Instructional Technology Newsletter October 2018

Schoology Tips!

Using rubrics to easily grade open ended assignments!

You can create a custom rubric in the grade setup area of a course or create rubrics in your resources and copy them to any course you administer.

Need to put a grade into schoology for something that cannot or shouldn't be a digitized assignment?

Create a grading Column!

With this feature you can input a grade into Schoology without a digital file that students need to interact with. An example could be a grade for a lab activity that doesn't need digital interaction with a file, an art project, a paper and pencil test or any other instance in which you would like a grade for an activity without an assignment or task students need to interact with.

Once you have done this you can go to the gradebook and simply enter the grade for each student.


Parent access and the mobile app will only be enabled for the 19-20 school year. Parents should continue to use HAC to access grades until that time. Schoology will be our platform for delivering instruction in the 19-20 for NMS & SV.

Digital tools for supporting Marzano #4

Digital tools for informal assessements of the whole class

When it comes to quick informal assessments of the whole class technology can be a big help! There are many choices for informal or formative assessment. Some classics like Kahoot have been around for a while but their staying power has demonstrated their effectiveness. Click the links below to see some tried and true informal assessment options as well as some you may not be familiar with.

NEw: Google's Virtual Reality tour creator

No glasses or carboard required

Imagine being able to use all the Google Street View and other 360 degree images to create a virtual tours of any location or locations from around the world. Students or teachers can create and share these tours via URL link. This would be an excellent resource for social studies, ELA when relating to setting within a certain region, or even studying Pennsylvania at the elementary level. Students could even create VR tours of their own experiences and places they have traveled.

Turn any news article into a lesson with insert learning

InsertLearning, formerly called DocentEDU, is an extension you add to your and students Chrome browser. Once it’s there, turning any web page into a lesson can be done in minutes. You start with a web page of any kind, then highlight text, add notes, and embed your own questions—either multiple-choice or open-ended—that students answer right on the page. You can also embed other content like YouTube videos, images, mind maps, etc.

This video is fast paced to give you the idea of how this works. It is easy to use but some setup is required. You do not need Google Classroom to use this, articles can be shared via URL.

Create a desktop shortcut to frequently used google files!


Elementary teachers can create a shortcut to their Google Classroom using the same process!

The 4c's and digital Learning

In the link below Kasey Bell discusses her digital learning menu for the 4C's.

GUide: Twitter for teachers

Many of us have Tweeted, but if you are new to Twitter and woud like additional background information about how to use Twitter effectively, common hashtags for education and more, click the link below. This is an excellent and comprehensive article (including video clips) from a Google Innovator, author, education expert and keynote speaker, Matt Miller. If you are new to Twitter or would like a more solid foundation of expertise take a look!

Getting google certified?

Please use the button below to let me know if you are working on Google Certification for differentiated supervision or on your own. This will help me get an accurate district count of those getting certified as well as support you with bootcamp materials, reimbursment, as well as and tips and tricks along the way. Many of you have already used this form to let me know. You only need to submit via the form once. Thank you.

What tech are you working with that has been an asset to instruction?

If there is a tip or trick or a program that is working well for you please share it with me and I would be happy to inlcude it in upcoming newsletters. We can create a video of what you do or simply a quote about the tech and how you use it, your choice. Please help others learn from what has worked well with your students.

Thank You

If anyone would like training with any of the items described above or anything else tech related please email me.

cgorniok@pdsd.org X8318 @CgorniokEdTech on Twitter

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