Tech Tip Tuesday: Add NEW Schoology Materials to the TOP of Your Course

One of my pet peeves, as with many, is that Schoology adds NEW materials that create to the bottom of your course. I wish that this default was different and added it to the top. However, there is a little trick that I was shocked NOT many people knew about. When you are in your Schoology course and you go to create a new material, most people click on Add Materials –> then choose what they want –> create it –> and it gets added to the bottom.

Instead, do this. When you go to create, hover your cursor just underneath the Add Materials button –> and a green line with a plus (+) sign will appear. Click on that –> then choose the material type you want to create –> and go through the steps. It will then add the new material to the tip.

Keep in mind that you can also do this at various areas in your materials list and it will drop the new material into that spot. No need to add things to the bottom when you want them at the top!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Reopen Closed Tabs

Did you close all your tabs on accident?

You can customize “On startup” to automatically reopen all the same tabs you had open when you quit.

  1. Go to the top right in Chrome, and click More –> Settings.
  2. Click On startup to display options.
  3. Click Continue where you left off.

Note, that you can also click the 3 dots in the top right corner of Chrome –> click history –> and. you should see an open all tab to relaunch everything that was closed.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Browse Safely in Chrome

It is always important to protect yourself when you are online and be mindful of the sites your travel to and pop-ups that appear. With Google Chrome, you can actually do a few things to help.

  1. Run Safety check to make sure your browser and passwords are as secure as possible.
  2. At the top right, click More  –> Settings.
  3. Click Privacy and Security .
  4. Under Safety click Check now.

You can also turn on enhanced safe browsing.

  1. At the top right, click More  –> Settings.
  2. Click Privacy and Security .
  3. Click Security –> Enhanced protection.

Finally, you can even control website access to your location and device.

Notice websites asking to use your location, microphone, and more? Use site safety controls to understand and change permission for the sites you visit.

  1. In the address bar, click Lock .
  2. Change individual permissions or click Reset permissions.
  3. Go to Site settings for even more control over site permissions.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Organize Your Google Chrome Tabs

I use to have so many tabs open at once, that they would get lost. And half the time… many of the tabs I had open were multiple pages from the same website!

Now, although I have made it a goal to never have more than 10 open at a time, Google has released a new way to create tab groups to help you get organized. With tab groups, you can put related pages in a group, name and color code the group, and then collapse it for a streamlined view.

To Do This:
Right-click a tab, then click Add tab to new group.
Name your group, pick a color, and press Enter.
Drag as many tabs into the group as you like.
Click on the group name to collapse or expand the view.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Google Classroom to Schoology App

Google Classroom released a new app connecting Classroom to Schoology. Using this new application available under the Schoology App Center, you can import your Google Classroom content over to Schoology. You will no longer have to manually recreate material you had previously used in Google Classroom. The new tool is completely self-service and automated and can be run at your convenience when needed.​ Using this tool, you can have the same experience as with Google Classroom on Schoology. So for those of you who use both platforms, this should make your life easier.

Just go to the Schoology ap center –> locate the Google Classroom App (Use Command + F and search Google) –> then click on the title –> click Install LTI –> choose your courses.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: NEW Google Appointment Scheduler

Google has always had the ability to create appointment slots on your calendar, and allow people to book them. But now, Google has recently released a new version called Appointment Scheduler. Unlike Appointment slots, where time slots are added to your calendar and people can click on a button to book it, the new scheduler creates a landing page, complete with your booking calendar which includes a booking form, email confirmation, event updates, cancellation ability, and more.

This is actually a premium Google feature (which we have). To get it, you will need to go to Google Calendar first –> open the settings (gear icon) –> click settings –> scroll to the bottom of the general tab and checkmark the box for appointment schedules –> then refresh your google calendar page.

Now…

  1. At the top left, click Create Add.
  2. and select the NEW Appointment schedule.
  3. Enter a title.
    • The title is visible to anyone who has the link to your booking page.
    • The title appears on your calendar for schedules and bookings.
  4. Set your appointment duration.
    • To set a custom duration, next to “30 minutes,” click the Down arrow Dropdown.
    • Appointments must be at least 15 minutes long.
  5. Set the date and time of your appointments.
    • You can set up a one-time appointment or a recurring schedule.
  6. To set how far in advance appointments can be booked, next to “Scheduling window,” click the Down arrow Down arrow.
    • By default, someone can book an appointment with you anywhere from 12 hours to 60 days in advance.
  7. Click Next.
  8. Optional: You can change your photo, set where the meeting takes place, and more. Learn how to edit your appointment schedule.
  9. After you edit your appointment schedule, click Save.

Google then creates a professional landing page that you can send via link to those you want to book you! Pretty awesome.

Tech Tip Tuesday: NEW Gmail Customized Layouts

Google has recently (and quietly) introduced a new Gmail feature called Layouts. This is a great tool to send out more polished/branded emails. To do this:
  1. Go to Gmail.
  2. In the top left, click Compose .
  3. At the bottom of the window, click Layouts . This is the new button.
  4. Select a layout.
  5. Click Insert.
  6. After you add the layout to the body of the email, you can add text and images or remove sections you don’t want.
    • If you include a button, make sure you set a link for the button.
    • If you add images, Google recommends you include alt text in case an image is not rendered. Alt text also helps people who use screen readers better understand your branded email.
    • To change an image in an email template:
      1. Click the image and then Change image.
      2. Select an image.
      3. Click Next.
      4. Crop the image as needed.
      5. Click Insert.

It is a pretty neat feature! Might make for some nice branding for a department, sport, or club!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Walden, A Virtual Game

So the English teacher in me saw this and couldn’t resist…

Walden, a game is an exploratory narrative and open-world simulation of the life of American philosopher Henry David Thoreau during his experiment in self-reliant living at Walden Pond. The game begins in the summer of 1845 when Thoreau moved to the Pond and built his cabin there.

Players follow in his footsteps, surviving in the woods by finding food and fuel and maintaining their shelter and clothing. At the same time, players are surrounded by the beauty of the woods and the Pond, which hold a promise of a sublime life beyond these basic needs. The game follows the loose narrative of Thoreau’s first year in the woods, with each season holding its own challenges for survival and possibilities for inspiration. 

How cool is this? They also have an educator version (still in BETA) where you can register for a license to test it out with your students. If I was still in the classroom, I would be all over this. Here is the direct link to the educator side of it: https://www.waldengame.com/educators

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Mark Complete Forms 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 awarded 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:

– Click on the LearningPlan tab at the top right of the screen in Frontline.
– Locate the form you submitted.
– Click on the blue MANAGE button directly to the left of the form.
– In the window that opens, click on MARK COMPLETE
– 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.
– 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 Tip Tuesday: Schoology Updates

Schoology recently released a few updates to the platform. Two of which stuck out to me and you may have already noticed.

  • Immersive Reader- this sits in the background but you may have noticed the button floating around on Schoology. Immersive Reader helps students with disabilities utilize resources/tools that work on their site. Specifically, it helps them use screen readers to read the materials/assignments you create aloud. It allows them to use text decoding tools to assist with reading. And they can now translate information/text to a target language of their choosing.
  • Another update lets teachers see the overall student performance and item performance on an assessment in a new tab called Assessment Reporting. It will help with more analysis of grades and questions.

Hope this helps!