Weekly Tech Update 12/14 to 12/18

Google Docs Multiple Orientations

Google Docs will now let you change the page orientation within the doc that you are working in. For instance, if you are working on a standard page in Google Docs and need to insert a landscape page, you can now do that. Multiple orientations within one Doc. Especially helpful for tables and images!

Keep Those Chromebooks Up To Date

If you notice a little number pop up in the lower right-hand corner of your Chromebook, it may mean that your Chromebook needs an update. The numbers inside the circle indicate that you have a notification for your Chromebook. Click on the number and see if you have a “Chrome OS” notification as pictured. You should always click on the “Restart to Update” notification to keep your Chromebook updated. This can alleviate several small issues of why your Chromebook may not be performing as expected.

Google Jamboard File Version History

Even though File Version History isn't as easily accessible as it is in other Google Workspace Applications, it's still available. Use the shortcut CTRL+ALT+SHIFT+h to see who has been naughty and who has been nice.


Ditch That Textbook author, Matt Miller, has once again gathered some of the brightest minds to provide educators free online PD. Ditch Summit is a 4-week asynchronous summit that is TOTALLY FREE!!! Great to listen on those car rides, while you are working out, on a planning period, etc. Each session usually comes with resources as well. Sign up here to start receiving the links to over 50 presentations in the next 4 weeks. In Matt's words, it's "A 4-week teacher PD party!"

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.

EXPLORING, New Age Style

Every year the 7th-grade students in Erik Hauck's Social Studies class, study exploration. This year Erik decided to add a new tool to his toolbox and introduce his students to Story Map Knight Lab. With Story Map Knight Lab, the students can watch a presentation, in this case on Exploration. Students can also create their own Story Maps and customize their journey in their own words adding multimedia, text, etc.

Christmas Fun

My students always looked forward to class in December because they knew I would integrate different holiday puzzles, trivia, games, etc. with them. I wanted to take the old school worksheets and modernize them using different free tech tools. If you are interested in any of these activities, email me and I will be happy to share them with you. All the activities can be found in this book, made with Book Creator... another free tool.

#Remote Learning APP-vent Calendar

In the spirit of the holidays, the Hathaways have published the annual APP-vent calendar. This year they focused on apps that can be utilized in hybrid, remote, and asynchronous settings. Check the calendar each day to learn about a new app and how it can be utilized.

12 Days of Tech-mas

Check out this creation from Sara Hoffman. Sara delivers 12 days of tools, strategies, or activities that you can use in your classroom.

Tech Tool(s) of The WEEK

PDF Candy

Sometimes we need a free pdf tool that can merge, convert, rearrange pages, edit, etc. those pdf files. Yes, Kami will do some of those things, but PDF Candy will do all that and more. If you are having issues with pdf's, you may want to check out PDF Candy.


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.
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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 Dec 7 to Dec 11

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

60 With Saint Week of Nov 30 to Dec 4

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

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