Many of us also use Eduphoria Aware for administering assessments, be they for our own information as a teacher, or as common assessments at the campus or district level. Eduphoria Aware gives us the ability to disaggregate and break down an enormous amount of data into manageable chunks that can inform and improve our teaching. Often times, to get this data in the system, we end up standing in line at a bubble sheet scanner. There is a better way!
Many of us use SMART Response to conduct assessments. With SMART Response's seamless integration into SMART Notebook, for use on a SMART interactive whiteboard, teachers can embed questions and have them show up at just the right time during the delivery of a lesson, so instead of just asking "who didn't get it," teachers can actually look at the data, either right there during the lesson to determine if immediate reteaching is necessary on a whole class level, or on an individual student level, to set up small groups targeting specific standards or skills for improved differentiation. In this respect, SMART Response is great for formative assessment. But SMART Response can also be used for summative assessments, where students take self-paced assessments, often for a grade. SMART Response gives users the ability to look at the data from any assessment taken in SMART Response, and with recent improvements, teachers can even attach state standards to those questions. Pretty awesome! Some teachers, however, want even capabilities in terms of disaggregating data, or they want the ability to compare those assessments they take on a class level with assessments taken at the campus or district level. There is a way!
Teachers, you can easily to use these two great tools together. You'll need the SMART Response for Eduphoria Connector and SMART Response installed, and you'll need a set of SMART Response clickers (or the online version in beta, SMART Response VE). Ready to see how it's done? Take a look at this tutorial I've added to the Tech4Folks YouTube Channel.
Using a published Google Doc, you can have a link to your interactive lesson plan published on your School World Teacher Site and have it automatically refresh/republish every time you make changes. See how!
So you've got a published Google Doc you're using for your lesson plans...what if you want users to be able to see it right within your School World Teacher Site, and not have to click on a link to a separate page to view it? I'll show you how to embed your published Google Doc (which involves a little bit of copying/pasting HTML code), and highlight some of the limitations of this option.
Box.com is like Dropbox and Google Drive in that it is a cloud-storage service, and like any cloud storage service, you have the advantage of grabbing and sharing a link to any resource you store "in the cloud." This makes sharing links with students to handouts, homework, Discovery Education videos, and the like very easy. But unlike some of these other cloud storage options, Box.com has a really neat way of embedding individual files or whole folders and directories right in your website, be it School World Teacher Sites or something else. Find out how in the video below...and if you like what you see, be sure to subscribe to the Tech4Folks Channel on YouTube!
Make your Windows 7 user experience that much more efficient by pinning often used programs to the taskbar, that little bar running across the bottom of your desktop.
STEP 1: Find the program you want to pin...usually this is as easy as using the Start menu search box and typing the name of the program.
STEP 2: Simply right click on the program you'd like to pin, and select "Pin to Taskbar." That's all there is to it!
NOTE: You can also pin any program you find using Windows Explorer, to the taskbar or the Start men...if it ends in ".exe" and/or is listed as an application file type, chances are you can pin it! Just right click on the file and make your choice.
Call me a traditionalist, call me stubborn, call me ELA, but I like my fonts, and if I have to type, highlight, and change the font for every one of my text boxes in SMART Notebook to reflect my preference for Georgia, I'll do it!
But there's a better way!
In SMART Notebook, you can create your own custom theme and set your preferred font, and your preferred background, so that for every new page you create, it will automatically default to your preferences. Talk about a time saver! Here's how:
STEP 1: In SMART Notebook, go to Format - Themes - Create Theme.
STEP 2: This will create a little editable object within your SMART Notebook page. Simply name your theme and then double click on the text box and choose your preferred font.
STEP 3: Then right click within the object to "Set Background," choose your background (solid color, gradient...whatever you prefer) and hit "Save" to save your theme.
STEP 4: To use the theme you've created, go into the Gallery, My Content tab and find "Backgrounds and Themes." Double click the theme you created to make it active. (Note here how you could have multiple themes you've created and stored!)
When you double click your custom theme to insert, SMART Notebook will ask you if you want to use this theme for all pages (within that Notebook file)...which I do, so I just click OK! Presto!
That's it! Now, every time you create a new page within that Notebook file, all your font and background preferences will automatically be included. Want to see a theme creation in action? Here's a 90 second video that shows you the process.
With our switch to Outlook Web Access 2010, many people are still getting used to the default Conversation View, where emails from multiple senders (and your own) are grouped together based on a shared subject line. First, conversation view can be helpful because you can quickly see in one area any and all communication concerning that subject. But...it may take some getting used to, AND, thanks to one of y'all pointing out to the right (thank you!) using the conversation view can result in you accidentally forwarding an entire conversation to someone instead of just the email you intended!
It's not hard to turn off conversation view!
To turn off conversation view, simply click the little drop down arrow above your inbox where you'd normally change your view to By Date, From etc...
...at the bottom of the list is the Conversation check box. Deselect that, give it a second to reload and you're done!
Note: You can also choose to arrange the folder you're in by any of the characteristics below! This makes finding files much easier.
One of my favorite time saving tricks is when I know someone in particular sent me something but I can't find that email, I select any email from them, then "arrange by from" that whole folder....since I had an email from them selected before I chose to arrange the folder by "from," I'll automatically be in the section where all the emails from them appear!
Often times people are amazed at all the ways I can work with data and windows/tabs/multiple programs, but really there's nothing to it. Knowing the right combination of keystrokes enables you to keep your hands on the keyboard more often and minimize the times you have to go to the mouse. There are a ridiculous number of shortcuts out there (Microsoft's extensive list), but I just wanted to highlight some of the ones I use most often. With few exceptions, these can be used within and sometimes between most PC programs and applications (the key is making sure that the program you're trying to apply the action to is selected/active...most of the time this will be the last place/program you did something, but you can always left click on a field/space within the program too).
Be brave, try some out...shortcuts can save lots of time, and there's always CTRL+Z to undo your last action!
Print Version (put next to your computer for reference!)
MS Word 2007 Shortcuts (prepare to be overwhelmed :)
Did you know that if you're on the Windows 7 operating system, you have access to a great little tool for capturing, cropping, annotating, and saving screen shots of anything you see on your desktop? It's called the "Snipping Tool," and it's rapidly becoming a teacher favorite.
You can find it in a variety of ways, but here is the easiest:
Click on your Windows 7 Start icon in the bottom left-hand corner of your screen, then type "snipping"...
See it in action!
With Windows 7, which most of you are now using as an operating system, when you get too many windows open and want to get to the desktop quickly, you can click on the little space to the bottom right corner of your taskbar and you'll instantly get your desktop! Presto!
Why can this be useful? Minimizing multiple windows takes time when trying to "dig" back down to your desktop. This takes you there in one click!
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