Club & InstaStrategies

The Get Stuff Done Club will hold two, one-hour zoom sessions, every Wednesday from 12 to 1 and then 1 to 2. If you can not attend at those times, the sessions will be recorded and uploaded to the Empower site. Every Wednesday will be a quick demonstration of an educational strategy from one of four popular educational books. The format of each session will be a quick demo (15 minutes or less) followed by Q & A and collaboration time.

1st Wednesday of the Month - Feel The Rush (EDrenanline Rush)

2nd Wednesday of the Month - Don't Kill the Wonder (Ditch That Textbook)

3rd Wednesday of the Month - What's the Protocol? (EDUProtocols)

4th Wednesday of the Month - What's the Play Coach? (DL Playbook)

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!

Winner Winner Chicken Dinner!

Congratulations to our inaugural winner, Jessica Brown. Attendees from the InstaStrategies sessions are automatically entered into a random drawing. Winners are drawn every week!

Who the heck is Rosenshine?

Who is Rosenshine and what are the Rosenshine principles for learning? In a nutshell, Barak Rosenshine is a professor of Educational Psychology. Rosenshine published an article for an educational journal titled, Principles of Instruction: Research-Based Strategies That All Teachers Should Know. If you would like to read his research and findings, you can click on the link above. What was more appealing to me was the way that Mark Enser took Rosenshine’s principles and applied them to remote learning.

I realize I have been providing several pedagogical strategies over the course of the past few weeks. It is not my intention to overwhelm you but to provide you with examples of how remote instruction could be implemented. Everything is not for everyone. Personally, I am a mutt! I use a little of this, and little of that, to suit my needs. In Mark Enser's article, Remote Learning: How to Apply Rosenshine’s Principles, he gives examples of how remote learning can be improved by applying Rosenshine’s principles. Several strategies, a majority of you already do! And there are other strategies that wouldn’t take a lot of effort to integrate into our lessons.

Cleaning Up Your Google Classroom

I know this is an old post, but I just wanted to run it again as we approach the end of the marking period. Clean Up Google Classroom For A New Marking Period.

I have been monitoring Google for EDU updates, and there is nothing of significance to report in regards to Google Classroom. Sorry 😞

What's the Play Coach? 12:00 Session

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 12pm

This is an online event.

Register here for the 12:00 session and I will email you the Zoom link on Wednesday.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

What's the Play Coach? 1:00 Session

Wednesday, Jan. 27th, 1pm

This is an online event.

Register here for the 1:00 session and I will email you the Zoom link on Wednesday.

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Absence Makes the Heart Grow Fonder

As per the district's request to limit our exposure, I am going to temporarily suspend my rotational schedule. However, I would still like to make myself available at your convenience. Therefore, I have created a sign up on Calendly. Click on the link provided and you can sign up for a 1 on 1 Zoom. Available time slots will be visible, just select a date and time that works best for you. Once you sign up, I will email you a Zoom link for the session. As always, feel free to text, email, or call. Link to sign up: https://calendly.com/60withsaint/30min

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.


Organize Your Google TABS With Chrome Tab Groups

Organize your Google TABS with Chrome Tab Groups

Recording Zoom Screen Share Only

Record Zoom Screen Share Only

Tech Tool(s) of The WEEK

Fullscreen Interactive Google Slides

Fullscreen Interactive Google Slides is an extension in the Chrome Web Store, that allows you to keep your Google Slide Deck in edit mode but eliminates the sidebar on the left-hand side that contains all of your slides. This could be really helpful if you are sharing your slides during a Zoom, want the ability to stay in edit mode, but want the display to be bigger during your Zoom. Fullscreen Interactive Google Slides, check it out.


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.
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 4 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 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