Technology Updates

January 2021

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.

Tech Support for Distance/Hybrid Learners

Just as a reminder, our tech support line is available for our Distance/Hybrid learners during school hours (7:45-3:45). This number rings to our middle and high school media center extensions. Please remind your students that this resource continues to be available.

507.337.9092

Need to create a 10 minute or less video (quickly) to share with students or families?

Then you need Flipgrid Shorts! Go to: www.flipgrid.com and log in with your Microsoft credentials (school email and password) to get sharted. Click on Shorts along the top of the main Flipgrid window to get started. Shorts videos can be shared via a link to anyone - put the link to your recording in Schoology, Teams, Seesaw, Bloomz. Here is the step-by-step (I assure you it is quick and easy). OR, I am here to help - feel free to contact me!
**NEW** Presenter View in Teams

Ability to share your PowerPoint in presentation mode and still see the Chat or Participants panel. If you are not seeing this option yet, you will very soon.

*NEW* - Teams Channel Calendar

Here is a step-by-step tutorial on how to add a Calendar to a Microsoft Teams channel. This Shared Channel Calendar in Microsoft Teams tab app allows you to see your channel meetings in a calendar, and can be added to as many Microsoft Teams channels as necessary. This Calendar does not sync with your Outlook or general Teams Calendar - it and it's contents are only visible within the Team Channel. Check it out here!
Lessons in Cybersecurity ~ Is Your Password Secure?

You can visit this website to verify whether you have an account that has been compromised: https://haveibeenpwned.com/

Using Rubrics in Teams Assignments

Microsoft Teams has a built-in rubric tool for teachers. There's no one better than Microsoft Education's product manager, Mike Tholfsen to learn from when it comes to using any aspect of Microsoft Teams. Mike explains here how to create and use rubrics in Microsoft Teams.
How to Print Student Clever Badges (K-4)

Steps needed to print student Clever badges. You may need this in the case you have roster changes for second semester.

Digital Resource Access Explained

How is access to our digital resources assigned and what determines who has access to what resources.

What determines when we receive the latest releases or updates for Teams?



First off, not all users in MPS will necessarily receive updates at the same time

  • Teams desktop client updates are released every two weeks. This usually takes place on a Tuesday. If a critical update is required, Teams will bypass this schedule and release the update as soon as it’s available.
  • The desktop client updates itself automatically. Teams checks for updates every few hours behind the scenes, downloads it, and then waits for the computer to be idle before silently installing the update.
  • Users can manually download updates by clicking Check for updates on the Profile drop-down menu on the top right of the app. If an update is available, it will be downloaded and silently installed when the computer is idle.
  • Important: Users need to be signed in for updates to be downloaded.
  • Teams follows its own update process as outlined above, and not the update process for the other Offices apps, such as Word and Excel.

Digtial Resources for the Classroom

If you are exploring new digital resources for use in your classroom, please remember to work with our technology department to ensure the resource will work in our current environment and does not compromise student personally identifiable information. If you have questions, please reach out to Todd or Karen. Thank you!