Save Time! Create “Locked” Quizzes and Formative Assessments Using Google Forms

Save time using Google’s new “locked mode” for quizzes! “Locked mode” prevents students from using other browser tabs or navigating away from the quiz they are taking on their Chromebook.  This ”one pager” illustrates how to create a locked quiz and the 90 second video below explains the process in detail (yes, it’s that simple).  The three most immediate benefits are: Preventing students from using other browser tabs or navigating away from the quiz they are taking on their Chromebook Control whether or not to show questions answered incorrectly Control whether or not to she the correct answer for questions answered indirectly. Related resources: Create & grade quizzes with Google Forms – Support Ten second animated Continue reading Save Time! Create “Locked” Quizzes and Formative Assessments Using Google Forms

Improving Elementary School Attendance and Bus Behaviors

Fostertown and Gardnertown elementary schools have focused on using technology to improve protocols/procedures and student learning. With a focus on improving attendance, ITF Karen Molfese developed a presentation that highlights the class with the highest attendance percentage of the month. A class picture is added to the slide and it is presented in the cafeteria on the Activwall for the month. Also, all students in grades pre-k through 5 with 100% attendance for the month are showcased with their names scrolling through the slide as well. This has helped motivate students and improve their attendance. For bus behavior, the schools have incorporated the Class Dojo app. The bus drivers were given a 2 sided sign Continue reading Improving Elementary School Attendance and Bus Behaviors

NFA North Goes Full Force with Digital Resources

Teachers and students at NFA North have been engaged in a variety of digital learning experiences.  North’s Instructional Technology Facilitator (ITF) Jackie Holmes refers to these as, “really interesting, exciting and mind blowing technologies” and explains the school is “going full force with G Suite for Education on our new chromebooks as well as many other new innovative  technologies throughout our school.” Holmes has spent time in the ELA classrooms, collaborating with teachers as students work on narrative essays using Google Docs and Slides, some of which will become websites.  “Creating sites is our end outcome for this lesson with the use of 21st century technology,” she said.  “Allowing students to be open to Continue reading NFA North Goes Full Force with Digital Resources

Technology and Learning at South Middle School

At South Middle School, Instructional Technology Facilitator William “BJ” Antonelli has been working closely with teachers and students to fully integrate the influx of technology at the school.  More and more students and teachers are communicating and collaborating through Google Classroom and sharing their work with others via Promethean panels. These panels received new updates this fall, and teachers are raving about the new tools and features offered to them through the whiteboard app. The school also has recently configured a 3D printer and is bringing projects to life by creating 3D models of chemical compounds that the students are learning about in science. Students reinforce concepts they are learning in class while also Continue reading Technology and Learning at South Middle School

District Sponsors Teachers and Administrators for Google Certified Educator Level 1 Exam

Are you excited about using G Suite to expand student learning opportunities?   Show off your knowledge of Google tools, mastery of how technology influences student learning, and join an international cohort by becoming a Google Certified Educator.  The district will provide an exam voucher for any teacher or administrator who prepares for the exam, either individually or with colleagues. Study materials and all information regarding certification are available here.  Support and further information is available from our Instructional Technology Facilitator team, all of whom are Google Certified Educators!

Update Regarding G-Suite for Education Professional Development

As the district continues  its transition to G-Suite for Education, the Division of Information and Technology is ensuring ample professional learning opportunities for staff, including face-to-face, small group, larger settings, and online resources.  More than 150 teachers participated in G Suite related professional development workshops during the October 17, 2018  half conference day.  Workshops included differentiated Google Classroom sessions, strategic use of Google forms for formative assessments, integrating the tools with district Promethean Boards, and more. These activities, including ongoing elbow-to-elbow professional development in each school, are a continuation of last year’s established baseline of essential skills. These skills are listed here, with corresponding links and information that many users will find useful.

Making Gmail Fit Your Style

While working with administrators, non-instructional support staff, and teachers over the summer, the most requested information about GMail was how users could control its look and feel. This can be done through the control panel.  This short video explains how to modify the look and feel of Gmail by adding a preview pane and how to turn “conversation view” on and off. This slide show, used during the workshops, provides some further insight into modify Gmail so it fits the user’s preferences.  For additional resources, please reach out to your school’s Instructional Technology Specialist.

G Suite Essential Skills: Guides and Tutorials

Last year, many NECSD employees participated in Google Essentials workshop which focused on the skills necessary to work in the G Suite environment. The district has transitioned to G Suite as its primary office suite of tools, and these skills are more vital now than ever before.  If you weren’t able to participate in last year’s workshops or if you simply want to review the skills, this document provides a description of each skill and a short video or other resource –including instructions– that allows for self-paced learning.  Please feel free to share these resources with teachers and students as appropriate.  

Google Classroom Updates and Online Resources

The 2018-19 school year holds many exciting opportunities, including the 1:1 Chromebook initiative for all students in grades 3-10 and expanded access via carts and “Bring Your Own Device” (BYOD) for grades K-2 and 11-12, all part the district’s commitment to Digital Convergence.  One advantage of 1:1 Chromebooks is the opportunity to provide an online structure using Google Classroom. This summer Classroom has undergone some enhancements, including the option to create “locked” quizzes.  This feature enables paperless assessments!  While in a locked quiz, nothing else can be accessed by the student  (i.e. no Googling for answers). Quizzes are easy to create using Google Forms and offer a variety of configuration options.  Details of the other changes Continue reading Google Classroom Updates and Online Resources