e-Learning Post Archives

  • OneNote

    OneNote is a Microsoft product to help organize content. It integrates with other Microsoft products you already use as well. It can be used as a productivity tool for planning, collaborating, routine tasks. But it can also be used to push out content to students. It can even allow students to interact with that content and keep a copy of it in their personal Class Notebook (in Canvas).

    Where to Find OneNote

    Hall County training so far has covered OneNote Online, accessible through Office 365. You access this version via LaunchPoint > Office 365 with your HallCo Credentials. Office 365 Online Apps You may intuitively understand the difference between OneNote Online and the other versions. The online versions exist on the Internet, The Cloud. And both OneNote 2016 and the Windows 10 app are tied to a device. Look for these on your HallCo issued device. If you have not upgraded to Windows 10 yet, here is one more reason! OneNote Win 10 app beside OneNote 2016 When you want to explore the difference between OneNote and OneNote 2016, follow this link. You can designate either version to be your default app for opening OneNote links and files. Learn how to change the default version of OneNote.

    How to Use OneNote

    The OneNote Quick Start can be a great reference until you become familiar with all the functionality.

    Teacher Productivity

    Teachers have innumerable tedious tasks which need to be tracked, organized, documented. Curriculum maps, parental contact, meeting minutes can all be captured in OneNote and neatly stored and searchable in one place. Outlook integrations are promising (you’ll want to Google for the version of OneNote you select and Outlook) and the ability to share Notebooks with other teachers in the organization can revolutionize a team, grade level, or school’s organization. Do you have many handwritten notes? Microsoft has the mobile app Microsoft Lens for you to take a picture and upload to your OneNote or OneDrive.

    Student Facing Content

    The ability to use OneNote within Canvas is already enabled. Published courses with students, and the Canvas “Class Notebook” Navigation setting enabled, are expected to create a Class Notebook with the same name as your Canvas course within your OneNote. Users have to sign in once with their HallCo credentials the first time they access OneNote via Canvas. After an initial log in per course, the user has access to OneNote within that Canvas course. That appears to be the extent of the integration at this time, LTI 1.0. In Canvas, the Class Notebook remains accessible no matter where a student is in the course. The Class Notebook could be used to push out and organize information for students, as textbooks used to. The Class Notebook could also You can enable the Teacher Only feature in a Notebook to hide content form students until you are ready to distribute it. Student interact (ink over, type in, add to, read) with their copy of your shared items in the Class Notebook. They don’t turn these in, and you don’t grade them. However, you can view them and use them as formative feedback and evidence. Some great ideas for use are given in the Canvas Community post, the Portfolio idea was very detailed and interesting.

    Additional Resources:

    How to turn a teacher into a OneNote Ninja www.onenote.uservoice.com www.onenoteforteachers.com

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  • Office 365 in Canvas

    Instructure highlights seven points of interoperability with Office 365:
    1. Sign in with O365
    2. Add & embed docs to modules
    3. Collaborations
    4. Create & upload files directly from O365
    5. Cloud Assignment
    6. Office Add-in
    7. OneNote Class notebook
    For a 30 minute overview of the seven main points of Canvas Integration with Office 365, watch below video:
    Friday, February 10, 2017 at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9-3PfFYSgU

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  • cK-12 in Canvas

    The #edtech content provider cK12.org offers a great variety of math and science content for grades since 2016. You may not even realize all the quality content available for you to easily add to your Canvas course. cK-12 is an open educational resource (OER) non-profit organization dedicated to increasing access to high-quality K-12 STEM education materials. CK-12 offers free high-quality, standards-aligned, open content in the STEM subjects through an integrated set of tools for learning including digital textbooks, concept-based learning resources, simulations, interactive practice and more. All content is created and curated by teachers, for teachers and students. You can embed cK-12 into your Canvas Assignments and enjoy grade pass-back to your Canvas grade book. This video leaves out assigning 10 points to the Assignment, but everything else is an accurate representation of the steps to inserting this quality content into your Canvas course:
    For those who like written directions to create CK-12 Assignments:
    1. Click on the course Assignments tab in the course navigation pane
    2. On the Assignments page, click the blue button +Assignments
    3. Name the assignment
    4. Assign 10 (or other as appropriate) points
    5. Scroll down to the Submission Type box in the middle of the Edit page.
    6. Select External Tool
    7. In the Enter or find and External Tool URL field, click on the Find button
    8. Scroll to CK-12
    9. Once the external tool launches, select the topic (e.g., Trigonometry)
    10. Select the subtopic (e.g., Polar System and Complex Numbers)
    11. Select the lesson (e.g., Intersections of Polar Curves)
    12. Click Add
    13. Click Select
    14. Finish any other editing you want and click Save or Save and Publish

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  • Microsoft Innovative Educator Teacher Academy, October 2018

    Hall County graduated our first cohort of Microsoft Innovative Educators (MIEs) October 2nd and 3rd. 53 Hall County educators, representing 22 schools in the district, earned their MIE badge. MIEs use Microsoft tools in the classroom and have learned the fundamentals of applying technology in education. This is the first step on an exciting journey of joining a professional network of enthusiastic educators who come together to learn, share, and grow.
    Participants learned about: Microsoft Office 365, Forms (Surveys & Quizzes), OneNote, and the Educator Community and self-training opportunities online.

    Not Able to Attend?

    Network with your BLaST members to learn about future training opportunities (check out our calendar on the home page). Consider working with one of your above colleagues to learn more about the opportunities available to Hall County educators through their Windows 10 operating systems on their teacher laptops. Learn how you can become an MIE! You can work independently to gain this recognition., online and at your own pace.

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  • Nearpod

    Nearpod training is September 12th for middle and high school teachers and September 14th for elementary teachers. We hope to offer training again in the Spring. Nearpod is a K-12 subscription this year for the first time in Hall County Schools. We have added a tile on LuanchPoint for the teacher which currently presents the chance to login via Google account (make sure you select your HallCo email). For students, the icon takes them to the screen where they can “join” a Nearpod lesson. Canvas Integration is a big deal for our district. We have already made Nearpod available in your Canvas Course and you can add Student-paced Nearpods as Canvas Assignments. Check out these step-by-steps Nearpod provides – select Canvas Guide. Check out all of the Nearpod Getting Started Resources.

    How Does Nearpod Work?

    Nearpod is an engagement tool that allows teachers to send content to student devices in real time and give students the opportunity to send teachers responses to questions in the form of interactive activities. See the video below which shows how to launch a session and the view the students will have on their devices. Watch the video below and consider how Nearpod could enhance your curriculum.  

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