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Feb 23
IT Tips and Tricks - 2/23/18

Tip #1 - Bookmarks Bar Switcher Extension
Love bookmarking sites? Need to organize them better? Check out this extension that allows you to switch between different bookmark bars!

Tip #2 - How to Get New Mail Notifications for Gmail
Don't miss the urgent email or chat in Gmail. Here's how to get desktop notifications from your browser even when you're not looking at Gmail.

Feb 16
IT Tips and Tricks - 2/16/18

Tip #1 - BrainPOP
BrainPOP has recently integrated with Newsela to help you coordinate your BrainPOP lessons with quality, leveled articles. In addition, your students can now make your own movies through BrainPOP's Make-a-Movie feature. Learn more about these two new BrainPOP features in this tutorial.

Tip #2 - Search within a folder in Google Drive
You can now search for content in a specific folder in Google Drive. Select the drop-down in the search bar and choose the folder you want from the Location menu, or right-click on a folder and search within that folder. Only folders that are within your My Drive or within Team Drives can be searched; if you have a folder that is shared with you, first add the folder to your My Drive.

Feb 09
IT Tips and Tricks - 2/9/18

Tip #1 - Free Online Photo Editor
Use lunaPic to add all sorts of cool photo, sketch and paint effects to your images. Just click the Browse icon within the image on the main page to upload your photo.

Tip #2 - Announcing the IT Open House!

What: IT Open House--Join the BVSD IT department for an afternoon of learning about IT Services!

  • Meet the people behind the emails, calls and programming that impact your school and classrooms.

  • Learn about Internet to the homes of students in need through the ConnectME (My Education) program.

  • Join Ed Tech and check out the new innovation tools, maker kits, and more!

  • Join the IT PMO team and work on a project of your very own.

  • Have a question on your Chromebook or laptop? Bring it and we will provide the answers.

When: February 27th from 4:00-5:30 pm

Who: All BVSD staff!

Why: An opportunity to come and interact with IT, learn about all we have to offer, and get inspired!

First 50 attendees will receive an awesome SWAG bag!  Also, AMAZING RAFFLE PRIZES (including a trip to InnEdCO Annual Conference in June 2018).  

Optional - RSVP here for this event!

Feb 02
IT Tips and Tricks - 2/2/18

Tip #1 - Pear Deck Add-on for Google Slides
Are you looking for a way to seamlessly integrate Google Slides with Pear Deck? Now you can, using the Pear Deck add-on for Google Slides. Build instant interactivity and formative assessment slides into your slide deck and present with Pear Deck to collect data from your students. Watch our tutorial to learn how!

Tip #2 - Doodle for Google content is now open
It’s time to put your students' imaginations to work, because the Doodle 4 Google contest is now open. This year’s contest is open to K-12 students until March 2 with the theme “What inspires you?" We’ll feature the winning doodle on the Google homepage! Prizes include college scholarships, a behind the scenes experience with the Google Doodle team, and a $50,000 Google for Education technology package for the winner’s school. Submit your doodles here.

Jan 26
IT Tips and Tricks - 1/26/18

Tip #1 - WeVideo
Trying to provide more hands-on & creative assignments and projects for your students or 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. Check out the WeVideo in BVSD website for more information.

Tip #2 - Boulder Valley takes methodical approach to student data privacy
BVSD is among 13 districts nationwide to have earned CoSN's Trusted Learning Environment seal. Click here to read more.

Jan 19
IT Tips and Tricks - 1/19/18

Tip # 1 - The IPEVO Presenter and IPEVO Whiteboard apps can now be launched from the Google Apps Launcher!

  • In order to launch them on a Chromebook, click on the small white circle in the lower left corner of your Chromebook, then click on the icon corresponding to the app you would like to open.

  • From a PC or Mac, open a Google Chrome window and click on “Apps” in the upper left corner. If you have several other apps, you may need to scroll to the second or third page to find the IPEVO apps.

These apps are designed to be used with the new document cameras, but they can also be used with regular webcams. For more information on how to use the apps, please see the IPEVO Presenter and IPEVO Whiteboard tutorials or check out their full YouTube channel.

Tip #2 - A bit more on the Schoology Kiosk app

Tip #3 - Learn what's new in Google Calendar
Google Calendar has a new look, with a number of new event, calendar view, and settings features to help you manage your time more efficiently and get stuff done. Here are some highlights.

Jan 12
IT Tips and Tricks - 1/12/18

Tip #1 - Schoology Kiosk app
The Schoology Kiosk app allows students to sign on to Schoology and take exams in a kiosk or closed environment. Here are some important things to know:

  • The Kiosk App will launch Schoology into its own restricted window environment, which can be used for assessments or other situations where users need to stay within the LMS.

  • This app will not work with any external pop-up windows, so all content must be embedded and not linked to external sites that would require additional tabs or navigation.

  • Basic buttons are included for limited navigation (back, forward, home, refresh).  

Choosing Log Out will close the Kiosk app and return the Chromebook to the login screen.

Tip #2 - Google Sites
Plain and simple: a streamlined way to build a website from scratch – or from pre-existing templates. Build one for your growing company, for your family, or for just because. It’s that easy.

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Jan 05
IT Tips and Tricks - 1/5/18

Tip #1 - Online Molecule Models
Studying chemistry? Check out these interactive, 3-D models to visualize different molecules!

Tip #2 - Insert an Image Inline in Gmail
Instead of just attaching pictures, you want them to appear intermingled with your text? Here's how to insert an image inline into a message you are composing in Gmail.

Jan 03
IT Tips and Tricks - 12/29/17

Tip #1 - How to Pick Recipients from Your Address Book in Gmail
Choose To:, Cc: and Bcc: recipients comfortably from your Gmail address book when composing a new message or email reply.

Tip #2 - Data Privacy Blog

Student data privacy is a responsibility for all of us. Stay up to date by reading the latest CIO blog, outlining next steps now that the Board of Education has adopted our first student data privacy policy.

Jan 03
IT Tips and Tricks - 12/22/17

Tip #1 - Marinara: Pomodoro Assistant
Do your students (and you) need help with time management? Check out this Chrome extension to help scaffold focus time and break time on your device using the research based Pomodoro Method!

Tip #2 - ConnectME Blog
As the digital world continues to grow, not being connected to the internet can create an opportunity gap for our students in the most need. Please read this blog about our efforts to solve this digital divide with a unique pilot called ConnectME or Connect My Education.

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