Weekly Tech Update 10/26 to 10/30

In a year full of tricks, here is a treat! Happy Halloween!

We Be Jammin!, End of MP 1, Music to My Docs, and the Dreaded Reply All.

We Be Jammin!

If you have not had a chance to check out Google Jamboard, talk to one of your neighbors. Chances are you know someone who has used it or is currently using it this school year.

Google Jamboard is a collaborative, digital whiteboard that makes it easy to create and share ideas in real-time. Google Jamboard moves the whiteboard to the cloud (workspace.google.com). Check out Holly Clark from the Infused Classroom and her How To Use Jamboard: 10 Tips to Get You Jammin article.

If you have already used it and are familiar with it, check out the tutorial below...I always have a good tip or trick up my sleeve for you. If you haven’t used it yet, check it out!

End of MP 1 Just around the corner

The end of marking period 1 is fast approaching. You should probably start thinking about how you would like to clean up your Google Classroom. Google Classroom does not have a drop-down for its grade book like School Tool does so that we can only see a specific marking period.

In the meantime, use that question mark in the lower-left hand corner of your Google Classroom to request a feature in Google Classroom, such as adding marking periods to assignments and the grade book. The more we can flood Google with requests, the better chance we will have to see an update in Google Classroom. While you are at it, request a ‘Student Preview’ option if you would like to see that added as well. The squeaky wheel gets the oil!

Music to My Docs

As a math teacher for 19 years, I found it is often challenging to find ways to make tech work the way I would like it to work. We have all these graphs, equations, fractions, symbols, etc. in math that are not easy to reproduce. So I can empathize with the special area teachers, especially Music! You’ll like the sound of this one 😂(See what I did there?)

There is an add-on for Google Docs and Google Slides called Flat for Docs. Flat for Docs will allow you to add music notation, as well as write and listen to your composition, to your Google Docs and Google Slides. See the video below!!!

Here is an added bonus, check out this website for the drums: https://808303.studio/

The Dreaded Reply All

Years ago we used to have a Tech Tip of the Week sent to us from Diane Hayes. As I have mentioned in earlier newsletters, that Tech Tip of the Week was the inspiration behind this 60 With Saint Tech Update. In one of those tech tips, Diane showed us how to change our default setting from Reply All in our Outlook e-mail to Reply. Much like I desired to freshen up Diane’s tech tip of the week concept, I wanted to freshen up her tip on how to change the default setting from reply all to reply. I have included the graphic, Reply vs. Reply All, to help you decide when you should reply vs. reply all. There is also a tutorial below to show you how to change your default setting in Outlook from Reply All to Reply.

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Putting In the TIme to Free Up Your TIme

Check out Kathy Frear’s strategy on how she is having her students check answers to their homework. She took her google doc and linked the answers as well as her explanations to each of the questions on the worksheet. This will allow the students to check their answers asynchronously and free up Kathy to provide more support to students who are having difficulty. Yes, it took Kathy time to create, but it now frees her up to provide 1 on 1 support to her students when they are in the classroom with her.

Check out an example of Kathy's math homework with this link:



Submitting Corrections Using Kami

Submitting Corrections Using Kami

Flat For Docs

Flat for Docs

'Locking' and Fonts in Google Jamboard

Images and Fonts in Jamboard

Changing Reply All to Reply in Outlook

Change Reply All to Reply in Outlook

Tech Tool(s) of The WEEK

Cool Font Generator

Cool Font Generator is a great website that was shared with me this summer by Jenna Johnson from Wiley. Cool Font Generator is a great tool for those who are having withdrawals from the old word art tool in Microsoft Word. It is super simple to use. Simply type your text where it says "Input Your Text Here" and let Cool Font Generator create multiple options for you to choose from. Cool Font Generator is a great way to liven up your Google Classroom Assignments and/or Topics. All you have to do is literally cut and paste.

Flat For Docs

Use Flat's web-based music notation editor to quickly create music notation or tablature for your Google Docs.

Go Soap Box

There is nothing better than when leaders model and demonstrate what it means to be a life-long learner, just as our mission statement reads at WCSD!

Mrs. LaBarr recently used and learned about this platform called Go Soap Box and asked us to share it with you. Go Soap Box is a web-based platform that allows students to ask questions, contribute to a group discussion, take quizzes, participate in polls, and more. It's easy to get everyone involved, the students enjoy it, (In Mrs. LaBarr's case, the superintendents enjoyed it), and it's an easy way to implement formative assessment into your lessons.


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

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

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

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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 Sep 28 to Oct 2

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

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 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 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,