Tech Tip Tuesday: Utilize Turnitin With Schoology

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If you haven’t already taken advantage of the Turnitin app within Schoology, here is a quick “how-to” to get started:

What is it? 

A plagiarism detection tool to ensure academic integrity. It will give you an overall summary of originality score as well as percentages of what was pulled/taken from what site.

To get started, go create an assignment as you normally would by selecting “add materials”. From here select “add file/link/external tool” –> “external tool”.

In the window that opens, select Turnitin from the “tool provider” drop-down menu. Give the assignment a name/title, then check the grading box to open the submenu. From here you can set the point value, due date, and category. Once complete, scroll down and select “submit”.

Once the assignment is created, find it within the class stream and click on the title. The Turnitin LTI app will open. Click “settings” to modify anything on the Turnitin side. Make sure the “start date” and “due date” match what you set on the Schoology end. You can also establish a feedback release date if you would like. Next, make sure you enter your instructions. These are the instructions your students will see when they access this assignment.

A few extras . . . open the “optional settings” to be able to modify or allow for things such as late submissions, enable grammar checker, exclude resources, or allow students to view the similarity report. Once you are finished, click “submit” at the bottom. The Turnitin assignment will save. You can now go back to your main course screen and everything will be set for your students to begin submitting work. Make sure your assignment is “active” and allowing submissions. Once students complete their submissions, you’ll be able to click on the assignment to open all student submissions and view the similarity reports for each.

Hope this helps!

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Tech Tip Tuesday: The Best Classroom Screen


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Here is a fun all-purpose tool that was recently shared with me that I wanted to forward out to everyone. It does a little bit of everything. ClassroomScreen is a website that takes your home screen and turns it into an educator’s “hub”. Here’s how it works:

First you load up classroomscreen.com Then you project this page/tool in your classroom. And finally, you then take advantage of a plethora of tools/widgets at your disposal like a: language tool, QR code generator, a drawing tool, a timer, a stoplight (yes), a nise meter, a random name generator, etc. You can manipulate the screen to look the way you want, but you cannot save it (bummer). However, it only takes seconds to set it up the way you like.

Hoe this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Insert Your Learning into Any Website

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Have you heard of Insert Learning? Insert Learning is a simple yet effective program that can turn any website into an interactive lesson. Here’s how it works: first you go to Insert Learning’s website or the Chrome Webstore and download the Chrome extension.

Next, go to any website, say, for example, cnn.com–> and select an article. Once on the webpage, click on the insert learning Chrome Extension and the toolbar will appear on the left side of the screen. From here you can: insert a question, highlight text, insert a discussion, add a sticky note, embed a video, embed various other tools such as Padlet boards, Thinglinks, Quizlets, NPR radio broadcasts and so on. Once complete, you can assign this activity/lesson to your class (which you do at the beginning by creating a class in Insert Learning). Even cooler? You can copy the url to this lesson just by copying it and adding  #insertlearning to the end of the url, then pasting this code/inserting it into Schoology. If you are a Google Classroom user, you can just select Google Classroom from the Insert Learning toolbar, and assign it there.

This is a simple and effective way to turn any passive article or website into something interactive and more engaging!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Search Gmail Like a Pro

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Gmail includes a pretty simple feature that allows you to search for specific emails using some clever operators. You can type in that search bar, add in some words, and hope to locate the specific email you are looking for. But sometimes, you get back way too many or you can’t locate what it is you seek. I put together a Gmail Crib Sheet that covers the Gmail Operators and how to use them. You can access the document here!

Hope this helps!

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Using QR Codes in the Classroom

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Have you tried incorporating QR codes into your classroom? QR (quick response) codes are super easy to create and are a fun way for students to get to use their cellphones in the classroom. To create QR codes there are a variety of websites/tools out there to do it.

To create QR codes:

To scan QR codes:

  • Google Goggles (for Android)
  • With ios 11, you can use your iPhone or iPad’s camera. No need for an app. ios 11 will automatically scan the QR code and a link will appear. Click the link to go to the page.
  • Snapchat. Seriously. With Snapchat open, point the camera at the code and hold your finger over the image to read it.

So What if . . .

  • Students created QR codes on submitted projects to enhance the interactivity.
  • You used QR codes to generate a Google Form for peer-to-peer feedback, reviews, or for peer-editing with essays.
  • You used QR to create a digital scavenger hunt.
  • You used QR codes with a BreakOutEdu (I have this kit!)
  • Incorporating QR with homework to help extend the learning with extra resources.

 

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Create Flipped Videos Within Schoology Using ScreenCast-O

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Have you checked out Schoology’s App Center? It is constantly being updated with new, integrated apps that work streamlined within Schoology. To go there click “home’ –> “app center” –> then scroll through the list to locate the various apps the at are available to be integrated within Schoology. Some require a cost or require a premium license from the company tool. Some, however, are free, and pretty neat.

Check out the app Screencast-O-matic. This is PERFECT for creating flipped lessons/screencasts/video tutorials/ mini lessons right from within Schoology. To install it find it in the list –> click on it –> “click install LTI app” –> then check off the courses you want to add it do. Next, open one of your courses that you just installed it to. Once on the course click on the “screencast-O-matic” tool on the left navigation. The tool should load. If it doesn’t, but you get a gray window, click on the gray window and a popup should occur. Use your Google account from the school district to activate.

The tool will download an extension to your computer and ask for permission to your camera. Allow this. Once everything it set, you’ll need to refresh the screen and the tool should load with the Screencast-O-matic window. To get started, click on the “+ New Recording” button –> “Open Screen Recorder Launcher” on the next popup. The tool will load on your desktop and activate the recorder feature.

From here, set your parameters for recording. You can select if you want to record the screen, just your webcam (facetime-esque), or both (which creates a flipped video with your video in the lower right corner of the screen). Adjust the screen size you want to record by dragging the sides of the screen, then click on the red “record” button. The recording will begin and you can stop when necessary.

From here, you can edit and modify the video you created. When you are all set, create a new “material”/ “assignment”. In the editing window click on the “insert” button, then select Screencast-O-matic from the right side and it will load all videos you have created. Pretty neat and so simple!

Hope this helps and reach out for more assistance if you need it!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Leave Voice Comments Instead!

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Tired of leaving the same comments on a Google Doc for students and realizing they aren’t reading them? Wish there was a way to personalize these comments a little more? You NEED to check out the Google Doc add-on Kaizena!

Kaizena is a Google Doc add-on (you’ll need to install it from within Google Docs) that affords you the opportunity to highlight text on a Google Doc and speak, instead of write, comments- leaving voice “notes” back to the owner of the document! There are a number of VERY USEFUL features with Kaizena including: feedback features, color-coding, lessons, and tracking of skills. You can even create a bank/folder of voice comments you have created/left for students, so that you do not have to recreate the same thing for eac.! What a time saver! Best of all, everything works within the Google Doc. No leaving the document to open Kaizena, then heading back to the document to insert the comment.

To get started, visit the Kaizena link above, or open a Google Doc –> click on add-ons –> get add-ons –> then do a search for Kaizena. Click on the app –> then install. It will ask you or permissions to sync with your Google account. Accept it. Once in, go back to add-ons –> select Kaizena –> and it will open in the right pane of the screen. Set up your classes and grade levels and you are set to begin!

Hope this helps!