After the success of last year's inaugural Get Your Tech On event, 600 Jeffco educators joined our Ed Tech department on January 8th, at Green Mountain High School, to get their tech on this year! This annual day of learning put technology to transform learning and Jeffco Generations Skills at center stage. Educators across the district shared how technology can support our call to transform the task and learning experience for all students. Educators engaged in tasks that used technology to increase student collaboration, communication, creativity, and critical thinking across all grade levels and subjects. The learning these 600 teachers received has the power to impact approximately 32,000 Jeffco students!
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ThankS and Appreciation
This professional learning opportunity couldn't take place without our amazing partnerships.
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GOOGLE FORMS: LOCK-DOWN MODE
GOOGLE CLASSROOM: CREATE A QUIZ IN CLASSROOM
You can now create a quiz assignment directly in Google Classroom. With a quiz assignment you can lock a quiz, import grades, see student answers and return grades. To add a quiz assignment, click your Classwork tab, click the "+ Create" button, and click "Quiz Assignment." As with all assignments in Classroom, you can decide when the assignment will be posted, make edits, reuse the quiz in another class, and add class comments.
We are familiar with the buzzwords about transforming the task, and there are real merits to those. However, if every task in every class was transformed, students would be too exhausted to learn anything. Sometimes there is a real benefit to something that is worked for years: a true formative quiz that leads to differentiated instruction. This is not a pursuit of the new and shiny. I’m not advocating silver bullets. We’re educating children, not killing werewolves. I want to introduce one Google Forms add-on that does the heavy lifting of differentiating instruction for teachers.
Just to establish some credentials, I learned more last year than I ever have about transforming the task through technology. I read Bold School, 50 Things You Can Do With Google Classroom, 50 Ways to Go Further With Google Classroom, The Google Infused Classroom, The Hyperdoc Handbook, listened to The Google Teacher Tribe, attended last year’s Google Summit, went to every (paid) professional development the Jeffco EdTech team offered last year and had 4 classes of willing sophomores each semester to experiment with. Inspired by a fellow teacher, I wrote a few grants, got my own cart, and I’ve tried a lot of the things. I’ve learned with mostly 10th-grade students, who ranged in abilities from Pre-AP classes to a higher-needs special education co-taught class. I’m not going to pretend they’re all successful. And my students were pretty familiar with telling me something was broken and having to fix it with a roomful of 15-year-olds staring at me. I’m not trying to brag, but I’ve learned to find what’s useful instead of what’s shiny.
Google Classroom: Grade book Beta Program
Shortly after winter break, Jeffco received access to the Google Classroom Grade Book beta program. You will now see a Grade tab at the top of Google Classroom. In the Grade tab, teachers can:
*Google Classroom Grade Book beta does not integrate with Campus.
Google Classroom: Organize Assignments
G Suite: Activity Dashboard
Many of you probably know that you can use Google's Revision History feature to see who has modified or edited one of your Google files. You can also use Revision History to restore an old version of a file. However, Google has released the Activity Dashboard feature that allows users to see who has last viewed a file. At the top of your file, click the Activity Dashboard icon (zig-zag arrow in the top, right-hand corner). You can also access the Activity Dashboard by clicking the Tools menu at the top of your document. The Activity Dashboard allows the user to see the most recent date and time that collaborators viewed the document, in addition to being able to check viewer trends over time. Users can turn off this feature by individual documents, or on all documents, at any time within the Activity Dashboard settings.
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