Don’t Forget to “Mark Complete”

I’ve been asked for a reminder about what to do once a form has been pre-approved in MyLearningPlan. 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 MLP.
  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 Maddy and I 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: Get Your Students Blogging in Schoology


Here is another often overlooked feature in Schoology. Instead of having students create entire websites/blogs, you can get straight to the nitty gritty with Schoology Blogs.

To access the blog feature, click on your profile name in the upper right corner of the screen –> then find and click “Blog” on the left navigation. On the new screen that opens, click on the “Create” button to start posting. Here is a quick video on how to use this feature:

You can find all the blogs you follow by clicking on the “home” button –> “subscriptions”. This will show all posts. The blog editor tool also uses the same rich-text editor like all Schoology assignment posts. You can embed videos, images, graphs, links, and other edtech tools (padlet, polleverywhere, etc).

Here are some links to help in this journey:

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Utilize Turnitin With Schoology


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!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Embed Student-Made Videos in a Google Slide Presentation


Google has made it pretty easy to embed student-made videos into a Google Slide presentation. This is great- as it cuts down on the need to have each student share their video separately with you, which in turn, saves you from opening each one separately when the students present their work to the class. To embed any video into a Google Slide presentation, follow these steps:

  • First, open a Google Slide presentation, or create a new one. I would designate a slide for each student/group to “call their own”.
  • No matter the device or program students used to create their video, have each student/group upload their video from their hard drive to their Google Drive. To do this:
    • Have them open Google Drive on the web via the app.
    • Click NEW –> FILE UPLOAD –> and then select the video file they want to upload.
    • The video will be uploaded to their Google Drive and should show a red video logo in the bottom right corner of the thumbnail view of the video.
  • Now, back in Google Slides, the students will follow these steps:
    • Click INSERT –> VIDEO –> and select GOOGLE DRIVE
    • Find the video that was just uploaded, click on it and SELECT.

The video will embed right into the Google Slide presentation. From here you can increase the size of the screen, double-click on it to view, or access the VIDEO OPTIONS to be able to crop the video or set it to autoplay. If you want to upload your own videos to your presentation, you would follow these same steps. Now you only have to have one presentation open that can jump to each student or groups presentation!

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: The Best Classroom Screen


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 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!

Our First #RIHPD Twitter Chat

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I will be hosting our first #RIHPD Twitter Chat on Wednesday evening, March 7, from 8 pm to 9 pm. Our first topic covered will be on Differentiation! I will post questions throughout the chat and give you time to post, share, comment, and retweet. This will be a great opportunity to earn 1 PDC Hour in you PJ’s! Come to collaborate, question, comment, and share. Share teaching ideas, successes, struggles, resources, photos, etc that will add to our discussion.

The format for our Twitter Chat will go something like this:

  1. 8:00 pm: Intros
  2. 8:10 pm: Q1
  3. 8:20 pm: Q2
  4. 8:30 pm: Q3
  5. 8:40 pm Q4
  6. 8:50 pm Q5

Here’s How to Take Part:
1. Log into Twitter on Wednesday, March 7 @ 8 PM EST.
2. Search for tweets with the hashtag #rihpd in the search bar. Make sure to click “All tweets.”
3. Introductions are for the first 10 minutes.
4. I will post questions every 10 minutes using the format Q1, Q2, Q3, etc. and the hashtag #rihpd.
5. Respond to questions using the format A1, A2, A3, etc. with #rihpd.
6. Follow any teachers responding and who are also using #rihpd.
7. Like and respond to other teachers’ tweets.

New to chats? Here are the rules:
1. Stay on topic
2. Make sure your twitter feed is set to public. (Also keep in mind that Twitter is completely public – that means students, parents, and administrators can and will read what you tweet.)Please do not post or promote paid products unless specifically asked.
3. Always use our hashtag #rihpd, including in your replies to others.
4. Use to shorten links when sharing.
5. Check out TweetDeck to keep track of the Twitter Chat.
6. Taking part in the chat on your computer is easier (IMO).

Still want to know more about Twitter Chats? Check out these links:



Tech Tip Tuesday: Spice Up Your Pear Deck Presentation


For those of you using Pear Deck, you are probably using it to “up” the engagement level in your classroom during those pesky moments of “direct instruction” when attention, interaction, and engagement seem to be at their lowest. So Pear Deck does a wonderful job bringing engagement back into your lesson.

What Pear Deck allows is a slide called “web links” where you can embed other edtech tools and websites WITHIN your presentation, never sending the students out to another site.

Tools to try:

  • Padlet (making for a great Do Now and/or Exit Ticket or Share Session)
  • Google Doc, Google Sheet, Google Map, Google Form, or Google Drawing (and Google Drawings can be interactive!)
  • NewsELA
  • Kahoot! (and never leave Pear Deck)
  • Desmos Graphing Calculator
  • PheT simulation
  • Quizlet
  • PollEverywhere

Here is how to get this to work:

  1. Access the page/tool you want to add to your Pear Deck presentation
  2. Find and copy the share link/URL of the site/tool you want to use
  3. Paste this link into your web slide in Pear Deck

Simple AND engaging.