Docking a Mac to my desk using my spare Dell accessories

This has been a post long in the making, but is pretty simple.  This is the short story of me dumping my clunky office Windows PC for the MacBook Air, which performs much faster thanks to multiple cores, a solid state boot disk and, frankly, a better operating system.  As my school went one-to-one, teachers Read More …

ACT Question of the Day coming to you via Schoology!

This entry is part of 3 in the series Setting Sail with Schoology

As South Carolina transitions most of its school accountability system from being focused on HSAP to the ACT + WorkKeys one-two combo tests, many of the teachers at my school have been spending time learning about these new tests.  I had a conversation last semester with a math teacher after some professional development on the ACT Read More …

ICYMI Shoology 999 – Back to Schoology

This entry is part 7 of 7 in the series Tech Tuesday 1617

What do you need to get Schoology ready for the new semester? In this session, review your semester setup checklist and also revisit tricks and methods that will help keep your courses organized and your students up-to-date. For the most part, this session revolved around what changes in Schoology were taking place since our SIS Read More …

ICYMI LanSchool 103 – Configuration and Setup

This entry is part 6 of 7 in the series Tech Tuesday 1617

In this session, gain access to your class lists and learn the workflow of using LanSchool in your classroom to narrow student access to websites or apps. Agenda Discussion of power dynamics and student relationships… What are my two golden rules of LanSchool? What situations are tools inappropriate?  What tools are going to trigger student Read More …

ICYMI Schoology 101 – Assignment Workflow & Grading

This entry is part 5 of 7 in the series Tech Tuesday 1617

How do teachers send digital assignments and then provide written, verbal or video feedback on student assignments?  In this session, learn how to assign work, edit assignments, grade and provide feedback for students’ digital work. Yesterday’s Tech Tuesday session was exciting.  As we approach the second quarter, teachers are moving more of their content and Read More …

Can I schedule posts in Schoology like I could in Edmodo?

This entry is part 2 of 3 in the series Setting Sail with Schoology

A popular feature from Edmodo that teachers have a hard time finding in Schoology is the scheduling option for assignments or quizzes.  This was popular for teachers who anticipated being out with a substitute and wanted activities to turn on when the period starts.  Teachers like to manage when students are exposed to information and when Read More …

Office 365’s Groups – Organizing Resources for Departments & School Activities

This entry is part 4 of 7 in the series Tech Tuesday 1617

How do you keep in touch and share resources with your school club or team using Office 365? In this session, learn how to use Office 365 Groups to create a shared email thread, notebook, calendar of events/practices, storage for videos and a task manager. Keep your departments, clubs and activities up-to-date and organized with Read More …