Tech Tip Tuesday: Appsmash With Screencastify


Screencastify recently updated and now integrated with a variety of other apps. This process (formerly called “appsmashing”) is when you take 2 or more applications and combine their uses (and I currently can’t help but think of Captain Planet right now).

Screencastify can now app smash with a few other awesome tools such as Edpuzzle, Wakelet, and Remind. Once you record and create your flipped video/screencast you can directly upload it to one of those apps just by signing into that account via Screencastify. Check this out!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Mark Complete 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 Tips Tuesday: Using Zoom in LockDown Browser


Today’s tech tip come shared by fellow teacher Mr. Walkowich as he walks you through how to utilize Zoom within a LockDown browser test or quiz so that students can conference with you should they need assistance.

**Make sure the students create a Zoom account through the Zoom website – they cannot use their Google credentials to log in when in LockDown browser. (I had them use their school email accounts, just create a password to use with the Zoom website (not the app)**
1.  Put a link to in the “instructions” for the test that the students can access during the exam. (LockDown Browser automatically allows students to access URLs placed by the teacher within the exam but will not allow them to navigate away from that specific page).
2. This is the interesting part, but when the students click the link the computer will try to download the information required to join the meeting through the Zoom app but the students can’t access that.  So if they just keep clicking on the link on that page that says “try again”, or “download again” (it’s been different for different students) nothing will work due to LockDown Browser.  Eventually (after clicking once or twice) on those links a new link will appear which will ask if they would like to access the Zoom Meeting through their browser.
3.  They enter the meeting ID and are asked to login with the account they set up through the Zoom website (they can’t use their Google credentials).
4.  They enter the meeting password and then they are in. (I post the meeting ID and password in the instructions of the Schoology test).
I tried it out with my classes and they were able to get in, use the chat or audio to ask questions, etc.  It takes some time to figure out and obviously anyone trying this should practice with their students, but I got my students to the point where they can start the test, access Zoom, and then move forward with the questions all in a span of about 2-3 minutes now that they know how it works.
Anyway, hope this is helpful in some way – I know being able to have my students ask questions verbally makes a big difference for them (especially in this new “digital” testing environment).
Hope this helps!