Creating on ChromebooksWe were fortunate to host Brian Buffington, Director of Instructional Technology at Pioneer RESA. Brian joined us October 16th & 18th at the Hall County Instructional Support Center to work with us on Creating with Chromebooks. Brian shared a Google Doc with the group which contained our agenda:
Canvas Training Updates
Canvas Training has been updated!Hall County School District offers many ways to learn about Canvas by Instructure, our learning management system (LMS).
Learn Canvas Face-to-FaceFive iterations of face-to-face training:
- June 3, 4, 5
- August 14, 15, 16
- October 2, 3, 4
- January 28, 29, 30
- March 3, 4, 5
Beginning – Course Basics, Canvas Commons, Course Settings, Modules, Creating Content/Accessibility, Communication Tools, Assignments
Intermediate – Assessment Tools, Outcomes and Rubrics, Group Work & Collaboration, Gradebook and Speedgrader. PREREQ
UISITE: Beginner Canvas Training or Growing with Canvas in Hall County online course (found in Catalog)
Advanced – Agenda to Include: managing assessments, group work and collaboration – Google and Office, mastery paths, getting starter with Badgr. PREREQ
UISITE: Intermediate Canvas Training
Learn Canvas Online, on your OwnOnline, Asynchronous Beginners Canvas course. Each month this course offers a way to work through the content on your own. See your BLaST leader for a reminder of how to sign-up in Catalog for a course as needed.
Learn On Demand with Canvas ExpertsYou can watch videos or sign up for future, live webinars. These webinars have one expert who shows you what to do in Canvas and one Canvas expert who runs the chat window answering your questions. You need to Authorize this, much like you did the first time you used Google within Canvas. Make sure once you are logged in to look through the Learning Library and Training Calendar (below). Your My Learning section is a listing of the sessions you have signed up for, with an option to reschedule. Ther remain many ways for educators in our district to learn about Canvas. Follow this blog for more information and to keep up on the latest face-to-face training on our calendar.
RAZ Plus: Finish the Year Strong!Hall County purchases Reading A-Z, RAZ kids, RAZ Plus, and Science A-Z for our elementary schools. There are several ways to learn more about the parent company, Learning A-Z:
- Please find below the April schedule for webinars.
- Our professional learning representative from Learning A-Z, Angela Romano also offers Teacher Talk, the 2nd Wednesday of every month. https://attendee.gototraining.com/r/3807150668191627266 Training ID: 458-428-396
- Please see Top 10 End of Grade/Course Resources newsletter below.
Gizmos for Math and Science 6-12Gizmos are standards-aligned simulations for math and science classes. Gizmos are currently purchased for Hall County students in 6-12 grades.
Improved IntegrationStarting Fall of 2019, students and staff will have easier login procedures as Hall County’s integration with Explore Learning evolves. Future logins from LaunchPoint will create user account versus a current process where students had to create an account.
New Cases FormatExplore Learning has newly added 3 STEM cases and handbooks this spring. Students assume the role of a scientist trying to solve a real-world problem. They use scientific practices to collect and analyze data, and form and test a hypothesis as they solve the problem.
- Each STEM Case uses real-time reporting to show live student results.
- STEM Cases take between 30 – 90 minutes for students to complete, depending on the case.
- Multiple grade appropriate versions, or levels, exist for each STEM Case.
- Each STEM Case level has an associated Handbook. These are interactive guides that focus on the science concepts underlying the case.
SupportTraining is on-going through eLearning and redelivery planning support to departments/content areas can be supported by eLearning. As the type of Gizmos content continues to grow, you may want to test student devices from time to time, especially when you try a new Gizmo. You can check System Requirements and Check your Video Card by finding “System Requirements” at the bottom of any Gizmos page. This is also where you can find email or phone support. eLearning does not have a view into this system, so often the teacher will want to reach out to Explore Learning directly.
Office 365 in CanvasInstructure highlights seven points of interoperability with Office 365:
- Sign in with O365
- Add & embed docs to modules
- Create & upload files directly from O365
- Cloud Assignment
- Office Add-in
- OneNote Class notebook