Instructional Technology Newsletter March 2019

Schoology tip

Prevent STUDENTS from JUMPING AHEAD to the final task without getting through the necessary content.

Try using ...Student completion rules!

Student completion rules allow teachers to create a folder and set the order and rules for completing each task. Students must complete specified tasks before moving ahead. This is a great tool for independent work and accountability, while also letting students move at their own pace. Use of this feature is excellent for beginning to blend aspects of your course, freeing the teacher to provide individual in person support. *Use of this feature will remove due dates from assignments. Once the class has completed tasks putting in due dates is advised. Without a due date assignments default to the last day of the marking period to show up in eSchool.

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Freshen up formative assessment with NEW...

Gimkit = if Kahoot and Quizlet had a baby

(ideal for middle school and beyond)

Gimkit is a game show for the classroom that requires knowledge, collaboration, and strategy to win. Students answer questions on their own device at their own pace. Throughout a Kit, each student will get exposure to the questions multiple times to ensure mastery. Students earn in-game cash by answering questions correctly. Students can reinvest their money by purchasing upgrades & powerups. After every game, Gimkit generates a report detailing what your class needs help on. Individual reports allow you to help specific students. Import any of the existing 200 million Quizlet sets with only a few clicks or search and reuse Kits made by other Gimkit users. Its much easier to use than it sounds. Free -version comes with 5 kits.

Study Jams - By Scholastic

Introduce and reinforce math & science topics with videos, slideshows, step-by-step tutorials, and other engaging activities - All FREE!

StudyJams! is a great tool to complement your existing lesson plans and teach students using material that's grade-appropriate. Developed specifically for students in grades 3–6, the content covers more than 200 math and science for those grades.

Epic Books


Free for teachers and students alike to use in school (home access for students does cost money). This is an amazing resource for kids to have access to digital versions of over 35,000 books organized in a variety of categories. Easy setup, uses class code similar to G.Classroom for students to access.


the screencastify extension allows you or students to record and narrate slide presentations or anything else on your screen to be shared with others. Easy to use & free!

It's not new but it is great! Screencastify is a Chrome extension allows you to record anything on your screen while you narrate. The video is automatically placed in a self created folder in Google Drive and can be shared with others or posted on a website, Schoology, or anywhere you can link a url. These videos can even be turned into unlisted youtube videos for convenient use with other programs.

For teachers: This tool give you the opportunity to create videos modeling how to complete a task, complex directions, as well as present and record lesson content for students to revisit for review or if they were absent from class.

For Students: This tool allows students practice their speaking and presentation skills while recording narrations of their academic content found on the computer. Ask students to record themselves narrating their Google slides presentations, or how they analyzed a piece of text or problem to find an answer. Students then have the ability to share that linked video with other classmates or their teacher. Sharing a video narration of a presentation or problem solving activity is far more enagaging than simply sharing the G. Slides or doc itself.



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