BASD High School Instructional Technology News and Tips

February 5, 2016

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Snowy Day Professional Development

With the recent warm temperatures, it is hard to believe we had a record-breaking snow fall last week. Many events had to rescheduled or cancelled altogether. The (in person) BFLEX session "True Confessions of a Connected Educator" that was scheduled for Wednesday, January 27 at Liberty High School had to be rescheduled.

However, technology allows people to communicate regardless of time, distance and a few feet of snow. Several workshop participants decided to meet up online in a Google Hangout to connect with the guest speaker, Mark James. Read about what happened here and watch the recorded session here.

Please join us on February 24 from 3:45-4:45PM in the Liberty High School Library for the rescheduled session with Mark James. Sign up on CPE Tracker!

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Teacher Access Center Tip

This was a very popular question since grades were due recently. If you need to see students that have withdrawn in Teacher Access Center, follow the tip below.

Include withdrawn students by selecting the icon at the top right of the screen that looks like the outline of a head and selecting one of the options to show withdrawn students. The withdrawn students will be displayed in red italics, as shown in the screenshot below.

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Power Up Google with New Visions Cloud Lab Add-Ons and Scripts

Google Apps has been a real game changer for our district, but sometimes the basic functionality is not enough. I have been consulting with teachers lately on how to stretch the power of Google Apps to do things they need using a number of New Visions Cloud Lab Add-Ons and Scripts.

Doctopus makes it easier for teachers to share, organize, and assess student work in Google Drive. autoCrat is a multi-purpose document merge tool that allows you to take any row-based spreadsheet data and create, save, attach to email, and share templated documents. formRanger allows you to populate and refresh multiple choice, list, checkbox, and grid style question options in Google Forms from columns in any Google Sheet. syncData is a powerful utility for keeping data synced across multiple spreadsheets.

Keep watching the BFLEX schedule for sessions about these powerful tools!

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Questions? Contact Evon

High School Technology Integration Specialist

FHS - 126B, Ext. 53976

LHS - 308, Ext. 50976