Friday, April 28, 2017

Dell Chromebook Keyboard Shortcut Commands


As the new Dell Chromebooks start entering our classrooms there's a few tips you will want to know. You'll want to take special note of the "rotate screen 90 degrees" command, just in case someone rotates the image accidentally, it is Ctrl+Shift+Refresh.  Click here to see all of the Commands

HMS Theatre Students Create Products to Show and Share Learning

Haltom Middle Schools theatre students led by Deanna Davis are creating authentic tasks and products to show and share learning. Ms. Davis has partnered with Michael Hanson, a secondary digital learning specialist, to leverage technology and introduce students to sound engineering, set design, and video production. Students have scaled set designs and created soundscapes that were used for UIL production. Students in 6th grade made a product and will be sharing their product through a commercial to their peers using the app, Green Screen by DoInk and Google Classroom. Students in 7th and 8th grade are creating films to showcase in a media fest later this spring and are also using green screen technologies.






Deanna Davis and Mr. Hanson invited Jennifer R. Miller, Birdville ISD's digital learning resource specialist, to assist with green screen production and provide training to both the teacher and students. Students were able to use a mobile green screen unit to create their films. Ms. Davis was able to learn how to utilize YouTube to show and share learning. Finally, students learned how to export soundscapes created in Audacity to utilize in a video podcast that Ms. Davis placed on her classroom YouTube channel. Final products will be showcased in May.


Thursday, April 27, 2017

Create Short Links with Goo.gl


Long internet links (called URLs)  can be difficult to deal with.  They do not look nice when pasted into an email, posted on your website, or even printed in a newsletter.  You can use Google's URL Shortener http://goo.gl to make long URLs short and more accessible.  

Example:
This is a link to Alice Keeler's blogpost about using short URLs - http://alicekeeler.com/2016/05/15/use-short-urls/
Here is the short link to the same place - https://goo.gl/KxZ0rp 

Note: Goo.gl links are case sensitive, so you need to be careful about the font you are using to share the link.  If students are having to type the link, you will need to remind them to use capital and lower case letters as shown.

If you need a fast way to shorten links, you can install the Goo.gl extension in your Chrome browser too!

Severe Weather Broadcasts with iPad App


An iPad with the Green Screen app from Do Ink was used to record severe weather newscasts in Ms. Rollette's Science Class at North Ridge Middle School. The students went all out to make their groups the best. I especially enjoyed the teams that would throw debris through the shot behind the anchor. If you'd like to try a project with a green screen, please let your digital learning specialist know, we would love to help. #birdvillelearns

YouTube Without Comments & Suggested Videos


Viewpure.com is a website that allows you to paste in a link to a YouTube video and get a new link with no suggested videos on the side and no comments below.

When sharing YouTube videos with students, using this tool is considered a best practice.  You can't control what students may see if you send them a link directly to YouTube.  With Viewpure, you can eliminate much of that risk.

A Web Whiteboard


A Web Whiteboard is touch-friendly online whiteboard app that lets you use your computer, tablet or smartphone to easily draw sketches, collaborate with others and share them with the world.  To access this simple we app just go to https://awwapp.com/.

Podcast: Journalist Makerspace Stations


NBC Learn: A Research Resource


NBC Learn is a free collection of primary source videos, newsreels, documents, and images that can be used for research, and classroom projects. NBC Learn is accessible from any device and resources are searchable by Texas standards, topic, or content area.  Educators can create playlists within NBC Learn and access lesson planning resources. Teachers can share and add NBC Learn media to Google Classroom or Canvas. Transcripts are available for video content located in NBC Learn.

NBC Learn in Action: 5th grade students use NBC Learn to locate primary sources about a 21st century event. Students will add NBC resources to a presentation and share their research findings. Students will peer review each research presentation.

Digital Learning Platform: NBC learn provides students with access to quality resources and serves as a best structure to facilitate research.


Richland Middle Math Lessons Goes Viral

Richland Middle School in #BirdvilleISD goes Viral again with this great volume lesson with over a million views and was featured on Ellen Nation. Mrs. Moreau has been contacted from all around the world asking her to share her lesson. View Video Here Principal James Whitfield, Math Teacher Jennifer Moreau #math #birdvillelearns #middleschool #richlandramnation

Countdown to Summer PD!


Summer Digital Learning PD is just about a month away!  
Sessions are now available in Eduphoria!  

Do you need more help with the New SMART software?  We have sessions for that!
Do you need to learn more about Google so you will be ready to use it for lesson planning next year?  We have sessions for that!
Are you ready to dive in with Google Classroom or Canvas? We have sessions for that!
Want to know more about 21st century literacy & digital writing?  We have sessions for that!
Interested in makerspace? We have sessions for that!
Would you like to spend time designing lessons for next year that include more technology? We have sessions for that!


Earn your flex credit for next year! Claim your spot, register now!

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Find Information Faster with Ctrl F

Use Ctrl F on your keyboard to open a search box for the page you are on.  This works in most programs and on the web.  No more scrolling through long lists, just use Ctrl F!


Chrome Incognito Browsing



Google Chrome offers the ability to browse the internet in an "Incognito" window.  This does not mean your are avoiding the filtering or monitoring by BISD.  Rather, it means you can have a new window that will not save any password information.  This can be very helpful when you are logging on to Google Drive on someone else's computer and don't want it to save your account information.  It can also be helpful if students need to access Google Drive on your presentation computer during presentations.

To go "incognito", just click the 3 dots menu in google Chrome (top right of browser).  Then choose "New Incognito Window".

Want more reasons to go "incognito"? Check out this blogpost by Kasey Bell of ShakeUpLearning.com!



Introducing Google Team Drives!

By now you have probably noticed Team Drives in your Google drive!  
Please use this slide show to learn more about Google Team Drives and how your campus can use them.

Click here to view the training full screen in your browser.

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Record Video with Your Ladibug Document Camera


If you have a Ladibug document camera, and the Ladibug 2.0 software, you can easily record instructional videos to use in your classroom.

These videos could be used in many ways including:
  • Flipped Classroom, where students watch the whole-group instruction part of the lesson at home and class time is used for guided practice.
  • Tutorial videos posted for students to review.
  • Play the video during whole group instruction time so you can be more active around the room working with students. This is great for teachers who departmentalize and repeat lessons throughout the day.  
  • Record students reading their writing or explaining a concept.


First use the clipboard icon to enable the build in microphone.  Then use the video icon to record.  Videos are automatically saved to your computer in Documents in the Ladibug 2.0 folder.  From there you can upload them to Google Drive or YouTube and share them!

Click here for the Ladibug 2.0 User Manual

Chrome Bookmarks Bar




My computer just got re-imaged and now all my bookmarks are gone!  I'm working from my home computer, but the website I saved to my favorites is on my school machine! If these phrases are familiar to you, then the Chrome Bookmarks Bar is your new best friend!

If you are signed into the Chrome browser, then you can save bookmarks that will appear in Chrome on any device when you sign in to Chrome.


Monday, April 24, 2017

Windows Snipping Tool

The Windows Snipping Tool allows you to quickly take a screen shot of anything on your computer screen.  This can be very helpful for creating step by step directions for students to follow.


Check out these great resources:



Use Reflector 2 to Display Your iPad


You can use the Reflector 2 software on your teacher computer to display your iPad on your projector.  This can be helpful when you want to demonstrate how to use an app, display student work, or even teach without staying at the document camera.

Click here for directions for how to use Reflector 2.

Green Valley 1st Grade Investigate, Research, and Create About Biomes

First grade students are showcasing their research in a gallery display tonight at Green Valley Elementary after spending a few weeks investigating a biome. While visiting the zoo, students investigated biomes and targeted a research topic. Classes learned how to use keywords to search elementary online library resources. Students created an artifact using a medium of their choice and had the opportunity to utilize technology apps to include iMove, which teachers are placing on their YouTube channel.  Examples of projects on gallery display can be seen below.









Students were graded on project originality, written explanation, and organization of research findings and outcomes.


Digital Learning Summer PD Sessions Register Now!


Summer Digital Learning PD is just about a month away!  
Sessions are now available in Eduphoria!

Do you need more help with the New SMART software?  We have sessions for that!
Do you need to learn more about Google so you will be ready to use it for lesson planning next year?  We have sessions for that!
Are you ready to dive in with Google Classroom or Canvas? We have sessions for that!
Want to know more about 21st century literacy & digital writing?  We have sessions for that!
Interested in makerspace? We have sessions for that!
Would you like to spend time designing lessons for next year that include more technology? We have sessions for that!

To see the courses we are offering click here! - https://goo.gl/hwZqXu 


Earn your flex credit for next year! Claim your spot, register now!

Friday, April 21, 2017

NASA Visualization Explorer

NASA Visualization Explorer, or NASA Viz, is a fun and powerful tool to explore the latest news and stories about the Earth, the sun, and the universe from an iOS or android device. The app features stunning images and video from space and animations that can make challenging concepts easier to understand. Older kids will love diving into everything this app has to offer on their own, and elementary students can begin learning about the planets and stars with your help.

NASA Visualization in Action: Students in middle school access real world stories and access media content and learn through visualization software. Students  locate and use real images and video to create multimedia projects to share with their peers.

Digital Learning Platform: NASA Visualization Explorer is an interactive resource that engages students through visualization. Content can be leveraged to assist students with research and used toward creating an authentic task or product.


Thursday, April 20, 2017

Undo Keyboard Shortcut


Use CTRL Z in almost any program to undo your last action.  This is an important skill for teachers and students.  It can be a real life saver!

Check out this lesson by Alice Keeler to teach CTRL Z to students.

Select and Speak Chrome Extension


Select and Speak Chrome Extension uses iSpeech's human-quality text-to-speech (TTS) to read any selected text in the browser. It includes many iSpeech text to speech voices in different languages. You can configure the voice and speed options by changing the settings on the options page.

Creating via Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a free digital art resource in which users over the age of 13 can create web stories, videos, and graphics using their BISD Google account. Stories and creations can be shared with others. Adobe Spark is accessible from any device. Adobe Spark is really a collection of three creation tools. You can access all three on a web browser or download the iPad apps individually. Spark Video allows users to create a video by narrating a series of slides. Each slide can include text, images, or icons to get their message across. Spark Page is an app in which users create a web page, and Spark Post is a tool for designing images. A great features of Adobe Spark is how it cites images used from Creative Commons searches from within the platform.


Adobe Spark in Action:  High school students use Adobe Spark to create a public service announcement and share with other students in their school.


Digital Learning Platform: Students use Adobe Spark to create an authentic task or product and can easily share products with others to receive peer feedback. 


Research Resources



Did you know our BISD elementary library media specialists have created a Symbaloo of resources for student research?  Just go to the resources page (http://birdvilleschools.net/resources) and click "Elementary Library Online Resources".  For help with any of the sources please visit with your campus librarian.

Wednesday, April 19, 2017

Zoom In & Out Keyboard Shortcuts


You can use CTRL+ and CTRL- to zoom in and out when content on the web is too small/large.  These keyboard shortcuts can be very helpful when displaying on a projector. You can zoom in and make things more readable. Or zoom out to show more of the web page.


BISD Helpdesk Knowledge Base



Our BISD Technology department maintains a wonderful knowledge base of articles that can help you solve issues with your Birdville technology.

To access the helpdesk you can visit http://helpdesk.birdvilleschools.net or you can access it through Start>All Programs>Support Portals on your BISD computer.  You can search by keyword and see all the articles posted.

The knowledge base has many great articles including:


And many more!

Podcast: Teachers Share Digital Learning Ideas To Increase Student Motivation


iMovie (and more) Now Free!


Apple recently announced all of the iwork apps will now be free on all iOS and Mac devices.  Previously the apps were available for free on newly purchased devices only.  If you had an older device you would have to pay $9.99 for each app.  Now, you can get them free on your older devices too!  

Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Makerspace in the Spicer Elementary Classroom

Students at Spicer Elementary are extending reading activities to continue and enrich the research process. How are teachers connecting makerspace to the classroom? To begin, teachers frame a lesson to include a literacy component.

Connect Makerspace to a Reading Activity 

Makerspace environments are often in close proximity to a library or reading lab. This is not by accident as makerspace lends itself to the research process.  Prior to attending a makerspace lab, students can  utilize short passages of complex text including articles, original sources, and excerpts to identify main ideas. Using Google classroom, students develop, craft, share and peer review summaries. The peer review concept encourages community discourse in which a student can identify an area of interest to continue research.


Makerspace PBL Through 4 STEAM Career Lenses

Learning through the act of making reaches across the divide between formal and informal learning, integrating content areas toward a real world purpose for applying curriculum content. After students have a strong background of prior knowledge, students complete a project-based learning activity using a makerspace challenge card. Teachers and students are curating challenge cards to frame the makerspace activity integrating 4 STEAM career workstations: The Journalist, The Scientist, The Engineer, and The Artist. Examples of challenges that students are working on can be seen below.

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Connecting Making Through Community

Students use this opportunity to make an artifact and give back to a larger community. First grade students are enriching a living systems lesson to investigate life cycles using the community garden. Makerspace lends itself to service learning projects and provides an outlet in which students have the opportunity to connect as a larger community. It is important that during makerspace students have the ability to showcase their work to their peers and larger a community. The artifact itself does not need to be a grade, but the makerspace design process could be a assessed. Peer reviews can be an added component to the community showcase.


Writing To Refine 

After providing  a makerspace experience, encourage students to write a reflection. Students at Spicer Elementary teachers are utilizing both blogs and Google classroom to reflect. Artifacts with reflections could also be leveraged on a student blog or portfolio. 

Want to learn more? Check out Birdville ISD's Makerspace website.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Explore.org Live Animal Web Cams



Explore.org is a website with live nature cams, world-class wildlife photos, animal blogs, and educational films. The site includes feeds to over 100 animals!

Explore.org in Action

  • Students can observe and discuss what they see happening.
  • Students can practice writing observations with details. 
  • Students can practice writing questions for research. 
Note: Be aware that you are viewing wild animals in their habitat. You may witness predator behavior and/or mating. 

YouTube Live Stream



You probably have noticed many live streaming people and/or events on YouTube lately.  One of the most recent (and famous) live stream events was April the Giraffe's calf birth.  YouTube allows users to live stream from their account on the fly or allows you to schedule an event at for later time. BISD teachers already have a YouTube channel.  You can access your channel by traveling to YouTube, click on the Sign In button and enter your Username/Password for your 'g.birdvilleschools' Google account.  Click the link below for more information about live streaming on your YouTube channel and how to get started!

YouTube Live Streaming info

ACFT has been incubating some chicken eggs for the past few weeks and are anxiously awaiting their hatching.  Today, two eggs started to crack!  A YouTube live stream event has been set up and will be live for most of the evening.  They hope to see chicks soon!  The link below will take you to their live stream.

ACFT Egg Hatching

SMART Notebook 16.2 Update



Birdville ISD recently purchased an upgrade to the Notebook 11.4 software that is currently used on SMART Boards.  Notebook 16.2 looks very similar to the current version of Notebook but adds many new features that will support multiple content areas as well as provide new opportunities for collaboration and formative assessment feedback.  


If you currently have a SMART Board, we are asking that you please update at this time. Directions for updating can be found at the bottom of this message.


Note: Updating to SMART Notebook 16 removes the ability to use the old SMART Clickers.  However, the new software includes SMART Response 2, which works with laptops and iPads instead of clickers.


Some of the new features include:
  • SMART Lab
    • SMART lab gives teachers the means to quickly build game-based activities that amaze and engage students on their devices or front-of-room display.
  • SMART Response 2
    • Create a question set to complement your lesson in just a few minutes. Students answer the questions on their desktop computers, laptops, tablets or phones. Teachers get an instant report (in a pie graph or word cloud), as well as the ability to export those results.
  • SMART Blocks
    • SMART Blocks is an add-on that enables you to perform math activities with your class by writing numbers on the page, and then connecting them to a SMART Block. You can choose from seven different equation types to work with.
  • GeoGebra
    • GeoGebra is an interactive mathematics software for all levels of education. When you insert the GeoGebra widget in SMART Notebook software, you can explore geometry, algebra, tables, graphing, statistics and calculus with your students.
  • SMART amp
    • Create and collaborate on a digital canvas, anywhere, anytime.


Notebook Install Instructions


  1. Click on the Start button, All Programs, and BISD Software Center. Use this link if you need help finding the Software Center https://goo.gl/EEnhNP
  2. Once the center opens, find SMART Notebook Learning Suite 16.2 in the list.
  3. Click the title to highlight and then click ‘Install’ in the bottom right corner.
  4. Click ‘Yes’ to the pop up window. Installation usually takes from 15-20 minutes.
  5. Once the software has installed, it is a good idea to restart your computer before     using your SMART board.


SMART Training Coming Soon!
Date
Time
Location
Title
Description
Monday 6/5
8:30-10:00
TIMS Lab 108
SMART Intro
Description: Discover the variety of ways in utilizing the SMART Board and Notebook software in everyday instructional tasks and routines. Learn how to search for pre-made Notebook lessons and change them to fit your lesson. Also, discover what interactive sites work well with a SMART Board.
Monday 6/5
10:30-12:00
TIMS Lab 108
SMART Labs
SMART labs lets teachers quickly build fun, engaging and visually appealing game-based activities.  All content is customizable to grade and subject.  This is to be used in classrooms with SMART boards.  Some activities allow students to interact with content using laptops and/or mobile devices.
Monday 6/5
1:00-2:30
TIMS Lab 108
SMART Amp
SMART Amp is a collaborative workspace where you can share and work on a variety of lessons.  SMART amp brings the whole class, groups of students or individuals together in a shared space to work on projects, add multimedia content and instant message. This is all done using student devices and while tracking contributions from each student, so educators have insight into who is contributing what.It does not require the use of a SMART board and can be used on laptops and mobile devices.
Monday7/31
8:30-10:00
TIMS Lab 109
SMART Intro
Description: Discover the variety of ways in utilizing the SMART Board and Notebook software in everyday instructional tasks and routines. Learn how to search for pre-made Notebook lessons and change them to fit your lesson. Also, discover what interactive sites work well with a SMART Board.
Monday7/31
10:30-12:00
TIMS Lab 109
SMART Labs
SMART labs lets teachers quickly build fun, engaging and visually appealing game-based activities.  All content is customizable to grade and subject.  This is to be used in classrooms with SMART boards.  Some activities allow students to interact with content using laptops and/or mobile devices.
Monday7/31
1:00-2:30
TIMS Lab 109
SMART Amp
SMART Amp is a collaborative workspace where you can share and work on a variety of lessons.  SMART amp brings the whole class, groups of students or individuals together in a shared space to work on projects, add multimedia content and instant message. This is all done using student devices and while tracking contributions from each student, so educators have insight into who is contributing what.It does not require the use of a SMART board and can be used on laptops and mobile devices.


Notebook 16.2 Overview & Support Resources


Thursday, April 13, 2017

Social Media: A Student Guide for Teachers and Parents

As students become more connected to the social web, it is important to stay informed as educators and parents. A recent research study surveying over 14,000 teachers, found that only 1 in 5 teachers use social media regularly with students. Social media can be hard to navigate. But to help teachers and parents navigate this ever-changing landscape of social media tools, here is a short introduction to a few of the most popular social media networks.

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Free social networking site that allows for registered users to create profiles, upload photos, video, send messages, and keep in touch with friends, family, and colleagues.
Safety Center: https://www.facebook.com/safety
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
Step by step guide to Facebook privacy settings: http://bit.ly/PrivacyHowTo
Parent Safety Guide:
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Free online mobile photo-sharing site that allows registered users to share pictures and videos either publicly or privately in the app, as well as through a variety of other social networking platforms.
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
Step by step guide to Instagram privacy settings: https://help.instagram.com/116024195217477/?helpref=hc_fnav
Parent Safety Guide
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Snapchat is a social media network in which registered users share images or video clips to their friends. Photos and videos can only be viewed for a limited time.  
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
Open ...
Twitter is a social networking website, which allows registered users to publish short messages that are visible to other users. These messages are known as tweets, and can only be 140 characters or less in length.
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
Original ...
Google+ is a social networking platform that requires a Google account. . Google+ is disabled for all BISD Google Student Accounts.
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
Open ...
Skype is a video chat and voice call service in which registered users video chat, transfer files, and participate in videoconferencing.
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
Youtube, Multimedia, Media ...
YouTube is a free video sharing website that allows registered users to upload, watch, review, comment and share video content.
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
Open ...
Pinterest is an online service that allows registered users to share images and websites through social networking.
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
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Blogger is a blog service that allows registered Google users to publish, contribute, and comment on multi-user blogs with a time-stamped entry.  
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
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Xbox Live is Microsoft’s gaming community in which registered users can play games online with other registered users.
Terms of Service: 13 years or older
Playstation-Network- ...
PlayStation Network is an online gaming service for the PlayStation gaming console. PlayStation Network (PSN)  allows for online gaming and access to a gaming community with other registered users.

Terms of Service: 13 years or older
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Twitch is the world’s leading video game platform and community for gamers.
Terms of Service: 13 years or older