Weekly Tech Update 5/10 to 5/14

Jayson's Students Spill the Beans 🌱

It’s no secret that feedback is essential for our students to learn. Grant Wiggins writes an exceptional article titled Seven Keys to Effective Feedback published in the Educational Leadership magazine. But feedback is also important for us as educators! We should want feedback from our students in regards to how we are performing as educators through our student’s eyes. Don’t we want to get better? What we perceive as being successful may not be the reality. If the students aren’t buying what we are selling, we are going to struggle to get them ‘learning’ in our classes.

I am not going to lecture you from the soapbox. It took me 16 years to get the courage, mostly due to my fixed mindset, immaturity, and insecurities, to ask my students to a) #ObserveMe and b) Give Me a Report Card Grade. Both of those Google Forms are linked, feel free to make a copy for yourself, modify them and call them your own. I am also putting myself out there and sharing the Report Card Grades(click the hyperlink) and comments from the 86 students who evaluated me in 2018. Not to brag, but to demonstrate that the students have it in them to do this! Read the feedback. There was some very appropriate, and productive criticism from those 8th graders. I was impressed that 45 out of the 86 put their name behind their feedback even though it was optional and I wasn’t collecting emails. They were free and clear to be as honest as they wanted to be.

How was the feedback used? Most of the responses contained suggestions that I could immediately implement in our classroom. They told me that my handwriting was messy, which it was, so that was an easy fix. CHECK! The students wanted more station work because it meant smaller clusters and more 1 on 1 time, just meant creatively chunking my lessons, CHECK! Less sarcasm, that was a hard one for me but I did make an honest effort, half-CHECK. Slow down my teaching. I’ll admit that I used to push through the curriculum like I was on a mission! And for what? To say that I covered it all? It made sense to slow down and check for the acquisition of new material before I proceeded, so CHECK. Make lessons more interactive, which meant becoming a full-time lifelong learner and teaching myself new tricks, CHECK. More visual aids displayed around the room. This is an easy one, I am not a fan of white walls, so CHECK. Play music more often when we are working. Even better, music was selected by the students as long as it was appropriate, CHECK. Takedown the Yankee’s banners, NOT A CHANCE!

Those are just some of the immediate changes, but you get the idea. What I was perceiving and the students were experiencing weren’t congruent(math term). I only wish I had the courage to do it earlier in my career or at least earlier in the year because that would have made the relationships with the students that much stronger! Listen to your students, they have a lot to teach us as well! After all, we are all on the same team, right?

Eating My Own Dog Food

To go along with the above post, I would appreciate feedback to improve the 60 With Saint newsletter. It will only take you about 3-4 minutes to answer the 9 questions. Help me so that I can better help you! And maybe I will swing by with a little memento if you don't already have one. Here is the link to the survey that should take about 4 minutes to complete.

Tuesdays R 4 Teachers

Every Tuesday starting May 4th (sorry about that, I dropped the ball on that one), NYSCATE Is offering free webinars on a variety of topics. Here is the upcoming schedule:

May 11th: Project Based Learning

May 18th: Synchronous Meetings with the G Suite

May 25th: Google Forms: Create and Assign/Share

June 1st: Navigating Digital Resources

June 8th: Fun Ways to Use Google Slides

Click on any of the above links will take you directly to the registration page for that session. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. All webinars start at 7 pm. Here is a direct link to the NYSCATE page which has more information, especially if you are looking for CTLE credit

Thank you Bridgit Millard for sharing this gem💎 !.

Padlet in Action For Living Environment Students

Padlet is such a versatile tool for educators. One of the ways that students were able to create their own learning experience recently was through the use of the Canvas template Padlet provides. In Ms. Wright's Living Environment class, she had her students create Cladograms for classifying finches. Check out this student's creation. The student had so much fun that he couldn't decide which way to classify the finches, so he produced a Cladogram with 3 different criteria, and then tried to make the connections between the 3 criteria. Student's creating their own learning, so powerful! We have tons of resources from this integration, don't hesitate to reach out.
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No InstaStrategies This Week

Due to a scheduling conflict, the InstaStrategies sessions for this week are canceled. SORRY! We will be back at our regularly scheduled time on May 19th when the topic will be Goal Sharing.

This past winter there was an update to the Microsoft Exchange server which affected the aesthetics of our emails that may contain images. After several attempts to get the newsletter whitelisted through the MORIC(thank you to Jeff Wood and Derek LaLonde for their efforts), it just doesn't appear that it is going to happen. So with that said, and because the feedback has been overwhelmingly positive, I would like to make accessing the newsletter easier for you so you do not have to click 'View in Browser' (Picture 3) every week. If you would like the newsletter to open, as it should appear in picture 1 above left, send me a personal email and I will replace your Outlook address on the mailing list with your personal email. If you don't mind clicking view in the browser every week, I APPRECIATE IT and you may continue doing so. This only affects the email when it is opened at school.

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).

🚨 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.


Searching with Carrot2

9 Tips to Maximize Your Chromebook Expierence

Tech Tool(s) of The WEEK


Looking for Icons that you can edit? IconsMania has a great assortment of icons on its website. Totally free! You can choose to download them as PNG files, or open them up in a Google Slide and customize them.


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.
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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 6 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.

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60 With Saint Week of Feb 22 to Feb 26

Conundrum, Thank you, Updates to Google, New Entrants Update Sites, InstaStrategies, Quick Actions in Outlook, Classroom Q

60 With Saint Week of Feb 8 to Feb 12

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60 With Saint Week of Feb 1 to Feb 5

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60 With Saint Week of Jan 25 to Jan 29

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15 Remote Approaches to Remote Learning, InstaStrategies, Calendly, Remote Learning Activities DTTB, Google Templates for Students, Phone as Doc Camera, Record Screen Share Only

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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

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60 With Saint Week of Dec 21 to Dec 23

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Google Updates SItes and Jamboard, Who Got Caught, Pixel Art, Christmas Fun, APP-Vent Calendar, 12 Days of Tech-mas, Teacher Made

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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

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60 With Saint Week of Nov 2 to Nov 6

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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

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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

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Kami Update, Google Classroom, and Notifications, Split and Merge with Kami, Page Marker

60 With Saint Week of Sep 28 to Oct 2

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