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Monday, March 6, 2017

Getting Started with Synergy Assessment


Are you ready to get started using Synergy Assessment?  Do you have your items/questions ready?  Standards identified?  If so, then you ARE ready!  Check out this presentation for the first steps!  When you're done with that, let me know and I'll get you moving on the next step.

Click HERE to view the Getting Started guide.

Monday, December 19, 2016

ViewPure and YouTube


I went to many session and this is one of those little nuggets that is going to come in handy!  If you've ever had those awkward moments when a YouTube video is suggested or shows up at the end in the collage of videos that you might want to view ... this will help!!  It's awesome!  Go to YouTube, get the URL and then go to www.viewpure.com and paste in the URL.  Poof!  You've got JUST the video ... nothing extra, no awkward recommendations, no cat videos ad nauseum!!  Great for sharing in Google Classroom or using in front of the class!!  Mary Jane and I both agreed that this was a great little tool!

Watch for more to come, I have a list!!


Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Google Drive Sharing Demystified


Have you ever wondered what happens when you share a file?  Should you share it for view, comment or edit?  What's the difference?  How to decide?

The graphic above should help you decide if you are a visual learner.  You can click on the image to make it larger.  But here are some simple tips for when you hit that magic blue button!

Can View - this gives viewing rights (but along with viewing rights, comes copying rights UNLESS you use the advanced feature and remove those rights - see image below)


Can Comment - this will provide rights to make comments using the comment button on a document - a great feature for peer editing!

Can Edit - this gives the right to make changes, move and remove items.  Be careful here - you may discover that giving edit rights at the folder level results in documents being removed when another person helps "organize" ...

Is Owner - this is a great method to change ownership of a file or even a folder!  Once you do this - it's out of your hands!  Be thoughtful when doing this.

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Tuesday, October 11, 2016

5 Synergy Hidden Gems

Synergy is a powerful tool for teachers, students and parents!  I've picked five of my favorite things about Synergy to share here.  I have included some videos where appropriate to help.

#1 - Change multiple scores for one student:
•  Method 1:  In seating chart - click on student's face - choose Gradebook - Assignment Summary - Edit grades - Save
•  Method 2:  In Gradebook Main - click on student's name - Assignment Summary - Edit grades - Save.


#2 - Contact parents/guardians:
•  In seating chart - click on student's face - choose Student - phone numbers are listed
•  Note that you can also check what other classes the student has by clicking on Classes



#3 - Missing assignments
•  In seating chart - click on student's face - choose StudentVue - Choose calendar - choose missing assignments from third drop down "all" menu ... note that the other drop down menus allow choices by class and/or teacher.

#4 - Gradebook - Assignments
This window will help you "double check" two things:
1)  Max Value and Pts. Possible are equal

2)  Grading Periods are all checked - in the case below this is a Semester 1 course during Quarter 1 - so Q1 and S1FG are checked.

#5 - Analysis Tool
Want to analyse your grades - see how males do vs females, check grades by ethnicity, assignment type - this is the place to be.  See below for an example of gender analysis.  In this example females have an overall class average of 92.43% and males 92.97%.  

If you would like help doing any of these ... or need/want clarification on something else, please let me know!



Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Let's Get Our Learn On!


Be prepared to be awesome! - Kid President


There have been many updates this summer ... I've collected some of my favorite recent Google updates and am providing links so that you can review them.  If you'd like to talk more about them, stop by and be prepared to see more about each of these in upcoming blog posts.  This should whet your appetite!!


1.  Google Classroom - Added Guardians!!  Woot Woot!  Read this article to find out more about how parents/guardians can see into your classroom and see just what their students has done, needs to do, and how they've participated.  You can invite a guardian to view

2.  Google Forms - Allows for images in answer fields!  Image asking which of four images is correct or which one doesn't belong!  You can do this with forms!  I can't wait to add this to my Google Forms instructional slideshows (available under the Dihanna's Presentations)!  Check out this article by Alice Keeler (awesome resource) for more information!

3.  Google Forms - Now has it's own version of Quizzes!  Yes ... any form can be turned into a quiz, and get graded and have grades emailed out WITHOUT using Flubaroo ... check this out!  Here's an article about this topic!

4.  Google Classroom - Organization - You can now organize your class stream and move topics to the top, filter your stream, rename and delete topics.  Check out this article for more information!  You're going to love this!!

5.  Google Docs - Publishing to the web and embedding - not new but great timing for back to school web pages!  :)  This will help you learn exactly how it's done on Weebly - imagine embedding your syllabus once and never having to think about it again!  What about a table with your lesson plans - embed it once and it's there for the year - no updating necessary!!

Monday, May 2, 2016

Google Takeout! A Great Way to Transfer Your Files

Are you ready to separate your work and personal documents?  Archive your 'body of work'?  Prepare for retirement, a different role or even a new district?  Google Takeout is your friend!!

Google Takeout will create an archive of all of your Google life - from bookmarks to documents to YouTube videos!  Once this archive is created, you can upload it into your personal gmail and have access to copies of all of the items that you created.  YOU CREATED ... that's important to note.  Google Takeout only works for items that are yours - not items that are shared with you.

DISCLAIMER:  Please be responsible when archiving items that contain data private student information.

Follow these steps:
2)  Click on Create Archive
3)  Choose which data to include - you can see I've opted out of Fit as it's not a Google tool that I use!
4)  Click on Next at the bottom of this screen
5)  On the next screen you'll see some questions before the archive actually begins.  Option 1 is to choose what kind of file is to be created.  Zip files will work best for our purposes.  Option 2 is to indicate how you'd like to be notified of your archives availability.  I recommend email.  Once you've got these set click on Create Archive.
6)  Now you'll see a screen that indicates that your archive is being created.  This can take some time if you've got lots of documents, pictures, etc.  You can leave this screen once you get to this step as you will receive an email once the archive has been created.
7)  Once your archive has been created you will see a screen like this (or get an email).  This is where it's time to make a decision - you can download it and put it on a jump drive, burn it to a CD or sit at a machine where you can download and then promptly upload.
8)  Here's an example of what it looks like once you've clicked on the Download button.  In the first picture you will see that the .zip file has downloaded into my downloads folder.  In the second picture you will see the results of me "un-zipping" the file.  In the second picture you will see a file called Takeout.  Inside of the Takeout folder is an archive of my Blogger posts.



9)  Now you're ready to log in to your "other" account and import ... simply go to Drive in your "new/other" account and choose File Upload.  For me I would then upload the Blogger file.  If you are uploading your Drive folders you will see the titles of all of your Drive folders.  **Drive folders will upload as .docx files and then as you open/use them you will have to convert them to Google Docs files.  It will be a great way to know which files you really needed!!  :)

**Archives of email do not upload nicely and the process is quite complicated.  I recommend simply forwarding important emails to your "other" account.**

As always ... if you have questions or need help, let me know!








Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Creating Shortcuts on the Menu Bar and Using the Protocol Document



Contact me if you want to learn more about how to create a document that forces the recipient to "make a copy" before using it!!  Happy to help!