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logoThis site is home to Ramapo Indian Hills High School District Instructional Technology and Staff Development. Here you will be able to find resources and tools to help you become more comfortable using technology with your students and implementing innovative methods in your classroom. Use this website for numerous resources, coaching appointments, newsletters, and workshop materials. I am committed to showcasing some of the great work our staff is already doing while helping to make the technology integration in the classroom both seamless and virtually invisible.

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Mark Complete Forms in Frontline

This is a repost

I’ve been asked for a reminder about what to do once a form has been pre-approved in Frontline. Regardless of what form you submitted (Field Trip, Professional Leave, PLC, Quarterly Assessment, SGO, etc) once your prior approvals are complete, the form will make its way back to you, before it can be final approved and awarded credit. The reason for this is so you can upload and attach any necessary documentation, certificates, etc. Here is what you will need to do:

– Click on the LearningPlan tab at the top right of the screen in Frontline.
– Locate the form you submitted.
– Click on the blue MANAGE button directly to the left of the form.
– In the window that opens, click on MARK COMPLETE
– The form will open. Note:This is when you will attach any documents you need to. If this is for SGO/Quarterly then you can skip attaching anything.
– Scroll to the bottom and click SUBMIT.

That’s it! The form will make its way over to me for approval and you will be awarded credit (if applicable) shortly after.

Quick Tip: To attach files to a form, first you need to click on your FILE LIBRARY. From there click UPLOAD, and find and open the file from your hard drive. It will save it in here. When you go to mark a form complete, there is a “files” section that will list all files in your file library. Check off the box next to the forms you want to attach and then proceed to submit.
Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Schoology Updates

Schoology recently released a few updates to the platform. Two of which stuck out to me and you may have already noticed.

  • Immersive Reader- this sits in the background but you may have noticed the button floating around on Schoology. Immersive Reader helps students with disabilities utilize resources/tools that work on their site. Specifically, it helps them use screen readers to read the materials/assignments you create aloud. It allows them to use text decoding tools to assist with reading. And they can now translate information/text to a target language of their choosing.
  • Another update lets teachers see the overall student performance and item performance on an assessment in a new tab called Assessment Reporting. It will help with more analysis of grades and questions.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Chrome Updates

It is important to stay up to date on Chrome updates. Normally, these happen automatically in the background. But since most of us have a tendency to NOT shut down our computers or browsers, the updates usually pend this happening. I have recently had some staff come to me about certain features not working, only to find out that once they updated Chrome, everything worked again.

To update Chrome do this:

  • In the top right corner –> to the right of your profile, you will see an update button. Green means something was released 2 days ago and is available for update. Orange means within 5 days, and red means 1 week.
  • Then click “relaunch to update chrome”
  • Chrome will reboot and should bring all of your closed browser tabs upon update.

However, if you do not see this “update” button, click the 3 dots (more options button) then you should see an option to update chrome.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Make Your School Google Account the Default

I recently had a few teachers tell me that when students open a google document that they shared with them, and go back to access it later, they cannot find it. They later come to find out that the file was saved to their personal Google account and not the school one. This happens all of the time and it is easy to be logged into multiple Google accounts at the same time. Yes, you can switch your account by clocking on your profile in the top right corner –> and selecting the account you need but there is another way.

Did you know that the first account you signed into is actually set as the default account for Google? Probably not! So what you need to do is click your profile in the upper rifght corner –> and sign out of all accounts. Then re-sign in using your school account first. If you still need your personal account, then sign in again with that account. Although you can switch between accounts, you should no longer have the issue of Google saving your documents to the wrong account if it is needed for school. Now that you know how to do this, pass this tip on to your students!

Hope this helps.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Highlight Text in a Webpage

Did you know that recent Google Chrome updates make it possible to send someone a link to a webpage but to a specific section on that page?

To do this on a PC –> highlight the section you want students to read within a text, right-click and select “copy link to highlight.”

To do this on a Mac –> click your trackpad and the Ctrl button on your keyboard at the same time then select “copy link to highlight.”

It will auto copy the link to the page and a special code including the link to the section. Share that out or paste it into your Chrome URL bar and see what it does.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Mark Complete Forms in Frontline

This is a repost

I’ve been asked for a reminder about what to do once a form has been pre-approved in Frontline. Regardless of what form you submitted (Field Trip, Professional Leave, PLC, Quarterly Assessment, SGO, etc) once your prior approvals are complete, the form will make its way back to you, before it can be final approved and awarded credit. The reason for this is so you can upload and attach any necessary documentation, certificates, etc. Here is what you will need to do:

– Click on the LearningPlan tab at the top right of the screen in Frontline.
– Locate the form you submitted.
– Click on the blue MANAGE button directly to the left of the form.
– In the window that opens, click on MARK COMPLETE
– The form will open. Note: This is when you will attach any documents you need to. If this is for SGO/Quarterly then you can skip attaching anything.
– Scroll to the bottom and click SUBMIT.

That’s it! The form will make its way over to me for approval and you will be awarded credit (if applicable) shortly after.

Quick Tip: To attach files to a form, first you need to click on your FILE LIBRARY. From there click UPLOAD, and find and open the file from your hard drive. It will save it in here. When you go to mark a form complete, there is a “files” section that will list all files in your file library. Check off the box next to the forms you want to attach and then proceed to submit.
Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Embed an Image in a Schoology Post

If you want to post an update but include an embedded image in the post (not a hyperlink or attachment), follow these steps.

  • Click “update” in the left navigation.
  • Click the “insert content” button in the format toolbar (a box with an arrow).
  • Choose “image/media”
  • Then select “upload” if the image is on your computer or “from the web” if you have the image URL.

The image will then be embedded into your update post. You can continue to add more information or post the update as is.

Hope that helps!

Managing Shared Files and Folders in Drive

When you collaborate with multiple people on a file in your Google Drive, it can be hard to figure out who made a specific change and when they made it. Did you know you can keep track of these changes to any of your shared files? Plus, when things get messed up in a shared folder with A LOT of people, we can figure out what went wrong and when. Here is how:

See who’s viewed your file or who you’ve shared it with""

  1. In DocsSheets, or Slides, open the file.Note: You will need to have edit access for the file to see the Activity dashboard data.
  2. Click Toolsand thenActivity dashboard.
  3. You can see information about the activity on your file, including:
    • Shared with tab: Shows people you’ve shared the file with. You can also email collaborators.
    • All viewers (organization) tab: Shows people in your organization who have viewed the file.
    • Viewer trend tab: Shows a chart of viewers over time.
  4. (Optional) If you don’t want your view history to appear in Activity dashboard, click Privacy Settings and choose an option:
    • Turn off view history for all files: Under Account setting, turn off Show my view history for all DocsSheets and Slides files.
    • Turn off view history for one file: Under Document setting, turn off Show my view history for this document.
  5. Click Save.

See who commented, edited, moved, or shared a file""

  1. In Drive, at the top right, click View details "".
  2. The Activity tab is automatically selected and all the activity for My Drive is listed. For each activity, the details include:
    • The file or folder affected
    • The user that made the change
    • The date and time of the activity
    • Any other users affected by the activity
  3. In My Drive, select any item to see specific details.

See all changes to a file or revert to a previous version""

In Google Drive, open your file.From DocsSheets, or Slides, select Fileand thenVersion historyand thenSee version history.Note: You need Owner or Editor access to the file.Click a timestamp to see a previous version of the file. Below the timestamp, you’ll see:Names of people who edited the document.A color next to each person’s name. The edits they made appear in that color.(Optional) To revert, name, or copy a previous version, click:Restore this version to make it the active version.More""and thenName this version to name a previous version. More""and thenMake a copy to create a copy of a previous version.