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Oct 13
Tips and Tricks - 10/13/17

Tip #1 - Online timers
Set the alarm to go off after a certain number of seconds, minutes or longer intervals. Help students take ownership of their learning by pacing themselves with focus times & short breaks!

Tip #2 - Edit PDFs with Kami!
Kami is a great option for editing PDF documents and more. Works with Google Drive and Google Classroom!


Oct 06
IT Tips and Tricks - 10/6/17

Tip #1 - Google Public Data Explorer
Google Public Data Explorer graphs a variety of public information that you can tweak for greater detail.


Tip #2 - Plickers
Looking for a way to quickly assess student learning? Remember the old days of "clickers"? Well, now there is Plickers! Watch to learn more about it here.


Sep 15
IT Tips and Tricks - 9/15/17

Tip #1 - Does your inbox often seem overwhelming?
Google allows you to choose which inbox will work  most effectively. In addition, unroll.me identifies subscription emails, then neatly lists them for users, and also gives the option to unsubscribe.


Tip #2 - Google Docs Version History (formerly Revision History) - Thanks to Jack Ganse

You now have the ability to give names to specific versions of a document. Instead of having Version History be one giant list of dates and times and changes,  you can now name certain versions of the file. When it is time to turn in the first rough draft, that version can be named “Rough Draft” in the Version History. Here’s how!


Sep 08
Tips and Tricks - 9/8/17

Tip #1 - PaperCut is now available to you This new feature allows you to print from any device to any large Ricoh printer in the district.  All you need to do is walk up to the printer, after adding your document to the PaperCut print queue, enter your employee ID and click print. For more information, watch this helpful video or view these instructions.


Tip #2 - VizLab for Educators online training course
The VizLab for Educators online training course is now available! This course provides an overview of data literacy, using data in your work, and basic navigation in VizLab. Upon successful completion of the course you will be granted access to VizLab to see your students' data. Get more information and instructions to sign up for the course at vizlab.bvsd.org!


Aug 11
IT Tips and Tricks - 8/10/17

Tip #1 - Make a call with wifi calling
With Wi-Fi Calling, you can place a phone call if you have a Wi-Fi connection in an area with little or no cellular coverage, i.e. a school building! Here are the directions to set up wifi calling for an iPhone or an Android.
Important note: Not all Wi-Fi networks work with Wi-Fi Calling.

Tip #2 - Clearing browser history (Tip by Kay Davidson, Chemistry teacher and 1:Web TOSA @ Broomfield)
Another tool for fixing CB related issues- Check out Kay's brief blog and screencast for this high leverage fix!


May 19
IT Tips and Tricks - 5/19/17

Tip #1 - WeVideo
Trying to provide more hands-on & creative assignments and projects for your students? Do you like to create screencasts of lessons for your students to access outside of class? WeVideo is a cloud-based, Chromebook compatible, easy-to-use collaborative video editing program that works on any device. It is available in BVSD for grades 2-12.

Tip #2 - Excellent Resource for App Recommendations
Looking for great app recommendations with thorough testing and reviews to back them up? The Sweet Setup is the site for you!


May 12
IT Tips and Tricks - 5/12/17

Tip #1 - Internet Librarian
Gigantic resource gives quick, easy access to tens of thousands of websites on everything from health to sports news to product reviews to free Internet ad blockers.

Tip #2 - BrainPop
Brainpop instituted a change on May 1st that discontinued the BVSD district generic password and username for access to BrainPop. Check out this page to access the NEW password specific for your school. (You will need to login to access the spreadsheet.) 


May 05
IT Tips and Tricks - 5/5/17

Tip #1 - Master List of Google Expeditions for Google Cardboard
This spreadsheet contains an updated list of all available Google Expeditions for use with Google Cardboard, as well as lesson plans when available.

Tip #2 - Innovate@BVSD
Looking for two-days of amazing IT Tips & Tricks? Join us at Innovate@BVSD--a two-day event on June 7th & 8th focused on learning, furniture, tools and ideas for you to use in the classroom and beyond! Featuring keynote speakers, BVSD educators sharing insight and energy around innovative teaching and learning and more! Sign up in MyPassport (code: 16666) and share this event with fellow educators!


Apr 28
IT Tips and Tricks - 4/28/17

Tip #1 - Google Fusion Tables
Who doesn’t want to get more out of the data they’re working with? Google Fusion Tables gives you new ways to gather and look at your data, including merging it with other sources and easily sharing for seamless collaboration.

GoogleFusionTablesLifehack

Tip #2 - EquatIO
If you love Google Read and Write from Text Help, then prepare to be amazed by the math version EquatIO! EquatIO is our newest Chrome Extension that enables students and teachers to type, dictate, or handwrite any mathematical expression quickly and easily into Google Docs and Google Forms. Check out this video for a demo and Eric Curts' blog for a more indepth review. 


Apr 21
IT Tips and Tricks - 4/21/17

Tip #1 - Timely information
Holiday calendars...calendars for past, present, and future years...countdowns to specific dates...sunrise/sunset/moonrise/moonset calculators...time zones...etc  

Tip #2 - Google Earth for Chrome!
Google Earth relaunched this week as a web-based service specifically designed for Google Chrome (so, yes, it is now available on Chromebooks!) Some important features to note: New site lets people get a close-up look of the planet from  their computers, smartphones or tablets
New-look Google Earth enables its users to take guided tours of iconic sites and far-flung corners of the globe. There is also a newly installed 'Feeling Lucky?' feature to let users see 3D views of the world's hidden gems. The new Google Earth is available now on Chrome or on Android. It will arrive on iOS devices later this year

Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4421292/Google-Earth-relaunches-today-stunning-detail.html#ixzz4ed21igRO


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