Tech Tip Tuesday: Virtual Tours With Google and The National Park Service

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Looking for something fun to do with your students during virtual learning? Google and the National Park Service teamed up to offer a virtual experience of U.S. parks with a 360 degree adventure!

You can access this by going first going to Google’s Arts and Culture Site (which if you haven’t checked this out yet is a whole other resource to examine). The direct link to the Hidden World of the National Parks is here.

This is a great little resource to spice up your virtual learning with your students and bring a little adventure to their homes. There are also historic sites such as museums, theatres, prisons, libraries, and more!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Google Updates and Resources for Virtual Learning

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I wanted to share some recent updates and resources that could help you continue to do the great job you are doing with virtual learning. Check out these below:

Google Teach From Home: Information and tools to help you combat teaching from home including a toolkit, how-tos, and more.

Learning Keeps Going: An educator help desk as well as teaching strategies.

Online Games That Are Fun and Educational: A variety of online games geared toward content and different grade levels.

Google Meet Attendance: A chrome extension that helps you collect attendance in a Google Sheet from a Google Video Meet!

Google Meet Grid View: A chrome extension that shows everyone in a Google Meet in a grid view like the Brady Bunch!

Picture in Picture: A chrome extension that lets you watch a video in one part of your screen while keeping eyes on something else, like a video chat, website, etc.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: New Quizizz Question Types

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Quizizz recently updated their question types and now includes 5 different types of questions that you can ask in your virtual quiz/formative assessment. They are: multiple choice, checkbox, fill-in-the-blank, poll, and open-ended. With these new types of questions, your sure to add rigor, dodge easy cheating and get more relevant and original responses far from your basic multiple choice.

Plus, as with ALL Quizizz games, students can play at their own pace or take your gamified “quiz” as homework, as a do now, or as a means of student engagement. What also nice is you can easily throw these new question types into old quizzes or turn old questions into these new question types with the click of a button Pretty cool and dodges wasted time in recreating old things.

For more information about these NEW question types check this out here!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Using Schoology Rubrics

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To use Schoology rubrics to help make your grading easier with virtual learning select a course of yours in Schoology (note- you will need to create the rubric in each separate course unless you save the rubric to your resources. I HIGHLY recommend creating rubrics in your Resources then copying it later to the courses you want to use it in). From there go to “gradebook” –> “Grade Setup.” Toward the top right of this screen you will see “Scales” (bolded) and “Rubrics”. Select the dropdown “Add” button and select “rubrics.”

This opens the Rubric Editor where you can now create your Rubric. From here you can: add criteria/categories, edit the grading scale and/or descriptor, and attach learning objectives. When you are done, click “create.” This rubric will now show under “rubrics” next to “Scales”.

To attach the rubric to an assignment you created- simply create the assignment as you normally would. In the editing window of the assignment you will need to select a “category” even if you do not use the Schoology gradebook. This is needed in order to connect the rubric to the assignment. Then next to “Scale/Rubric” click the dropdown menu and select your rubric. Make sure “show to students” is checked so that they can see the rubric when they click on your assignment. Here is a screenshot of what an assignment will look like with the attached demo rubric!

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What is even better is when it comes time to grade. Simply click on the student’s name under “submissions” (where it shows who submitted the assignment). This will bring up the student’s work. At the top right corner, you should now see a “rubric” icon. Click that to open the “rubric grader” and grade their assignment as well as leave feedback!

Hope this helps!