• Teacher Q: Why can't I use Tic Toc with my students?

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 5/28/2020

    Teacher Q: Why can't I use Tic Toc with my students?

    Answer: Our school district requires vendor and campus software requests to be reviewed and approved before purchase or use in the classroom.  GISD strives to meet federal law requirements to protect your student’s data privacy. The Office of Educational Technology has a link with more information for parents.

    The following 3 laws are in place to uphold student data protection.

    The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects personally identifiable information (PII) from students’ education records from unauthorized disclosure.

    Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) is a federal law that places parents in control over what information is collected from their young children online. It imposes rules for websites and online resources to protect children under age 13 while accounting for the dynamic nature of the Internet.

    Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA)   is a federal law that requires libraries and school districts to put safety measures in place for student protection while they use the internet.  It requires monitoring of online activity as well as educating minors about appropriate online behavior, including cyber-bullying awareness and response.

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  • A few quick tips to "Declutter" your Google Classroom

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 4/7/2020
    • Change your settings so that only the Announcements you want to add show up in the Stream (not a notification for each edit you make)
      • Click on the settings gear (top right)
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      • Scroll down to Stream and select Only teachers can post or comment from the drop-down menu
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      • Next to Classwork on the stream select Hide notifications from the drop-down menu then click Save
     
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    • Use the Topic feature on the classwork tab to identify work for each week instead of each subject. The most current topic will automatically be at the top of the classwork tab.
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  • Screencastify resources

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 3/24/2020

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    Here are links to the resources Jordan & I spoke about today.

    For some, you might have to use your GISD credentials to access (sorry those are not currently available for non-GISD employees)

     

    Screencastify users guide:

    https://help.screencastify.com/collection/128-user-guide

     

    GISD Screencastify resource page:

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FMF-FOfBTKxcBy78t6qKUi8Iv-Jxin1VeBOMMuQUQEg/edit?usp=sharing

     

     

     

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  • Digital Disco! (Edtech PD in your PJs)

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 3/23/2020
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    Come hang out with  Cori and Jordan virtually on the following topics at the following times! Use the links to join each hang-out. We look forward to seeing your lovely faces!  We will also record these Meets for watching another time.
     
    Schedule for this week:
     
    Tuesday(3/24) 9:00 -9:30am
    Screencastify:  Creating Videos for My Students
    See the Tech Benold or Tech Forbes page Calendar for the Google Meet Link.
     
    Wednesday (3/25) 11:30 am - Noon
    Google Classroom Q&A
    See the Tech Benold or Tech Forbes page Calendar for the Google Meet Link.
     
    Friday (3/27) 11:30 am - Noon
    FlipGrid: #FeelGoodFriday
    There are lots of great uses for creating asynchronous communication in the form of video blogs with your students.  
    See the Tech Benold or Tech Forbes page Calendar for the Google Meet Link.
     
    Have a Marvelous Monday!
     
     
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  • Digital Tasks for week of March 23-27 (Teachers)

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 3/22/2020

    Must sign in with your GISD credentials to access this:

    Click here and sign on to your GISD account to access

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  • Welcome Back from Spring Break MSG

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 3/22/2020

    Howdy Georgetown ISD Fam!

    I' ve been thinking about all of you this past week and have enjoyed seeing some of your posts on Twitter! We are definitely entering new territory, and I want you all to know so I will be here to hold your virtual hand as we work together to navigate the next couple of weeks.

    The goal for this week is to follow the district expectation to open channels of communication with your students and families. You should not begin teaching remotely at this time. For the next 2 weeks, students will receive “low tech or no tech” options from the district so digital resources that require any logins and support will be limited.  The district is working on pushing out student logins and passwords to parents in the event we extend our closure and more details will be made available at that time. 

    As always, please let me know if you have questions or need help with any of these tasks.

    You can email me to set up a Google Hangout Meet appointment, or reach out to my standby virtual office (if you have a quick question between 8am & 4pm) : www.whereby.com/dlcccs

     

    Have a safe week!

    CC

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  • Wick Editor Combines Coding and Animation Tools for Media Creation

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 2/27/2020

    Wick Editor is a free, open-source website where students create animations and games by layering drawings and designs using built-in editing tools. The main editor is a blank canvas, but new users can watch a series of short tutorials to learn the basic features. On the starting frame, students upload images or use the various design tools to draw, add shapes and lines, and change colors. Then students copy and paste the image onto the next frame or add a Tween, which lets them improve the flow of their animations. Using the Onion Skin feature, kids can see the position of objects from previous frames, taking the guesswork out of object placement and allowing for smoother animations. Other tools let students add assets such as sliders and check boxes, and students proficient in JavaScript can add or write their own code. When they're satisfied with their final product, students can save their work to the dashboard or export it as an animated GIF or MP4 video file (beta).

    https://www.wickeditor.com/#/

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    Wick example

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  • Get FREE Access To PebbleGo For Digital Learning Day

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 2/21/2020

     

    As we get ready to celebrate Digital Learning Day on February 27, 2020, our friends at Capstone have something very special for all of us.

     It's the Digital Learning Day PebbleGo Giveaway! 

    This will give everyone FREE access to PebbleGo from February 23 to February 29, 2020. 

    And if you already have PebbleGo, you can register for the Digital Learning Day PebbleGo Giveaway, which is filled with lots of 

    You will find the link to sign up for Digital Learning Day Free PebbleGo Access here

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  • Zeetings: Interactive Presentations

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 2/11/2020

     

     

    Zeetings is a web-based platform that enables participants in your meetings, training sessions, workshops, lessons, and events to actively participate from their own device. Participants join in by visiting a simple URL such as zeetings.com/your-name. There’s nothing for them to download or install and it works on all connected devices. Once they’re connected, participants can follow your slides as they’re presented, respond to live polls, post questions and comments, take notes, chat with other participants, and more. All this interactivity gets people engaged with the topic at hand and helps you collect valuable data about what your participants really think. That makes it a powerful tool for both student and adult learners.

    Other Features

    Zeetings offers powerful analytics so that you can see how others perceived the presentation. And what’s really amazing is that the conversations and the learning can continue after the slideshow has ended. People can continue to vote, discuss, and share long after the event is over. In addition, you can easily embed a Google Doc, a map, a tweet, or any other embeddable content you find on the web directly into your presentations. 

    And did I mention the very best feature? It’s absolutely FREE for educators! That’s for up to 500 participants per presentation, unlimited presentations, and full analytics.

    Zeetings in the Classroom

    Want to make sure that students are following along on their devices with your presentation? Not a problem. Each time you change slides, their device will automatically change, too. Want to give shyer students the opportunity to ask questions? Questions can be posted anonymously so everyone feels comfortable participating and you can moderate questions before they go live. Want to brainstorm and share ideas? The Activity Wall gathers what everyone is thinking in one place and displays it in a format tailored for big screens. Want to show a YouTube video during your presentation? It’s now really easy. With Zeetings, you just paste any link from Youtube and drag and drop the video into the position you want.

    This tool is great for blended or flipped classrooms. In addition to delivering live presentations, Zeetings can also be used to share interactive presentations for participants to move through and participate in their own time. Sharing a presentation with Zeetings gives you a whole lot more functionality than attaching to an email or using a file share service. With Zeetings, you’ll know as soon as your presentation has been opened so you’re no longer left wondering. All the interactivity is available so the recipient can answer polls, send questions and comments your way, and take notes.

    It’s also fabulous for doing work that involves the jigsaw method. Students in their expert groups can create interactive presentations for their home groups that not only help to present the information, but also allow them (and you) to see how well it is understood.

    So what are you waiting for? Give Zeetings a try today and help your students achieve more!

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  • Ted-Ed : A Free Educational Resources

    Posted by Cori Coburn-Shiflett on 1/16/2020

    TED-Ed is TED’s youth and education initiative. TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world. They support learning — from producing a growing library of original animated videos, to providing an international platform for teachers to create their own interactive lessons, to helping curious students around the globe bring TED to their schools and gain presentation literacy skills, to celebrating innovative leadership within TED-Ed’s global network of over 250,000 teachers.

     Ted-Ed original animated videos, paired with questions and resources, make upas TED-Ed Lessons.

    Educators can join the site for free by going to https://ed.ted.com/

     

     

     

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