Back Up Your Images

Mac doesn’t make it easy to locate photos/images on your Mac. You’ll notice that they show up in “iPhotos” but not in a folder on your hard drive. To backup images follow these steps:
  1. Create a folder on your desktop and title it Photos
  2. Open iPhotos
  3. Select all of the photos that come up (tip: select the first image, then hold shift –> scroll to bottom and select the last image)
  4. Then click FILE –> EXPORT –> EXPORT # PHOTOS
  5. Leave the pop-up settings as is –> then click EXPORT
  6. Select DESKTOP –> then find and select the folder we created –> then click EXPORT
  7. All of your images will then be dropped/exported to this folder (it will take a while depending on how many images you have exporting).
  8. From here you can drag this folder to an external hard drive/flash drive OR upload this to your Google Drive.
  9. To upload to Google Drive make sure you open Google Drive on the web: as the Drive App tends to sync and download copies BACK to your hard drive. Some people are getting messages that their drive is full. In drive select NEW –> FOLDER UPLOAD –> select the desktop folder with the images and let it upload to drive. (Note: You MUST be in Chrome Browser to see folder upload, otherwise you will see file upload (which will take A LOT LONGER)
Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Using Schoology Media Albums


Often overlooked but quite versatile, Schoology has a built-in option called “Media Albums” when creating assignments. Media Albums are a way to organize photos, videos, and audio files within your Schoology course or group. In order to access this tool first go to your Schoology course. Next, click the materials button in the left navigation –> and Add Materials –> Add Media Album.

A window will popup. Fill out the Media Album form with a title and description. At the bottom, you will notice a few small icons. By default, media albums are set to:

  • Enable comments so members of your course are able to post comments on the media album
  • Allow Instructors and Students to Add Media, or limit this ability to Instructors only
  • Publish the album so that it is visible to the Members of your Course

One you click CREATE, the media album is set. Feel free to upload and add different types of media to it from your hard drive. What is neat is that teachers AND students can post, share, and comment on the added media. So how can we use them in class with our students? What if…

  • students upload pictures of books they’re reading with a short review in the caption
  • students document steps in an experiment during a science lab
  • students use media albums to post field trip photos
  • students post created memes on topics/themes from class
  • students post their artwork in a digital gallery
  • teachers and/or students create digital “gallery walks”
  • students upload pictures to help students better visualize a novel
  • teachers host student presentations

Check it out and see what you think!

Tech Tip Tuesday: How to Use Your Projector as a Secondary Display for Morning Announcements


So you’re trying to show the morning announcements but the minute you go to take attendance the video ends up in the background and Genesis ends up front and center. So how can you do both?

Quite simple actually. What we want to do is set our Macbook to use the projector as a “separate display.”

At the top of your desktop window, select the AIRPLAY icon as you normally would. Next, instead of selecting “mirror built-in display” choose USE AS SEPARATE DISPLAY. By selecting this option, you will notice that a) your projector screen is showing a blank version of your desktop wallpaper, and b) your Macbook has its normal current view.

To have the morning announcement populate the projector view, hover over the web browser icon you use in your Dock. Right-click on the browser and select NEW WINDOW. (Reminder: morning announcements need to be shown on Safari, so for this step, you may want to just open Safari instead of a second window on your current browser). A new separate window will pop open. Minimize the window so that you can click and drag it. Next, select the window and drag it toward the right, to the edge of your screen. As you continue to drag it past the edge, the popup window will begin to appear on the projector screen. Keep moving it until it gets centered.

Once you have this where you want, maximize the screen and you are set to open the announcements. As the announcements are playing, feel free to go back to your original window on your Macbook and open Genesis.

This should help you overcome this issue. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!

Hope this helps.

Tech Tip Tuesday: New Schoology Google Drive Assignments Integration!


Schoology recently released the new Google Drive Assignments app to make it easier for teachers to assign Google Docs right from within Schoology. Taking a page out of Google Classroom, students are then able to own a copy of the Google Doc that you have attached to the assignment, edit, and submit, all from within Schoology too! And to top it off- you can grade it and leave comments just as you would a normal Google Doc from… all within Schoology!

The best part about this new integration is the seamless fluidity of both platforms (Schoology and Google) working together. You can view, edit, and comment, regardless of which platform you are in. For example: Once the teacher creates the assignment with the Google Doc Integration attached- the student will get a copy of his/her own. They can access it from within Schoology (which loads fully in the webpage and can be edited right there) OR they can open the Google Doc from within their own Google Drive and do the editing there. Doesn’t matter! All changes to the doc will be reflected back on Schoology’s end for you, the teacher, to see.

Here’s how to get this new tool. First, you need to access the Schoology App Center (usually found by clicking home –> then App Center in the left navigation. Scroll and search for Google Drive Assignments –> Click the link –> click Install LTI App –> then designate which courses you want to attach this app too (I recommend choosing all). Once this is done, go to one of your courses, and begin creating an assignment.

When the window opens to create the assignment, you will notice a new button in the center that reads: Assign from App: Google Drive Assignments. Click on the Google Drive Assignments button to open your Google Drive from within Schoology (you may need to allow permission for this to open). Screen Shot 2017-09-11 at 12.44.26 PM

Find and select the file you want to attach. Then, go ahead and name this assignment, add a description, include dates, and select a category. You can still embed videos, rubrics, or other media tools into this assignment too! Once the assignment is created, click on it to see how it will open in the new window. The new tool really takes a lot of the guesswork out of attaching and embedding Google Docs as assignments. If you’re a heavy Google Drive user, or plan to be, this app is for you!

I am attaching the directions on using the Google Drive Assignments App from Schoology. Feel free to check it out or reach out to me with further questions.

Hope this helps!