Tech & Media Mashup
Edition 5- October 13, 2015
iOS 9...is now fine!
I've noticed there is also a new update out there for your laptops called El Capitan. I haven't heard anything about it yet from the technology department, so let's wait on that update.
Google Email (gmail) for Students:
How do you add it to your home screen?
- Go to your gmail account via Safari
- Click on the share icon to the right of the URL
- Tap Add to Homescreen
- Tap Add
*This is also a good idea for other websites your students will frequently use.
3-5 iPads & iMovie, Pages, Numbers, Keynote, etc.
The students should see "VPP Invitations" at the top of Self Service. They will tap it and then tap "Accept Invitation" on the next screen. They will tap "Continue" to allow the apps to be assigned to them, and then they will tap "Agree" to the terms and conditions. It may take a WHILE for the apps to appear as they are very large files. It may not even happen that same day, I'm not sure. Just have the students keep a check on them.
DE Spotlight on Strategies
On your DE homepage, click on the Professional Development tab. Then click on Spotlight on Strategies and you will find it! If you find one that you really like using, please let me know and I'll share it!
Here's a sample one to try if you need an idea for teaching content specific vocabulary.
It's called Vocabulary Stepping Stone. You would use this strategy with a DE video related to your area of study. The only thing you need to prepare ahead of time is a list of vocabulary words for students to cut apart and use throughout the activity. The link below takes you to the pdf with step-by-step directions for this particular strategy. If you would rather learn about it via a short video, you can find it in the SOS matrix I mentioned above.
iPad Help Request QR Code
From Mrs. Sloop...
Destiny Did you know? (continued from last time)
- Narrow your search: If you're needing to narrow down a search, for example to include certain book levels, simply click in the green bar below the search box. This will allow you to enter book levels. You can enter AR as the program and then enter the book levels that correlate to your students' guided reading levels. Just remember to clear out your limiters, or your future searches will be limited to the levels that you set.
- Resource Lists: *Remember, you need to be logged in using your using your PowerSchool number for the user name and password. Once you're logged in, you should see a menu on the lefthand side of the screen. Click on Resource Lists. There should be a button in the top right corner that says, "Add List". From here, you should be able to add a list with a specific title. For example, if you're using titles for a social studies unit, you might name the unit and add the titles that you would like. You can make the list public to our school, or keep it private for yourself. Making lists public within the school, lets others see your lists. This might be a neat way for you to share some of your favorite reads with your students. You can also add co-owners if you'd like so that your team can also access and view the lists. Now you when you search, you can add titles to the list. Make sure to select the list from the dropdown box that you want to add to.
Lastly, a couple housekeeping notes regarding Destiny. When records were uploaded at the beginning of the school year, teachers were uploaded with the PowerSchool numbers as usernames AND pw's. This is different than in the past. I am in the process of getting your old accounts deleted and will be making new cards for the teacher checkout. You don't really have to scan your card, you simply enter your PowerSchool number (just like when students check out). Also, I have changed some access levels, which gets you the ADD LIST feature that hasn't been there in the past. This also should keep the computer from beeping at you for max checkouts. Please let me know if you notice issues on your account when you're checking out materials. Thanks again for your patience as I work through these updates with Destiny.