While we were all enjoying some fun in the sun, vendors were making upgrades to some of our favorite Jeffco Digital Tools. From new functionality in Screencastify to a whole new facelift in Actively Learn, some incredible changes have taken place over the summer. Read below to get the "What's New" with our Jeffco Tier 1 Supported Tools.
Read & Write PDF Reader Is now OrbitDoc
Here is some information about Read & Write. The PDF Reader that is a part of the Read & Write extension pack has changed to OrbitDoc. The old PDF Reader extension looked like a bird, now it looks like an Orbit! OrbitDoc is still an extension but it also a progressive web application now as well.
Click below for more information:
READ&WRITE'S ORBITDOC PDF EDITOR AND GOOGLE CLASSROOM/SCHOOLOGY
You can annotate PDFs using Read & Write's PDF extension and web-based application called OrbitDoc. These PDFs can be distributed via Google Classroom and Schoology so that students can easily mark up their own copies or work together to annotate a single PDF.
Google Classroom Directions
Here is what the new extension looks like. We pushed it to all users in Jeffco. If you are using a Chromebook-it will automatically be there. If you are using a laptop or desktop, you will need to go to the Chrome Webstore to add it, or use the web version. Make sure you are logged into chrome and Google with your @jeffcoschools.us
You can now access viewer analytics in Screencastify. It is so exciting that now you can see exactly who has watched your video. Visit the Help Site to find out how you can do this with any video made in Screencastify.
There is a new Blur Tool in Screencastify. Use this to obscure private or sensitive information like student ID numbers, grades, or personal information can now be hidden. If educators have recorded a video meeting with student faces, the blur tool ensures privacy
There are video captions in Screencastify. You can now add and edit captions. Teachers can automatically create a transcription of a video’s audio and speech Students can video the captions on the Watch Page (or teachers can upload the captions file to Drive)
Actively Learn has complete curriculum units for ELA, science, and social studies; new culminating activities and assessments; new question types; and a design upgrade. Some of the great, new content they've adding includes:
There are also new question types like matching and drawing items embedded in lessons that will offer a more interactive experience and allow students to demonstrate their understanding in more rigorous ways. Read more here.
In addition to being able to import any Internet article, Google Doc, PDF, and video, teachers can now import Google Slides into Actively Learn to provide students with an engaging, interactive lesson experience.
Book Creator has some new analytics and remixing. Previously, one of the things missing from the publishing process was that teachers would come across great books online but not be able to download them, only read them. From now on, you’ll be able to add books to your library with a simple click! Read more here
Book Creator has teamed up with Common Sense Education to bring you new resources! These books form part of the excellent Digital Citizenship Curriculum on the Common Sense Education website, and they are available to add to your library in Book Creator. Fine out how here.