60 With Saint

Weekly Tech Update 9/13 to 9/17

First Week Is In The Books 📚

So how was your first week of school? Was it perfect? Maybe it was, maybe it wasn’t. Some things we can control, and some things are out of our control as educators. Thinking about those things that we CAN control in our classrooms, how could we improve those first impressions that we were able to experience this year with classrooms filled once again with students? Personally, for me, it’s planning and preparation. I am a procrastinator and it was hard for me to get back into the swing of things coming off of summer break. If I would have used my time more productively to plan and prepare for this past week, I would have had more free time at night this past week to see how my own kids' first week was at school. Planning and preparing IS something that I CAN control! Reflect on your week. What is something within your control that you could have improved?

Peartember to Remember 🍐

Peardeck is making September something special for educators. All month long they are celebrating educators with giveaways, surprises, teaching resources, events, and more. Check it out here or 👈

Can You Hear Me Now? 👂

Are you a Mote user? For those of you who are not, Mote is a Chrome extension that can be found in the Chrome Web Store. Mote allows you to provide verbal feedback to your students within Google Classroom, Google Docs, Google Slides, Google Forms, etc. If you are interested in becoming a Mote ambassador, the application process is currently open. They only run 2 cohorts a year, so click here if you are interested to learn more.

Weekly Agenda Templates 🤹

Looking for a visually appealing template for your classroom? Check out this interactive template from Paula Martinez’s Slides Mania website. Great for elementary, middle, and high school. Can easily be adapted to meet your needs.

🚨 Classlink PD Opportunities🚨

Want assistance using ClassLink? Here are some sessions that are being offered at the DO Conference Room.

Wed Sep 15, 2021 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Wed Sep 15, 2021 3:45 - 4:45 pm

Thu Sep 16, 2021 2:30 - 3:30 pm

Thu Sep 15, 2021 3:45 - 4:45 pm

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Getting in Compliance

In an effort to get in compliance with New York State's Data Privacy and Security Policy (NYS Ed Law 2D), WCSD has to check and make sure that the sites, software apps, and tools that are utilized at school and with our students are compliant. If there are sites, software apps, and tools that you are using with your students, could you please take a second and fill out the form below to let us know what those sites, software apps, and tools are? Fill it out as a team, a department, or on your own.

Here is the link to the form: https://forms.gle/tmbzuGeP7dttjZ6S8 or you can access it by clicking on the form icon located to the right.

Here is a link to more information on Ed Law 2D (provided by MORIC and RIC ONE).



Google Forms and QR Codes 🤳

QR Codes and Google Forms are a match made in heaven. Use a QR Code to get people to your form by simply scanning a code with a camera. Remember that I am working on my planning and preparation from above?😁 If we are fortunate enough to have in-person back-to-school nights this year, then use a QR code linked to your Google Form to collect information that you may have had parents fill out on paper. Watch the tutorial below. 👇

Create QR Code for Google Form TikTok

Tech Tool(s) of The Week

Slides Mania 🎨

Slides Mania is a website with hundreds of templates for educators created by Paula Martinez. Templates are FREE and you can make a copy directly into your Google Drive or OneDrive. She has created everything from formal, fun, simple, professional, and how-to templates. Once you make a copy, you can customize them to fit your needs.

What's Cooking? 🍽️

Have a recipe that's a family favorite or part of your heritage? Let's share them! Get in touch with me so that we can share it with our colleagues.

Poor Man's Brick Oven Pizza 🍕

Grilled pizza is a fan favorite at our house. It isn't as good as a brick oven pizza, but it certainly gives you the taste of those wood fire pizzas. Check it out below.
Grilling Pizza


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. There is one exception. Every day, 4th period (9:41-10:20), I will be teaching at WHS. Up until that time, and immediately after that time, I will be at the location listed below.
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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?

I have been fortunate to witness colleagues using strategies and techniques that have been really successful with their students. If you are willing to share, please click on the Flipgrid(left) or Google Form(right) below so we can compile some strategies that have been effective for you and share them with our colleagues. Just drop a quick note in the Flipgrid or Google Form and I will be in touch. THANK YOU!!!
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Archived Editions of 60 With Saint

SY 21-22 60 With Saint Week of 9/6 to 9/10

He's Back, Google Updates, Things to Consider as we Start 21-22 SY, 20 Tips to use Google Classroom More Effectively, ClassLink PD Opportunities, Bookmarks for Frequently Used Sites, Canva