Tech Tip Tuesday: New Zoom Updates

Zoom recently released a few more updates and features to Zoom. The most recent version is 5.4.4. To check that open Zoom –> with Zoom open click Zoom.us in the top left of your Mac bar –> click about Zoom.us –> then check for updates. Enter your password (same as your school google account) and update.

So the first update with Zoom’s newest version allows you to revoke/suspend all participant activities. This will mute all participa,nt audio AND video, stop any screensharing, end all breakout rooms, and pause any recording. You can access this by clicking your security button on your Zoom toolbar. See the image below:

The next feature allows you to screenshare multiple programs at once. Other programs will NOT be shown to participants. This allows you to not have to share your entire desktop. To do this simply click screenshare –> then under basic click a program (this can be chrome, another web service, powerpoint, a mac app etc) –> click one of the programs and then hold shift and click another. A popup will appear telling you to do this as well as grey out those programs that you can’t dual share. See below:

Finally, you can also stack your chat window with your participant window! Simply click chat, then click participants without closing the chat out and see them stack in the right side! See below.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Convert a Word or Google Doc Quiz to Schoology

I’ve posted about this in the past but with recent updates to both Schoology AND the third party website we used to create the file needed for the conversion to Schoology, I decided I needed to go through the process again.

Watch the video below to learn how you can take an old Word or Google Doc test/quiz, and convert it to Schoology without having to retype everything in!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: New Padlet Premium Service

So we finally and officially have a premium Padlet service. I am excited about having this one. Many of you have been asking for it and I am glad to finally bring it to you! This premium version will let you create as many Padlet boards as you want without deleting any, AND will let you share them with classes and fellow teachers!

First, here is how you can get the premium service and merge your older account to the newer one.

  1. Go to our new designated district URL for Padlet that was sent out in our weekly tech tip newsletter. You will no longer go to padlet.com!
  2. Click Google to register/sign-in with your school Google account.
  3. You are now logged in to Padlet Backpack, the new premium version of Padlet. It will also merge your old content with the new database. A popup to do this will follow.

Select the items you want to bring in, then click the button to import. Here are the steps
● Log in with Backpack account
● Click avatar >> Settings >> Import
● Log in to your basic account
● Choose padlets to import >> Import

That’s it! You’ll have access to the premium version and can begin making new Padlet boards to enhance student engagement and interaction in your lessons. Any issues, please let me know!

Hope this helps.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Upload Videos to Edpuzzle or Appsmash With Other Tools

Edpuzzle is a great way to build and design asynchronous learning activities, to differentiate, or to help facilitate student learning by extending it with video tutorials and extra lessons.

One of the benefits to doing this is to use Edpuzzle with another tool. Edpuzzle recently (not sure exactly when) started integrating with Google Drive. So now, when you create your video lesson, you can select to upload a video, and Edpuzzle will give you an option to select from Google Drive and pull a video file from there directly into Edpuzzle. Pretty cool!

Another benefit is the ability to App Smash with other tools such as Screencastify, Explain Everything, Notability, or the iPad’s Markup and Screen recorder. Creating your own flipped learning video and pushing it out to students to watch and verify whether or not they actually did, really personalizes the learning more than a youtube video. When you are done creating your Screencastify video, simply select share, and Edpuzzle is an option to push out your video to a particular class of your!

With Notability, or the iPad’s Screen Recorder and Markup, you can simply record what you are doing using the particular app, upload the video file created and saved on the ipad to your Google Drive, and then back in Edpuzzle simply click to create a video –> upload –> and choose from Google Drive!

Hope some of these ideas come in handy!