Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Google: Google Forms Update

Over the last month, Google made some major updates to the look and feel of Google Forms.  Here is a great "how to" from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning on how to navigate through the new features.

Wednesday, September 2, 2015

Skyward - Secondary: Clone from Existing Gradebook

Clone From Existing Gradebook: 

Allows you to copy one or more assignment from a current year or historical Gradebook of your own or copy an assignment from another teacher’s Gradebook. When selecting this option, you must be in the Gradebook where you want the assignment created.
Click Clone from Existing Gradebook

Step 1 

Select the Gradebook with the assignment you want to clone. You can select from a prior year Gradebook (ex: 2015), current year Gradebook (ex: 2016) or another teacher’s Gradebook (You would need to click the Select Different Teacher button).  After selecting the Gradebook, click the Next button.
Select the class you want to clone from

Step 2

Select the assignment(s) you want to clone; all assignments are defaulted to selected. You can click the "Uncheck All" button to select individual assignments. You are able to clone an assignment only when you have the identical category assigned to your class. After selecting the assignment, click the Next button.
Select the assignments you wish to clone.

Step 3

Select the class(es)to which you want the assignment cloned. After selecting the class(es), click the Next button.
Select which class you wish to clone the assignment to.



Step 4

You see the assignment(s) you selected in the previous step. This screen allows you to change the due date of the assignment(s). After verify the due dates of the assignment(s), click the Finish button. The assignment has now been cloned into the Gradebook.
Change the due date for the assignment and select finish


Skyward - Elementary: Clone events from last years gradebook

Clone From Existing Gradebook: 

Allows you to copy one or more events from a current year or historical Gradebook of your own or copy an event from another teacher’s Gradebook. When selecting this option, you must be in the Gradebook where you want the event created.
Click Clone from Existing Gradebook

Step 1 

Select the Gradebook with the events you want to clone. You can select from a prior year Gradebook (ex: 2015), current year Gradebook (ex: 2016) or another teacher’s Gradebook (You would need to click the Select Different Teacher button).  After selecting the Gradebook, click the Next button.
Select Course to clone assignment from

Step 2

Select the event(s) you want to clone; all events are defaulted to selected. You can click the Uncheck All button to select individual events. You are able to clone an event only when you have the identical category assigned to your class. After selecting the events, click the Next button.
Select assignments to clone

Step 3

You see the event(s) you selected in the previous step. This screen allows you to change the Due date of the event(s). After verifying the due dates of the event(s), click the Finish button.  The event has now been cloned into the selected Gradebook.
Change the due date and click finish

Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Google Classroom: New features for a new year!

This summer the big buzz at Tech Camp wasn't the Skyward gradebook or online assessments...it was GOOGLE CLASSROOM!  Google Classroom is a document management system from Google that really helps teachers organize and manage their classes.  It allows you to easily handout and have students turn back in assignments in a logical and organized manner.  This product launched just over a year ago and since that time it has taken the classrooms around the country by storm.  Learn more about Google Classroom in this blog post.

Now since Google never leaves well enough alone when it comes to any of their products, it is no surprise that they have recently made some substantial feature adds to Google Classroom just in time for the start of a new school year.  These new features include some of the most requested items we heard from our PPS teachers who were piloting Google Classroom last year.  Here is what Google had to say about the new features they have added in their most recent Google Apps Newsletter.

Head back to school with new features in Google Classroom

What’s new: As teachers gear up for the new school year, we’re adding a number of new features in Google Classroom to help them save time, engage with students, and keep everyone organized.


Keep students engaged with question-driven discussions

Since Classroom launched last year, teachers have been using their class stream to host student debates, Q&A, and discussions. With this launch, they’ll be able to do this in a more collaborative way. They can post questions to their class and allow students to have discussions by responding to each other’s answers (or not, depending on the setting chosen). For example, teachers could post a video and ask students to answer a question about it, or post an article and ask them to write a paragraph in response.


Question-driven discussion in Google Classroom (animated gif)


Reuse posts

Teachers can now reuse assignments, announcements or questions from any one of their classes — or any class they co-teach, whether it’s from last year or last week. Once they choose what to copy, they’ll also be able to make changes before posting or assigning it.


Reuse posts in Google Classroom (animated gif)


And a couple more improvements based on teacher feedback:

  • Bump a post: When teachers want to make sure an older item is easy for students to find, they can now move any post to the top of the stream.

  • Due dates optional: For long-term projects or student-driven assignments, teachers now have the option to create assignments that don’t have due dates.

For more information:


Copiers: Locked Print Jobs

There are many reasons why it is important to use locked print jobs.  Maybe you are printing something that has confidential student information on it, or perhaps you don't want your copies getting mixed in with someone else's, or perhaps you have trouble with the copy fairy walking away with your copies before you get a chance to get them from the copier.  Whether it is for these reasons, or many others you are probably wondering, "How do I do a locked print job on the new copiers?"

Locking a print job is very easy with the new copiers.  You just have to make sure you are printing to the "correct" printer.  Let me explain...

The way to do lock jobs now is to print to the FindMe printer for your building.  This will allow you to walk up any of the copiers, put in your code and print your job.  Here is how to set it up.

Add the Find Me Printer

Step 1: Open Internet Explorer
Step 2: Type \\ppspc in the address bar
Step 3: Scroll down until you see the three letter code for your building (ex: AMB, CMS, NHS, etc)
Step 4: Right click BLDFindMe where BLD is your building code.  Choose connect.

Printing a Locked Job

Step 1: Click Print for your document.
Step 2: Choose the Find Me Printer.
Step 3: When the Papercut window pops up, select Print.
Step 4: Walk to one of the copiers and put in your copier code.
Step 5: Choose Select Job
Step 6: Choose the job(s) you want to print.  Click Print or Print All.

Grab your copies and go!