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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: Edpuzzle Integrates with Schoology

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Schoology has been undergoing a lot of changes recently, integrating with more apps, and partnering with other companies (some for better or worse, but we’ll get to that later). Edpuzzle has always been able to be embedded as an assignment material in Schoology by using the embed code. But now, there is an Edpuzzle LTI app that can be installed and linked to your Edpuzzle account so that all of your Edpuzzle classes and videos can be assigned to your Schoology classes. Pretty cool! It does take some steps to set up, but once you do, you won’t have to do it again.

Here’s how to do this. First, go to the app center in Schoology –>

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–> then scroll down and locate the Edpuzzle app –> click on the app and then click to “install app” –> you will be prompted to agree or disagree to allowing Edpuzzle to connect with your Schoology account (this is OK) –> on the proceeding window checkmark every class you would like to attach this feature to then scroll to the bottom and click “install”. 

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Ok, so now that we installed the app across our classes the Edpuzzle icon should appear in your left navigation of each course. Next, you’ll need to go to Edpuzzle (open a new tab but leave the Schoology one open) and sign-in to your account –> Click on your profile in the upper right corner –> then click on your name –> click the “school” tab –> then scroll to the bottom and click on the LMS integration dropdown button and select “Schoology”.

Two codes will open: 1 called the Consumer Key and 1 called the Shared Secret. Leave this window open and return back to Schoology. 

Go to one of your Schoology courses –> under your course image click “course options” –> select “external tool providers” –> you should see 2 Edpuzzle integrations in the list, select the one with the greyed out “x”. In the window the opens, you’ll need to enter the consumer key and shared secret from your Edpuzzle window that we left open in another tab then click submit.

Once you do this, you’ll want to follow this procedure for each of your courses. After that you are set to use the tool. Here’s how:

Click to “add material” –> select Edpuzzle from the right side of the window that opens –> it should locate all your videos –> select a video to “watch” –> then after the video opens click “assign”. The assignment will appear in Schoology!

You can now track student completion, see question responses, edit video settings, go LIVE, and add grades to your Edpuzzle assignments.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me and I will walk you through the setup process. Hope this helps!

 

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Enhance Thinglink with VR and 360 Images

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One of the apps that we subscribe to district wide is Thinglink. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend you take a minute to watch the overview video below.

What’s great about Thinglink is that you can easily customize different types of content links with colors,  different bubble styles, audio narration, custom icons, videos, google apps, and more. But one of the recent updates includes a new editor that even gives you the option to create your own interactive 360 images and videos and/or VR content that you can then use with or without a headset! Also included is an image and video library and the ability to “remix” content from others.

For an example of a Thinglink I created, check this out below:

Think about how you can begin to incorporate Thinglink in your classroom. What students about using Thinglink as part of an overall social media campaign project? Or using Thinglink to annotate a book? Science students could incorporate Thinglink as an interactive infographic about habitats and ecosystems or as a guided lab tutorial complete with an embedded screencast and audio. You, the teacher, could use Thinglink to push out content in a more engaging and interactive way.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Go LIVE With Edpuzzle

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By now, I’m sure you are familiar with Edpuzzle and the benefit of using an app like this to personalize, differentiate, and add a self-paced element to your classroom. If not, take a moment to check it out here or watch this introductory video below!

Recently updated, Edpuzzle now offers a new GO LIVE feature, perfect for blending the classroom. Live Mode allows you to project your Edpuzzle for the whole class while your students answer live on their own devices. Pretty neat!

To do this, simply open your Edpuzzle account –> click on My Content –> open the video lesson you created (if you don’t have one you’ll need to create a video lesson to start with) –> then assign it to a class. Once you do this, the video lesson will open in a new window with the GO LIVE button appearing on the right. Once presented, the video will play, and as a question appears the video will pause. As student respond to the question, you can see their answers as well as who responded instantly.

If your looking to add another element to video in your classroom check out this new feature!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Let Google Convert Your Microsoft Files

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Having access to Microsoft, Apple, and Google can be a blessing and a curse. Especially if you are trying to use Google more and more. Converting or recreating those Microsoft Word Docs or PowerPoint presentations can be time consuming. But what if there was another way?

Google Drive has a simple setting that can help you upload and convert Microsoft Files to Google Files! Plus, it will keep the original file type in case you need it or you can go ahead and send it to the trash. It isn’t without its (formatting) flaws, but most docs look pretty good. Just always be sure to double-check them after they are converted.

To do this, simply open your Google Drive –> click the setting “gear” icon at the top right –> then click “settings”. Check off the box “convert selected files to Google editor format” –> then scroll to the bottom to save.

Now, when you are ready, just go to the folder where you’d like to upload the file(s), click NEW –> File Upload (or folder upload if you have a lot of stuff and are using Chrome Browser) –> and tell the file(s) to open. Google will upload and convert those files while saving them in the Google Drive folder you designated! Just make sure you delete any duplicates or older Microsoft version you no longer need.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Create Engaging Images with PosterMyWall

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Looking for another alternative to Canva? PosterMyWall is a neat website, similar to Canva, where you can use professional templated to create your own posters, social media headers/banners, cards and invitations, and more. What is really cool is that is also has an option for video and motion graphics! The videos are great for short promotional clips, trailers, etc. Once you create your image/graphic you can download the image for free, then share it out or attach it to social media.

Thanks to Denise Pellegrino for finding this useful resource and sharing it out!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Individually Assign Schoology Folders

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Schoology’s “individually assign” feature is a great way to personalize learning for students while also discreetly assigning work to specific students that not all students need. This is especially great when thinking of our special needs or resource level students, but can also be used for students on bedside, and advanced students who are looking for something a little more challenging or the opportunity to complete a research-based study.

Originally, you only had the ability to individually assign assignments. However, now you can individually assign folders! When students are individually assigned a folder, all assignments/materials within in get shared privately with the student. Students that haven’t been assigned these folders will see what they normally see and will NOT have access to the individually shared folder with the other student(s).

To individually assign a folder simply: Click the gear icon next to the folder you want to assign –> select “individually assign” –> search for the student(s) name(s) or grading group you want to assign the folder to –> then click NEXT to assign! If the time comes and you need to remove students from access to the folder, simply follow the steps above –> then uncheck the student(s) or grading groups from the shared list.

This is a powerful feature that can provide students with differentiated materials/content, afford you as the teacher an easier way to push out materials to students who are absent or on bedside, help you create more personalized, self-paced learning modules, assist you in helping those students who need extra support, and help you design learning paths for students based on their interests.

Hope this helps!

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: EXPLORE Live Animals

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Explore.org/livecams is a pretty neat website that lets you connect virtually to live animal cams all over. Some are animals that are live in their natural habitat and others are various aquariums and zoos around the globe.

At the top you can browser through the entire gallery. Some of these live feeds also have multiple camera angles to choose from which is pretty cool. Some feeds have best “viewing times” to observe, so check out their schedule. There are also some nice “meditation” related feeds/videos of ocean currents, waves, sunsets, etc.