Back-to-School Tech Suggestions

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1. If you show YouTube videos during class, consider adding the DF Tube (Distraction Free for YouTube) extension – when it’s installed, there are no “suggested” YouTube videos next to the video you’re showing that may distract your students. If you’d like to hide the comments that appear after videos, try Hide YouTube Comments, too!

2. Use the Print Friendly & PDF extension to save online articles as PDF files, or to print articles without all the crazy headline sizes/unnecessary photos/weird links that appear on a web page. Share this with your students, too, so they learn to conserve paper when printing from the internet!

3. You can give students online quizzes in a locked environment if you use Google Forms – this article has a thorough walk-through of the process.

4. I find it handy to bookmark the ABC Rotation Schedule – if you’d like to do the same, the link is here! I also bookmark the lunch waves – link is here for that.

5. Please bookmark this website or sign up for updates–see sign-up link over on the right! Also, bookmark the student Chromebook Handbook , where students can find information on their Chromebooks, digital citizenship, the TSI office, and information on requesting apps and extensions. Point it out to your students, too–it’s linked for them on the front of their portal page!

 

Combat cheating with Google Forms

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This is a great video about how students can cheat on assessments – even if you’re using Google Forms. Learn how to use Forms more proactively after watching this video. *You will need this form open in another window as you watch – to practice what he’s explaining.*

Focused Browsing Through Hapara

Giving a quiz you created in a Google Form? Want to push out an article for students to read for 15 minutes? Use Focused Browsing through your teacher dashboard in Hapara!

All of our Hapara tutorials can be found here on the Hoonuit site (must be logged in; see my email from July 27 for details), or on the last slide of my Hapra Lunch & Learn training session here.

This website gives a detailed look at how to use Focused Browsing with a Google form (quiz) – check out the site for lots of info, or the video for a quick how-to. And as always, schedule an appointment with me if you’d like more help!