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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- StudyMate for Schoology

Not many know this, but included in our subscription and license to LockDown Browser (the app that lets students take a test or quiz in Schoology without any other apps/windows open) is an app called StudyMate. StudyMate makes it easy for you to create flash cards, self-assessments, and learning games – all from within Schoology. Students can use it too!

Here is a little overview of StudyMate…

We are currently working to install StudyMate and push it out so that anyone who wants to use it can install it on their end. We might even be able to push it out to everyone automatically. Keep an eye out for this.

Tech Tips Tuesday: Record Audio With Screencastify

There are many times when you just don’t need to have a full screencast. Sometimes you just need audio. First click on the Screencastify extension to activate it, then choose which type of Screencastify recording you need, either Browser Tab or Desktop.

  1. Turn the “Microphone” button on.
  2. Select the audio device you are using.
  3. You can even include audio that comes from a browser tab (like YouTube video):
    1. select “Show more options.”
    2. enable “Tab audio.”
  4. Click “Recording Tab.” You will hear a countdown, after which your audio recording will start. That’s it!

You can also do this another way. Simply record your screencast as normal. Then, after recording, it will open the screencast in editing mode. On the right are a set of options. Click on the “export” option –> and ” export audio only”. Screencastify will create an MP3 audio only version of your screencast and download it to your computer.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Convert Old Schoology Tests/Quizzes to Assessments

If you have old Schoology tests and quizzes that you created, but want to take advantage of the new assessments format and question types, you can convert these older ones to the new tool. No need to recreate your whole test/quiz by typing everything in.

To do this, first save your test/quiz to your Schoology resources. You can click the gear next to it then ‘save to resources”. From here go to “resources” at the top. In here –> find your test/quiz –> click the gear to the right of it –> then click convert to assessments. That’s it!


You can even do a lot of them at the same time! Simply checkmark the ones you need to convert –> then click the gear at the top –> then convert! This might take a little bit of time depending on how many you are converting and how big they are. A popup message might tell you it will happen in the background. No sweat! Just waste it out and you will see them when they are done.

After they are converted, you can simply open them in your resources, edit as needed, and then push them out to your courses. You can do this by clicking the gear next to it, then add to course or edit!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Mark Complete to Finalize 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 award 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:

  1. Click on the LearningPlan tab at the top right of the screen in Frontline.
  2. Locate the form you submitted.
  3. Click on the blue MANAGE button directly to the left of the form.
  4. In the window that opens, click on MARK COMPLETE
  5. 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.
  6. 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: Google Jamboard Revision History

One of the things many of you asked when we initially pushed the use of the Jamboard app was if there was a way to track who edited a Jamboard. Now, Google has added this feature to Jamboard!

This is the same behavior you’re familiar with from other Google Workspace products, like Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides. Version history makes it easy to see changes to a Jam and who made them. This is particularly useful in allowing teachers to view and track student changes to Jam files. Additionally, you can name different versions of your Jam files, so you can quickly revert to them when needed. 

Just like the other Google Apps, simply click the more options button (3 dots in upper right corner) , then click See History. Then you can click and revert to any previous change made.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Manually Update Chrome Extensions

Every now and then, your Chrome extensions will need to be updated. For the most part, it should happen naturally. But sometimes, you just need to do it yourself if you want it to roll out faster. No matter which extensions you use (extensions are those little app logos to the right of your URL bar), this can be Screencastify, bitmoji, polleverywhere, google keep, etc, this is how you can update them.

How to Manually Update Your Chrome Extensions

  1. Open up your Chrome settings menu (the three dots in the top right-hand corner of your browser) or paste chrome://extensions into your address bar
  2. Scroll down to More Tools -> Extensions
  3. Enable Developer Mode in the top right
  4. Once you do that, click the Update button that appears

This may take a bit, but once it is set you will see a popup message at the bottom say update complete. I always recommend closing your browser and opening it up new. This will help extensions or other updates fully take effect. After that, if there is an extension that updated or that you know had an update, click on it to see the change!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Bring Back Closed Chrome Tabs

We have all done it. You are working tirelessly only to accidentally close a tab you need, 5 tabs you need, or worse yet…. you close chrome altogether! No sweat, here is how you can bring any or all of those tabs back.

There is a shortcut to reopen closed tabs. Simply hit COMMAND + SHIFT + T on Mac to reopen it. Or, click the more options button (3 dots) in the upper right corner (sometimes it says “update” in red) –> click History –> then click on the most recent tab(s) you closed to open them or if your closed all of them, simply follow that step above, and if it says recently closed.

You can also go days back by click history, then history again, and sorting through the previous days to find a tab you needed!

Thats it! Hope that helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Improved Google Slides Presenter View

Google has updated their presenter toolbar in Google Slides with a better look and more intuitive controls. To open presenter view,  in the top right corner, next to “Present,” click the Down arrow . Click Presenter view.

Now when presenting, you will be able to select the previous or next slide, select any slide from the picker, or access the three-dot more options menu, which will open options for opening speaker notes, auto play, caption preferences, and more!

The toolbar has also been condensed so that it doesn’t take up as much screen real-estate and block your slide!

Pro tip: You can also use a personal phone or iPad with the Google Slides app as your presenter tool. This lets you control the slide presentation from the device as well as see the presenter notes without screen sharing them to your students over Zoom.

Hope this helps!

Sending Adobe Forms to Multiple People

When using Adobe to send forms for signatures, you set a form up to be emailed to multiple people, and in order. To do this. Utilize the Fill and Send tool within Adobe. Click “request signatures’, and a window will open that looks like this:

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At the bottom left it says “more options”. Click that. Then this will open…

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At the top enter the names/emails you want. Then above the “enter recipient,” it says “complete in order”. Turn that to on, so that those people get the email in order. You can also click and drag each person to rearrange the order. Note that to the left of the person’s name shows a pen icon. This is the signature icon. If you need the person to actually sign a specific line, use this. If not, you can click that dropdown to select the approval icon which does NOT require a signature.

Remember, as the original sender, you will get the final copy sent to you at the end.

Hope this helps!

New Zoom Updates!

Zoom has quietly rolled out a few new updates to their platform. Here is a quick rundown of what they have updated!

  1. Rearrange Gallery View- With this, you can now switch to gallery view, then click on any person’s picture and move them wherever you want in the gallery. Just click–> hold –> drag. Nice for taking attendance or keeping track of certain students when presenting.
  2. Blurred Backgrounds- You can now pick a blurred background as an option when adjust or editing the virtual background/video settings.
  3. Shared Content Designation- When sharing, a notification will appear telling you (the host) the you are sharing your screen and notify you when participants can see it on their end.
  4. Play Videos Directly- When sharing, you can now select advanced, and then choose video. This will turn on the video enhancements, share audio, and then open your finder to select a video to show from your hard drive.

Hope this helps!