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!

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:

Did you know about the secret menu?

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Everything Matt Miller writes about on his website, tweets about from his Twitter, or speaks about from his…mouth?…is amazing, but sometimes his stuff is so good that I can’t digest it in one sitting.

Such is the case with this entry called “The ‘Secret Menu’ for Google Slides, Docs, Drawings, and More.” I used the first tip – how to save a photo that’s been placed in a Google Doc – when my journalism students submitted photos with their stories, ignoring instructions to place .jpg versions of the photos in a folder I’d shared with them. To save myself the headache of emailing 22 people (and waiting for 22 responses), I followed these instructions and snagged the photos myself. Life changing! I use the second tip constantly, am not sure how I’d use the third, and the fourth is on my to-do list for January.

He published this article in October. It’s going to take awhile to absorb all of these tips, but whew! What a great collection of ideas!

 

Clean up your digital footprint

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If you’ve experienced phishing scams, password confusion, or creepy ads that indicate you’re being watched, there ARE steps you can take to make your Google account a little more secure.

Joe Schultz recommended using 1Password, a service that creates and stores complex passwords for you. You only have to remember one login – to 1Password – and you’re set. I have spent the last few weeks getting the hang of it, and I can honestly say it’s the best $3 a month I could spend. If you’d like to start using it, too, please make an appointment and I can help you through the process of signing up!

Finally, here are some simple steps you can take with your Google account to make sure there’s no funny business going on.