Hapara updates you should know about

Teachers who use Highlights in Hapara to lock students into specific websites during class time (called “Focused Browsing”) may be interested in a new feature that’s just being rolled out – it’s called “Filtered Browsing.” While Focused Browsing allows you to provide up to ten websites for your students to use during class time, while blocking everything else, Filtered Browsing allows you to allow students to access any websites except for those that you block – up to five sites. Continue reading “Hapara updates you should know about”

2019 Google Classroom Changes

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You may have noticed that your Google Classroom page has a new look. I think the most important thing you’ll want to know is that if you’re working with a Classroom page that you created during the 2017-18 school year, your “About” page is not where it’s been – in the right-hand corner of the page’s header. Instead, students can find the “About” page content by clicking the small ^ symbol that’s in the middle of the header.

Learn about all the changes in Google Classroom in the video below, or scroll through this instructional post!

Come see me at ICE!

ICE Presenter Badge.jpgCome see me present on creating an instructional technology website that has evolved with our school’s 1:1 program. The ICE conference is the best there is (better than ISTE in my opinion) – and it’s not just for tech coaches! Teachers in every discipline will find a session that speaks to them. Check out the class¬†offerings and sign up before Feb. 1 for earlybird pricing!

Want something a little more low key? The regional ICE chapter is having a one-day conference¬†on January 26…and if you look at the list of sessions, you’ll find one led by our own Greg Schwab!

Use Sorc’d to save and share online information

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I often encounter websites that contain information I’d like to share with my class at some point in the future. An easy way to catalog and store that information is by using the Sorc’d extension and add-on. After installing Sorc’d to your Chrome browser and to your Google Docs (see this how-to page for directions – it’s easy!), you’re ready to use it whenever the mood strikes! Here’s a quick video that shows me saving something I read in an NPR story:

Use photographs across all disciplines

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The New York Times just published their Year in Pictures feature, which can be a great tool to aid discussion in almost any discipline. People are visual – their eyes naturally land on photos over text when presented with a website (or a magazine page) that contains both. Showing these powerful images in class, and tying them content you are teaching, could be a memorable lesson. How are shadows created? Where do we see real-life axis points? How do different cultures engage in protest? The possibilities are endless!