District Supported Distance Learning Tools
Canvas How-To Videos
So, looks like online instruction might be the wave of the future after all. But that’s ok. Our teachers were and are tough. They stepped up to the plate for sure in the very abrupt transition we all just lived through. Anyhow, it seems like this might be the new normal to some extent for at least some of the time. We know you already lived through this shift to online instruction and have the battle scars to show it. Now that we have a little more time, let’s take some time to reflect on what we can do before we start again in the fall (or before we’re in the fall semester and have to go back home again) to take our online teaching game to the next level.
How is it different from a material? How is it different from instruction? Why does this matter? Curriculum, very simply put, is a course of study. A curriculum guides us as teachers and instructional leaders through the scope of what to teach and when to teach it. In traditional public education, we’re relatively lucky in that some of this work is figured out for us by our state-adopted standards.
Hi there! Let’s start with a quick question—what are the things you do in your class every day that make it a “class?” Odds are, it has little to do with thenumber of problems, words, or stories you assign. It’s far more intentional than that. It’s about how you hook and engage the students, how they respond, practice, and connect, and how you find out where they are at in their understanding so you know what to do next.
Today we are going to talk about using rubrics in the online classroom.So, you probably already use rubrics regularly in your traditional classroom. In this video, however, we plan to go over some distinct characteristics of rubrics so that we can ensure we are using a common language of best practice(ASCD, 2013). Then, we’ll talk about how rubrics help instructors and studentsonline and provide you with some tips for creating and using them in your course.
Today we’re going to take a moment to reflect on what teacher presence looks like in the online classroom versus the traditional educational setting. The good news about this topic is that people tend to think at first that talking about teacher presence in online instruction means being on video—something that makes many of us cringe—but that’s really not always the case. The caveat here is that some age groups and some courses do require us to be a little more of an “online celebrity” for the purposes of instruction—teachers of the youngest students, ESOL students, and language students, and several other areas I’m looking at you here.
Using Teams - How-To Videos and Guides
Microsoft Teams is a digital hub that brings conversations, content, assignments, and apps together in one place, letting teachers create vibrant learning environments. Build collaborative classrooms, connect in professional learning communities, and connect with colleagues—all from a single experience.
Learn more about Teams here:
Using Schoolwires webpages
Schoolwires is our new system for District web pages. District, Administrative, and School websites were converted to this new system.
Learn more about Schoolwires here:
Teachers will be able to take advantage of being able to create teacher pages with an easy to use system.
Using Focus Webpages
Web Pages allows administration to view and edit teacher web pages that can be viewed by parents and students on the Portal, the Community App, and the Calendar. Web pages are built using News (posts), Resources, Units & Lessons, and Settings. Posts can be sent to parents only, students only, or by default to all (parents and students).
Learn more about Focus Web Pages here:
For resources, teachers can create files, links, and folders. In settings, the web page is enabled by default when created, but can be disabled. In addition, administrative users can create units and linked lessons based on a web page.
Leon Leads - #24857 Microsoft TEAMS for Beginners
Want to have a course to learn how to use Teams? Want to earn some credits while you are at it?
#24857 Microsoft TEAMS for Beginners (20 Credits)
Self Paced - Participants will learn the basic functions of Microsoft Teams as a teacher and participant. Topics include rostered courses, created courses, video conferencing and live lessons, deploying an assignment or quiz, grading an assignment, applications to support learning, collaboration and small group learning.
Using Remind to Communicate
We are pleased to share that we have Remind, an easy to use communication tool that will allow the school, teachers, students and parents to share one single source for communication.
Learn more about Remind here:
See how this will create faster, easier access to communications between teachersm students and parents. Remind is a safe, secure way for students to connect with their teachers and school-related events, classes, and activities all in one place. The software does not collect or share any personal student information, which is important to us. Best of all, it is very easy to use and will be a great resource for teachers and students.
Wanting or needing your PDF's to be fillable? (Are you sure?)
You mayt not actually need to bother, but if you really want to.......
Here are three options
Option #1- Adobe Reader DC - If the students just download Adobe Reader DC and use that they can simply mark up the document directly as needed
- Pros -
- It allows students to markup content anywhere on the PDF directly, save it and either send it or upload it as needed with all their markups on it.
- Some instructions here can be used as a guide to help know how to do the editing on their own computers. - How to mark up PDF's using Adobe Reader DC
- Students can either free hand answers (handy for math problems) or draw circles or fill in bubbles or they can use the text tool to type their responses without requiring fillable form fields.
- Teachers can save valuable time instead of spending so much time trying to make them into a fillable format to begin with trying to convert every single document to a fillable pdf, particularly if those documents are not being shared with everyone which will require an excessive amount of overhead work that isn't really necessary.
- Cons - Teachers can not make forms fillable using reader version if that is what they still want to do. (See option 2 or 3)
Option #2- PDF Escape - (This is an app available as a tile in ClassLink under the lcs employee library).
- The teachers can simply load the pdf up to the page and mark it by basically selecting what they want and then drawing the text boxes/check boxes, radio buttons etc. directly on the document.
- Fairly easy and requires no installs. Documents can be downloaded when down.
- Limit of 10 MB/100 pgs per file (Highly unlikely to be an issue with any files teachers are using with students.
- If this is an issue, you can use the PDFCandy tile in classlink to split the file into smaller segments
Option #3 - PDFCreator/PDFArchitect - Nothing wrong with this option
- its nice that it is a locally installed app so no internet required to use it which may be handy for those with poor internet connections
- Full featured
- Cons -
- Some users have a hard time understanding the split nature of the Creator vs Architect side of the platform. Fillable forms are handled by the Architect side of the software.
- This program is it just is not as intuitive as I would like. Users sometimes seem to have trouble navigating the software and its just not as well laid out for those who have never worked with making fillable pdfs before. works fine, but seems to have a bit of a learning curve compared with the two above
- Pros -
Create PDF's with Adobe Scan (Student ver. on Learn At Home site)
Still Stuck and need some help??
Teachers, Staff and Administrators please check with your sites techcon first prior to sending any help requests to the district helpdesk as they are your first level of technical support. If they are still not able to resolve the problem, your techcon can submit a request on your behalf, or if you prefer, you can then send your own email requests to the specific email addresses below to submit your IT support tickets.
If you get stuck and just can't find an answer yourself, or If something is not WORKING and your techcon was unable to resolve the issue and still need assistance, submit an IT ticket to the Helpdesk: -- >
- Canvas - CanvasHelp@leonschools.net - New!!
- Teams - Teamshelp@leonschools.net - New!!
- Focus - Focushelp@leonschools.net
- Schoolwires - SchoolwiresHelp@leonschools.net - New!!
- ClassLink - ClassLink@leonschools.net - New!!
- Remind - RemindHelp@leonschools.net - New!! or also Support@Remind.com (Premier Support from Remind)
- All other general Help requests - Helpdesk@leonschools.net
We will answer you as soon as we can - we won't be able to tell if you're still in your jammies...
Techcons please submit your helpdesk requests directly through the Mojo Helpdesk and assign it to one of the specific Queues above depending on the area you are requesting elevated support assistance with.
Important - Please include the following info when making a new ticket to the helpdesk:
- First name, Last name, Email, Contact Info, , Description of issue, Affected User (Teacher/student), Username/student ID#
Please do NOT assign anything to any other Queue's than the ones above