Browse Month: January 2017

January 13 OTMS Tech Newsletter

New features were recently added to Google Classroom

  • The ability to assign work to individual students or groups of students (differentiation)
  • New email notifications for work submitted after the due date and re-submitted work
  • Improvements to integrations between Classroom and non-Google web tools

EDpuzzle helps teachers customize video content for their classrooms by giving them an easy way to edit video clips, add voice overs, and embed questions. Teachers can assign a video to a set of students and track students’ viewing history and quiz results.  EdPuzzle integrates with YouTube and Khan Academy and easily allows you to search for and annotate these videos with audio, comments, and quizzes. EdPuzzle supports Google sign-in and integrates with Google Classroom.

There are still district licenses available for Nearpod.  Nearpod is an online presentation, blended learning, and assessment tool. Nearpod sessions can be teacher-led or assigned to students for independent or collaborate completion.  Assessment data is shown immediately to the teacher and saved in a printable report.  Fort Osage has purchased a district license to Nearpod which provides access to all Nearpod features and question types, along with a district library to facilitate the sharing of Nearpod presentations/assessment.  Contact me if you are interested in learning more about Nearpod or getting a district Nearpod license.

January 9 OTMS Tech Newsletter

EasyBib has changed their privacy settings and student accounts using the @student.fortosage.net Google sign-in will no longer work.  Students can create an account using EasyBibEDU by following these steps:

  1. Go to https://edu.easybib.com/auth/register/osagemsmo or click the EasyBibEDU Registration OTMS link in Clever
  2. Create a unique username that does not contain any identifiable information
  3. Create a password
  4. Use https://edu.easybib.com/auth/login or the EasyBibEDU Login link in Clever to login to EasyBibEDU in the future

If you prefer to share a video with your students, I have created a two-minute screencast that walks through these steps. Teachers can still log in to EasyBib with Google.  I have the ability to reset student EasyBibEDU passwords if they forget a password.

For the next few weeks, I will be sharing some “tried and true” web tools.  Although some of you are already using these tools, they are worth sharing again–either as a reminder or as an introduction to those who are unfamiliar with the tool.  These tools are linked on the OTMS Instructional Technology Resources site.

Actively Learn allows you to annotate and assign texts to classes of students.  Students can create accounts with their Google login and join your classes with a class code.  After you import a text (as a Google Doc or PDF), you can insert questions, notes, or links anywhere within the text.  Students must answer questions inserted in the text before they can move ahead to the next section of text.   Additional resources are available in their blog, resources page, and help center.

NewsELA is a familiar tool to many of us that contains news and current event articles at a variety of reading levels.  Each article is rewritten in five reading levels, allowing the whole class to read the same article (at different levels) and participate in the same follow-up activities. NewsELA supports Google sign-in and integrates with Google Classroom.


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