IMPORTANT Testing Preparation Information
This year all EOCs and NCFEs will use the NCTest Chrome browser add on. All students will also need to be logged in by the teacher using the testing login. In preparation for the exam, staff will be doing a testing run tutorial on Tuesday before exams. Below you will find the instructions to add Chrome, the NCTest add on, and the necessary trackpad settings to ensure a smooth testing period for all.
**If a laptop will not login as the testing login, please restart it and try again. If that does not work, please send the laptop down to the Help Desk with the student so that it can be added.
Digital Citizenship Curriculum
This summer the District recognized the need for educating students about Digital Citizenship and created a team to harvest lessons from Common Sense Media curriculum and create a set of Digital Citizenship lessons for each grade level. We will use CATS time to focus on this with our Students. There are 18 lessons for each grade level.
We have created a Schoology Group to share the material with you. I'm sharing the exact lessons that were shared with me PLUS a **BONUS file. Many of these lessons were designed for longer blocks of time. In order to make it a little easier to present during your CATS, we have annotated over the original lesson plan to HIGHLIGHT some of the more important activities and/or add in additional link info. This **Bonus file also carries the following tag line - Key elements highlighted for use in a shorter class period and the **BONUS file has been moved to the TOP of the Resources list in each lesson folder.
** We have not completed all of the annotated files. That's why some of the folders are colored and some are not. We'll continue to add a few each week until all are complete.
Digital Citizenship Lessons will be taught during CATS on the following dates:
How Do I GET thee Digital Citizenship Curriculum?
Schoology to PowerSchool Sync - Setting Up Grades
Watch the Video and pause when necessary. The video will show how to setup your grades in Powerschool, in Schoology, and how to sync grades from Schoology to PowerSchool.
Just the Facts - Vital NEW Info for the 2015-16 School Year
Watch the Video. Before watching, get comfortable. It's about 9 minutes long of ALL the NEW tech STUFF you REALLY need to know. Remember since it's a video, you can PAUSE as needed. You don't have to take notes unless you really want to. A pdf version of the slides is attached.
Stuff you REALLY must do after watching:
Schoology is the new learning management system that the RSSS District is adopting. Schoology provides a place for course delivery and communication between teachers, students, and parents. The first session of Schoology training will be March 10, 2015. If you would like to skip the face to face training session and still earn the credit, you may opt to earn the badges below. Please be sure to click on the link to claim your badges. Badges 1-6 will need to be completed prior to Tuesday, March 10th in order to skip the first training session.
Hint: You can take screenshots for your evidence using Command + Shift +4.
Discovery Education: SOS Strategies are Coming!
What are some great ways to use Discovery Education resources to engage students in the classroom? Check out the teaching strategies on the Discovery Education SOS Blog on the link below.
A Day in the Life of the Help Desk: Adware Medic is a Must!
At our PD this week we will be looking at common issues that we are seeing at the Student Help Desk. There will be 3 centers with the following topics.
All of the centers will give valuable information that will help you and your students tackle technology issues in the classroom. Below are some links and files from the training.
Your Mission: Use any of the techniques that you learn in your classroom.
NCTest for EOC
Students taking EOCs online will need to have NCTest installed on their laptops. They can login to Self Service to do that. Below is a slideshow that will walk students through logging into Self Service, downloading NCTest, and changing the screensaver setting. All of these steps will need to be completed before final exams.
SmackDown: Tons of New Resources
Discovery Education Searches
Discovery Education Assignments
Resources from Carson Smackdown
Schoology Instructor's Guide
Weebly for Education
Need some ideas/resources/sites to utilize in your classroom? Check out the Carson Smackdown Symbaloo. The webmix was created from all of the teachers willing to share awesome sites and tools that are fostering learning in the classrooms at JCHS. Check them out!
Your Mission: Use/explore one of the tools in your classroom.
Discovery Education Searches
How do I login to Discovery Education? Teachers can login with their ID number and email password. You can search for resources with keywords, by media, or you can search streaming plus. Streaming Plus has activities and media for all departments that can be used as warmups, for analysis, or research. The following video will show how to do searches if you need further help.
Discovery Education Assignment Builder
Need help with creating an assignment in Discovery Education? The following video will walk you through the steps to create.
Your Mission: Create an assignment using the Assignment Builder and assign it to your students.
Weebly for Education
Weebly for Education is a great place to create your own website for your students. It is free, easy to use, designed specifically for teachers and students, and there are no ads (such a plus). You can post assignments, links, resources for your students and/or parents, and, of course, contact information. In addition, the students are not required to login to access any of the information posted on your site. Below you will find a Weebly handout with step-by-step instructions to get you started and a link to the Weebly for Education Companion Site with tons of helpful hints and ideas.
Your Mission: Create a Weebly for your class or classes. Post assignments, resources, blogs, links, and any items for students and parents.