We have some new students joining us in the Elementary School, along with some students finishing up at ISB, so now is the time when teachers will need to update their Reading A-Z (RAZ) class rosters. It is quite simple to do, here is a brief run through in case you’re unsure:
- Log in to Kids A-Z
- Hover over “My Classroom”
- To remove a student from your class, click on “Class Roster”, select the student and click “remove”
- To add a student to your roster, click on “Add Students”, add the names and create passwords. If you are using RAZ Plus, here is where you can set the default level based on student age & year level.
As always, please be in touch with Bec or I if there is anything we can do to help.
It’s important to organise the information we share through our blogs to allow users to effectively access previous posts. Two ways to do this are through categories and tags – but what are they? How are categories and tags different and why should we use them? In the following video, Bec shares the different ways categories and tags make it easier to organise your blog’s content.
In last Monday’s TLT, Bec and Clint showed us how to use Scheduling Assistant in Outlook to book a meeting. It is still a bit tricky when making a time with teachers, as class times do not currently feature in calendars, however, this is our recommended method for making a time to meet with specialists… such as Bec and I!
The ES are doing great things in Seesaw, including lots of student, teacher and parent activity. There are a range of different settings you can explore to find ways to customise the Seesaw experience to your class or grade level. In the following video, I’ll show you how to:
- Add specialist and co-teachers to class journals
- Edit students’ preferred names & icons
- Add parents & allow parent access
- Add/edit folders & skills
- Allow student comments & “likes”
We will continue to add Seesaw resources to the Ed Tech blog. In the meantime, please let Bec and myself know anytime you have a question or celebration around Seesaw or if there is another resource you think would benefit the school.
The following tutorial steps students through setting up a Story for a specific class in DX. Stories can only be set up by students and shared within your class. Sharing can be between you and the student, the student and selected students or between the student and the entire class. Content that can be shared using a story includes text, images, video, audio and other files linked from OneDrive.
How can I use DX Stories in my class?
- Stories can be useful when established as a journal, updated regularly by the student.
- They can be used as a way to collect and share ideas with the class.
- They can be used as way to receive feedback from the class when making decisions about a topic for further investigation.
- Digital storytelling
This tutorial will step you through recording your voice, using GarageBand, and adding loops for background music and sound effects.
How can I integrate Podcasts in the Classroom?
Here are some specific ideas for integrating audio recording into your curriculum:
- Students interview relatives about their life stories, and then combine the audio interview with family photos in a video project.
- Students write a radio drama based on a historical event and incorporate sound effects and music to enhance the story.
- Learn about different provinces in China by interviewing locals. Record the interview and then create a digital album showcasing that province.
- Students create an advertising campaign to highlight a current event in a persuasive manner.
- Write and record short stories and add music and sound effects.
- Teacher records a tutorial that students listen to on their own – share via DX and invite students to reflect on their learning in a discussion forum.
- Present a piece of writing as a class radio drama or a poetry slam.
- Teacher records and broadcasts group discussions – share with other classes discussing similar topics.
- Teachers might record students reading a story as a fluency assessment, or as a foreign language pronunciation activity. Students listen to their recording and self assess.
- On a field trip, students use an iPhone or iPad with voice recorder app to take notes and photos. They then create a guided tour using iMovie.
Time Machine is a great backup tool but it can cause some challenges when you leave ISB and want to move your files to a new Mac. This is because our ISB laptops are closely tied to our ISB systems. They work great when your are here but you don’t want your new laptop checking in with ISB’s servers when you’re on the other side of the planet!
This tutorial shows how to move the files you need from a Time Machine Backup to a new computer without getting the files that will tie it to ISB’s servers.
Note: This tutorial assumes you have already started up your new laptop and have an account. If you haven’t, do that now before going on to the rest of this tutorial.
Step 1: Open the external hard drive that houses the Time Machine backup folder (Backups.backupdb)
Step 2: Open Backups.backupdb and navigate to the Latest folder.
Step 3: Drill down to find your Users folder. (Have a look at the picture to see how I drilled down to Mr. Hamada’s User folder.) Leave this window open.
Step 4: Open a new Finder window. From the Go menu choose Home to open your Home folder on your new Mac. Position the two open windows side-by-side so you can see them both.
Step 5: On the Time Machine drive open the Desktop folder. Select all the files in the folder and copy them to to the Desktop folder on the new laptop. Repeat this for the rest of the folders in your User folder.
Note Do not copy programs from the Applications folder to your new Mac. Your new Mac should have the most up-to-date version of all the software already on it. If you find you need an app that didn’t come with your new computer, it’s best to download a new copy from the internet.
Podcasting is a pretty fun activity and GarageBand is a great tool for recording your podcasts. Here are three video tutorials to help you get started making a podcast using Garageband.
- Create empty project
- get rid of: 1234 (countdown and metranome), swap timer
- If you make an error count 3 seconds and then go back to the beginning of the sentence with the error and keep going.
- When you go to edit, look for the long gaps. Listen to the recording on either side of the gap to see if there’s an error to delete.
- Make sure you have clicked “track” in the lower left hand corner to be able to select and delete sound bites.
- Record in a quiet place.
- Speak up and read with expression. Don’t rush.
Exporting Your Podcast
- Remember to save frequently
- Go to “Share” menu
- Export song to disk
- Decide where to save the file.
- Choose settings: MP3, Medium Quality
- Click export
Every student at ISB has their own school WordPress blog account. WordPress is a powerful publishing platform for the classroom and both students and teachers can use for class projects, photos, multimedia and much more. The blogs are open to the world, which means not just teachers and parents can go through your blogs, so remember to keep personal information private (not on blog).
How to setup your school blog
AirServer is the most advanced AirPlay receiver for Mac and PC.
On Mac, It allows you to receive AirPlay feeds, similar to an Apple TV, so you can stream content or Mirror your display from your iOS devices or Macs (with built-in mirroring functionality) running Mountain Lion or newer.
Installation & Setup
- How do I install AirServer?
- Download AirServer and run the installer.
- In the AirServer Activation window, enter your activation code.
- Go to ICT office for the activation code.
- Click Activate. AirServer is now ready to use.
- No window will open on your computer until you begin streaming or mirroring content to AirServer.
If you experience any errors with your installation or activation, please ask for help from ICT
2. Change your Airplay display name and set password on AirServer.
You will need to change your Airplay display name to make it easier to find your laptop. When AirServer is running on your computer, it will be listed on all iOS devices connected to the same network. Anyone who can see your computer will be able to stream to AirServer unless you enable your password settings.
- Click the AirServer icon on the menu bar of your screen, choose Preferences from the drop menu.
- In the “General” tab enter a new computer name.
- Select “Fixed Password”. Enter a password of your choosing.
- Click on the Rebroadcast Services tab in the AirServer Icon
Anyone who tries to connect to AirServer would be prompted to enter the password. Without the correct password, they will not be able to stream or mirror to AirServer.
- Device does not discover or connect to my computer
First, make sure that your iOS device and your computer running AirServer are on the same network.
Try turning off the WiFi on your iOS device for 5 seconds and then turn it back on.
If this does not fix the issue try powering off your iOS device, wait for 5 seconds and then turn it back on.
This is a common iOS issue and it is always good to restart your iOS device regularly.
- Mirroring lag or a choppy connection
Choppy connections are due to sub-optimal network conditions. Here are some things you can try to improve mirroring performance:
- If your computer uses WiFi, make sure that it is receiving good WiFi signal. Alternatively try connecting your computer to the network using an ethernet cable.
- Make sure that your iOS device shows at-least 2 out of 3 bars of WiFi signal strength.
- If you are using non-Apple bluetooth devices with your computer, they could be interfering with the Wireless connection and causing lags. Try turning off all bluetooth devices that aren’t from Apple.
- Try changing the mirroring optimization (under the mirroring tab) to 720p and mirror again. If AirServer is projecting on a display which is 1080p (or larger), and mirroring optimization is set for “Any Device – Recommended,” then AirServer will automatically negotiate 1080p mirroring resolution which looks very sharp but may cause slowness on sub-optimal networks.
- For even better performance, but lower quality, select the “slow network” option under the mirroring tab. Then mirror again. This will lower the mirroring quality but lower the network usage by up to 4 times.