Tech Tip Tuesday: Screencastify SUBMUT


Screencastify has just created a NEW feature that will be a great addition to virtual learning and their platform. For those of you that use this tool/chrome extension (it really is great!) here is the news:

Screencastifys new feature called SUBMIT, is perfect for distance learning that you can use for free through the end of the school year! This is an easy way to have your students record and share videos with you and one another. It works in a controlled environment. You can create a special link that starts a recording, share the link with students and watch as your students submit videos straight to your Google Drive

The best part? Students don’t need an account or even a Chrome extension! You can request access to this new feature here! 

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Travelogues


Looking for a neat project during virtual teaching. Have students record their virtual visits to countries wherein a novel they are reading is set, a language they are studying originates, or a historical event has occurred. Travelogues can be created in various formats including a travel journal in Docs, a Slides presentation with embedded content, a video or podcast series, or a Google Site.

Ask students to research the place… give a clear description as well as incorporate images found on the web… have them highlight various attractions found at and around the location and have them create an interactive Google Map marking those spots… have them give cultural background … and more!

Hope this idea gets them engaged

Tech Tip Tuesday: Self-Paced Mastery Learning with Schoology


One of the biggest advantage of using an LMS like Schoology, is the ability to create differentiated self-paced learning lessons/units for your students. With Schoology’s “Student Completion” feature, you can create a lesson or unit plan that essentially walks the students through at their own pace, and monitors what they learn by setting “completion settings” that students must abide to for true MASTERY LEARNING.

To set this up in Schoology, simply create your lesson or unit plan. (TIP, there should be a natural progression of ideas here that link together. Consider designing your lesson or unit around BLOOMS. Once it is set and you have everything in your Schoology course/folder follow these steps:

  • Go into the folder –> Click “options” –> click “Student completion” –> Add each assignment you created in the order you want them to appear, from top to bottom –> next to each assignment select a “mastery/completion setting” –> Check “requirements must be completed in sequential order” at the top –> then click SAVE at the bottom.

You have now designed your own self-paced learning activity/lesson in Schoology to really personalize the experience for your students and open you up to make rounds to each student in your classroom, checking in, and building those relationships!

If you want to try this hands-on with me or work together to create your self-paced lesson/unit, please reach out to me.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Prepping Students for Virtual Learning


Teaching virtually shouldn’t feel like it is completely different than regular teaching. The things you do and how you do it, as well as the tools you use should continue when teaching in a virtual environment. However, there are a few minor adjustments that should be made. For one, attendance is something you’ll want to think about. In a virtual setting (think college classroom) there may or may not be face-to-face time using a video conferencing app. This option is completely up to you.  But you’ll need some way to regularly take attendance be it a Google Doc, Schoology, a video conferencing tool, etc.

Another key is just making sure all of your documents are up on your Schoology course prior to students jumping in. Consider having an “overview” document/assignment where you outline what they can expect to do, then have everything ready for them to walk right through. This is where Schoology completion settings can come in handy.

Another benefit of both ideas above is that you can be readily available should any students need your help. Imagine this scenario:

The teacher has an announcement in their Schoology course directing students to enter the class using the Schoology Conferencing App or the Backchannel Chat App . Students pop in, teacher takes attendance, and then the teacher outlines what to expect etc. This might last no more than 10 minutes. Now the teacher directs students to their Schoology course. Students go through the overview assignment with the directions, goals, etc. Then they work through the task. The teacher makes themself readily available by staying in the Backchannel Chat App or Conferencing App for any students that might need help., sort of like an open office hour. That’s it!

Last but not least, consider some of the following to help manage your online course.

  • Check-in often and let students know how and where to contact you.
  • Consider establishing a place to study/learn, especially with your struggling learners who can be easily distracted.
  • Rearrange your course in Schoology so that it is easy to navigate.
  • Keep it simple and continue to do what you do daily!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Transfer Ownership of Google Drive Documents


Oftentimes, we create documents that someone else ends up taking over. But then the documents sit in our Google Drive, even if we no longer need them. And, if we delete them, the person on the other end will lose that document too (unless they have made a copy of it). So what can we do?

You can transfer the ownership of the document to someone else! Now this only works with people in the same domain, meaning you cannot share something in your RIH Google Drive with someone outside RIH or your personal account even. But, you can transfer ownership from a personal account to anywhere. Here is how…

  1. First, select the individual document or folder that you want to transfer in Drive.
  2. Open the file and click Share in the top-right corner of the file.
  3. Type the email address of the new owner in the “Invite people” field. Click Share & save.
  4. Click Advanced in the bottom-right corner of the sharing box.
  5. Click the drop-down menu next to the name of the person you want to own the file or folder.
  6. Select “Is owner”. Click Done.

It is that simple. Now they own the document and you can delete it from your Google Drive.

Hope this helps!