Digital Learning Newsletter April 2020 by Jordan District Digital Learning Specialists

Screencasting Tips

Many of us have tried screencasting for the very first time during our Online Learning adventure. Here are some tips that will help make your screencasts easier and better.

1. Prepare yourself and your screen- Open only that app or the tabs you need. Clean up your desktop. Write a script or outline. Practice. Remember, you are modeling good digital citizenship with your students.

2. Prepare your environment- Make sure it is quiet. Use a good mic. Headphones with a built in mic are fine. Do a test to make sure everything works.

3. Record- Keep it short. Most people lose attention around 3-4 minutes. Speak slowly. Don't be afraid to pause your recording if something will take time to do, people don't need to watch you fill out a form.

4. Final tips- Start by telling people what you will cover. Don't stress small mistakes. Edit out big mistakes by pausing while recording and then starting where you messed up. Recap what you covered.

Remember, you can do this!

What Screencast Tool should I use?

There are a lot of options out there. To decide what is best for you, you need to decide what you need. Do you plan to screencast a lot? Is it easier if it saves to your Drive? Do you have a way to edit your video outside of your recorder? Cost?

Here is a list of Screencasting tools with their information as of January to help you decide what is best for you.

Wide Open Schools

I know you have been inundated with a lot of resources and cool new apps. But this one is worth checking out.

This is what Common Sense Media says: "Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense. There is so much good happening, and we are here to gather great stuff and organize it so teachers and families can easily find it and plan each day."

Geared for teachers and families and all age groups

Google Tips

There are so many ways that you can use your Google Apps for Education in your classroom. Among these "tips" are keyboard shortcuts, productivity hacks, collaboration tools, "hacks" for your Google Drive, and so much more. Check out this article for a variety of tips to help you make using Google apps that much better.

More Resources

The District Consultants and Digital Learning Specialists have been compiling a list of resources that you can use right now! Many of these tools are Premium tools that are available for free until June.

BYU has 152 Blended Learning Courses on Canvas that you can use with students in grades 7-12. Open Commons (1), Click on the filter (2), and select BYU Independent Study Blended Resources. You can refine your search by including grade and subject area.

We also have been keeping track of Frequently Asked Questions.

UEN and Canvas are working together to support teachers with their Canvas courses. Hours will be Tuesdays at 10 am and Thursdays at 2 pm. If you would like to schedule an appointment with them you may request and appointment below. As always, you may also reach out to any one of the Digital Learning Specialists for Jordan School District.

Adobe Creative Cloud

All teachers and secondary (7-12) students have access to all of the apps in the Adobe Creative Cloud! Please share this resource with your students. Right now is the perfect time for them to learn how to edit photos, make videos, or animate characters and gain skills that will help them move into the real world. This resource will explain how to access the Adobe Creative Cloud and walk you/them through each of the apps and what you can do with it.

Please share with anyone and everyone you think would love to explore!

Professional Development

The Digital Learning Specialists will be running online Professional Development trainings every 30 minutes from 9 am to 11 am. Please check the link below for topics and times. If you would like to suggest topics, reach out to your DLS and we will get it on the schedule. There will be recordings of most of the trainings if you were unable to attend live.

New Nearpod Features

You can now easily add your Flipgrid links into Nearpod and view/moderate the Flipgrid teacher dashboard from within the Nearpod teacher view. This feature works on the web only. Check out the video tutorial below.

Time to Climb has been released in Student-Paced mode! Now, you can assign a Time to Climb quiz as part of a student-paced lesson and your class can work on it in their own time.

Students can now respond to an Open-Ended Question with audio, text, or both! Teachers can play back student audio submissions from the teacher dashboard, or later in the post-session reports. This feature works on the web only.

If you need help with your Nearpod account, please contact your Digital Learning Specialist.

Breaking News!

You now have access to English Learners, Social & Emotional Learning, and Flocabulary Premium Resources in Nearpod. Check them out!


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