Technology Updates

December 2020

Please find the latest district-related technology updates, tips & tricks, and how-to's below. Please feel free to provide us feedback on our Technology Updates newsletter so we can better serve staff across the district. As a reminder, all Technology Newsletters are archived/linked in the Technology Resources section of our Staff Information Page on our website.

Use Immersive Reader in Teams Chat

How do you use the Immersive Reader in Microsoft Teams Chat? This video quickly shows you how to get up and running using the immersive reader feature.

Click here to learn more...

Create a Intro or Welcome Slide for Teams Meetings

Learn how to easily create a slide to display at the start of your meetings that plays audio or music! Start your meeting and display while waiting for students to join.

Nearpod ~ An innovative way to engage your students in the classroom or remotely?

Please take a few minutes to explore Nearpod. Nearpod is an award-winning K-12 interactive lessons, videos, and formative assessments. Built for distance learning, hybrid, and school-based settings. It's free with LOTS of premade content for you to use plus a paid version if you are wanting a little more - but we have been granted a 60 day unlimited trial, including the SEL and ELL packages! Nearpod has a very user-friendly interface, students do not need accounts, and I believe you could be up and running with your first lesson in a matter of 15-30 minutes. Get started with quick 'how to' videos by clicking here or contact me and I will come help you get going! OR view...


Recorded Getting Started with Nearpod from November 25th PD session


Nearpod Lesson for Virtual Learning (K-12)

Click to search for resources that are great for at-home learning. Each grade level has lessons for independent learning, practice and review, and activities designed for reducing stress and staying up-to-date and informed.

Read With Me ~ Read-along Seesaw Activity

Check out this read-along Activity! Click on a book in the Activity and read along - several books to choose from!

Presenter View in Teams ~ Best Way to Present PowerPoint

By using PowerPoint Presenter View in Teams meetings, you can see your notes, mark up slides, and see what slides are coming next, all from within Teams. This is a really handy way to present in Teams, and even lets you switch away from the slides "behind the scenes" if you need to.

Check it out here! (4 minutes)

Remove Ads & Sidebars From YouTube Videos!

When you grab a link from a YouTube video, add a "-" (dash) after the "t" in YouTube and it will provide the video with no ads or sidebar videos

Insights in Microsoft Teams ~ UPDATED

Understand the digital engagement and behavior in your Microsoft Teams class in a few clicks. This new update for Insights in Microsoft Teams shows new dashboards for communication, assignments, grades, meetings, attendance and more. Teachers can use Insights in Teams to help make decisions and improve student outcomes.

Click here to learn more...(13 minutes)

*NEWLY UPDATED* ~ Dictation and Voice Commands in Word Online

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to use the updated Dictation and voice commands in Microsoft Word for the web. Dictation in Microsoft Word is a useful way to voice type, and also great for accessibility.

Check it out here! (4 minutes)

Using Windows 10 Photo App to Create a Video ~ I've done this ~ so easy!

Often times the simplest solution is the one that gets overlooked the most. When it comes to creating videos (by you or your students), you may want to consider using the built-in Photos app on your Windows 10 device. This app allows you to stitch together video segments into one seamless video presentation. You can also insert still images and title slides for transitioning purposes. Click here for an 8:30 minute tutorial on using this tool.