Join Randall Black each week as he shares quick and simple EdTech tips for educators across a spectrum of operating systems, devices, and more to make their job easier. Because we should all be working smarter; not harder.
As educators we often encounter those times when multiple students across the classroom have their hand up waiting for assistance. It is extremely hard at times to keep track of whose hand went up first or even what order they all went up over all. ClassroomQ is a product that helps to eliminate this problem from your classroom.
REPLAY: Flipgrid Do’s and Don’ts
Flipgrid has published a list of Do’s and Don’ts for getting started using Flipgrid in your classroom.
* Do follow your school policies around using the application and sharing with other schools
* Do clean up the student content when you no longer need it or if you leave your school mid-year.
* Do be sure to collect consent forms from all students before onboarding them on the platform, completed by parents/guardians.
* Do comply with any student requests to take down Flipgrid content.
* Do let students know that the tool is for educational purposes only.
* Don’t share student information outside the classroom or the school.
* Don’t use Flipgrid to request students to buy things (for example, don’t encourage them to use Amazon to buy a book or download a paid app).
REPLAY: Social Media Dos and Don’ts for Educators
If you are looking to enhance your classroom experience for your students through social media, here are some quick dos and don’ts in that practice:
* Do use separate personal and professional social media accounts. Putting a boundary between school and personal life is good for your career and less stress on you.
* Do make sure you have strict privacy settings and review those settings frequently. Especially if you use one social media account per site.
* Don’t say anything on your social media profile that you wouldn’t say in class.
* Don’t get too chatty with students on your professional profile. This may confuse students into thinking you’re available 24/7 for this, that and the other. Be available, but keep it professional.
* Don’t share too much. Personal pictures from your weekend have no business being on your professional profile.
Social Media Guidelines for Teachers from Concordia University – Portland
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Big shoutout to Chris Nesi and the House of #EdTech for sharing IM Creator on episode #131 of his show.
Fix OneNote Class Notebook Permissions
If you use Microsoft’s OneNote Class Notebook with your students and have encountered issues with the section permissions there is a simple fix for that. Mike Tholfsen (@mtholfsen) recently shared a link (see his Tweet here) that will allow you to quickly, and easily fix those permissions with the click of a button.
Simply head out to https://onenote.com/classnotebook/notebook-fix. Once you’re there and logged in with your Office 365 credentials, the site will load a list of Class Notebooks you have created or are the co-owner on. Simply press the purple “Fix Permissions” button and Microsoft will take care of the rest.
Auto-Save with OneDrive
Microsoft has created a new feature in OneDrive as a part of Windows 10. Auto-Save allows you to automatically redirect your documents, pictures, and desktop folders of your user profile to the cloud in OneDrive.
It is easy to setup. Simply right-click on your OneDrive sync icon in the taskbar and choose settings. You’re looking for a tab called “Auto-Save.” Click on it and setup your file redirections and your important items will be moved and backed up safely in the cloud.