Weekly Tech Update 11/30 to 12/4

Zoom and Loom, Who Got Caught?

Zoom and Loom

During the last informational update by the District’s Administration, there were several concerns about Zoom and recordings. Let’s tackle Zoom first. If you are concerned with the cybersecurity or integrity of your Zoom links, you should check out the information found on the Empower Page. There are plenty of resources available to us to help with the safety and security of our Zoom links. While you are visiting the Zoom resources, there is also a tutorial on how to record your Zoom session whether it’s from a Chromebook or a laptop/PC.

In addition, I have included a tutorial on how to keep your Zoom up to date, as well as re-visiting our settings for scheduling a meeting. The tutorial will address such things:

  • enabling/disabling the chat feature

  • Host and Participant video on/off

  • mute on/off

  • screen sharing

  • enabling the waiting room with sounds to notify when a new participant enters.

Also on the Empower website, under the Loom subpage, is a video and google doc on how to record lessons using Loom.

If you have any questions whatsoever, don’t ever hesitate to reach out to me, Tara or Lisa. Check out my schedule below and stop by and visit me while I am in your building and we can discuss some strategies that can work for you!

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.

Keeping Your Parents in the Know!

A few weeks back, I mentioned how a growth mindset can be beneficial during times like these. This is evident in Alison MacLean’s attempt to put out informational documents to the parents of her students. Alison’s attempt spawned from a fail, but she didn’t let the fail defeat her. Alison was attempting to create a tutorial for the parents of her students so the parents could help their student log in to the new ELA program, Amplify. When her video exceeded the time limit in the program she was using, she instead went a different route and created this beautiful infographic for the parents of her students to reference. This infographic was created with Google Slides, a screenshot tool(Lightshot), and distributed through Parent Square to the parents.

Holiday Movie Trivia

The feedback from the last game was so positive, I thought I would post another challenge for you. This one is Holiday Movie Trivia and it is in Quizizz again. Good luck, the competition ends this Friday at 2:30 pm.


Zoom Security and Settings

Zoom Security and Settings

Using a Bookmark to Create New Google Workspace Files

Using a Bookmark to Create New Google Files

Tech Tool(s) of The WEEK

Record To Slides

Need a quick and easy way to record a video and insert that video into your Slides presentation? Then the Record to Slides is an extension for you and can be found in the Chrome Web Store. With this extension, you can record directly to your slides. Warning, this should only be used for videos that are approximately a minute or less. Anything longer than you may need a tool like Screencastify or Loom.


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

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.

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

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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 Nov 23 to Nov 24

60 With Saint featuring Superintendent LaBarr

60 With Saint Week of Nov 16 to Nov 20

Notifications are Back, Domain Postmaster, Chrome Shortcuts, GC Cleanup, Word Walls, Remove.BG, Remote for Slides, Chrome Shortcuts

60 With Saint Week of Nov 9 to Nov 13

IT Help Desk, Change in Email, Split Dock or Print, Directions, Change Date in ST, Bookmarks in Chrome, Clean Up Google Classroom, Classwork Zoom, Whiteboard.fi.

60 With Saint Week of Nov 2 to Nov 6

Clean Up Google Classroom, Upgrade Zoom, Update Chromebook, Assignment Boards, Copying Grades From GC to Sheets, Use Emojis to Grade, SlidesMania, Go Soapbox, Cisco IP Phone

60 With Saint Week of Oct 26 to Oct 30

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

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,

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 5 to Oct 9

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

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