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Discover the convenience of this time-saving website that went live on May 22nd, and the best part? It's absolutely free for educators! Introducing MagicSchool.ai, a productivity app built with a focus on teacher sustainability. Simplify your lesson planning, effortlessly differentiate text, create assessments, and improve communication with ease. Rest assured, this platform was created by an educator, ensuring a safe and trustworthy experience. No need to worry about student personal identifiable information – it's neither collected nor stored. Take a step towards streamlining your teacher preparations with MagicSchool.ai! Click the image to explore the website created by Adeel Khan. It was recently featured on CBS News. Click below to view the news story video. Navigate the different options by clicking on the left-side navigation menu. Click on 'Custom' for simple and easy to use EOY Student Comments generator.

To prepare your Canvas courses for the 23-24 school year, 1. Unpublish all of your Modules once you know that all of your students no longer need access to your course content. This will help save you time next year when you copy your course content into your new courses so you do not need to unpublish any of your modules in any of your new courses that you imported course content intoPlease Note: If you wish to continue working on your Canvas courses for next year over the summer, please continue and follow these additional steps. (You only need to do this if you are planning on working on your course content over the summer.)2. Create a Sandbox Course that you will use to copy your course content from this school year into.3. On the pop-up, name your manually-created sandbox course.3. In your Sandbox Course, Go to Import Course Content4. Select Copy a Canvas Course and searc for the course you want to copy. Choose either 'All Content' or "Select Specific Content.' Be sure to 'Adjust events and due dates' and select 'Remove dates.'5. Once your course has finished copying, you can edit as needed. 6. Next year, you will be able to copy your sandbox course, or any of your past courses into your new classes for the 2023-24 school year.

Capture the magic of the school year with Wixie's memory book templates! This engaging and fun project will empower students to creatively document their precious memories. Don't miss out on this opportunity to end the year on a high note, personalizing learning experiences with Wixie! Each image below is linked to a Wixie template you can use as is or customize for your students!

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

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Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

What the Tech Scavenger Hunt Learn how to navigate and search through our past issues of What the Tech to find the issue in which Diffit was first introduced. Complete the Google Form to enter for a chance to win!

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

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Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

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Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

**Syncing with Classlink** Printable Documentation Follow this process if your classes are not syncing with Classlink

  1. Log out of her Newsela account (via your initials in the top right corner > Sign Out)
  2. Clear your browser’s cache for all time (the length of time *does matter*) before logging back in with Classlink. You can find instructions on that for Google Chrome here.
  3. Log back into Newsela via Classlink.
  4. Select your Initials in the top right corner, then select Settings
  5. In the left hand navigation, select Class directory.
  6. Click the button “Sync from ClassLink”
  1. Select the classes you want to import, choose a grade level and subject for each, then click Import Selected Classes.
  2. You may need to wait for the sync to complete.
  3. To confirm that your students are in your class, go to your Students page. Under each class name, you’ll see a list of students in the class. The student roster in Newsela should correspond to the student roster in ClassLink
  4. Imported students will see your class on their settings page.
More information from Newsela **Licensing for Newsela is by building and includes all elementary and middle schools. Therefore, all staff have access to the 'Newsela ELA' subscritption. If you login to Newsela from the NP Desktop and see a 'Newsela Lite' subscription, please submit a ticket to _admintech@npenn.org.

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Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

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Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Curipod Curipod enables students to participate using their own devices by drawing, answering polls, and responding to open-ended questions. However, what sets Curipod apart from other presentation tools is that it can generate an interactive slideshow for you based on your lesson focus and learning objectives. Additionally, Curipod has a unique feature where it creates a Word Cloud based on student responses, which is a different type of interaction compared to other similar tools. Curipod can be used to create bite-sized lessons that makes content easy to digest for students. Activities come in the form of check-ins, lesson hooks, and polls. These lessons can be completed in as little as 5 minutes, making it easy for learners to fit learning into their busy schedules. The platform also offers the option to create formative assessments in the form of interactive quizzes, polls, and discussion questions that allow learners to fest their knowledge and reinforce what they have learned. Curipod provides learners with feedback on their performance and tracks their progress over time, helping them to identify areas where they need to focus more attention. Teachers can choose to build out a full lesson or project, or start from blank. Once you have generated a lesson, as the editor, you have the ability to modify headings, titles, and certain media elements, and you can also insert your own slides and import PowerPoint or PDFs. The platform also has a lesson library that curates Curipods made by other educators. Other Resources: 10 Ways Curipod Engages your Students with AI- Matt Miller Ditch that Textbook.

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

Wellness & Workflow: AI for a Balanced Educator's Life Discover the equilibrium between well-being and workflow with 'Wellness & Workflow: AI for a Balanced Educator's Life'. Dive into an engaging exploration of AI tools like Curipod, Canva, Diffit, ChatGPT, QuestionWell, and MagicSchool.AI. These tools aren't just about efficiency; they're about enhancing your teaching while reducing stress. By leveraging AI, educators can alleviate some of the day-to-day burdens, allowing for better focus on student success and personal well-being. Join us to learn how integrating AI can pave the way for a more balanced, thriving educational environment. Participants should bring with them a charged device. Signup using these Links: 9:30-10:30: Wellness & Workflow: AI for a Balanced Educator's Life - Secondary Only 10:45-11:45: Wellness & Workflow: AI for a Balanced Educator's Life - Secondary Only 9:30-10:30: Wellness & Workflow: AI for a Balanced Educator's Life - Elementary Only 10:45-11:45: Wellness & Workflow: AI for a Balanced Educator's Life - Elementary Only

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Cleaning the MyViewBoard Important: Please do not use any cleaning product that contains ammonia, bleach on your board and do not spray the board directly. Daily Cleaning- (Dusting) 1. Use a microfiber cloth. (Please see your building TA or TSS if you need one) Deep Cleaning Use any screen cleaner that does not contain ammonia or bleach including Clorox Wipes. 1. Spray the cloth with an alcohol solution. (do not spray the board directly.) 2. Use the damp cloth to wipe down the board. 3. Periodically clean the edges of the board to maintain optimal touch functionality

Finalizing Marking Period Grades Printable Version From Your Gradebook for each class: 1. Set Task: Marking Period 2. Use Post Marking Period Grades (Using the Red Post Link) 3. Add Comments Here 4. Click Save Note: If you need to override grades for the marking period, please make override in the in progress section. Otherwise, if you have to post again, you would need to remember to override any overridden grades.

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Diffit Teachers use Diffit to instantly get leveled resources for any lesson, saving tons of time and helping all students access grade level content. In seconds teachers can:📝 Adapt any reading, excerpt, or article for any reading level -to help all students access the content you’re teaching for any reader. Great for:

  • An article you found and want to use for your lesson, but is too hard for some (or all) of your readers
  • Supporting students learning English
  • Modifications for students with IEPs
  • Enabling all students - regardless of reading level - to access grade level concepts, while providing curriculum-aligned reading practice in students’ zone of proximal development
✨ Generate short informational or narrative texts on any topic, for any reading level. Perfect for:
  • Building background knowledge so students are better prepared - and more engaged - in core content or class discussion
  • Quick worksheets, homework, or curriculum-aligned readings, for anything
  • Making custom decodable texts for emerging readers, focused on long e’s, short a’s, or anything else (with comprehension questions to boot)
  • Getting a short narrative text of any length, about a topic a student really cares about, that features key vocabulary or concepts you’re teaching
☕️ Edit, share resources with students, and get back to life 🍒 Cherry on top? An automatically generated summary, comprehension checks, vocabulary words, and more to go with whatever text you’re working with.

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

Unexpected Emails Many of us receive a steady flow of emails every day, including bank statements, order confirmations, or sales promotions. To keep up, you may look through your inbox as quickly as possible—but don’t forget to stay vigilant. Cybercriminals take advantage of full inboxes to send dangerous, unexpected emails. Unusual Scam Activity Detected One of the most popular unexpected email scams includes fake banking emails. Cybercriminals will send you an email that appears to be from a local bank, claiming that they have suspended your account due to unusual activity. Before taking action, consider whether it makes sense that you’re getting this email. Ask yourself questions like:

  • Do you have an account with this bank?
  • Is this how your bank typically contacts you when unusual activity is detected?
  • When was the last time you checked your bank account?
  • If you don’t stop and think, you may give cybercriminals exactly what they want.
Your New Scam Is on the Way In another scam, cybercriminals imitate a popular retailer’s order confirmation email. The email states that your card was charged a large sum of money and your order is on the way. Even though a fraudulent charge is alarming, pause and determine if the email makes sense. Ask yourself questions like:
  • Do you shop at this retailer?
  • Have you ever entered your credit card information on their website?
  • Does the email include any accurate identifying information, like your name, credit card number, or shipping address?
Follow the tips below to stay safe from unexpected email scams:
  • When you receive an unexpected email, stop and consider the context. For example, if the email is about an order you didn’t place, it could be a scam.
  • Never click a link in an email that you aren’t expecting. Instead, open your internet browser and navigate to the organization’s official website.
  • Watch out for urgent messages, such as an email alerting you about an expensive credit card charge. Phishing attacks rely on impulsive actions. So, always think before you click.

Watch this Short Tutorial about Edpuzzle Live to learn how to show Edpuzzle videos as a full class. Important Information about setting up Edpuzzle for your new classes. Click here for a Printable Google Doc In EdPuzzle (If reusing / copying from a prior Canvas Course with a similar name) 1. Log into Edpuzzle.com 2. Under My Classes, find your Canvas classes from the previous school year and select the three dot menu. 3. Select Delete Class 4. Select Delete 5. Repeat steps 2 - 4 for any Canvas courses that are from a prior school year. In Canvas 6. Click edPuzzle link in the course Navigation 7. Add a course description. 8. Select your grade level. 9. Select your Subject. Your Edupuzzle is now ready for you to use with your new classes for this school year. What is Edpuzzle?Edpuzzle UpdateAudio Questions are here! Things to know:

  • This feature will allow teachers to record their own audio on every type of interaction (questions, notes, and feedback)
  • You can use either just text, just audio, or both at the same time!
  • The audio can be recorded not only for new questions but also for existing ones!

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Our NP What the Tech newsletter is a clickable, interactive newsletter using genial.ly a free tool for interactive visual communication. Move your mouse over the elements of the newsletter to learn more.

Maya Bialik, teacher, author and speaker, and her fiance created QuestionWell in February of 2023. Throughout her career, Maya has always wanted to decrease her workload while increasing the quality of her work. QuestionWell was developed as a means to make learning meaningful and teaching easier. In the era of digital learning, AI has become a game-changer. QuestionWell is a tool revolutionizing the way teachers create and manage questions for their students.The Input

  • Add a Topic to help the AI know the angle you're going for within the reading.
  • Optional:
--Copy and paste a reading that contains the content you would like to test or write your own. --Add Learning Outcomes and/or Standards but only if you wish! The AI is really good at extracting LOs, so don't worry about filling them in unless you have some in mind. --Change the Language. Please reach out to us if you want to use a language not listed. --Click Generate and give it about 30 seconds. Learning Outcomes & Essential Questions
  • The AI takes the text and pulls out a number of learning outcomes and creates essential questions to guide student learning.
  • The numbers next to the LO show the number of questions generated and the number of those questions that is currently "selected".
  • If you wanted a different set of LOs, try it again and add your own.
Question Selection
  • Your job is then to read through and select the questions you like.
  • To add a question to your quiz, simply click the + button in the top left corner.
  • To filter the question based on the Learning Outcome or question type, use the left panel.
  • You can edit the questions and answer simply by clicking on them.
  • To copy a question and edit that one, click on the duplicate icon below the plus.
  • To remove a question completely, click the trash icon.
  • To flag a question to help the AI learn, click on the flag
Export Whether you are making an interactive classroom activity, sub plans, or a summative assessment, there are export options for everyone!

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

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Grade Passback (Sync to SIS)Printable Google DocEnable Post Grades to SIS (Most likely this is set, but please double check) 1. Select Settings 2. Select Feature Options 3. Click X for Post Grades to SIS 4. Select Enable Repeat for all of your Canvas Courses that you wish to sync grades to IC. New: Assignment Group Set-Up You must now create assignment groups in Canvas that match your Grade Categories in your Gradebook. Example: NPHS Grade Categories in IC

  • Checkpoints
  • Cumulative Tasks
  • Homework
In Canvas, Your Assignment Groups Must Match the same Grade Categories used in IC.
  • Checkpoints
  • Cumulative Tasks
  • Homework
When you sync between Canvas and IC, you will no longer have to associate your assignments to a category, however, you will still need to manually assign the assignment to the Marking Period Task unless you set Non-Campus Assignment Defaults outlined below. Once you create your assignment Groups in Canvas, you will need to associate each assignment you have in Canvas into the correct Assignment Group using one of the two options below: (You can do this as you move through the year) 1. Drag and Drop the Assignment or 2. When creating the assignment or editing the assignment, make sure you associate the assignment to the correct Assignment Group (Grade Category) Ready to Sync to SIS Check-List Make sure:
  • Assignment names are 30 characters or less.
  • Assignment is published
  • Assignment is enabled to sync.
  • Assignment must be assigned to the entire course or section and cannot be assigned to individuals (differentiated).
View from Assignments:Set Up Defaults in Infinite Campus: 1. Open Your Grade book for one of your sections. 2. Select Settings 3. Select Non-Campus Assignment Defaults 4. Select your Default Category 5. Select the Marking Period Grading Task 6. Click Save 7. Check to make sure all categories you use are set to default to the Marking Period Grading Task. 8. Repeat steps 1-4 for all of your grade book sections. How to Sync Grades: 1. In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.In the course Gradebook: 2. Click the Actions menu 3. Then select the Sync to SIS option. This will sync any grades that have been changed in the Gradebook within the last 30 days. From the Sync Grades modal you can review and modify the assignments and grades included in your grade sync request. 1. By default, all course sections are selected for grade sync. To filter the grade sync by section, click the Filter by section drop-down menu, then select the sections you want to sync. 2. View a list of all assignments set up for SIS sync, including the assignment name. 3. Due date 4. Sync date 5.To sort the list by ascending or descending name or date order, click the header Sort icon. 6. By default, all assignments are selected for SIS sync. To deselect an assignment, click the assignment checkbox. 7. Alternatively, you can deselect all assignments by clicking the Assignment Name checkbox. Deselected assignments are not included in the SIS sync. 8. To sync grades, click the Post Grades button.

Why Should You Clear Your Cache?How To Video

  1. Free up storage space.
  2. Fix Website issues.
  3. Protect your privacy and ensure security.
  4. Update browser settings.
How to Clear Cache Written Documentation

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To help educators and students adjust to the implementation of new ELA curriculum, digital notebooks have been created in Book Creator for grades 3-6. Click on the book below for an overview, links to the digital notebooks, step-by-step directions with videos and maybe even links to playlists for video read alouds of the module 1 texts. Digital Notebooks--- All You Need to KnowClick to read this book, made with Book Creatorread.bookcreator.com

Teachers are overworked and burntout. More than four in ten K-12 teachers in the U.S. (44%) say they "always" or "very often" feel burnt out at work—outpacing all other industries nationally. MagicSchool helps teachers do the wide range of tasks placed on the shoulders of teachers 10x faster to help fight burnout and help great teachers thrive in the classroom! See below how MagicSchool can help solve several challenges that teachers face every day! We believe teachers are irreplaceable. Relationships at the center of learning. ‍We’ve designed our tools with the realities of teaching in mind. Teachers don’t have time to pore over complicated new systems — which is why our tools are so simple, you can start using them immediately. Join thousands of teachers saving hours of time using MagicSchool to help lesson plan, differentiate, write assessments, write IEPs, communicate clearly, and more.About As lifelong educators ourselves, we've walked the hallways, taught in the classrooms, and faced the very same struggles you have. We've dedicated our lives to advancing equity in education, and we understand the complexity and commitment that teaching demands. MagicSchool.ai was born from a desire to support educators, to lighten your load, and to help you remain in the classrooms where you make such a profound difference.‍‍ Our Focus Simplicity & Ease of UseYou no longer need to wonder how to use chatbots, how to "prompt engineer" for the right outputs, or deal with a learning curve amidst your busy schedule. Get immediate value from generative AI in your work - now. Educators as ExpertsOur tool allows customization and context, ensuring that you're not just generating generic materials. You understand your students best, and we give you additional fields and features to tailor outputs to meet the needs of your unique school community. High Leverage ToolsOnly the highest leverage use cases, curated by educators, built using research based best practices. These tools will assist you in lesson planning, differentiation, writing IEPs, and making daily classes relevant to your students, among other things. Create Lesson Plans and Rubrics 10x Faster! Teachers spend hours formatting, creating categories, and customizing to build rubrics for assignments or projects in class. MagicSchool Solutions 1. Use MagicSchool's rubric generator tool to generate a perfectly formatted rubric customized to the assignment you’ve created in seconds to use with your students. 2. Use MagicSchool’s Informational Text Generator tool to generate a custom text based on the specific topic of your choice in seconds to use with your students. Tackle Paperwork 10x Faster! ‍Special education teachers have to teach and plan for full course loads in addition to completing piles of paperwork for large caseloads of students with disabilities. MagicSchool Solutions 1. Use MagicSchool’s IEP Generator to create a first draft of your IEP based on your unique knowledge of the students’ needs - saving hours of time writing IEPs 10x faster. Support Diverse Learners 10x Faster!‍ ‍Teachers have to differentiate for students on many different reading levels in a classroom to serve their individualized needs. MagicSchool Solutions 1. Use MagicSchool’s Text Leveler tool to take any text and level it down for students who are behind to support them to read on their level alongside grade level peers. 2. Use the Text Scaffolder tool to automatically define key-words for pre-teaching and write questions for students to make meaning of the text as a first read before the lesson so they are supported access the grade level text. Teachers' responsibilities extend beyond the classroom, encompassing communication with administrators and parents, student support, and event organization. These additional tasks consume valuable time and energy that could be devoted to teaching. MagicSchool.ai is a comprehensive tool that addresses this problem, saving you hours spent creating original content, teaching classes, and accomplishing administrative tasks. It's loaded with helpful features under the following categories:

  • Planning
  • Student Support
  • Communication
  • Productivity
  • Community Tools
The AI can suggest behavior interventions; take a text and adapt it for any grade level; give ideas on making a topic relevant to your students; create practice SATs; rewrite, proofread, and summarize texts; and more. With MagicSchool.ai's help, you can finally have a life outside the classroom. We tested the Lesson Plan Generator to create a lesson plan on Writing Instructions for a Technical Writing course. The AI quickly generated a lesson comprising the following:
  • Objective
  • Assessment
  • Key Points
  • Opening
  • Introduction to New Material
  • Guided Practice
  • Independent Practice
  • Closing
  • Common Core Standards Addressed

Google Assignments LTI 1.3The Google Assignments LTI 1.1 been deprecated by Google. Any assignments that you have created using 1.1, will still work, however you will not be able to use it with Speedgrader to grade assignments that were created with the previous LTI. Benefits of Google Assignments LTI 1.3

  • Streamlines assignment distribution
  • Grade with Canvas SpeedGrader or Google Assignments
  • Ensure visibility on assignment progress
  • Guide critical thinking and academic integrity with originality reports
  • Ensure educators and students only use school-issued accounts
  • Officially supported by Google
New Google Assignment VideoHow to Migrate from Google Assignments 1.1 to 1.3
  1. Find the Canvas assignment you want to migrate to Google Assignments LTI 1.3.
  2. On the right of the assignment, click More and then Edit and then More options.
  3. Next to "Submission Type," click the dropdown and then External Tool.
  4. Click Find.
  5. Select Google Assignments (LTI 1.3).
  6. If you can’t find this option, request your Canvas administrator to turn on Google Assignments LTI 1.3.
  7. Link your Google Workspace for Education account.
  8. Click Continue.
  9. Attach the Drive worksheet files.
  10. Choose your grading tool, then make sure the due date and points are updated.
  11. Click Create.
  12. On the Canvas page, click Select and then Save.
NEW: Collaborations in CanvasKey Benefits of Collaborations
  • Seamless Workflow: Users can access and collaborate on Google Workspace files within the Canvas LMS, eliminating the need to switch between multiple platforms.
  • Real-Time Collaboration: Multiple users can work simultaneously on a document, allowing for real-time collaboration and fostering teamwork among students.
  • Version Control and History: Collaborations automatically tracks changes, ensuring transparency and accountability. Users can view revision history, restore previous versions, and see who made specific changes.
  • Simplified Grading: Instructors can easily access and evaluate collaborative assignments, providing feedback and assessing individual contributions within the familiar Canvas grading interface.
  • Creating Collaborative Assignments: Instructors can create collaborative assignments by selecting the "Collaboration" option in the left-hand menu of a course in Canvas. This enables students to collaborate on a Google file associated with the assignment.
  • Student Access and Collaboration: Students can access the collaborative assignment within the Canvas interface. They can edit the document, collaborate with peers, and submit their work directly through Google Assignments.
  • Grading Collaborative Assignments: Instructors can access and grade collaborative assignments within the Canvas SpeedGrader and Google Assignments. Individual contributions can be assessed, and feedback can be provided using the familiar Canvas grading tools.

Grade Passback (Sync to SIS)Printable Google DocEnable Post Grades to SIS 1. Select Settings 2. Select Feature Options 3. Click X for Post Grades to SIS 4. Select Enable Repeat for all of your Canvas Courses that you wish to sync grades to IC. Ready to Sync to SIS Check-List Make sure:

  • Assignment names are 30 characters or less.
  • Assignment is published
  • Assignment is enabled to sync.
  • Assignment must be assigned to the entire course or section and cannot be assigned to individuals (differentiated).
View from Assignments:How to Sync Grades: 1. In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.In the course Gradebook: 2. Click the Actions menu 3. Then select the Sync to SIS option. This will sync any grades that have been changed in the Gradebook within the last 30 days. From the Sync Grades modal you can review and modify the assignments and grades included in your grade sync request. 1. By default, all course sections are selected for grade sync. To filter the grade sync by section, click the Filter by section drop-down menu, then select the sections you want to sync. 2. View a list of all assignments set up for SIS sync, including the assignment name. 3. Due date 4. Sync date 5.To sort the list by ascending or descending name or date order, click the header Sort icon. 6. By default, all assignments are selected for SIS sync. To deselect an assignment, click the assignment checkbox. 7. Alternatively, you can deselect all assignments by clicking the Assignment Name checkbox. Deselected assignments are not included in the SIS sync. 8. To sync grades, click the Post Grades button.

Apps that Support Techuity for StudentsImmersive ReaderAn interactive reading comprehension and learning tool. It makes text more accessible to learners of all ages and abilities. Using Immersive Reader, you can have text read aloud at different speeds and by different voices, change text size, font, and spacing, highlight specific parts of speech (e.g., nouns, verbs), break apart words by syllables, translate text to more than 80 languages, hear audio recordings of the words spoken in different languages, and see words represented as pictures.Available in: Canvas Page or Assignments, Pear Deck and Flip.FlipA free video discussion and sharing app.Users have the ability to contribute to online discussions in a fun and engaging way by creating content through video or audio. Users can re-record content, and be creative and more expressive by adding emojis, text, stickers or drawings to their response.PadletAn online, collaborative bulletin board that enablesusers to contribute and add to the board in a medium that works for them which includes images, links, videos, texts, drawings, audio recordings, screencasts and AI generated images.Pear DeckA presentation tool that creates opportunities to engage all students in formative assessments and active learning activities.

  • Students can complete Text Questions, Polls, Drawings, and Draggable Items.
  • Immersive Reader is also available
"Techquity": Going from Digital Poverty to Digital Empowerment- Ken SheltonIt's time to start seeing tech access and how it's used in assignments as central school equity issues. As districts look toward where they want to be after a year of pandemic disruption, it’s time to start seeing technology access and how it’s used in assignments as central school equity issues, writes Ken Shelton, an expert on “techquity.” When technology is distributed and used equitably, it can enable opportunity and voice, dismantle barriers around learner exceptionalities, democratize access to information, and disrupt racial and economic privilege hierarchies. During my classroom teaching career, one of my middle school students once pointed out that a common back-to-school assignment was classist, racist, and full of microaggressions. The assignment many teachers in our district used throughout all grade levels was around the question, “What did you do over the summer?” In previous years, students from high-income backgrounds who created projects about their European or tropical island vacations were elevated as having the most valuable ­experiences. My student, who spent the summer working in a family restaurant and couldn’t afford an extravagant vacation, felt invalidated and marginalized when teachers put value on the summer experiences that required economic access. Furthermore, students were required to write an essay, rather than having options for choosing how to represent their experiences. Our school’s student body was diverse in racial backgrounds and income levels. This assignment alienated a large portion of our lower-income students, many of whom were Black and Brown. Including platform and delivery choice in addition to shifting the topic was a key part of making the assignment more equitable. Instead of taking a prescribed approach, the students—who all had access to the same devices, platforms, and applications in my classroom—could center their own cultural identity and assets, using their values to identify what they saw as the connection to the material. By being encouraged to actualize their own learning, they were more invested in sharing with classmates. It also helped that the student trusted me enough to share their true feelings, and I acknowledged the problematic experiences of too many students. I not only changed the work in the way I thought was best, but was able to give the students access to differentiated technology channels. A Persistent Digital Divide Technology, distributed and used equitably, enables opportunity and voice, dismantles barriers around learner ­exceptionalities, democratizes access to information, and disrupts racial and economic-privilege hierarchies. In the last year, however, I have found myself questioning a lot of prominent voices in education technology, including my own, because they tend to oversimplify a complex situation. Much of the ed-tech sphere centers the voices of white educators, who often focus on minor tweeks of the existing system rather than questioning the system as a whole. This is not to pick on individuals. Rather, it is to say that we should be interrogating why most technology initiatives and discussions work within the existing structures when those structures most often aren’t working for students, especially students of color.As our districts and education organizations look to where we are and where we want to be after more than a year of pandemic-related disruption, one of the most important lessons we can learn is that it is not possible to have a truly equitable learning environment absent of robust technology access. You can’t address other equity factors until you ensure access as a foundational baseline. Even after pandemic-related efforts to close the digital divide, there are gaps between what well-resourced schools and under-resourced schools are able to do. Around 12 million K–12 students still lack access to a device, broadband internet, or both.1 Both rural and urban schools and ­communities continue to deal with what I call digital redlining, where certain areas do not have broadband access or ­unreliable cell coverage. Despite districts handing out hotspots, students aren’t always guaranteed a strong signal. Technology access can even vary within a school building. Students are being denied access to what others have, in some cases by design—or at least by neglect. Individuals do not have control over regional technology infrastructures, yet we still tend to place a significant degree of responsibility on students, educators, and site administrators to fix issues with technology or to succeed despite not having the proper resources. You can’t blame or punish a school for lack of access when you don’t have the infrastructure in the first place. I know of teachers who want to do right by their students with more differentiated technology assignments that go beyond routine thinking tasks, but this proves difficult when their school mandates the use of Google platforms on iPads, rather than empowering the teacher and students to choose the method and tools that work best for them. That’s a prime example of educators seeing the bigger picture, while system creates very narrow guardrails to operate within. Beyond Access But just having basic access to technology is not a silver bullet. How do we ensure that access directly correlates to equitable opportunities and assignments? When I talk to educators are on in one-to-one settings with laptops or iPads and have a range apps, I encourage them to think very critically about how exactly they’re using those tools, the same way my student encouraged me. How do experiences directly correlate to the desired outcomes that students have identified for themselves? For Black and Brown learners especially, the digitization of lessons often equates to online worksheets and repetitive tasks rather than rich, meaningful learning. Instead of using technology as an intervention mechanism or simply digitizing one-size-fits-all instruction, we need to ask whether we are meeting learners on a personalized basis. Technology-based learning experiences should align with and encourage higher-order thinking and greater creativity. We cannot simply set students in front of screens. In turn, school leaders should think about what resources, professional development, and support they can provide to educators to ensure technology use aligns to more equitable learning experiences. In a new era, keeping techquity at the center of our classrooms has never been more important. End Notes:1Ali, T., Chandra, S., Cherukumilli, S., Fazlullah, A., Hill, H., McAlpine, N., et al. (2021). Looking Back, looking forward: What will it take to permanently close the K-12 digital divide. San Francisco, CA: Common Sense Media.About Ken Shelton has worked as an educator, consultant, and designer for over 20 years and spent most of his classroom experience teaching technology at the middle school level. His work is centered around keynotes, presentations, policy, advisement, consulting, and workshops in educational technology, equity and inclusion, anti-bias/anti-racist, multimedia literacy, and other topics.

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

Infinite Campus Grade Category Set-UpPrintable Google DocChecking Grade Calc Options 1. Go to Grade Book Settings 2. Select Grade Calc Options 3. Ensure that weight is selected for all marking periods. 4. Click Save 5. Repeat these steps for all classes.This information needs to be Updated: 2022-23 Possible Weights for Grade Categories Set grade categories, which all must add up to 100%. (when including HW) Homework may not exceed 10% but it can be less. See Examples in the diagram to the right. These Weights were for 2022-2023Steps to Set or Reset Category Weights In one of your open grade books: 1. Go to grade book Settings 2. Select Categories 3a. Select one of the categories you plan on using as you grade student work. (3b. Or- Click Add- create your own category option. Example: Summative Assessment jump to section b.) 4. Use the checkbox in the gray header if you want to select all of your sections at once, or you will need to manually select your sections that you want to apply that weight to. 5. Enter your weight (Whole Number) 6. Click Save 7. Repeat steps 3-6 for each category you are using. Note: All categories should add up to 100.Section B- Adding Your Own Category- 3b. Create a Name for the new category 4b. Use the checkboxes to manually select your sections you want to apply the weight to. 5b. Enter your weight (Whole Number) 6b. Click Save.

WHAT THE TECH? FLEX OPPORTUNITY (Coming Soon) Are you interested in earning 1HR of flex while learning about some new highly recommended tools this year or just want to earn a badge for each of these tools?

  1. Register for our What The Tech? Flex on Frontline (formally known as MLP). You must register if you would like 1 hour of flex.
  2. Join our NP What the Tech? Tech 2 Try Canvas Course
  3. Complete three of the five modules for August - December to earn your badges and credit for the flex. (You can certainly do more than three if you want.)
  4. Complete the What the Tech Flex Google Form to have completion marked. Please have this flex opportunity completed by January 3, 2024.
We will be repeating this opportunity with five new tech tools for the spring semester which will run January-May of 2024 for an additional hour of flex. Questions? Please email bottimj@npenn.org or stoverwk@npenn.org if you have any additional questions or concerns! We hope to see you take advantage of the opportunity.

Canvas Set-Up Below you will find information to help you set up your Canvas Courses for the 23-24 school year. Please note that if you plan on Crosslisting your like sections so that you have one master course (parent course) you should do this before copying a Canvas Canvas Course from a previous year. If you have a brand new course, you can create a copy of our Secondary Canvas Course Template from Canvas Commons into your course to help you get started. Click the Drop-Down Menus below for more information: Crosslisting CoursesClick here for a Printable Google DocUse this feature to combine sections into one master course. Once you cross-list your sections into your parent course, you can then go back and edit your home page and modules that all of those sections will see and have access to. **IMPORTANT NOTE: If you cross-list a course and then decide you no longer want them cross-listed, please email one of the Canvas coaches and provide a detailed description of the courses you would like to de-cross list. Warning: de-cross listing will remove any assignments, grades, etc. from the de-cross listed course. You will lose student data and grades will be lost, so it is better to make this decision sooner rather than later*** In the Parent Course: 1. Select and go to the course that you want to use as your parent course. This will be the course that you will add your other sections to. 2. Go to Settings 3. Under Course Details: Find the SIS ID number and copy it. (You will use this same number for each section you want to add to your parent course.) Note: You will not return to the parent course until you are finished cross-listing your other sections to it. Cross-listing Your Sections 4. Go to one of your sections that you want to add to your parent course. 5. Select Settings 6. Sections 7a. Click on the blue course link, then click Edit Course Button to rename this section to help make it identifiable (Period/Block Letter Day) and hit enter. (Note: If you see multiple blue links under the course section, this is your parent course and not an available section to crosslist.)8. Select Cross-List This Section9. Paste the SIS ID number from the parent Course. (If course ID does not work, paste in Search for Course and select your course that pops up) 10. Select Cross-List This Section 11. Then Repeat Steps 4-10 for each additional section you would like to Cross-List into your parent course.Back In Parent Course: 12. Select your parent course when you are finished cross-listing your sections. 13. Select Settings 14. Course Details 15. Update your course name and Course Code to include the other periods / blocks that you have cross-listed into your parent course.16. Scroll down on the page to Click blue Update Course Details Button. Copying a Previous CourseCopying a Canvas CourseClick here for a Printable Google Doc Written Directions: Screencast Directions: (https://bit.ly/NPcopyCanvas)1. Go to the Course you are copying to: (Note: If you are cross-listing, please crosslist first before you copy course content.) 2. Select Import Existing Content:Import Content: 3. Select Content Type: Copy a Canvas Course 4. Search: Find your course in the Drop Down Menu or type to search for it. 5. Select All Content (or you can select Specific Content, which will allow you to select specific content once you click the import button.) 6. Options- Adjust events and due dates. 7. Select remove dates or Canvas will create shifted dates for you based on last year. 8. Click Import (it may take a few minutes to complete this process) Copy an NPSD Canvas Course TemplateIf you are starting with a brand new Canvas course, please follow these instructions to copy our Secondary Canvas Course Template. Note: Please remember to complete this step after you crosslist any similar sections if you are crosslisting your sections. 1. Select Commons2. Search for NPSD Template3. Select the template you wish to copy into your Canvas course.4. Click Import / Download5. Select the courses you would like to copy the template to.6. Click Import into Course (It may take a few minutes to complete this process.)7. Go to your Course and make any edits that you need to make to the homepage and course content.

Important Information about setting up Edpuzzle for your new classes. Click here for a Printable Google Doc In EdPuzzle (If reusing / copying from a prior Canvas Course with a similar name) 1. Log into Edpuzzle.com 2. Under My Classes, find your Canvas classes from the previous school year and select the three dot menu. 3. Select Delete Class 4. Select Delete 5. Repeat steps 2 - 4 for any Canvas courses that are from a prior school year. In Canvas 6. Click edPuzzle link in the course Navigation 7. Add a course description. 8. Select your grade level. 9. Select your Subject. Your Edupuzzle is now ready for you to use with your new classes for this school year. What is Edpuzzle?Edpuzzle UpdateAudio Questions are here! Things to know:

  • This feature will allow teachers to record their own audio on every type of interaction (questions, notes, and feedback)
  • You can use either just text, just audio, or both at the same time!
  • The audio can be recorded not only for new questions but also for existing ones!

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Wixie ResourcesWixie is a district-supported app for student creation. Wixie gives teachers and students easy to use tools, combined with multiple ways to share learning and flexibility to differentiate, making it useful for a variety of learning needs. If you haven't explored Wixie yet, consider reviewing the Grade level Resource Guides created by Tech4Learning. Another amazing resource in Wixie is the use of Magic Stickers. Magic Stickers are images that can change the way they look, such as dice you can roll, clocks that change their time, and more. Click HERE to read more about Magic Stickers.

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North Penn Desktop- ClasslinkNPSD has created a single-user login desktop for all NP district employees. Here are some important details to review prior to your first sign-in.

  • The desktop is powered by ClassLink, which will provide a One Click single sign-on for all web and digital curriculum applications.
  • The sign-in to the desktop will be the first page that is loaded in your Internet browser window on Chrome, Firefox and IE.
  • This desktop also provides instant access to files at school (H: Drive) and in the cloud (Google Drive).
  • Using Microsoft Online, everyone will have access to Office files on any device, most commonly in our district, through the Chromebook! Click on the My Files cloud at the bottom of your screen, then on the left click onClassLink Drive, then click on the New button in the center of the screen.
  • You will need to set up your password reset options to be able to reset your password moving forward, no more identity manager for those of you who used that in the past.
  • You can customize your desktop and add icons and folders. You cannot remove any folders or icons that are pushed out by the district.
  • CUSTOMIZING NP DESKTOP WITH FOLDERS Directions to show you how to customize your NP Desktop with Folders & how to sort your Apps Alphabetically.
What's New? My ClassesWishing for a convenient place to access all your classes and their resources? With a wave of our magic wand we give you My Classes!✨ My Classes is a resource within your LaunchPad that gives both instructors and students direct access to a dashboard listing of all of their classes with easy navigation to apps, announcements, discussion boards, and more. In this article, you’ll get a tour of some My Classes features!Instructor Dashboard The instructor's view of My Classes is the perfect place to manage classes and customize class apps with ease. Navigate to My Classes by clicking the backpack 🎒 icon in your Favorites bar. When you access My Classes, your dashboard will display a list of all the classes you're enrolled in as well as a student and app count.On the dashboard's left navigation, you'll see:
  • Announcements
  • Apps
  • Discussion Boards
  • Students
  • Logins
  • Activity
✔️ NOTE: If you don't see one or more of the options above on your dashboard, your ClassLink Administrator may not have the option(s) enabled at your institution. Click Apps to display a detailed view of all apps assigned to a class. 💡 TIP: Click +Add New App to open the App Library, where you can select applications to add to your class. Click the Add Your Own App button to create your own! Click the More Actions (three dot) menu to bring up a drop-down list, where you can assign an app to multiple classes at once. To assign an app, just click the checkbox next to the appropriate class(es) (or Select All), then click the Confirm Selection button. Voilà! Your app is now assigned.✔️ NOTE: The App Library is loaded with apps pre-selected by ClassLink Administrators. Launch an app by clicking it, and remove an app by hovering over it, then clicking Remove. Click Students to view a list of all students enrolled in the class.💡 TIP: Want metrics on student activity and usage? Click the analytics icon to display individual login and app data for each individual student.Click Logins to view student LaunchPad login information. A checkmark displays if the student has logged in. The percentage and ratio of the entire logged-in class displays at the top of the column. You can also export a .csv file of the table data by clicking the Export Week button.Click Activity to see a heatmap of each student's total time spent using apps. Click on a specific day to view detailed information about an individual student's app usage. ✔️ NOTE: Activity refers to the time students spend in the active tab open for an application. Total time spent populates after the app tab is closed. Data is calculated with the ClassLink Extension. Click a square in the heatmap to display a Usage Summary slide-over.💡 TIP: Click the Export Week button to export Activity heatmap data.You can view login information for all classes by clicking Login Summary.The login information is presented as a heatmap.Click the title of any class to change its name. Or, click the edit 📝 icon to change the color and icon for the class.Class Announcements Did you know you can add class announcements from your My Classes instructor dashboard? To add an announcement, click the megaphone 📣 icon. The announcement list will display. To create a new announcement, click the Create Announcement button. To view expired announcements, toggle on View Expired.To create an announcement, follow these simple steps:
  1. Click the Select Classes drop-down to select which classes will receive the announcement.
  2. Next, assign a Start and End Time for the announcement.
  3. Lastly, create a Title and Content for your announcement and click the Save button when you're finished. Now your beautiful announcement will successfully reach your students!
✔️ NOTE: The announcement body has a 1,000-character limit. On their dashboards, students can view announcements for a specific class by clicking on the class in the dashboard and navigating to the Announcements section for the class, or by clicking the megaphone 📣 icon. Student Dashboard The student dashboard allows students to see all their classes, as well as any announcements or discussion boards for their assigned classes. Students can also launch their class apps from their dashboard. ✔️ NOTE: In some cases, including through the mobile app, My Classes is available on the student's My Apps screen. Otherwise, it may be available in the Favorites bar of the My Apps screen. The app opens up directly on the dashboard, which shows the student's classes and displays icons of the applications assigned to each class. The dashboard for the student view of My Classes contains Announcements, Discussion Boards, and Apps. In the Apps section, students can click a class to bring up a more detailed view of all available apps for their class. ✔️ NOTE: Students can click an app to launch it but are not able to add or delete apps. And there you have it—your full tour of both the instructor and student options available to you in My Classes!

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What is Magic Write? Magic Write is an AI-enabled writing assistant that empowers anyone to effortlessly and quickly create written content. You can use it for social posts, business plans, websites, blogs, poems, journaling, creative writing, and so much more. It can generate sentences, paragraphs, lists, outlines, and more based on the text prompt you enter. Magic Write prompts to create learning materials How to Generate Teaching Ideas with Magic WriteHow to Refine Learning Materials with Magic WriteHow to Create a Lesson Plan with Magic WriteHow to Create a Lesson Presentation with Magic Write

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Don’t Ban ChatGPT in Schools. Teach With It. OpenAI’s new chatbot is raising fears of cheating on homework, but its potential as an educational tool outweighs its risks. Recently, I gave a talk to a group of K-12 teachers and public school administrators in New York. The topic was artificial intelligence, and how schools would need to adapt to prepare students for a future filled with all kinds of capable A.I. tools. But it turned out that my audience cared about only one A.I. tool: ChatGPT, the buzzy chatbot developed by OpenAI that is capable of writing cogent essays, solving science and math problems and producing working computer code. ChatGPT is new — it was released in late November — but it has already sent many educators into a panic. Students are using it to write their assignments, passing off A.I.-generated essays and problem sets as their own. Teachers and school administrators have been scrambling to catch students using the tool to cheat, and they are fretting about the havoc ChatGPT could wreak on their lesson plans. (Some publications have declared, perhaps a bit prematurely, that ChatGPT has killed homework altogether.) Cheating is the immediate, practical fear, along with the bot’s propensity to spit out wrong or misleading answers. But there are existential worries, too. One high school teacher told me that he used ChatGPT to evaluate a few of his students’ papers, and that the app had provided more detailed and useful feedback on them than he would have, in a tiny fraction of the time. “Am I even necessary now?” he asked me, only half joking. Some schools have responded to ChatGPT by cracking down. New York City public schools, for example, recently blocked ChatGPT access on school computers and networks, citing “concerns about negative impacts on student learning, and concerns regarding the safety and accuracy of content.” Schools in other cities, including Seattle, have also restricted access. (Tim Robinson, a spokesman for Seattle Public Schools, told me that ChatGPT was blocked on school devices in December, “along with five other cheating tools.”) It’s easy to understand why educators feel threatened. ChatGPT is a freakishly capable tool that landed in their midst with no warning, and it performs reasonably well across a wide variety of tasks and academic subjects. There are legitimate questions about the ethics of A.I.-generated writing, and concerns about whether the answers ChatGPT gives are accurate. (Often, they’re not.) And I’m sympathetic to teachers who feel that they have enough to worry about, without adding A.I.-generated homework to the mix. But after talking with dozens of educators over the past few weeks, I’ve come around to the view that banning ChatGPT from the classroom is the wrong move. Instead, I believe schools should thoughtfully embrace ChatGPT as a teaching aid — one that could unlock student creativity, offer personalized tutoring, and better prepare students to work alongside A.I. systems as adults. Here’s why. It won’t work The first reason not to ban ChatGPT in schools is that, to be blunt, it’s not going to work. Sure, a school can block the ChatGPT website on school networks and school-owned devices. But students have phones, laptops and any number of other ways of accessing it outside of class. (Just for kicks, I asked ChatGPT how a student who was intent on using the app might evade a schoolwide ban. It came up with five answers, all totally plausible, including using a VPN to disguise the student’s web traffic.) Some teachers have high hopes for tools such as GPTZero, a program built by a Princeton student that claims to be able to detect A.I.-generated writing. But these tools aren’t reliably accurate, and it’s relatively easy to fool them by changing a few words, or using a different A.I. program to paraphrase certain passages. A.I. chatbots could be programmed to watermark their outputs in some way, so teachers would have an easier time spotting A.I.-generated text. But this, too, is a flimsy defense. Right now, ChatGPT is the only free, easy-to-use chatbot of its caliber. But there will be others, and students will soon be able to take their pick, probably including apps with no A.I. fingerprints. Even if it were technically possible to block ChatGPT, do teachers want to spend their nights and weekends keeping up with the latest A.I. detection software? Several educators I spoke with said that while they found the idea of ChatGPT-assisted cheating annoying, policing it sounded even worse. “I don’t want to be in an adversarial relationship with my students,” said Gina Parnaby, the chair of the English department at the Marist School, an independent school for grades seven through 12 outside Atlanta. “If our mind-set approaching this is that we have to build a better mousetrap to catch kids cheating, I just think that’s the wrong approach, because the kids are going to figure something out.” Instead of starting an endless game of whack-a-mole against an ever-expanding army of A.I. chatbots, here’s a suggestion: For the rest of the academic year, schools should treat ChatGPT the way they treat calculators — allowing it for some assignments, but not others, and assuming that unless students are being supervised in person with their devices stashed away, they’re probably using one. Then, over the summer, teachers can modify their lesson plans — replacing take-home exams with in-class tests or group discussions, for example — to try to keep cheaters at bay. ChatGPT can be a teacher’s best friend The second reason not to ban ChatGPT from the classroom is that, with the right approach, it can be an effective teaching tool. Cherie Shields, a high school English teacher in Oregon, told me that she had recently assigned students in one of her classes to use ChatGPT to create outlines for their essays comparing and contrasting two 19th-century short stories that touch on themes of gender and mental health: “The Story of an Hour,” by Kate Chopin, and “The Yellow Wallpaper,” by Charlotte Perkins Gilman. Once the outlines were generated, her students put their laptops away and wrote their essays longhand. The process, she said, had not only deepened students’ understanding of the stories. It had also taught them about interacting with A.I. models, and how to coax a helpful response out of one. “They have to understand, ‘I need this to produce an outline about X, Y and Z,’ and they have to think very carefully about it,” Ms. Shields said. “And if they don’t get the result that they want, they can always revise it.” Creating outlines is just one of the many ways that ChatGPT could be used in class. It could write personalized lesson plans for each student (“explain Newton’s laws of motion to a visual-spatial learner”) and generate ideas for classroom activities (“write a script for a ‘Friends’ episode that takes place at the Constitutional Convention”). It could serve as an after-hours tutor (“explain the Doppler effect, using language an eighth grader could understand”) or a debate sparring partner (“convince me that animal testing should be banned”). It could be used as a starting point for in-class exercises, or a tool for English language learners to improve their basic writing skills. (The teaching blog Ditch That Textbook has a long list of possible classroom uses for ChatGPT.) Even ChatGPT’s flaws — such as the fact that its answers to factual questions are often wrong — can become fodder for a critical thinking exercise. Several teachers told me that they had instructed students to try to trip up ChatGPT, or evaluate its responses the way a teacher would evaluate a student’s. ChatGPT can also help teachers save time preparing for class. Jon Gold, an eighth grade history teacher at Moses Brown School, a pre-K through 12th grade Quaker school in Providence, R.I., said that he had experimented with using ChatGPT to generate quizzes. He fed the bot an article about Ukraine, for example, and asked it to generate 10 multiple-choice questions that could be used to test students’ understanding of the article. (Of those 10 questions, he said, six were usable.) Ultimately, Mr. Gold said, ChatGPT wasn’t a threat to student learning as long as teachers paired it with substantive, in-class discussions. “Any tool that lets students refine their thinking before they come to class, and practice their ideas, is only going to make our discussions richer,” he said. ChatGPT teaches students about the world they’ll inhabit Now, I’ll take off my tech columnist hat for a second, and confess that writing this piece has made me a little sad. I loved school, and it pains me, on some level, to think that instead of sharpening their skills by writing essays about “The Sun Also Rises” or straining to factor a trigonometric expression, today’s students might simply ask an A.I. chatbot to do it for them. I also don’t believe that educators who are reflexively opposed to ChatGPT are being irrational. This type of A.I. really is (if you’ll excuse the buzzword) disruptive — to classroom routines, to longstanding pedagogical practices, and to the basic principle that the work students turn in should reflect cogitation happening inside their brains, rather than in the latent space of a machine learning model hosted on a distant supercomputer. But the barricade has fallen. Tools like ChatGPT aren’t going anywhere; they’re only going to improve, and barring some major regulatory intervention, this particular form of machine intelligence is now a fixture of our society. “Large language models aren’t going to get less capable in the next few years,” said Ethan Mollick, a professor at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. “We need to figure out a way to adjust to these tools, and not just ban them.” That’s the biggest reason not to ban it from the classroom, in fact — because today’s students will graduate into a world full of generative A.I. programs. They’ll need to know their way around these tools — their strengths and weaknesses, their hallmarks and blind spots — in order to work alongside them. To be good citizens, they’ll need hands-on experience to understand how this type of A.I. works, what types of bias it contains, and how it can be misused and weaponized. This adjustment won’t be easy. Sudden technological shifts rarely are. But who better to guide students into this strange new world than their teachers? Kevin Roose is a technology columnist and the author of “Futureproof: 9 Rules for Humans in the Age of Automation.” @kevinroose

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

What is TeachFlix?What is TeachFlix VideoEver find a video for your students that’s just right? Perfect even? You show it to them (or they watch it on their own). It engages them. Makes them think. Starts really great conversations. A video can be the right tool to kickstart great learning. That’s why we created TEACHFLIX. It’s a collection of videos – sorted into categories – that you can use with your students in class. We’ve found our own favorites – and curated suggestions from classroom teachers. It’s not a perfect, all-encompassing collection. But we like it. And we keep adding new videos to it! If you love all of these TEACHFLIX resources, you should check out all we have for you at Ditch That Textbook! It’s full of free teacher resources, including teaching ideas, templates, tech tools, and more. Scroll down the homepage to the “Explore the DTT blog” as a good starting point. Or choose “Templates” from the resources section in the top right. All of this stuff might help you write your lesson plans for the next few days … or more! That’s our hope anyway! Access Teachflix by going to https://teachflix.org/

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Check out the May schedule for amazing read alouds. Join live or view the recording the next school day. New to Storyvoice? To get started open the web app to view and join upcoming live author and illustrator events. ***Recordings are only available for 24 hours.***

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style="font-size: 18px;">Click on the image to access each Wixie template. Additional templates are also located in Wixie in the "Curriculum" folder. Mother's Day Booklet Mother's Day AcrosticMother's Day BloomSpring Fun!Spring Weather ReportSpring HaikuSpring CountingSpring Ten Frame Addition

Beginning on April 17th parents of rising 7th grade students will see course recommendations in the Academic Planner via the Infinite Campus Parent Portal. The screenshot below shows how parents can locate the course recommendations. Parents will have until April 28th to request course changes. If parents would like to make changes, they should complete the course override form linked below. A separate form must be completed for each course you are asking to override. Please note that overrides may not be made to a student's mathematics class. Middle School Course Override Form 2023-2024 The planner will remain active until the roll over to the 23/24 school year and then it will be disabled until schedules are finalized and released in August. Parents can access the NP Digital Learning Parents Page for more information regarding the parent portal in Infinite Campus..

How to Turn off Quick Access How To VideoTo prevent students from accessing unsupervised Google Meets, please make sure you turn off quick access. To turn off Quick Access, please follow these steps. 1. Copy the Google Meet Link Code from the email notification you received. 2. Go to meet.google.com and launch a Google Meet using the Meet Code you copied from your email. 3. Go to host controls. 4. Scroll down to Meeting Access and turn off Quick Access. 5. This will prevent students from joining your Google Meet without a staff member joining the meet first.

What is ChatGPTVideo- 100 Prompts for ChatGPTIt is important to start a new chat when changing topics. ChatGPT is a CHAT bot. So you can ask it to write a lesson plan. It will. Then respond “modify it to be in the format of the 5 E’s lesson plan model.” ChatGPT will know what “it” is referring to because it is in the same chat. Have a full on conversation with the chatbot to keep refining your requirements to get something that is useful. You can use multiple sentences with multiple parameters. Do not think that you are restricted to one sentence or a short prompt.ChatGPT will happily make stuff up. It gave me a research article citation that did not exist. It keeps referring to “learning styles” even though this has been debunked for years. When I asked it to write a bio about me, it was mostly true but said I authored a book I had not written. So always FACT CHECK!ChatGPT will spit out cliches, debunked practices, low quality activities of filling out worksheets, low engagement, low critical thinking suggestions. Should we be giving students random questions on a topic and calling it a test or quiz? ChatGPT is amazing for helping you get started but ultimately you must evaluate the validity of the content and also apply solid pedagogy to ensure students are getting a high quality education. “Create a 10 question multiple choice quiz on frogs” will possibly result in busywork. Instead ask ChatGPT to help you go beyond using technology to make worksheets faster. Ask it to help you with more creative and engaging practices. Of course, evaluate how engaging and creative those practices are and modify for your classroom.

Listen to part of a pageTo select specific text on a page to be read to you, turn on Select-to-speak. Step 1: Turn on Select-to-speak

  1. At the bottom right, select the time.
    • Or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings Accessibility.
  3. Under "Text-to-Speech," turn on Select-to-speak.
Tip: Learn how to change the language, voice, and volume for text read aloud.Step 2: Select & hear textImportant: Depending on your keyboard, you can press the Search key or the Launcher key for some shortcuts. Both keys work the same. Option 1
  1. Press and hold the Search key .
  2. Drag the pointer over an area of text.
Option 2
  1. Highlight the text to be read.
  2. Press the Search key + s.
Option 3
  1. At the bottom right, near the time, select Select-to-Speak .
  2. Drag the pointer over an area of text.
Tip: If you’re on a touchscreen, tap a line of text or drag your finger over an area of the screen. Your Chromebook reads the section aloud and each word is highlighted. To stop Select-to-Speak while it’s reading, press Ctrl or the Search key . You can also select Stop . Tip: With navigation controls, you can pause and play, adjust speed, and skip lines of text.

Finalizing Marking Period Grades Printable Version From Your Gradebook for each class: 1. Set Task: Marking Period 2. Use Post Marking Period Grades (Using the Red Post Link) 3. Add Comments Here 4. Click Save Note: If you need to override grades for the marking period, please make override in the in progress section. Otherwise, if you have to post again, you would need to remember to override any overridden grades.

Great news! North Penn is dedicated to using Canvas as its primary learning management system until 2025-26. Although Canvas Studio will no longer be available, teachers will be encouraged to use Edpuzzle instead. This change brings several advantages as Edpuzzle offers a wealth of benefits such as an extensive library of resources, the ability to share content with colleagues, open-ended questions, and new AI features to be released soon, including the Teacher Assist function. With Teacher Assist, teachers can generate formative questions to use in an Edpuzzle video and autograde open-ended responses, making teaching and learning more accessible and efficient. If you require assistance with saving your Canvas Studio content, please do not hesitate to contact a TSS member or an edTech Learning Coach. Remember to save your content before July 2023. We are confident that this change will bring about exciting possibilities for our students and educators.

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 7 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

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Type text with your voiceYou can speak to enter text in most places you type. You can even add common punctuation when you say "comma," "period," "question mark," "exclamation mark," or "exclamation point." Important:

  • Speech won’t work if the spoken language doesn't match the device language.
  • Some voice commands aren’t yet supported in right-to-left languages.
Set up voice commands
  1. At the bottom right, select the time or press Alt + Shift + s.
  2. Select Settings Accessibility.
  3. Under "Keyboard and text input," turn on Dictation.
  4. Tap or select where you want to type.
  5. Select Speak .
    • You can also press Search + d or press Launcher + d.
Edit your text with voice commandsTo use a command, wait for your spoken text to clear from the box, then say your command. To edit your text, use the following commands: CommandDescription“Type [word/phrase]”Types the spoken text.“Select all”Selects everything in the text input area.“Unselect”Clears the selection.“Cut”Copies and deletes any selected text.“Copy”Copies selected text.“Paste”Pastes text from clipboard.“Delete the previous character”Deletes the previous character or selected text.“Undo”Undoes previous text-editing action.“Redo”Redoes previous text-editing action.“Help”Opens a support help center article.“New line”Moves the cursor to a new line.“Move to the next character”Moves the cursor right one character.“Move to the previous character”Moves the cursor left one character.“Move to the next line”Moves the cursor down one line.“Move to the previous line”Moves the cursor up one line.“Cancel”Stops dictation and speech recognition.“Delete the previous word”Deletes the previous word."Delete the previous sentence"Deletes the previous sentence."Move to the next word"Moves the cursor right one word."Move to the previous word"Moves the cursor left one word."Move to the next sentence"Moves the cursor right one sentence."Move to the previous sentence"Moves the cursor left one sentence.“Delete [word/phrase]"Deletes the specified word or phrase. This will only work if the word or phrase is before the cursor."Replace [word/phrase] with [word/phrase]"Replaces the specified word or phrase. This will only work if the word or phrase is before the cursor."Insert [word/phrase] before [word/phrase]"Inserts the specified word or phrase. This will only work if the word or phrase is before the cursor."Select from [word/phrase] to [word/phrase]"Selects the area between two words or phrases. This will only work if the word or phrase is before the cursor.Use new dictation commandsImportant: You can only use these new commands in English, French, German, Italian, and Spanish. You can now use multiple commands to perform the same action and use more natural language to edit text. For example, “Move to the next letter” and “Right one letter” moves the cursor to the next letter. CommandDescription"Delete all"Deletes all text in the text area."Move to the start"Moves the cursor to the start of the text area."Move to the end"Moves the cursor to the end of the text area."Select the previous word"Selects the previous word."Select the next word"Selects the next word."Select the next character"Selects the next character."Select the previous character"Selects the previous character."Repeat"Repeats the previous action.

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What is Conker.AI?Video-How Can I Use Conker.AI?Conker AI can be added to the growing list of artificial intelligence tools that can help support teachers – especially if you work in a Google district. Like Curipod and ChatGPT which were mentioned a couple of weeks ago, Conker is new and working its way to becoming a more robust tool, meaning that it does not have a lot of bells and whistles yet. With Conker, you can generate quizzes, fill-in-the-blank activities, true/false questions and more that can then be easily exported to a Google Form or generate a PDF.

Using ChatGPT to make text more accessible for all students in the classroom: 1. Go to https://chat.openai.com/ 2. Type in this prompt, followed by the text you wanted it to use to modify. Example Prompt: Make three versions of this text so it is accessible to different reading levels – one for a first grader, another for a fifth grader, another for a tenth grader: (copy and paste your text here) 3. Copy and paste the outputs into a Google Doc, Canvas Page or Assignment. Using a Canvas Page or Assignment enables users to access Immersive Reader to provide additional accessibility tools. @mr.carr.on.the.web Writing multiple levels of text with chat GPT is a breeze! From simple language for young readers to advanced vocabulary to PhD candidates, we covered it all. Differentiation and levelized text creation does not have to be difficult. #chatgpt #ai #differentiation #english #teachers ♬ original sound - Mr. Carr On The Web | EduTok

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 5 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

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Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 5 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

Possible Uses Some ways in which you may be able to use this feature for your courses include scheduling the timed release of:

  • A list of prompts for an in-class discussion exercise.
  • Case studies for students to examine during small group activities.
  • Class notes or slides at a certain point before or after lecture occurs.
  • Exam review materials.
  • The answer key to an assignment (after submissions are closed).
  • Other content (like a video or account information for a simulation) at the relevant time.
Directions To schedule a page for publication at a specific date and time: Navigate to that page. Click the edit page button in the top right. Select a Publish At date and time in the page options below the Rich Content editor. Save the page. (“save and publish” is not available when scheduling a page). This adds a new icon to your published column, more than just the gray crossed circle for “unpublished” and the green check for “published”. Pages that are scheduled to publish in the future will have a red calendar icon instead. Scheduled pages do not change the publication status of the module they are contained in. You must ensure the module itself is published (or scheduled to be), otherwise the page will still be unavailable at the module-level. You can still schedule whole modules to publish at once. This will continue to be the preferred method of controlling your content if you want to release multiple pieces of content all at the same time.

What is Curipod? Curipod is an interactive presentations software for education, meetings and workshops, sparking curiosity and engaging everyone. Create your own presentations, or find premade templates and inspiration for educationUse Curipod AI to Generate Lessons:Learn how to use Curipods AI generator to create lessons based on Topic, Grade and Learning Standards. You can use it for free here: https://curipod.com/ Suggestion: Please take advantage of the free aspects of this tool which is 5 free lessons. You can use the AI tool to help generate some content and questions to use in your existing slideshows and Pear Decks. Be sure to play around with Curipod's interactive presentaiton tool as well.

Edpuzzle Originals Additional Black History Month Resources

  1. Log into Edpuzzle.
  2. Then use this link to view Black History Month resources.

Pear Deck Black History Month ResourcesPear Deck Wonder PackThis Deck celebrates Black History Month and is designed to prompt wonder and curiosity for elementary, middle, and high school learners. These Wonders focus on contributions to the arts by the Black community, representation in popular culture, and the origins of cultural movements. What’s in this pack? Elementary School What is a social dance, where do they come from, and what purpose do they serve? In this fun, engaging video, Camille Brown and her dance company show the evolution of social dance in 25 moves, while explaining the societal forces that shaped each dance. Source: TED-Ed Middle School Superhero movies and comic books are more popular than ever before, but until fairly recently, they were dominated by white characters. Andre of Black Nerd Comedy discusses the growing wave of representation in comics, why it matters, and what it means to him. Source: Google Arts & Culture High School Kehinde Wiley has become one of America’s most recognized and revered artists, with a body of work much larger than his famous Obama portrait. In this video, he explains the motivations and inspirations behind his work, and discusses his admiration for his subjects. Source: Brooklyn Museum Via Youtube Additional Resources: PBS Newshour ClassroomQuestlove documentary spotlights 1969 Harlem concert series featuring music greats‍Find out why one contemporary musician pushed to make a movie out of lost concert footage from decades ago.Get the Deck Discuss 22-year-old Amanda Gorman’s inaugural poem “The Hill We Climb”‍In this lesson, students examine the poetry of Amanda Gorman, who was chosen to read her poem “The Hill We Climb” at President Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, 2021. Gorman’s poem complemented Biden’s inaugural address and was written to reflect on “the history that we stand on, and the future that we stand for.”Get the Deck Misty Copeland’s children’s book works to eliminate stereotypes about balletMisty Copeland, a well-known American ballet dancer, recently published the children’s book “Bunheads,” about a young girl’s first ballet class. She based characters off of friends and mentors who have encouraged her talent over the years.Get the Deck Musical duo Black Violin on defying stereotypesKev Marcus and Wil B met in a high school music class and they eventually went on to form the musical group Black Violin. Together, they disrupt people’s impression of what classical music should be.Get the Deck Regina King’s directorial debut examines meeting of civil rights voicesIn her directorial debut, renowned actor Regina King’s new film One Night in Miami explores a 1960s gathering of four famous friends—Muhammad Ali, Malcolm X, Jim Brown and Sam Cooke—who debated their work and responsibilities as Black men. The film depicts vulnerable conversations in which the group reflects on struggles as Black men in in the spotlight during the Civil Rights era in America.Get the Deck What made Cicely Tyson a pioneering iconCicely Tyson (1924–2021) was an actress “notable for powerful performances and a refusal to accept roles that demeaned Black people,” said NewsHour’s Jeffrey Brown. She started acting in the 1960s, starring in films throughout her career such as “The Autobiography of Miss Jane Pittman” and “Roots,” and died at the age of 96 on January 28, 2021.Get the Deck Newsela Daily DecksNewsela Daily Decks: Teaching Black history is kid's passion10-year-old Dakota Adeyemi hosts an online show created to making learning about Black history fun.Get the Deck Black engineer changed video game industry forever"Lawson literally created an industry that is bigger than the movie industry."Get the Deck Maia Chaka is the first Black female official in NFL historyThe announcement comes during National Women’s History Month — making the timing all the more momentous.Get the Deck At 100, she's the oldest active rangerBetty Reid Soskin shares her story in the hope that it will encourage people to share their own stories.Get the Deck Venus and Serena made history 20 years ago"When the day comes that they retire, there's gonna be a big hole in women's tennis."Get the Deck Civil rights activist Lucille TimesLucille Times, who fought same driver of Rosa Parks's bus, passed away at age 100.Get the Deck‍ Demands for Black history and authorsTeens demand that their schools teach more Black history, among reforms meant to promote fair treatment and equality.Get the Deck

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Create your Resolution with CanvaAdd It to the Padlet to share with NP Staff MembersClick the Image Below to Make a Copy of the Canva Template:

Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 5 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

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Text Chat Animator How to Get Started:

  1. Example
  1. Go to:
  2. https://chat-animator.com/Text Chat AnimatorCreate realistic text chat animations that simulate messaging apps! Export them for free in video or GIF format to create stories, commercials, and...Chat-animator
  3. Type in the names of the people you want to simulate conversations with.
  4. Upload images of the icon by clicking the blue upload button on the avator.
  5. Edit the text on the input box. You can also add texts too.
  6. Click "Record Animation" to export video as .webm and/or GIF.

Online Voice Recorder How to use this tool:

  1. Go to https://online-voice-recorder.com/
  2. Select the red record icon.
  3. Give site permission to use the microphone.
  4. Record your audio.
  5. Cut / Trim your recording.
  6. Save to your Google Drive.

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Welcome to Adobe Animate: Example Video: How to Get Started:

  1. Visit to the adobe animate site (bit.ly/NPadobe)
  2. Select your Character
  3. Pick a Background
  4. Choose your Video Size
  5. Record your audio and
  6. Download & Save to Google Drive.
  7. And Share

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Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 5 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

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Welcome to Adobe Animate: Example Video: How to Get Started:

  1. Visit to the adobe animate site (bit.ly/NPadobe)
  2. Select your Character
  3. Pick a Background
  4. Choose your Video Size
  5. Record your audio and
  6. Download & Save to Google Drive.
  7. And Share

Explore this Pear Deck Example Check out this example below to see how Pear Deck can be used to provide more equitable (techuity) access to content, or click this link to open in a new window.

p> Wixie ResourcesWixie is a district-supported app for student creation. Wixie gives teachers and students easy to use tools, combined with multiple ways to share learning and flexibility to differentiate, making it useful for a variety of learning needs. If you haven't explored Wixie yet, consider reviewing the Grade level Resource Guides created by Tech4Learning. Another amazing resource in Wixie is the use of Magic Stickers. Magic Stickers are images that can change the way they look, such as dice you can roll, clocks that change their time, and more. Click HERE to read more about Magic Stickers.

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Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 5 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was.Examples:

Conference PreparationGoogle Meet Set-Up for Families*In Calendar, create an event. *Click the blue button 'Add Google Meet Video Conferencing.'*Create one link to use for the day. *Participants joining the Meet will 'Ask to Join.'*The Meet organizer will need to allow participants to join.*A nicknamed Google Meet will not work as these are only accessible to those within the North Penn organization.*When adding a colleague as a co-host, first add him/her as a guest. From there navigate to the ⚙ Gear and add him/her as a co-host.Exporting Canvas Grades*From your Canvas course, click Grades--View Gradebook OR click Manage Subject-- Grades.*Filter 'View' to capture the grades you are interested in exporting.*Select Export--Export Current Gradelevel View. Canvas will download the information as a .csv file.*Open a new tab with Google Drive.*Click +New--File Upload to convert the .csv to a Google Sheet.*To customize the spreadsheet, consider hiding unnecessary columns. Select 'Format-- Alternating Colors' and choose a default style to make the spreadsheet easier to read.

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Finalizing Marking Period Grades Printable Version From Your Gradebook for each class: 1. Set Task: Marking Period 2. Use Post Marking Period Grades (Using the Red Post Link) 3. Add Comments Here 4. Click Save Note: If you need to override grades for the marking period, please make override in the in progress section. Otherwise, if you have to post again, you would need to remember to override any overridden grades.

"Techquity": Going from Digital Poverty to Digital Empowerment- Ken SheltonIt's time to start seeing tech access and how it's used in assignments as central school equity issues. As districts look toward where they want to be after a year of pandemic disruption, it’s time to start seeing technology access and how it’s used in assignments as central school equity issues, writes Ken Shelton, an expert on “techquity.” When technology is distributed and used equitably, it can enable opportunity and voice, dismantle barriers around learner exceptionalities, democratize access to information, and disrupt racial and economic privilege hierarchies. During my classroom teaching career, one of my middle school students once pointed out that a common back-to-school assignment was classist, racist, and full of microaggressions. The assignment many teachers in our district used throughout all grade levels was around the question, “What did you do over the summer?” In previous years, students from high-income backgrounds who created projects about their European or tropical island vacations were elevated as having the most valuable ­experiences. My student, who spent the summer working in a family restaurant and couldn’t afford an extravagant vacation, felt invalidated and marginalized when teachers put value on the summer experiences that required economic access. Furthermore, students were required to write an essay, rather than having options for choosing how to represent their experiences. Our school’s student body was diverse in racial backgrounds and income levels. This assignment alienated a large portion of our lower-income students, many of whom were Black and Brown. Including platform and delivery choice in addition to shifting the topic was a key part of making the assignment more equitable. Instead of taking a prescribed approach, the students—who all had access to the same devices, platforms, and applications in my classroom—could center their own cultural identity and assets, using their values to identify what they saw as the connection to the material. By being encouraged to actualize their own learning, they were more invested in sharing with classmates. It also helped that the student trusted me enough to share their true feelings, and I acknowledged the problematic experiences of too many students. I not only changed the work in the way I thought was best, but was able to give the students access to differentiated technology channels. A Persistent Digital Divide Technology, distributed and used equitably, enables opportunity and voice, dismantles barriers around learner ­exceptionalities, democratizes access to information, and disrupts racial and economic-privilege hierarchies. In the last year, however, I have found myself questioning a lot of prominent voices in education technology, including my own, because they tend to oversimplify a complex situation. Much of the ed-tech sphere centers the voices of white educators, who often focus on minor tweeks of the existing system rather than questioning the system as a whole. This is not to pick on individuals. Rather, it is to say that we should be interrogating why most technology initiatives and discussions work within the existing structures when those structures most often aren’t working for students, especially students of color.As our districts and education organizations look to where we are and where we want to be after more than a year of pandemic-related disruption, one of the most important lessons we can learn is that it is not possible to have a truly equitable learning environment absent of robust technology access. You can’t address other equity factors until you ensure access as a foundational baseline. Even after pandemic-related efforts to close the digital divide, there are gaps between what well-resourced schools and under-resourced schools are able to do. Around 12 million K–12 students still lack access to a device, broadband internet, or both.1 Both rural and urban schools and ­communities continue to deal with what I call digital redlining, where certain areas do not have broadband access or ­unreliable cell coverage. Despite districts handing out hotspots, students aren’t always guaranteed a strong signal. Technology access can even vary within a school building. Students are being denied access to what others have, in some cases by design—or at least by neglect. Individuals do not have control over regional technology infrastructures, yet we still tend to place a significant degree of responsibility on students, educators, and site administrators to fix issues with technology or to succeed despite not having the proper resources. You can’t blame or punish a school for lack of access when you don’t have the infrastructure in the first place. I know of teachers who want to do right by their students with more differentiated technology assignments that go beyond routine thinking tasks, but this proves difficult when their school mandates the use of Google platforms on iPads, rather than empowering the teacher and students to choose the method and tools that work best for them. That’s a prime example of educators seeing the bigger picture, while system creates very narrow guardrails to operate within. Beyond Access But just having basic access to technology is not a silver bullet. How do we ensure that access directly correlates to equitable opportunities and assignments? When I talk to educators are on in one-to-one settings with laptops or iPads and have a range apps, I encourage them to think very critically about how exactly they’re using those tools, the same way my student encouraged me. How do experiences directly correlate to the desired outcomes that students have identified for themselves? For Black and Brown learners especially, the digitization of lessons often equates to online worksheets and repetitive tasks rather than rich, meaningful learning. Instead of using technology as an intervention mechanism or simply digitizing one-size-fits-all instruction, we need to ask whether we are meeting learners on a personalized basis. Technology-based learning experiences should align with and encourage higher-order thinking and greater creativity. We cannot simply set students in front of screens. In turn, school leaders should think about what resources, professional development, and support they can provide to educators to ensure technology use aligns to more equitable learning experiences. In a new era, keeping techquity at the center of our classrooms has never been more important. End Notes:1Ali, T., Chandra, S., Cherukumilli, S., Fazlullah, A., Hill, H., McAlpine, N., et al. (2021). Looking Back, looking forward: What will it take to permanently close the K-12 digital divide. San Francisco, CA: Common Sense Media.About Ken Shelton has worked as an educator, consultant, and designer for over 20 years and spent most of his classroom experience teaching technology at the middle school level. His work is centered around keynotes, presentations, policy, advisement, consulting, and workshops in educational technology, equity and inclusion, anti-bias/anti-racist, multimedia literacy, and other topics.

p> Wixie ResourcesWixie is a district-supported app for student creation. Wixie gives teachers and students easy to use tools, combined with multiple ways to share learning and flexibility to differentiate, making it useful for a variety of learning needs. If you haven't explored Wixie yet, consider reviewing the Grade level Resource Guides created by Tech4Learning. Another amazing resource in Wixie is the use of Magic Stickers. Magic Stickers are images that can change the way they look, such as dice you can roll, clocks that change their time, and more. Click HERE to read more about Magic Stickers.

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Homeroom Dashboard

  • Designed to provide closer alignment with Student View.
  • Provides a more elementary friendly view.
  • Customize what you see by clicking Subject---All Subjects--- Click the “⭐” of courses you want on your dashboard.
  • Simplified tabs across the top rather than the internal left side menu.
  • Contained “To Do” list hidden under the last tab as opposed to always being visible on the right side.
Managing your Course Cards Simplified Navigation Homeroom Course Card Options: To integrate or not to integrate?
  • Advantage: No need for students to click on and open a Homeroom Course card.
  • Advantage: Decreases the number of “Subjects” students have on their dashboard.
  • Advantage: No need for teachers to have a homeroom course card image or a homeroom home page.
  • Two places to share buttons or content with students: Announcements or “Important Information.”
Integrated Homeroom ViewAdding ContentAnnouncements
  • Announcements will appear on the student dashboard.
  • Ability to toggle between multiple announcements.
  • Think outside the box and use an “Announcement” to house clickable buttons in a table.
  • Clicking on the Home button always returns students to the buttons. This is great for our youngest learners!
Buttons in an AnnouncementImportant Information
  • Important Information is visible to students under the Resources tab.
Enabling the Integrated Homeroom

New Materials in Canvas CommonsNote: To access these materials, please make sure you are signed in to Canvas prior to using the links. Home Pages and ButtonsRainbow Banners & Buttons Bee Themed Banners & Buttons Trendy Rainbow Banners & Buttons Primary Home Page 1 Primary Home Page 2 ELA Home Page Math Home Page Science Home Page Social Studies Home Page ELA Interactive MaterialsFundations CVC Make-a-Word ABCYA ELA Games Storyline Online Videos Latinx/Hispanic Book Room Math Interactive MaterialsInteractive Hundreds Chart Number Mat- Tens and Ones Numbers Mat- Hundreds, Tens and Ones Counting Coins Ten-Frame Count & Write the Number FunArt Hub for KidsHave ideas for other interactive manipulatives? Send an email request to Wendy Stover.

Upcoming Flip Live Events October 4th @ 1:00 PMRegister to join the livestream and meet NBA superstar Steph Curry as he shares his debut picture book, I Have a Superpower.Invite students to ask Steph Curry questions HERE before the live event.October 18th @ 1:00 PMRegister to join the livestream and meet award-winning, bestselling author Jason Reynolds and learn what makes him--and everyone--strong and special.Engage students with these related resources.On-Demand LibraryCan't make the live events? Flip has an on-demand library loaded with past livestream events encompassing a variety of topics.

Creating Annotated Assignments Printable Version Creating Annotated Assignments 1. Create the assignment from the three dot menu. 2. Select Assignment. 3. Create Assignment 4. Name the Assignment 5. Click Create New6. From the Module Page, click on the Assignment and click edit assignment.7. Name Assignment (should be done) 8. Add assignment directions. 9. Assign Point Value10. Select Assignment Type (Online) 11. Select Student Annotations 12. Upload your File / PDF to be annotated.13. Select Classes / Sections assigned to: 14. Click either Save, or Save and Publish.Note: Please remind students to save each annotation by using the Check Mark. If they don't, their work will not be saved.

How have others repurposed the classroom TVs?

  • Teaching Station providing another option to the classroom projector.
  • Display a positive quote, joke of the day, word of the day, or an idiom of the day.
  • Set the tone with soothing music and a calming videoscape.
  • Display the daily schedule, homework, and announcements for the day.
  • Display student work
  • Use as a student presentation station

Students Create with Book CreatorHow do students make books? Getting Started Example book My First BookClick to read this book, made with Book Creatorhttps://read.bookcreator.com

  • Students create their own books. Share this tutorial with students.
  • Students copy a teacher's book.
  • Students create from a blank book or from a template.
  • Students can collaborate and work together on one book. View this article for more information.
Creating Books: TutorialsWorking with Text
  • Add and format text
  • How to add hyperlinks
  • Use your voice to type the words
Working with Images and Video
  • Upload a photo or video
  • Use your device camera
  • Add captions to video
  • Working with video
  • Add a photo from the Image Search
  • Working with images
Working with Audio
  • Add audio from your device
  • Record your device onto the page
  • Make audio hotspots invisible
Working with Shapes & Drawings
  • Add shapes
  • Add icons from the Noun Project
  • Use hex codes to choose a color
  • Add emojis
  • Use the pen tool

Book Creator Summer UpdateIn Book Creator you can get creative with the type of feedback you want to give:

  • Text
  • Audio
  • Video
  • GIFs
  • Stickers
  • Emojis
Giving Effective Feedback in Online Spaces by Dr. Monica BurnsTimely, Relevant FeedbackIn research compiled by John Hattie and Helen Timperley, evidence shows the most influential factor in improving student achievement is feedback. With Book Creator, feedback can occur during a lesson as well as post lesson. With feedback, it is important to be actionable--- linking back to a rubric, for example, with something for the student to follow-up on.With Book Creator it is easy to provide multimedia feedback which may be more effective for delivering feedback to students. Book Creator offers a full range of tools to differentiate how feedback is delivered.

Canvas Grade Passback (Sync) Printable Version Enable Post Grades to SIS 1. Select Settings 2. Select Feature Options 3. Click X for Post Grades to SIS 4. Select Enable Repeat for all of your Canvas Courses that you wish to sync grades to IC. Ready to Sync to SIS Check-List Make sure:

  • Assignment names are 30 characters or less.
  • Assignment is published
  • Assignment is enabled to sync.
  • Assignment must be assigned to the entire course or section and cannot be assigned to individuals (differentiated).
View from AssignmentsHow to Sync Grades: 1. In Course Navigation, click the Grades link.In the course Gradebook: 2. Click the Actions menu 3. Then select the Sync to SIS option. This will sync any grades that have been changed in the Gradebook within the last 30 days.

Immersive Reader Printable Version Using Immersive Reader in Canvas 1. Select the Plus Icon to add a page or assignment to a module. 2. Select add a Page or Assignment. 3. Create a New Page / Assignment. 4. Name the Page / Assignment 5. Click Add Item 6.Type or Copy and paste your text in the rich content editor for your page or assignment. 7. Click Save and Publish 8. You will see the Immersive Reader button at the top of any page or assignment. Students can activate this feature with the button, and unfortunately at this time, it will not work with Canvas Quizzes.9. Watch the Canvas Video to learn more about Immersive Reader and how to use it within Canvas. Adding the Extension to Use Immersive Reader on other Websites: 1. Go to Chrome Web Store 2. Search for Immersive Reader on Websites 3. Click Add to Chrome (How to add Extension Video) https://bit.ly/NPUDL01 How To Use Immersive Reader for Websites 1. Highlight online text. 2. Right Click on highlighted text. 3. Select Help Me Read This (How to Use Immersive Reader Video) https://bit.ly/NPUDL02

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About the Chromebook App HubThe Chromebook App Hub is an online resource to help educators, administrators and developers work together to learn about Chromebook apps and activity ideas for schools.Teachers search all over the internet for suggestions regarding apps for the classroom, ways to engage students, and lesson plan ideas that leverage their Chromebooks.The App Hub shows off the best tools and apps for the classroom. And although apps are great, you can also get ideas from fellow educators on how to use them in the classroom are even better inspiration.

Whiteboard.fi An online whiteboard service specially designed for teachers and classrooms. An excellent tool for formative assessment, and now a part of the Kahoot! group. How to Use Whiteboard.fi:

  1. Create a New Class.
  2. Have students Join the Class
  3. Push Your Whiteboard to Students
  4. View Student Responses in Real Time

LinkIt! Exam Resources Click on the resources below to view. Assigning LinkIt! Exams Assistance During ExamsTest Taking for Students Accessing Student Results

NP Status GatorWhat is NP Status Gator? A Cloud Service Status tool that will indicate the current status of our various edTech tools. If you suspect that a service is down, you can access NP Status Gator from NP Desktop to see if there are any reported outages. Current / Live Status:

Final Exam Drop-In Sessions Final Exams will be published 48 hours in advance for you to begin assigning your test codes. If you need assistance with assigning your exams, help will be available during the drop-in sessions the day before your scheduled exam in your building's IMC, or via a Google Meet. Google Meet Link: (bit.ly/NPDrop-In) Middle School: 7:30-8:00 AMNP High School: 2:15-2:45 PMMay 27, & 31 June 1-3, & 6-8May 26, 27,& 31June 1-3, & 6-8

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What's the Wordle Word?Play this Month's Wordle Game created with MyWordle or create your own.

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When Should You use Reply All? You should only Reply-All to an email when you’re sure your reply is relevant to everyone in the thread. Does everyone in the previous message need to see your response, or should you only reply to specific individuals? Choosing to Reply-All is really situational email etiquette, so take one instance at a time. Reply Settings in Gmail- Check your Gmail Settings to make sure that you have Reply set as the default. 1. Settings. 2. See All Settings 3. Set Default Reply Behavior Check out this Knight Crier Article:Recent rash of “Reply All” causes Gmail to drop feature altogetherKnight Crier, Lirpa Loof|April 1, 2021 We’ve all seen them. Sometimes we cringe for the person who sent it, sometimes our heart stops when we realize we sent it. Yes. The dreaded… Reply All. A recent sharp upward trend in workplace Reply Alls has led Gmail to make an unprecedented decision to drop the feature in all work related email accounts. “250 people are getting an email from our boss, and then I get ten more emails that say things like ‘OMG Thank you! You’re the best!’” explained Autumn Stiller, a public school teacher whose school uses Gmail. “And then, just when you think the madness has stopped, five more people Reply All saying, ‘stop replying all.’ It’s just out of control. Madness really!” Stiller is not alone in her sentiments. Recently, one of her co-workers left his classroom for five minutes to go use the restroom. In just that five minute span, a school-district wide email was sent out from HR, and fifteen people had already replied all. “I came back to my classroom, and all of a sudden my email was blowin’ up!” Will Joelson, a 20 year veteran teacher, explained. “And for some reason… I couldn’t help myself from reading all of them. I think maybe deep down, I was hoping someone accidentally sent a really inappropriate reply. Call me sadistic, call me Ishmael… whatever. I just couldn’t help it.” While the effects of Reply All Syndrome weigh heavily on those who receive the flood of emails, the trauma for the one who accidentally sends the reply may be even worse. “Oh the humanity. I think I realized one day, actually as I was hitting the key on my chromebook, that I was doing it, but mid click, my reflexes weren’t good enough, and it sent,” reflected Sandy McLingley, a high school administrative assistant. “As soon as I sent it, I just wanted to go in my bag, ya know… I was so embarrassed. I used to make fun of those people who did that. I never thought it could happen to me!” Reports have surfaced showing that people who accidentally reply all have had post email nightmares and identity crises that have lasted for months. One employee said he couldn’t show his face in public at work for months, until some other scandal broke that made people forget about his reply all moment. Still worse though is a growing variant of people who seem to be replying all on purpose because they like other co-workers to know that they are reading their emails. While nobody has stepped forward yet to admitting to such a complex variant of this growing problem, we all know they exist. “The only thing I have ever seen that’s worse than this outbreak is people who send a message to the wrong group chat. I hope we never see anything as bad as that again,” Stiller reflected.

Create. Read. Publish. Education is changing. Bring creativity to your classroom with Book Creator, the one app you need for any subject or grade level. Combine text, images, audio and video to create:

  • Interactive stories
  • Research journals
  • Science reports
  • 'About me' books
  • Instruction Manuals
  • Digital portfolios
  • Poetry books
  • Comic adventures
What do teachers say about Book Creator?Publish to an authentic audience
  • Writing a book is a fantastic way to make connections in learning. Students create a finished product, giving them a platform for sharing their learning with peers or others
Engage Reluctant Writers
  • Giving students an audience beyond the teacher can be extremely motivational. And if students aren’t confident writers, why not have them record their voice instead?
Demonstrate Understanding
  • Most textbooks just don’t cover all the unusual ways and methods we use to learn. What better way to show learning that to write these textbooks ourselves?
Promote Collaboration
  • Giving students an audience beyond the teacher can be extremely motivational. And if students aren’t confident writers, why not have them record their voice instead?
See Student ExamplesHow to Get Started?

"New Quizzes" Canvas has begun the process of replacing its "Classic" quizzes format with the "New Quizzes" feature. After this summer, "Classic" quizzes will no longer be supported and all quizzes will be launched in "New Quizzes". To help with this transition, please see the videos below to help you get started utilizing the "New Quizzes" tool. Getting Started with New Quizzes: Choosing "New Quizzes", Migrating "Classic" quizzes, and Getting Ready to Build Getting Started with New Quizzes: Editing Questions, Advanced Questioning, and Item Banking Getting Started with New Quizzes: Assigning, Moderating, and Analyzing

Canvas Commons: An Underutilized Resource Canvas Commons is home to thousands of resources that can be easily imported into your courses. You can import stand-alone resources like pages or discussion posts, or you can import entire modules (or even whole courses). With Commons, you also have the ability to share your creations with your North Penn Colleagues or even the general public if you wish. Below, you will find short screencasts that will walk you through utilizing this resource. Getting Started with Commons: Basic Functions and Search Getting Started with Commons: Filtering Search Results Getting Started with Commons: Upload and Share Your Content!

Posting MP 1, 2 & 3 Grades1. Set Task: Marking Period 2. Use Post Marking Period Grades (Using Red Post Link) 3. Add Comments Here 4. Click Save Note: If you need to override grades for the marking period, please make override in the inprogress section. Otherwise, if you have to post again, you would need to remember to override any overridden grades.

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Learn about Spinner WheelSpinner WheelCreate a custom wheel now using this free online decision generator tool. This virtual wheel simulator is the first of its kind to let you create multiple custom designed spinner wheels to use either independently or at the same time. This opens up a huge range of possibilities.Examples:

  • Dice Roller
  • Magic 8 Ball
  • Short Burst Writing
  • Mathematics Quiz
  • Truth or Dare
  • Yes or No
  • Random Letter

Canva and Canvas: Better Together! Canva has been featured in several "What the Tech?" issues so far because it is a powerful tool that is completely FREE for education. It allows students and teachers to create stunning-looking artifacts in half the time it normally would, provides access to thousands of free images, videos, and graphics, and integrates well with other applications. Now, Canva is even more powerful! Recently, the technology team finished onboarding all student and staff accounts into free Canva for EDU accounts. Additionally, a Canva LTI was added to Canvas so students can work on and submit artifacts seamlessly between Canva and Canvas! Please view the items below in order to see how to use Canva together with Canvas. To view other powerful ways Canva can engage students, please scroll back through our previous "What the Tech?" issues. Getting Started All of the hard work has been done for you! All students and staff now have Canva accounts and the integration with Canvas has been set up district-wide.

  1. If you have not done so already, go to Canva.com/education and click “Sign-in” and then “Sign-in With Google”. Select your NPENN Google account and proceed. It will ask you to then connect your account to our SSO (Google/Classlink). Once you connect the SSO you are done! You now have access to all that Canva has to offer
  1. Your students can access Canva for the first time by clicking the “Canva for Education” link in the course navigation and following the same sign-in steps above.
Using Canva within Canvas The Canva app integration with Canvas has already been done at the district level and is already a part of your Canvas courses! Providing Templates for Students to Use:
  1. In the text editor of any assignment, you can embed templates for students to use, or just show them examples of finished products. Start by clicking the “Plug” tool in your Canvas text editor.
  2. Choose “Canva for Education” from the list of apps.
  3. Select the item you want to be a template or an example.
  1. After selecting the item, it will ask you how you want to embed it. You can choose to have an image embedded or just a link with text.
  2. Next, it will ask you to choose if students should just view it or if you want it to make a copy for every student.
  1. After finishing your directions and linking your item in the text editor, go to “Submission Type.” Choose “Online” and select “Website URL”
  1. When students are ready to submit their assignment, they will see a tab on the assignment submission page that says “Canva for Education”. When they click this tab, they will be able to choose from among their Canva designs and submit the final product.
  2. On the teacher side, you will be able to view all submissions in the Speedgrader window.

Immersive Screen ReaderScreencast1. Click the following link to add Immersive Reader from the Chrome Web Store2. Click Add to Chrome Button to add this extension:3. Once installed, highlight any text that you would like help with and right click.4. Select help me read this.5. Adjust Settings as desired. (See table below) Voice SettingsText PreferencesGrammar OptionsReading Preferences

DirectionsScreencast 1. Click the search button.2. Search for the Camera App3. Switch the Camera4. Select Scan Doc5. Capture Image6. Save as an image or a PDF, saves to your Google Drive.

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Learn how to play Wordle below and create your own Wordle to use with your students with any content using the MyWordle link below.Wordle:A word guessing game that you have 6 tries to guess a valid 5 letter word.The color of a letter will change to show how close your guess was:Examples:MyWordle:Create your Own Wordle using MyWordle

Here’s how educators combine the power of Canva and Flipgrid in everyday, educational activities: Educators → deliver engaging lessons or start a creative conversation with your class Students → customize your video responses and enhance the ways you communicate with your teacher and peers. Directions: 1. Login to Canva. It’s free for K-12 educators and students. 2. In Canva, type “Flipgrid” in the template search bar. You’ll find over 100 customizable backgrounds and frames made for Flipgrid videos! They’re for a variety of subjects from elementary to high school. 3. Have fun exploring the Canva designs and changing the colors, text and images to your liking! Once you’re done, click “Share” on the top right corner and download your design as a JPG. 4. Next, login to Flipgrid. If you’re new to Flipgrid, you can make a free account here, then invite your students to join a group. 5. Once you’re ready, you can record a Flipgrid video with a discussion prompt for students. This can be anything you want to ignite conversation. Now, here’s the new part, you can enhance the visual experience by clicking “Add a Backdrop” to import your Canva background or frame! When you’re finished, click Next to review the video. 6. Review your video—trim, re-arrange or even add another visual or video clip designed on Canva! 7. Submit your video—edit your name and even change the cover photo with an eye-catching Canva design! 8. Encourage students to enhance their Flipgrid video responses by adding Canva backgrounds and frames! Enjoy!

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LinkIt! Exam Supporthttp://bit.ly/NPDrop-In Exam Publishing AssistanceDate1/14/221/18/221/19/221/20/22Middle School Content Area 7:30-8:15amSpecial Content AreasWorld LanguageScience and Social StudiesELA & MathHigh School Content Area 2:15-3:00pmBusiness, Health & ScienceELA / Social StudiesMathArt, FCS & Tech Ed Testing Issue Self-Help FormPlease use the form below to help self-diagnose any exam issues during an exam. Our tech team will monitor the form and reach out to provide any additional assistance necessary. Loading…

End of Semester Courses with ExamsFull Year Courses with a Midterm ExamFull Year Courses without a Midterm ExanSemester Courses must complete all three tasks below:Full year courses with a midterm will add a midterm score that accounts for 10% of MP 2 Grade then post MP 2 Grades and Comments.Full year courses without a midterm will complete the posting task to post MP 2 grades and comments. 1. Posting MP Grades 2. Posting Final Exam Grades 3. Posting Final Course Grades Weighted Courses

  • Adding a Midterm Score for Weighted Grade Books
Total Points
  • Adding a Midterm Score for Total Point Grade Books
Posting Marking Period Grades
  • Posting Marking Periods 1, 2 & 3 Grades and Comments
  • Posting Marking Periods 1, 2 & 3 Grades and Comments

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DirectionsVideoSetting Up your Slide1. Open a New Slideshow, 2. Select File Menu 3. Page Set-Up 4. Custom 5. Set page size to 20x11.26 Design 6. Design Your Background using Shapes, Images, text boxes and Word Art. Saving Background 7. Select File Menu 8. Download 9. Select PNG. (Saves to your Google Drive if using a Chromebook).

DirectionsVideo1. Go to Canva.com/education if you need to create a Canva Account. Please be sure to use the Google Button to sign-on to create your account. 2. Upgrade to a Free EDU Account.3. Search for a Jamboard Template.4. Select a template that you would like to use and you can edit it to personalize it.5. When finished, select Download6. File Type: PNG7. Increase the Image Size to 2 to help generate a clear image.Click Download8. Save to your Google Drive (If on a Chromebook).

DirectionsVideoDock Window to the Leftalt + [Dock Window to the Rightalt + ]

DirectionsVideo1. Go to jamboard.google.com2. Create a new Jamboard3. Title your Jamboard.4. Select Set Background Button5. Use File Upload6. Find your file in your Google Drive (search for recent) if on your Chromebook.7. Select your image for your background.8. Determine how you want to share your Jamboard with students.Individual Jamboard Options1. Assign as a Google Assignment so that each student receives his or her own copy.2. Change the share settings so that anyone at NP can view, then change the end of the jamboard url from the word /edit change to /copy to force a copy when the link is clicked.Collaborative Jamboard:3. Change the share settings so that everyone at NP can edit.

Christmas is celebrated by many on December 25th. Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas on or near January 7th. Information about Orthodox Christmas, including the traditions and countries where is it traditionally celebrated is included in the following links:Orthodox Christmas Day Orthodox Christmas_ Resource for Kids History of Christmas- History Channel 11 Weird and Wonderful Christmas Traditions Around the World Five Fun Facts About Christmas:

  1. The tradition of Christmas trees goes back to ancient Egyptians and Romans, who decorated with evergreens during the winter solstice to signify that spring would return.
  2. The tradition of children leaving snacks for Santa began with the Dutch. On St. Nicholas' feast day on Dec. 6, Dutch children leave him food and drink to be exchanged for gifts overnight.
  3. "Jingle Bells" was originally a Thanksgiving song. James Lord Pierpont wrote the song called "One Horse Open Sleigh" for his church's Thanksgiving concert in the mid-19th Century. Then in 1857, the song was re-released under the title we all know. Today, it's still among the most popular Christmas songs.
  4. In 1848, Prince Albert of Germany got a tree to celebrate Christmas for his new wife, Queen Victoria of England. A drawing of the couple in front of Christmas’ first tree appeared in Illustrated London News. When people in the United States saw the image, the idea went viral!
  5. The eight tiny reindeer have had lots of names- Rudolph was almost named Rollo or Reginald, which doesn't quite have the same ring to it. His crew also had lots of other names. They've also been called Flossie, Glossie, Racer, Pacer, Scratcher, Feckless, Ready, Steady and Fireball.

Hanukkah, also known as the Festival of Lights, is celebrated by Jewish families across the world. The holiday takes place for eight nights and days, commemorating the rededication of the Holy Temple. This year, Hanukkah begins in the evening of Sunday, November 28 and ends in the evening of Monday, December 6. The Story and Traditions of Hanukkah Books for Teachers and Families The Ultimate List of Children’s Books about Hanukkah 10 Books that Celebrate Hanukkah- This list of books highlights stories of Hanukkah from a multicultural perspective. A Few Fun Facts:

  1. The word "hanukkah" comes from the Hebrew word "Hinuch," or "to teach.
  2. Hanukkah isn’t a major Jewish holiday however, it has become popular because of its proximity to Christmas.
  3. Gift-giving isn’t a traditional part of Hanukkah, but children were given money as an incentive to study the Torah.
  4. There are 16 ways to spell Hanukkah. Since it is transliterated from Hebrew letters, there are many different ways to spell the name of the holiday. The most common spellings in English are “Hanukkah” or “Chanukah.”
  5. Jimmy Carter was the first US president to celebrate Hanukkah in 1979. Every president since has recognized Hanukkah with a special menorah-lighting ceremony. George W. Bush was the first president to host a Hanukkah party in the White House.
  6. In Israel, 17.5 million donuts are eaten during the eight days of Hanukkah. Jelly donuts are one of the traditional holiday desserts.

Kwanzaa is celebrated from December 26th through January 1st each year. Resources for Teachers and Families https://www.history.com/news/5-things-you-may-not-know-about-kwanzaa Kwanzaa Facts for Kids History of Kwanzaa-Video for middle school school students, teachers and families Books for Teachers and Families Scholastic Books for Elementary Students Top Ten Books about Kwanzaa- Colours of Us- Elementary Students A Few Fun Facts

  1. The holiday was created by Dr. Maulana Karenga in 1966 to celebrate family, culture and heritage, and is modeled after the first harvest celebrations in Africa.
  2. The colors of Kwanzaa are a reflection of the Pan-African movement representing “unity” for peoples of African descent worldwide: Black for the people, red for the noble blood that unites all people of African ancestry, and green for the rich land of Africa.
  3. There are 7 principles and 7 symbols that emphasize a unique set of values and ideals during the 7 days of Kwanzaa… also spelled with 7 letters- highlighting the power of 7.
  4. With over 2000 languages spoken on the African continent, Kwanzaa adopted one of the many unifying languages, Swahili, which is spoken by millions on the African continent. The name Kwanzaa comes from a Swahili phrase meaning "first fruits."
  5. Kwanzaa is rooted in African culture, however, people from all racial and ethnic backgrounds are welcomed to join in the celebration.

The Ditch That Textbook Digital Summit is a FREE online conference for teachers. It brings together some of the brightest minds in education to discuss technology, pedagogy and more. This year, the summit is open from: Dec. 13, 2021 to Jan. 7, 2022. Each year, we empower and inspire you with new video presentations as well as access to 70+ presentations from previous summits. Generate FREE certificates for professional development credits. There’s a form to fill out after each presentation, and you’ll get an automatic PD certificate emailed to you. Did we mention it's FREE? Sign up for the digital summit at DitchSummit.com. Meet this year's new summit speakers ... Catlin Tucker @Catlin_TuckerWhen it comes to smart, research-informed blended learning, Catlin’s the best ... and she's practicing it in her own classroom.Jen Giffen @virtualgiffJen has been the unofficial sketchnoter of the Ditch Summit for the last six years. Now, she'll share her gift with us, giving us ideas for making learning visual and incorporating it in teaching and learning.Nate Ridgway @teachfromridgeNate co-authored Don't Ditch That Tech, a digital differentiation book with me and his mother, Angelia. (Still thrilled that Carol Ann Tomlinson called it "grounded, smart, and clever.") He's working on a new book called Breaking the Blockbuster Model. (Learn more about it here.)Mike Lang @chclteteacher Director of Storytelling, ed.Xtraordinary Merve Lapus @Molapus VP of Education Outreach & Engagement, Common Sense Media Chanel Johnson @Dc_stemtastic Science Specialist, Clayton County Schools (GA)

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Students in Grades 10-12 have the Chromebook Spin 511 which has a pen. Here are a few Annotation Tools:Annotation Assignment in CanvasCreate an assignment that enables students to annotate uploaded files.Kami AssignmentUse the external tool in Canvas to have students annotate a PDF for an assignment.Pear Deck (Interactive Presentation Tool)Have students draw or label a slide while presenting a Pear Deck presentation.Jamboard- (Digital Whiteboard)Have students show their work, or annotate a problem using Jamboard. (This can be collaborative or individual.)

What is Gale?

Gale's K-12 mission is to help students succeed in school and in life by connecting them to the curriculum-aligned digital content they need to become lifelong learners. Through an integral pairing of research and technology, Gale helps schools bridge the digital gap between the library, classroom, and home with trusted, accessible library and classroom resources to support English language arts, social studies, and so much more. Because student success begins with educator success, we provide digital instructional materials that make it easier for educators to meet students where they are, while educators themselves prioritize their own professional growth and self-care. Today, this includes classroom products supporting everything from unfinished learning and social and emotional learning (SEL) to supporting a wide variety of educational areas, like social studies and English language arts. Digital resources are just one part of our story. Gale offers engaging learning content like webinars, white papers, best practices guides, and more to inspire educators as they work to achieve their goals.

1. Open a Canvas class 2. On the left navigation select Settings, and then select Navigation3. Scroll to the bottom and select the Gale Resource that you would like to include in the navigation. Drag the Resource and drop it in the top menu to enable it. 4. When you are finished selecting menu items, scroll to the very bottom and select SAVE. 5. This populates the content in the left menu. You and your students can click on the resource link to go directly to it.

Add Gale Resources to the side navigation bar of your class.

Gale Canvas Integration

1. Create a new Assignment 2. Enter Assignment content 3. On the Assignments toolbar navigate to the icon that looks like a plug4. In the dropdown, click “View All.” This is where you can choose the resource you want to pull content from by selecting the appropriate Gale App.5. Find the article that you wish to reference in the assignment. You have to fully open the article to see the options for “Link to Document” or “Embed in Document.” (This means if you see “Read More" at the end of an article, you have to click to fully open it.)6. Choose Embed to show the content directly in the Assignment7. Choose Link to link to the content from the Assignment.

How to embed Gale Resources or link to Gale Resources in a Canvas assignment

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In a rapidly evolving digital landscape, Artificial Intelligence (AI) has permeated almost every aspect of our daily lives, from the way we communicate to how we shop, work, and even entertain ourselves. As AI continues to advance, it is safe to assume that in the near future, AI will have influenced almost all writing tasks, from drafting emails to generating reports and creating content. Educational institutions are losing faith in AI detection software, and instead we should provide alternative approaches and guidelines for educators and students to navigate this new information age.. High Frequency of False Positives: AI detection software is highly unreliable and often produces false positives. Research found that over half of the essays written by humans were incorrectly identified as AI-generated. This lack of accuracy undermines the credibility and usefulness of such tools, as it suggests that a significant proportion of genuine, human-created content is being wrongly flagged. Lack of Transparency: There is a significant lack of transparency in how AI detection tools operate. For example, OpenAI, which discontinued its own AI detector due to unsatisfactory results. And Turnitin has been vague about the tool's functioning, stating only that it searches for patterns typical in AI writing without specifying what those patterns are. This lack of clarity makes it difficult for users to trust or understand the results generated by the tool. Higher Institutions of Learning Are Losing Faith and Turning Them Off: The unreliability and lack of transparency of AI detection software have led to a loss of faith in these tools by educational institutions. For example, Vanderbilt University decided to disable AI detection software, expressing doubts about its effectiveness and suitability for academic use. Many other Universities are doing the same. Implicit Bias Against AI Writing: The use of AI detection software implies that all AI-generated writing is inherently negative or undesirable. This assumption fails to consider the potential benefits and legitimate uses of AI-generated content, such as aiding in the creation of draft materials, generating ideas, or assisting with language translation.Discrimination Against Non-Native English Speakers:Research indicates that AI detection software can unfairly discriminate against non-native English speakers (Sample, 2023). According to this research, LLMs like ChatGPT are trained to produce text with low perplexity, meaning the text is highly probable and uses common words in familiar patterns. As a result, non-native English speakers, who are more likely to use simpler language and common words, face a higher risk of having their work misclassified as AI-generated. This raises serious concerns about the fairness and ethical implications of using AI detection software in a diverse, globalized world. What Can Teachers Do Instead? Have Conversations About Appropriate Use of AI: It is crucial for teachers to have open and honest conversations with their students about the appropriate use of AI as accepted by their class. This includes discussing the potential benefits and drawbacks of using AI, setting clear guidelines on when and how it is acceptable to use AI in their work, and encouraging critical thinking about the implications of AI-generated content. Collect Writing Samples Throughout the Year: Teachers should periodically collect small writing samples from their students throughout the year. These samples can serve as a benchmark to compare against any questionable responses. If a piece of work significantly deviates from a student's usual style or quality, it may warrant a conversation with the student about their use of AI or other resources in their work. View Collaboration with AI as Similar to Working with a Tutor: It is important to remember that collaborating with AI should be viewed similarly to working with a tutor or asking for parental help. Just as students may seek assistance from tutors or parents to understand a concept better or to improve their work, AI can serve as another tool to aid in their learning and development.Capture Student Reflections on the AI Process: When allowing the use of AI, teachers should make sure to capture student reflections on the process. This can include asking students to document their thoughts on how using AI impacted their work, what they learned from the experience, and how they might use AI differently in the future. This reflective process can help students develop a more thoughtful and critical approach to using AI in their work. Allow Idea Generation and Feedback: Teachers should encourage students to use AI for idea generation and then offer feedback on the AI-generated content. This approach allows students to leverage the creative potential of AI while also encouraging them to think critically about the content generated and to make necessary revisions to ensure the final work is of high quality and originality.

Why AI Detectors Are Problematic and What To Do Instead

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North Penn educators and students in grades Kindergarten through Sixth grade have access to Seesaw for Schools. A few of the premium features in Seesaw include: multipage assignments, scheduling activities, Seesaw supplemental curriculum, schoolwide messages, and integration with Canvas LMS. Students and teachers can navigate to Seesaw from the North Penn Desktop or from Canvas.

  • multiple choice questions
  • true/false questions
  • poll style questions

Teachers have the option to create their own questions or toleverage the power of AI in Seesaw by clicking 'Find Questions.'The auto-grading feature in Seesaw also saves teachers time!

AI in Seesaw

@edutechwizard Its only a matter of time that all of our favorite EdTech companies incorporate AI… I for one welcome our new AI overlords… 😆 Go check out @Seesaw’s new assessment tool! #teachersoftiktok #teachertok #techertips #te#techertipsea#teacherteche#techtipsi #seesaw ♬ original sound - Andrew Davies, M.Ed.

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Christmas

Christmas, or “mass on Christ’s day”, is an international phenomenon. It’s been recognized as a federal American holiday since 1870. Christians honor Christmas Day on December 25th as the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s birth, whom they believe is the son of God. His spiritual teachings form the foundation of their religion. Despite the holiday’s religious roots, secular families and individuals often engage in Christmas festivities due to their strong popularity. These include decorating indoor trees with ornaments and star-shaped toppers, feasting with loved ones, exchanging gifts, caroling or listening to holiday-themed music, and for Christians, attending church. Western children in participating families fall asleep on Christmas Eve with the anticipation that they will wake to presents and toys beneath their Christmas tree, left by the mythical, white-bearded icon Santa Claus… or their less magical parent(s).The common celebration of Christmas originated in the 9th century, and has evolved into the contemporary, capitalized holiday it is today. Before the widespread acceptance of the date December 25th, Christ’s birthday was rarely celebrated. Many Christian leaders of the time actually held strong opposition to this act, firmly believing that a martyr should only be honored on their day of martyrdom. Others denounced it as a pagan practice.

Google Bard

Google Bard is a large language model chatbot developed by Google AI. It has been trained on a massive dataset of text and code, allowing it to generate text, translate languages, write different kinds of creative content, and answer your questions in an informative way. Here are some key things to know:

🔑 Accessing Google Bard:

You can access Google Bard at the website https://bard.google.com/

💬 Using Google Bard

To use Bard, simply type in your request in the prompt box at the bottom. Note that you can also click the microphone icon if you want to speak your prompt instead of typing it.For example we could enter "Explain what a metaphor is and give some examples."Bard will then generate a response for your prompt.A nice feature of Bard is that you will actually get multiple versions of the response. If you click on the option for "View other drafts" you can now select from three different versions to find the response that best meets your needs.

🎓 Bard Examples for Educators

Just like other generative AI chatbots, Google Bard can be used in many ways to support teaching and learning.

Generating Assessment QuestionsCreate DOK Level 1 (2, 3 or 4) questions about the book "Charlotte's Web"Writing StartersGenerate 10 writing prompts for a 5th grade essay on the topic of vacations.

Create RubricsCreate a rubric for an 8th grade creative writing project in table format with 4 levels and 5 categories.Writing EmailWrite an email to school parents with suggestions to encourage student reading at home.

Capabilities:

  • Generating text: Create different creative text formats of text content, like poems, code, scripts, musical pieces, email, letters, etc.
  • Translation: Translate between 46 different languages, making communication and understanding across cultures easier.
  • Answering questions: Can access and process information from the real world through Google Search to answer your questions in a comprehensive and informative way.
Limitations:
  • Physical actions: It cannot perform actions in the real world such as setting timers, making calls, or controlling devices.
  • Deep understanding: While it can process information and respond in a way that may seem intelligent, it does not have the same level of understanding as a human and cannot reason or form its own opinions.
  • Bias: As a language model trained on a massive dataset of text, I may reflect biases present in that data. I am constantly being updated and improved to mitigate these biases, but it is important to be aware of them.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a secular, predominantly African American holiday that honors African cultural, familial, and ancestral values. It is also celebrated by some countries in the Caribbean. The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, which translates to “first fruits”. The extra a was added to ensure a letter of the word was allocated to every child who attended an early Kwanzaa celebration. Festivities start on December 26th and conclude on January 1st, with each day dedicated to discussing one of the Nguzo Zaba (seven Swahili principles): Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). A candle is illuminated nightly in the seven-branched kinara, named after the Swahili word for “candle holder”. Customs are unique to all participating families, but they frequently include traditional African songs, dances, storytelling, and attire. Typically, on December 31st, a feast called the Karamu is hosted. Kwanzaa is a relatively modern holiday. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, an activist, professor, and chairman of Black Studies at California State University in Long Beach. Through studying several different African harvest celebrations, like those of the Ashanti and Zulu, Dr. Karenga established the foundational principles and practices of his original holiday. This invention was a response to the 1965 Los Angeles Watts riots, which began as a drunk driving arrest and degenerated into nearly a week of race-fueled mob violence. The crisis resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, and extensive building damage worth $40 million. Kwanzaa was a subsequent attempt on Dr. Karenga’s behalf to unite the African American community; one that has proven effective since its fruition.

Techsgiving Padlet

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Diffit is an AI-powered tool that helps created differentiated reading and resources for students. This includes:

  • Adapting any reading, excerpt, article or video for any reading level
  • Generating short informational or narrative texts on any topic, for any reading level.
  • Creating an automatically generated summary, comprehension checks, vocabulary words, and more to go with whatever text you’re working with

ExportingWhen you are finished reviewing and adjusting the resources, you can export and use the content in several ways:

  • For each item you can simply click the "Copy" button to copy those resources.
  • Alternatively you can click the "Export and Share" button at the top.
  • Free users can choose the option here to print the resources or save them as a PDF.
  • Paid users have a wide range of additional export options including Google Doc, Google Forms, and many Google Slides templates.

Option 1 - "Literally Anything"

  • Here you can enter a topic, term, or question that you want to use for your students.
  • With this option Diffit will generate the text to go along with your topic.
  • Next choose the grade level and language.
  • Click "Generate Resources" when ready.

Option 2 - "An Article or Video"

  • Here you can paste the URL of an article, online PDF, or YouTube video to get differentiated resources.
  • With this option Diffit will read in the content from the article, PDF, or video.
  • Next choose the grade level and language.
  • Click "Generate Resources" when ready.

Option 3 - "Any Text or Excerpt"

  • If you have the original text for your students to read, here you can paste the actual text from any source, article, document, or such.
  • Alternately you can also upload a PDF file with the text.
  • With this option Diffit will use the text you are providing to generate the resources.
  • Next choose the grade level and language.
  • Click "Generate Resources" when ready.

Diffit

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a secular, predominantly African American holiday that honors African cultural, familial, and ancestral values. It is also celebrated by some countries in the Caribbean. The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, which translates to “first fruits”. The extra a was added to ensure a letter of the word was allocated to every child who attended an early Kwanzaa celebration. Festivities start on December 26th and conclude on January 1st, with each day dedicated to discussing one of the Nguzo Zaba (seven Swahili principles): Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). A candle is illuminated nightly in the seven-branched kinara, named after the Swahili word for “candle holder”. Customs are unique to all participating families, but they frequently include traditional African songs, dances, storytelling, and attire. Typically, on December 31st, a feast called the Karamu is hosted. Kwanzaa is a relatively modern holiday. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, an activist, professor, and chairman of Black Studies at California State University in Long Beach. Through studying several different African harvest celebrations, like those of the Ashanti and Zulu, Dr. Karenga established the foundational principles and practices of his original holiday. This invention was a response to the 1965 Los Angeles Watts riots, which began as a drunk driving arrest and degenerated into nearly a week of race-fueled mob violence. The crisis resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, and extensive building damage worth $40 million. Kwanzaa was a subsequent attempt on Dr. Karenga’s behalf to unite the African American community; one that has proven effective since its fruition.

is dedicated to inspiring every student to embrace their creativity, articulate their thoughts, and harness the strength of their voice.

What is Be an Author Month?

We are all authors. But maybe you have students who don't think they can write. This month is all about addressing that. This year Be and Author Month is all about Finding, Refining, and Recording your VOICE to share amazing stories. Their are many research-based benefits of students reading, writing, or telling their stories."Voice" Doesn't Mean Your Actual Speaking VoiceWith Book Creator we can embrace diverse modes of communication to ensure an inclusive learning environment for all. This can be shared through visual storytelling, digital tools and multimedia, collaborative writing, video sign-language, and interactive discussion.

Be an Author Month

Click above to watch the kickoff webinar.

Participate in #TWIMA collaborative book project.

Remix the March Journal to use with your students!

Click the above image to access the Book Creator Resource Library for Be An Author Month 2024.

Pear Deck Takeaways™ are individualized editable Google Docs that contain the Slides from your Session and the students' responses. Utilize the Takeaways feature within Pear Deck to provide students with a comprehensive overview of each session, showcasing all slides and their interactive question responses. This feature facilitates reflective practices, as students can integrate their answers and lesson content into evidence supporting potential re-test opportunities. Assign "Takeaways" as homework, prompting students to thoughtfully express their learning experiences in designated areas. Encourage reflection on acquired knowledge and the articulation of thought processes, particularly when addressing specific questions. This activity promotes a metacognitive approach, empowering students to gain valuable insights into their individual learning processes.

Assign Edpuzzle Videos to for students who wish to have a second chance learning opportunity, or edit existing Edpuzzle Assignments to allow multiple attempts.

Second Chance Learning Ideas

Diffit is an artificial intelligence tool designed to assist educators in tailoring their teaching methods to accommodate students at various reading levels. This user-friendly platform offers a plethora of features, making it a favorite among teachers striving to provide a personalized and enriching educational experience.Generate Content that is leveled appropriately and includes the following:

  • A Summary of Content
  • Key Vocabulary Words
  • Multiple Choice Questions
  • Open Ended Questions
  • Extended Thinking Questions

Pear Deck

Edpuzzle

Diffit

Export Content to various Google Templates that can be assigned for second chance learning opportunities for students.

In this hands-on session, join us as we explore how technology can be a powerful tool in building inclusive classrooms where all students feel they belong. Aligned with our district's goal of "Ensuring Belonging," we'll dive into practical tips and techniques for integrating effective tech tools into your daily teaching practice. You'll discover: Innovative tech solutions to differentiate instruction, support diverse learning styles, and facilitate active participation for all students. Real-world applications and classroom strategies for seamless tech integration that enhances learning and engagement. Together, let's harness the power of technology to create inclusive learning environments where every student thrives.

Techuity: Tech Tips for Inclusive Classrooms to Ensure Belonging for All

LUDIA

LUDIA was created as a new kind of entry point and scaffold for developing a Universal Design for Learning mindset, intentionally designing to reduce learning barriers, and discovering the power of Artificial Intelligence.LUDIA does not just give strategies; they provide context specific and culturally relevant options for instructional design that take all three principles of UDL into account. LUDIA gives guidance about barriers that have not been considered and minimizes threats to unlearning that can lead to shifts in mindsets.

Mindsets To learn with LUDIA, there's no need to develop your technical skill set. Developing the following mindsets, though, will make a big difference for you and your learners:1. Barriers do not originate in the learner. When we focus on strengths and embrace learner variability, we create space to identify and reduce barriers in the learning design and environment. 2. Problems of practice are in our sphere of influence as learning designers, or rather, in our play area. They are puzzles to solve; tentatively, iteratively, and creatively. 3. AI is a fantastic tool, but just a tool. The richest learning happens when LUDIA's responses serve as scaffolds and entry points. Analysing, adapting, and reflecting on the provisional options LUDIA offers for reducing barriers is essential.

LUDIA was created as a new kind of entry point and scaffold for developing a Universal Design for Learning mindset, intentionally designing to reduce learning barriers, and discovering the power of Artificial Intelligence.LUDIA does not just give strategies; they provide context specific and culturally relevant options for instructional design that take all three principles of UDL into account. LUDIA gives guidance about barriers that have not been considered and minimizes threats to unlearning that can lead to shifts in mindsets.

Meet Beth Stark, co-creator of LUDIA, your AI-Powered UDL Partner. In this video, She'll walk you through the basics of getting started. Whether you scan the QR code or click on the hot link, you'll be directed to LUDIA through the Platform for Open Exploration (Poe). Once you're on LUDIA's landing page, you can find helpful guidance and choose what to share with LUDIA. She'll show you how to navigate the conversation.

ENGAGING WITH LUDIA THROUGH THE 4 T'sTell- Tell LUDIA about the learners in your care, your learning plans and challenges. The more thorough you are, the better.Tinker- Continue your chat with LUDIA. Ask for clarification, examples, developments, and materials... and, of course, explore the options and strategies they share with you!Tweak- Consider the provisional outcomes of your chats with LUDIA. Adapt as you see fit, and as you go.Transfer- Reflect on the impact that identifying and reducing barriers brings to learners and the learning environment. Connect, consolidate, and deepen your learning through Visible Thinking Routines, such as "I Used to Think, but Now I Think", "Connect Extend Challenge", or "321 Bridge".

https://poe.com/Iudia

Join us for an exciting professional development session where teachers can dive into the world of Artificial Intelligence and discover how cutting-edge tools can elevate learning experiences for students. In this hands-on workshop, participants will explore a curated selection of AI tools, including: ChatGPT, Canva, Diffit and School.AI.This session is a unique opportunity for educators to gain practical insights and hands-on experience with these AI tools. Elevate your teaching strategies, foster innovation, and make a lasting impact on student achievement. You definitely won't want to miss the spotlight on School.AI – The all-in-one AI platform for your classroom designed to transform education through AI-driven insights and personalized learning experiences for students.

Unlock the Power of AI in Education: Elevate Learning with Innovative Tools!

Exciting news! Module 2 Digital Notebooks are now in production. You can access draft notebook pages from the 'Notebook Guidance' page in the ELA Hub on Canvas. We'll be completing the content for grades 3-6 in stages based upon the focusing arc questions. Currently, grades 5 and 6 have the first set of lesson pages ready. Grade 4 is in production, and we're soon starting work on Grade 3. Once the initial set of Grade 3 lessons is complete, we'll continue creating lessons, starting with sixth grade and moving down to third grade.

Book Creator: Module 2 Digital Notebooks

Ready to Assign a New Module 2 Template? It just got easier!

Have a template you are ready to share with students? Place the template in the library where you want the students' books. Then on the template, click the 'Share' icon---- Assign book---Select the students and a copy of your book will be made for whichever students you chose to assign it to. Note - these books will appear in your library straight away if your student is already logged in. Otherwise they will appear once the student next joins the library.

Welcome to GuardRailz, the ultimate tool for parents and educators looking to provide a safe and secure educational experience for children. Our AI research tool is designed to filter and analyze content based on age and grade level, as well as other proprietary considerations, to ensure that children receive trustworthy and relevant resources to support their learning and development. The vast amount of information available online can be overwhelming, confusing, and even dangerous, which is why our tool provides a safer educational resource tailored to the needs of children. Our algorithms use a unique and proprietary combination of generative AI language models, including OpenAI's ChatGPT, custom-coded by our product team to deliver a personalized experience to parents and educators. At GuardRailz, we prioritize safety and privacy, and we do not use data sent via our tool for model training or part of OpenAI's dataset. You can learn more about this on the OpenAI website. GuardRailz is currently in an invite-only alpha stage, and we invite you to register to join our waitlist. Thank you for your interest in GuardRailz, and we look forward to helping create a safe and secure educational environment for children.

Ways to Use Gemini Across the Curriculum

Gemini, powered by Google AI, offers features to help teachers save time and engage students:

  • Writing & Planning: Get help with brainstorming, outlines, and summarizing information.
  • Learning Activities: Explore diverse topics through image & text prompts, voice interaction, and more.
  • Accessibility: Support students with various learning styles through multimedia tools.

Gemini Features to Explore in the Classroom

Upload ImagesYou can upload various image file types (JPG, JPEG, PNG, and WEBP). Gemini can understand and describe images, generate text based on images, answer questions about images, classify images, and compare and contrast images. Here are just a few ideas for what you and your students can do using this feature.

Mystery artifacts: As a teacher, select and upload images of historical objects (such as paintings, tools, clothing) to Gemini on behalf of your class. Once Gemini provides descriptions based on its knowledge, share these descriptions with your students. Students then conduct research on the actual history of these artifacts and compare their findings with the descriptions provided by Gemini. Data Visualization: Collect or create images representing various data sets, such as bar graphs and pie charts. Upload these images to Gemini for interpretation, and then share both the images and Gemini's interpretations with your students. Use this as a basis for discussion or assignments to enhance their data analysis skills and deepen their understanding of visual representations of data.

Animal Adaptations: Gather photos of various animals and upload them with class questions about their adaptations. Use the responses from Gemini as a starting point for a class discussion. Creating stories: Collect diverse and inspiring images, then upload these to Gemini to generate narrative prompts. Share these prompts with your students as inspiration for them to write their own creative stories. Character Analysis: Collect images of fictional characters from literature, films, or other media, and upload them to Gemini to get descriptions of their personalities and motivations. Present these descriptions to your students and use them as a basis for in-depth discussions or assignments focused on character development and literary analysis.

Generate ImagesYou can also have Gemini create images on the fly. The better description you give of the image you want, the better the product Gemini will create.

Imagineering the future: Initiate a project by collecting images of historical inventions from your students or other sources. Upload these images to Gemini to generate visual representations of their futuristic counterparts. Share these futuristic images with your students to spark discussions about technological advancements and their potential impacts on society. Cellular close-ups: Gather questions from your students about cells or microorganisms they're curious about. Use Gemini to generate magnified views depicting their internal structures. Share these detailed images with your students to aid in visualizing complex scientific concepts.

Poetry prompts: Encourage your students to select images that evoke strong emotions or represent specific themes. Upload these images to Gemini, which will generate poems inspired by the visuals. Share these poems with your students as a basis for creative writing exercises or for analyzing figurative language and poetic techniques. Geometric creations: Collect images of abstract shapes from your students or create your own, and upload them to Gemini, asking it to generate geometric figures that fit within these shapes. Share the generated geometric figures with your students, challenging them to understand how these figures integrate with the original shapes.

MicrophoneThis multimodal feature allows students to talk to Gemini. Just click on the microphone icon in the prompt box.

Voice acting workshop: Facilitate a workshop where your students select scripts or poems to perform. Have them record their performances using a microphone, then use Gemini (or an equivalent tool if Gemini's capabilities are limited to image and text analysis) to analyze aspects like pronunciation, rhythm, and tone.

Interactive storytelling: As a class, create a story collaboratively, with each student adding a sentence or paragraph using the microphone. Gemini can weave individual contributions into a cohesive narrative, promoting creativity and teamwork.

Looking for more ideas? Click the image to read the full article.

Note: Ideas shared were adapted from the article with the help of ChatGPT 4.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a secular, predominantly African American holiday that honors African cultural, familial, and ancestral values. It is also celebrated by some countries in the Caribbean. The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, which translates to “first fruits”. The extra a was added to ensure a letter of the word was allocated to every child who attended an early Kwanzaa celebration. Festivities start on December 26th and conclude on January 1st, with each day dedicated to discussing one of the Nguzo Zaba (seven Swahili principles): Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). A candle is illuminated nightly in the seven-branched kinara, named after the Swahili word for “candle holder”. Customs are unique to all participating families, but they frequently include traditional African songs, dances, storytelling, and attire. Typically, on December 31st, a feast called the Karamu is hosted. Kwanzaa is a relatively modern holiday. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, an activist, professor, and chairman of Black Studies at California State University in Long Beach. Through studying several different African harvest celebrations, like those of the Ashanti and Zulu, Dr. Karenga established the foundational principles and practices of his original holiday. This invention was a response to the 1965 Los Angeles Watts riots, which began as a drunk driving arrest and degenerated into nearly a week of race-fueled mob violence. The crisis resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, and extensive building damage worth $40 million. Kwanzaa was a subsequent attempt on Dr. Karenga’s behalf to unite the African American community; one that has proven effective since its fruition.

Knight Vision AI Chat Bot

Engage with our AI Chatbot to brainstorm ideas to help support your work in the classroom while gaining some experience with School.AI to spark ideas for how you may use it with students.

  • Use the bot on the right, or click here to open School.AI
  • Enter your school email for your name.
  • Engage with the bot.
  • End the conversation with the bot to receive the code to enter in the Google Form for a chance to win a prize. Click here to open up the form.

Quizizz AI Extension

Creating quizzes has never been easier or quicker! With the Quizizz AI Chrome extension, you can transform a website into a quiz in just one click. All you need to do is install the Quizizz AI extension on your Chrome browser and use it on any publicly accessible webpage. And voila! A quiz will be automatically generated for you. Learn how you can install and use the Quizizz AI Chrome extension to generate a quiz in seconds. Also, tap into Quizizz AI Enhance to customize your auto-generated quiz before you publish it.

How to Install the Quizizz AI Extension

Here are the steps you can follow to install the Quizizz AI Chrome extension:1. Visit this Chrome Web Store link in your Chrome browser 2. Search for ‘Quizizz AI’ in the search bar 3. Select ‘Quizizz AI’ from the search results and click on ‘Add to Chrome’ 4. Click on ‘Add extension’ in the pop-up box

Quizizz AI will now be available in the Extensions bar at the top of your browser. If the extension is not visible to you, click on the Extensions icon and click on the pin icon next to Quizizz AI. This will pin the extension to the top of your browser for easy access.

How to Use the Quizizz AI Extension

1. Open the webpage or YouTube video that you would like to convert into a quiz.2. Click on the Quizizz AI extension at the top of your Chrome Browser window.3. Click on 'Generate Quiz.'

Now, you’re all set to create a quiz from any webpage or YouTube video that contains a transcript! Here’s how you can go about it.

A new Quizizz tab will be automatically opened in your browser. In case you’re not currently signed into your Quizizz account, you will be prompted to do so. 👆🏼Click to learn more on the Quizizz site!

Christmas

Christmas, or “mass on Christ’s day”, is an international phenomenon. It’s been recognized as a federal American holiday since 1870. Christians honor Christmas Day on December 25th as the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s birth, whom they believe is the son of God. His spiritual teachings form the foundation of their religion. Despite the holiday’s religious roots, secular families and individuals often engage in Christmas festivities due to their strong popularity. These include decorating indoor trees with ornaments and star-shaped toppers, feasting with loved ones, exchanging gifts, caroling or listening to holiday-themed music, and for Christians, attending church. Western children in participating families fall asleep on Christmas Eve with the anticipation that they will wake to presents and toys beneath their Christmas tree, left by the mythical, white-bearded icon Santa Claus… or their less magical parent(s).The common celebration of Christmas originated in the 9th century, and has evolved into the contemporary, capitalized holiday it is today. Before the widespread acceptance of the date December 25th, Christ’s birthday was rarely celebrated. Many Christian leaders of the time actually held strong opposition to this act, firmly believing that a martyr should only be honored on their day of martyrdom. Others denounced it as a pagan practice.

Using Magic Write to generate text Learn about Magic Write and how to use it as a writing assistant and tool.What is Magic Write?Magic Write is an AI-enabled writing assistant that empowers anyone to effortlessly and quickly create written content. You can use it for social posts, business plans, websites, blogs, poems, journaling, creative writing, and so much more. It can generate sentences, paragraphs, lists, outlines, and more based on the text prompt you enter.How do I use Magic Write?You can use Magic Write to generate copy from a text prompt or by using existing text in your document.Generate from a text prompt

  1. Create or open an existing design.
  2. Select the Magic button on the bottom-right of the page. You can also type / to open the Canva Assistant shortcut.
  3. Select Magic Write from the list.
  4. Enter or describe the text you want to generate.
  5. Press Enter.
Generate from existing text
  1. Select the text you want to generate from and click the Magic Write button on the toolbar that appears.
  2. Select what you’d like to do to your text from the dropdown options and wait for your text to be processed. You can choose from the following:
    • Continue writing
    • Summarize text
    • Rewrite
    • More fun
    • More Formal
    • Sprinkle Fairy dust
    • Fix Spelling
What can I use Magic Write for?Magic Write lets you write content from a simple text prompt in seconds. Type what you're looking for and watch as a blog post or cover letter appears on the page.It lets you move straight from an idea to editing which cuts down your writing time.Brainstorm new ideasKnow what you want to write about but struggling to get started? Use Magic Write to write a blog, brainstorm ideas, outline a business strategy, start a marketing plan, write a social media post, an email, or anything in between.Why not try these examples?
  • "Brainstorm ideas for marketing a new running shoe and explain the benefit of each idea"
  • "Twitter posts announcing a product launch for a new alarm clock phone app"
  • "List of 20 interview questions for a social media marketer"
  • "Write a witty tagline for a company that sells sustainable furniture"
  • "Step by step, explain how to grow a lemon tree"
Write anything in secondsCut down on time spent typing and skip straight to editing. Magic Write generates personalized text based on your prompts so all you have to do is proof and edit the result.Try these examples.
  • "Social media strategy for next quarter"
  • "Fun Twitter post announcing a new range of smoothies"
  • "A blog about the benefits of Canva"

What can I use Magic Design for Presentations for?Magic Design lets you generate a presentation from a text prompt in seconds. Type what you’re looking for and watch as a selection of templates appear for you to choose from. It lets you move straight from an idea to editing in no time.Using Magic Design to create a presentationStart your presentation with an outline, slides, and content. Simply describe your idea in a few words, and watch as it smartly fills out your story. With your first draft in the bag, you’re ready to add your details and give it a personal touch.You can access Magic Design from the homepage or inside the editor.To access it from the homepage, click the search toolbar. You’ll be directed to the Templates tab.To access it from the editor, open any design template and click on Design.On a Computer:

  1. On the Search Bar, describe the presentation you would like to create.
  2. CLick Media to add images
  3. Select an image from your uploads. You may also click Choose Files if you would like to upload a new image from your device.
  4. Click See Results
To see a sample prompt, select Try an example. This will add a good sample description in the text box that you can use as a guide.The search results will give you a maximum of 6 slides. Select to incorporate your brand’s styles.If you’re using Magic Design from the homepage, you may preview a result by clicking the that appears. Then, select Preview this template. Click Customize this template to get to the editor.

North Penn educators and students in grades Kindergarten through Sixth grade have access to Seesaw for Schools. A few of the premium features in Seesaw include: multipage assignments, scheduling activities, Seesaw supplemental curriculum, schoolwide messages, and integration with Canvas LMS. Students and teachers can navigate to Seesaw from the North Penn Desktop or from Canvas.

With Seesaw Messaging, teachers can create and share announcements with students and families.

Seesaw Messaging is Now Active!

  • Announcements allow teachers to broadcast messages where recipients can reply privately.
  • Conversations are 1-on-1 or group messages with shared replies.

For both announcements and conversations, message creators can use one of the six Seesaw tools and upload additional content. Want to control when you get notifications? Set your 'Office Hours' in your Account settings. From there you can also choose whether or not to appear in the Seesaw School directory.

Translation to 100+ languages: If a note, caption, comment, announcement, or message is written in a language that is different from the language of a family's or teacher's device, a “See Translation” option appears below the post. Tap “See Translation” and Seesaw automatically translates any text into your native language. As a measure of student safety, students can only participate in conversations started by teachers and school leaders.

Resources: Printable Quick Start Guide for Families Video- Get Families Started Seesaw Messages Quick Start for Teachers

@edutechwizard ‼️ Attention all Kinder and 1st Grade Teachers! ‼️ Get your students on SeeSaw tomorrow with these amazing lessons that are already made for you! While exploring, be sure to check out their other pre-made lessons! #teachersoftiktok #teachertok #teachertips #teachertech #education #seesaw ♬ original sound - Andrew Davies, M.Ed.

High-Quality Audio Recording and Enhancement – Adobe Podcast AI allows for high-quality podcast recording, no matter the equipment. It enhances the sound by removing background noise, reducing echo, and sharpening vocal clarity, providing a polished auditory experience for your listeners.Simplified Editing Tasks – The platform streamlines tedious editing tasks like trimming clips, integrating music and sound effects, and adjusting audio levels. This simplification is especially helpful for those new to the podcasting world.Automatic Transcription – An automatic transcription feature in Adobe Podcast AI makes the creation of episode notes or transcripts a breeze, adding another layer of accessibility.Custom Music Generation for Podcasts – Adobe Podcast AI goes beyond typical features by generating custom intro and outro music. This adds a unique sonic identity to each podcast, allowing you to stand out from the crowd.

Creating Podcasts with Adobe Podcast

🔑 Accessing Adobe Podcast:

You can access from: https://podcast.adobe.com/

💬 Features of Adobe Podcast:

🧭 How to Create a Podcast

Adobe Podcast AI leverages the power of artificial intelligence to revolutionize podcasting. With its cutting-edge technology, it provides voiceovers and audio editing tools that can enhance podcast content. This platform stands out from other AI audio tools as it can analyze podcast audio content and generate accurate transcripts, captions, keywords, and summaries. Moreover, it can help reduce noise, eliminate echoes, improve vocals, and even automate editing tasks. The cloud-based service is easily accessible as a web application and is included in the Adobe Creative Cloud subscription.

Why should Students Create Podcasts?

How podcasting helps students discover their voiceOffering podcasting instruction not only imparts digital literacy and media skills, but it can open doors for students to explore cross-curricular interests.

  • Podcasting engages students in writing, reading, speaking, and listening skills, aligning with learning standards and extending learning beyond the classroom.
  • It fosters media and digital literacy while empowering students to find their voice and create entertaining, informative content.
  • Through podcasting, students learn technical skills, creativity, and storytelling, amplifying their voices on a global platform beyond classroom boundaries.

💡Podcasting Ideas (Click Below)

Follow Scott Loomis, Account Specialist for Wixie, and his video series where he shares Wixie tips and tricks!

Wixie Content Updates

Interested in learning more from Scott? Sign up for Scott's February 16th NPSD Professional Development virtual session--'Wixie: Empowering Every Voice in the Classroom.'

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Asynchronous Learning Day

Wixie- Did You Know? Video Series

Creating with 'Talkies'

Magic Math Stickers

Fall 2023 Update-- New project options, brush styles, Magic Stickers and more!

January 2024 Update-- New content for February, including new resource guides!

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Pear Deck Slides help you engage every student in every seat and give formative assessments, no matter what grade or subject you teach. Pear Deck supports an interactive and community-focused classroom that helps students build confidence and comprehension.

1. Create your Pear Deck account with your npenn.org Google Email Account. Go to peardeck.com

6. Select your Mode:Instructor-Paced Mode is synchronous.Student-Paced- is asynchronous

What is Pear Deck?

Getting Started with Pear Deck:

7. Students must join the Session to participate by going to joinpd.com and enter the code:

Benefits of Pear Deck

  • Keep students engaged.
  • Provide feedback to students
  • Immersive Reader is available to help make content more accessible. Text can be read aloud or translated.

4. Now add the prompts, questions, images, etc. you want students to see, using the editing tools in either program to fully customize the slides.You can add pre-made Slide Templates and/or make custom Interactive Slides.

5. When you're ready, click the green Start Lesson/Present button in the Pear Deck sidebar:

2. Open any presentation, new or old, in either Google Slides

3. Open the Pear Deck Add-on. ( Go to Extensions Menu, Get Add-Ons, search for Pear Deck and install.)

New to Wixie? Wixie is a cloud-based creativity tool tailored for K-6 learning environments. Unlike Seesaw, which focuses mainly on portfolio-building and parent communication, Wixie offers an expansive suite of creative tools and templates that empower students to communicate their ideas through a mix of text, voice, and artwork. It provides a unique space for students and teachers to create, collaborate, and express themselves in a multitude of ways.

Updates

Explore the Playlist

Talkies

Millions of Images

Easily add talking stickers to a Wixie project. 1. Select the Widgets button on the toolbar. 2. Click on the 'Talkies' folder. 3. Select a Talkie to add to the page. 4. Click on the Talkie and enter text or record audio. 5. Use the Try It button to test out your talkie while you are editing. 6. When you show or share your project, users simply click the talkie to hear it speak.

High-Quality, Abundant Choices The latest Wixie update integrates over 2 million high-quality, professional images from Pixabay directly into the Wixie platform. This vast collection continually grows thanks to a community of creatives contributing daily. Safety First Worried about age-appropriate content? Wixie has you covered. The platform uses Pixabay's Safe Search feature, ensuring that only school-friendly images appear in search results. Wixie adds an extra layer of filtering to limit results further, ensuring you get the most appropriate images for student projects.

What’s changing Over the years, we’ve added features to Google Drive that help you more efficiently find files and folders. In October, we launched a new view in Google Drive that shows all pending access requests, recent comments, and approvals for files to help you quickly see recent activity and take action, all in one place. Today, we’re excited to introduce the latest series of changes that accelerate user productivity across new views in Drive. A new streamlined homepage for Drive called Home makes it easier and faster for you to find files that matter most. Specifically, you’ll notice:

Introducing a new homepage view in Google Drive

  • Personalized file and folder suggestions with machine learning algorithms that can help you get started quickly. These suggestions utilize a variety of signals, such as what files or folders you’ve recently opened, shared or edited, or what documents are attached to upcoming Calendar events.
  • Filter chips to narrow down your search and find relevant files faster across Drive, making it easy to find suggested files by type, people, modified date or the location.
  • A more modern design inline with Google Material Design 3 guidelines that helps you navigate across Drive much more efficiently.

Chrome Select to Speak

Description:

Inclusive Thoughts:

Enabling "Select to Speak" on Chromebooks promotes inclusivity by offering:

  • Accessibility: Supports diverse learners, including those with reading difficulties or visual impairments.
  • Personalization: Allows students to customize their learning experience based on individual preferences.
  • Language Support: Benefits English language learners by aiding language comprehension.
  • Reducing Barriers: Breaks down accessibility barriers, fostering an inclusive classroom environment.
  • Independence: Encourages students to be independent learners, navigating content on their own.
  • Technology Integration: Aligns with the goal of enhancing digital literacy and meaningful technology use in the classroom.

Step 1: Turn on Select-to-speakAt the bottom right, select the time.Or press Alt + Shift + s.Select Settings and then Accessibility.Under "Text-to-Speech," turn on Select-to-speak.Step 2: Select & hear textImportant: Depending on your keyboard, you can press the Search key or the Launcher key for some shortcuts. Both keys work the same.Option 11. Press and hold the Search key . 2. Drag the pointer over an area of text.Option 21. Highlight the text to be read.2. Press the Search key + s.Option 31. At the bottom right, near the time, select Select-to-Speak .2. Drag the pointer over an area of text.

Getting Started with Select to Speak

Hear text read aloud. You can hear full pages read aloud with Chromebook’s built-in screen reader. You can hear parts of a page, including specific words, read aloud with Select-to-speak.

Tip: If you’re on a touchscreen, tap a line of text or drag your finger over an area of the screen. Your Chromebook reads the section aloud and each word is highlighted. To stop Select-to-Speak while it’s reading, press Ctrl or the Search key . You can also select Stop .

Bodhi Day

Each year on December 8th, Buddhists celebrate the day that Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment through meditation. The word Bodhi means awakening or enlightenment.Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, is popularly known as the Buddha. Siddhartha, once an Indian Prince, eventually abandoned his life of luxury for a much simpler one. Many believe that Siddhartha resolved to sit underneath a Bodhi tree and meditate until he found the root of suffering and how to free himself from it.It took 49 days of unbroken meditation. After becoming enlightened and experiencing Nirvana, Siddhartha became a Buddha, or “Awakened One.” For 2,500 years, Buddha's enlightenment has served as the central tenant of the Buddhist faith.The Bodhi tree grows near the banks of the Falgu River in Gaya, India. Also located there is a Buddhist temple. Buddhists consider it their most sacred site of pilgrimage.HOW TO OBSERVE #BodhiDayWhile the day celebrates the founder of the Buddhist faith, the day quietly reflects the ways of enlightenment. No parades or fanfare herald the name of the Buddha through city streets. Some eat tea and cookies. Others decorate a Bodhi tree. For most, it’s a day of meditation. Even if you’re not Buddhist, you can still participate in this day.

Once available, you'll click on the Power Kids icon to access Book Flix .

There's a new icon coming soon to the NP Desktop!

Staff and students will have free access to Power Kids and the four sites shown above while on school grounds.

Christmas

Christmas, or “mass on Christ’s day”, is an international phenomenon. It’s been recognized as a federal American holiday since 1870. Christians honor Christmas Day on December 25th as the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s birth, whom they believe is the son of God. His spiritual teachings form the foundation of their religion. Despite the holiday’s religious roots, secular families and individuals often engage in Christmas festivities due to their strong popularity. These include decorating indoor trees with ornaments and star-shaped toppers, feasting with loved ones, exchanging gifts, caroling or listening to holiday-themed music, and for Christians, attending church. Western children in participating families fall asleep on Christmas Eve with the anticipation that they will wake to presents and toys beneath their Christmas tree, left by the mythical, white-bearded icon Santa Claus… or their less magical parent(s).The common celebration of Christmas originated in the 9th century, and has evolved into the contemporary, capitalized holiday it is today. Before the widespread acceptance of the date December 25th, Christ’s birthday was rarely celebrated. Many Christian leaders of the time actually held strong opposition to this act, firmly believing that a martyr should only be honored on their day of martyrdom. Others denounced it as a pagan practice.

Padlet

Description:

Padlet is an interactive digital bulletin board that enhances student engagement by offering a versatile space for posts, discussions, and collaborations.

Inclusive Thoughts:

Padlet's intuitive design and array of posting formats open up a world of accessibility, aligning strongly with Universal Design for Learning (UDL) principles. Here's how:

8 NEW Padlet Updates

1. Turn your Padlet into a slide show2. Group posts by sections3. Search and filter posts4. Google Drive integration5. Schedule posts6. Save posts as drafts7. Create polls8. Add tags and mentions

Getting Started with Padlet:

1. Sign Up: Visit Padlet's website and sign up for a free account. 2. Create a Padlet: Once logged in, click on 'Make a Padlet' and choose a template or start from scratch. 3. Customize: Name your Padlet and adjust settings like privacy, layout, and appearance. 4. Add Content: Click anywhere on the board to add text, links, images, and more. 5. Invite Participants: Share your Padlet by clicking on the 'Share' button and choosing an option like link sharing or QR code. 6. Moderate: If enabled, review and approve posts from participants for a moderated discussion. 7. Collaborate: Engage with students or colleagues by commenting on or liking their posts.

Multiple Means of Engagement: Padlet's interactive features sustain effort and motivation by allowing students to engage in a way that's meaningful to them—be it through text, images, or even video responses.Multiple Means of Representation: Educators can use Padlet to present information in various formats, catering to different learning preferences and ensuring that all students can access the material. Multiple Means of Action & Expression: With options to post text, images, links, and more, Padlet empowers students to express their understanding and knowledge in a variety of ways, thus providing diverse avenues for assessment.

Launched in 2013, Canva is an online design and visual communication platform with a mission to empower everyone in the world to design anything and publish anywhere.Create and personalize lesson plans, infographics, posters, video, and more. 100% free for teachers and students at eligible schools.

What is Canva for Education?

Benefits of Canva

Visual communication and collaboration is an important tool for learning.

Increase engagement with original contentChoose from a library of resources, from lesson plans to reports and posters. Spark engagement with gifs, videos, animations, and music.

Deliver impactful feedback in one place.Reach and motivate students wherever they are with real-time feedback. Share work as assignments directly through Canvas.

Help students build critical skillsStudents can use Canva to demonstrate learning through different formats — group projects, videos, posters, and more.

Login through NP DesktopBe sure to use login with Google Option.

How to Get Started with Canva?

Design School

Canva for BeginnersMicro-Course

Unleash your inner comedian with MagicSchool.ai's Teacher Joke Generator! 🎉 Share your favorite chucklers on our special Padlet. Go ahead, make us laugh—then 'like' the jokes that get you giggling. 🤣 Awesome swag and prizes are up for grabs for the jokesters among us. Get ready to LOL and spread some joy across the district! 🌟

September Joke Challenge

Click the link to visit MagicSchool.ai and generate your jokes. Then add your jokes to the Padlet by clicking the image below or this link. Log in to our September Padlet with your Google account.

Benefits of Captioning

Inclusive Thoughts:

🔹Promotes Inclusivity: - Ensures no student feels isolated or singled out due to their learning needs. - Encourages a sense of belonging among all students, regardless of their hearing abilities or language.

  • Your Microphone: To use captions with Google Slides, your computer microphone needs to be on and working. Google Slides can use the computer’s microphone or an external microphone paired with the computer.
  • Open your presentation in Google Slides.
  • To start presenting, go to ‘View’ and click ‘Present’.
  • To turn on captions, click CC (this is found in the menu at the bottom of your slide when you are in Presenter mode). If this menu disappears just roll you mouse over the bottom of your Slide.
  • As you speak, captions appear at the bottom of the screen. Captions don't include punctuation.
  • To change text position or size, next to “CC” click the drop-down menu.
  • Captions are not stored.

Using Google Slides Live Closed Captions

Presenting information in multiple ways can help address the diverse needs of learners in the classroom and engage students on multiple levels. The use of captioned or subtitled media can be a great tool for teachers looking to differentiate classroom instruction. Consider using captioned or subtitled media whenever and wherever you use video in your teaching; turning on captions during class has considerable benefits.

  • The quality of closed captions can vary for several reasons. These can include a poor microphone, a room with an echo or if the presenter has a strong accent.
  • Take time to try the closed captions feature – speak clearly and confidently. This will help the accuracy of the captions.

TopTips:

🔹Facilitates Better Focus and Retention: - Students can focus better on the content with visual reinforcement. - Enhances memory retention by engaging more senses in the learning process.

🔹Supports Diverse Learning Styles: - Visual learners can benefit from reading captions while listening to the video. - Helps students who process information better when they read and hear it simultaneously.

🔹Aids language Learners: - Essential for students learning English, as it helps in understanding and language acquisition. - Allows students to see the spelling and structure of new words as they hear them.

Do Subtitles Help Learning?

  • Make captioning optional in multimedia lesson to cater to different student needs.
  • Challenge students to step out of comfort zones for deeper understanding and improved learning outcomes.

Byte-Size Resolutions

Embark on the “Plus One” Challenge: by pledging your one edTech move to Elevate Learning, Ensure Belonging and Exceed Expectations in 2024. Be sure to sign in to access the padlet and Click here to launch the Padlet in another tab.

📚Digital Notebook Tip of the Month

👉🏼How does this save teachers time?Teach students how to use the commenting feature on a Book Creator page that you want to review. When students add a comment, teachers receive an alert at the 🔔Notification Center located in the library view next to your profile picture. Click on the comment to jump straight to the relevant page in the book.

When using the Wit & Wisdom Book Creator Digital Notebooks, how do teachers easily review student work?

Students and teachers can use the Commenting and Feedback feature. Simply click on the + icon in the bottom right of the screen when on a page in Book Creator. Choose from a range of multimedia to comment and to provide feedback.

🎯Importance of Feedback

📰Learn more about how to add comments in Book Creator.

🔮Giving Effective Feedback in Online Spaces

An often cited article from John Hattie and Helen Timperley (2007, Review of Educational Research) demonstrated that the most influential factor in improving student achievement is feedback. But not just any feedback—the content and the way that teachers deliver feedback heavily influences the impact, too.

Timely, Relevant, and Multimedia Feedback In this article for ASCD, Dr. Monica Burns stresses the importance of relevant, actionable digital feedback, particularly given the virtual and hybrid learning environments that are much more prevalent these days.

Have questions about the commenting and feedback feature? Click on this Book Creator article for more details.

Kwanzaa

Kwanzaa is a secular, predominantly African American holiday that honors African cultural, familial, and ancestral values. It is also celebrated by some countries in the Caribbean. The name Kwanzaa derives from the Swahili phrase “matunda ya kwanza”, which translates to “first fruits”. The extra a was added to ensure a letter of the word was allocated to every child who attended an early Kwanzaa celebration. Festivities start on December 26th and conclude on January 1st, with each day dedicated to discussing one of the Nguzo Zaba (seven Swahili principles): Umoja (unity), Kujichagulia (self-determination), Ujima (collective responsibility), Ujamaa (cooperative economics), Nia (purpose), Kuumba (creativity), and Imani (faith). A candle is illuminated nightly in the seven-branched kinara, named after the Swahili word for “candle holder”. Customs are unique to all participating families, but they frequently include traditional African songs, dances, storytelling, and attire. Typically, on December 31st, a feast called the Karamu is hosted. Kwanzaa is a relatively modern holiday. It was created in 1966 by Dr. Maulana Karenga, an activist, professor, and chairman of Black Studies at California State University in Long Beach. Through studying several different African harvest celebrations, like those of the Ashanti and Zulu, Dr. Karenga established the foundational principles and practices of his original holiday. This invention was a response to the 1965 Los Angeles Watts riots, which began as a drunk driving arrest and degenerated into nearly a week of race-fueled mob violence. The crisis resulted in 34 deaths, 1,032 injuries, and extensive building damage worth $40 million. Kwanzaa was a subsequent attempt on Dr. Karenga’s behalf to unite the African American community; one that has proven effective since its fruition.

Join us for an enlightening journey through Wixie, where every student has a platform to shine! In this dynamic session, we'll explore Wixie's innovative tools with Scott Loomis, former educator and Tech4Learning specialist. He'll share how to leverage Wixie to foster a sense of belonging and understanding among ALL students, including our multilingual learners. You'll discover how Wixie's inclusive design supports diverse learning styles across K-6 curriculums, making it a powerful tool for both expression and assessment. Additionally, we'll delve into the extensive features that make Wixie a haven for cross-curricular creativity. So, get ready to be inspired by student samples, innovative lesson ideas, and yes, a sprinkle of dad jokes! This session is your gateway to a classroom where every student, regardless of their language proficiency, can showcase their understanding and feel a sense of belonging.

Hanukkah

Hanukkah (meaning “dedication” in Hebrew) is an eight-day long Jewish festival commemorating the second century B.C. rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, as well as the overall beliefs of Judaism. It begins on the Hebrew calendar’s 25th of Kislev, which falls in November or December of the Gregorian calendar. Hanukkah 2022 runs from December 18th until December 26th. The most significant Hanukkah custom is the lighting of a nine-branched menorah, or “Hanukiah” in Hebrew. Each day of the celebration is represented by a candle and lit in chronological order; the center candle, called the Shamash or “helper”, is used to ignite the others. Other traditions include playing with Dreidels (four-sided spinning tops), eating food such as Latkes (potato pancakes) and Sufganiyot (jam-filled doughnuts), and–in the United States–exchanging gifts. On an international level, Hanukkah is actually not a particularly major holiday for many Jews; Hanukkah became more prominent in the United States due to its proximity to Christmas, when Jewish children are habitually alienated from their Christmas-observing peers. Around 200 B.C., Jews in Judea (modern day Palestine and Israel) suffered under the tyrannical rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Epiphanes outlawed Jewish worship, and in 168 B.C., his soldiers massacred thousands of people in Jerusalem while defiling the city’s holy Second Temple. Jewish priest Matthias and his five sons protested the brutal Seleucid monarchy by leading the Maccabean Revolt. The Maccabee rebels predominantly utilized guerilla warfare, which brought them to victory in merely two years. The champions then rededicated the Second Temple, during which the acclaimed Hanukkah Miracle occurred. Though the Jews only had enough olive oil to light the temple’s menorah for one day, the flames burned on for eight, granting them time to retrieve more. This inexplicable event inspired the eight-day festival that has repeated yearly ever since.

Microsoft Flip

Immersive Reader

Features to Build an Inclusive Classroom with Microsoft Flip~

Closed Captions

Teleprompter

Learn ASL Lens

Student-generated Transcripts

Reading Coach

Immersive Reader makes it easy for students with varying reading abilities to engage with Flipgrid content. The feature allows for text-to-speech, customized text display, picture dictionary support and translation options, making it highly versatile for diverse classrooms.

Closed captions aren't just for students with hearing impairments; they can assist English Language Learners (ELLs) and others who benefit from visual cues by changing the captions language. Flip automatically generates captions or students can add or edit their own captions, ensuring that all students can follow along.

The Teleprompter feature allows teachers and students to read a script while recording, enhancing focus and delivery. This is especially useful for students who may struggle with verbal expression or have memory constraints.

Students can include their own transcripts as an attachment link. The final step before submitting their video they can edit their display name, add a Title, and attach a Link. They just need a URL to a document with their transcript (Google Doc, Word Online, or something similar).

American Sign Language (ASL) inclusion just got easier. The Learn ASL lens offers real-time signing assistance, making communication and expression more accessible for the deaf and hard-of-hearing community.

This feature provides real-time, corrective feedback as students read aloud, serving as an excellent resource for literacy development. It's like having a personalized tutor in the classroom, accessible to anyone at any time.

Bodhi Day

Each year on December 8th, Buddhists celebrate the day that Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment through meditation. The word Bodhi means awakening or enlightenment.Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, is popularly known as the Buddha. Siddhartha, once an Indian Prince, eventually abandoned his life of luxury for a much simpler one. Many believe that Siddhartha resolved to sit underneath a Bodhi tree and meditate until he found the root of suffering and how to free himself from it.It took 49 days of unbroken meditation. After becoming enlightened and experiencing Nirvana, Siddhartha became a Buddha, or “Awakened One.” For 2,500 years, Buddha's enlightenment has served as the central tenant of the Buddhist faith.The Bodhi tree grows near the banks of the Falgu River in Gaya, India. Also located there is a Buddhist temple. Buddhists consider it their most sacred site of pilgrimage.HOW TO OBSERVE #BodhiDayWhile the day celebrates the founder of the Buddhist faith, the day quietly reflects the ways of enlightenment. No parades or fanfare herald the name of the Buddha through city streets. Some eat tea and cookies. Others decorate a Bodhi tree. For most, it’s a day of meditation. Even if you’re not Buddhist, you can still participate in this day.

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Bodhi Day

Each year on December 8th, Buddhists celebrate the day that Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment through meditation. The word Bodhi means awakening or enlightenment.Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, is popularly known as the Buddha. Siddhartha, once an Indian Prince, eventually abandoned his life of luxury for a much simpler one. Many believe that Siddhartha resolved to sit underneath a Bodhi tree and meditate until he found the root of suffering and how to free himself from it.It took 49 days of unbroken meditation. After becoming enlightened and experiencing Nirvana, Siddhartha became a Buddha, or “Awakened One.” For 2,500 years, Buddha's enlightenment has served as the central tenant of the Buddhist faith.The Bodhi tree grows near the banks of the Falgu River in Gaya, India. Also located there is a Buddhist temple. Buddhists consider it their most sacred site of pilgrimage.HOW TO OBSERVE #BodhiDayWhile the day celebrates the founder of the Buddhist faith, the day quietly reflects the ways of enlightenment. No parades or fanfare herald the name of the Buddha through city streets. Some eat tea and cookies. Others decorate a Bodhi tree. For most, it’s a day of meditation. Even if you’re not Buddhist, you can still participate in this day.

North Penn educators and students in grades Kindergarten through Sixth grade have access to Seesaw for Schools. A few of the premium features in Seesaw include: multipage assignments, scheduling activities, Seesaw supplemental curriculum, schoolwide messages, and integration with Canvas LMS. Students and teachers can navigate to Seesaw from the North Penn Desktop or from Canvas.

Seesaw’s PreK-5 supplemental curriculum meaningfully balances online and offline learning while saving teachers time with ready-to-teach, standards-aligned lessons designed by curriculum experts.Numerous lessons are also available in Spanish. Are your students new to Seesaw? Use the ready made Seesaw Tools 101 lessons located in the Seesaw Essentials curriculum. These 10 lessons teach and provide practice for K-2 students with each of the tools.

High Quality Curriculum that's Ready to Teach

@edutechwizard ‼️ Attention all Kinder and 1st Grade Teachers! ‼️ Get your students on SeeSaw tomorrow with these amazing lessons that are already made for you! While exploring, be sure to check out their other pre-made lessons! #teachersoftiktok #teachertok #teachertips #teachertech #education #seesaw ♬ original sound - Andrew Davies, M.Ed.

Bodhi Day

Each year on December 8th, Buddhists celebrate the day that Siddhartha Gautama achieved enlightenment through meditation. The word Bodhi means awakening or enlightenment.Siddhartha Gautama, the founder of Buddhism, is popularly known as the Buddha. Siddhartha, once an Indian Prince, eventually abandoned his life of luxury for a much simpler one. Many believe that Siddhartha resolved to sit underneath a Bodhi tree and meditate until he found the root of suffering and how to free himself from it.It took 49 days of unbroken meditation. After becoming enlightened and experiencing Nirvana, Siddhartha became a Buddha, or “Awakened One.” For 2,500 years, Buddha's enlightenment has served as the central tenant of the Buddhist faith.The Bodhi tree grows near the banks of the Falgu River in Gaya, India. Also located there is a Buddhist temple. Buddhists consider it their most sacred site of pilgrimage.HOW TO OBSERVE #BodhiDayWhile the day celebrates the founder of the Buddhist faith, the day quietly reflects the ways of enlightenment. No parades or fanfare herald the name of the Buddha through city streets. Some eat tea and cookies. Others decorate a Bodhi tree. For most, it’s a day of meditation. Even if you’re not Buddhist, you can still participate in this day.

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Christmas

Christmas, or “mass on Christ’s day”, is an international phenomenon. It’s been recognized as a federal American holiday since 1870. Christians honor Christmas Day on December 25th as the anniversary of Jesus Christ’s birth, whom they believe is the son of God. His spiritual teachings form the foundation of their religion. Despite the holiday’s religious roots, secular families and individuals often engage in Christmas festivities due to their strong popularity. These include decorating indoor trees with ornaments and star-shaped toppers, feasting with loved ones, exchanging gifts, caroling or listening to holiday-themed music, and for Christians, attending church. Western children in participating families fall asleep on Christmas Eve with the anticipation that they will wake to presents and toys beneath their Christmas tree, left by the mythical, white-bearded icon Santa Claus… or their less magical parent(s).The common celebration of Christmas originated in the 9th century, and has evolved into the contemporary, capitalized holiday it is today. Before the widespread acceptance of the date December 25th, Christ’s birthday was rarely celebrated. Many Christian leaders of the time actually held strong opposition to this act, firmly believing that a martyr should only be honored on their day of martyrdom. Others denounced it as a pagan practice.

How to use teacher Assist

The Lexend Font

Inclusive Thoughts:

🔹Enhanced Readability- Designed for improved readability.- Optimal spacing, letter shapes, and proportions.- Eases reading for individuals with visual impairments or dyslexia.

  • 20 third graders, eight males and twelve females, read for one minute in five fonts.
  • All text was set at 16pt and the reading materials were two grade levels above the participants current grade level to ensure the typography was being measured, rather than reading competency.
  • Each student read out loud a passage set in a control of Times New Roman, then four of the Lexend Series — Deca, Exa, Giga, and Mega.
  • As the study demonstrates, while the Lexend series were beneficial to a large sample of students, no one setting worked best for all students. Diverse readers call for diverse axis settings just like every individual person requires their own individual eyeglass prescription.
  • Eyeglass prescriptions are not six strict settings. There are more granular settings possible.
  • Variable font technology allows for continuous selection of the Lexend Series to find the specific setting for an individual student.

The Demonstration of Effectiveness

A variable font empirically shown to significantly improve reading-proficiency. Dr. Bonnie Shaver-Troup, utilizing her theory and the LEXEND beta font designs, worked with Google to formulate an advanced set of typographic variables to coordinate with one simple idea:A font, much like the prescription in a pair of eyeglasses, should change based on the reader’s unique needs.Combining some of the newest technology in font software and an educated history in professional type design, Lexend pulls the most important typographic factors in reading-proficiency into a variable font that was designed specifically to fluctuate based on a reader’s Words Correct per Minute score — a typographic system that could be changed to make the words more readable, based on who’s reading them.

🔹Accessability- Supports a wider range of users.- Benefits individuals with visual impairments or learning disabilities.- Aligns with universal design principles.

🔹Reduced Barriers to Understanding:- Clear, legible text promotes effective communication.- Increases engagement, comprehension, and retention.- Helps diverse audiences understand information.

🔹Empowerment and Representation:- Equal access to information and opportunities.- Sends a message of inclusivity and respect.- Supports diversity within educational and professional settings.

In addition to the print versions of Geodes classroom resources, teachers and students in grades K-2 now have access to My Geodes digital library. Through the My Geodes digital library, teachers can electronically distribute the same Geodes titles that students are reading in class, so they can practice their skills independently- both at school and at home.

Digital Access for Grades K-2

How to Access:

You can access your Geodes digital library directly from the NP Desktop. If you experience any difficulties with sign-on access, please submit a ticket to _admintech@npenn.org.

Resources for Implementation:

Overview Video from NP Literacy Coaches

My Geodes Welcome Video

Getting Started with My Geodes

Family Information

Printable Documentation

Hanukkah

Hanukkah (meaning “dedication” in Hebrew) is an eight-day long Jewish festival commemorating the second century B.C. rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, as well as the overall beliefs of Judaism. It begins on the Hebrew calendar’s 25th of Kislev, which falls in November or December of the Gregorian calendar. Hanukkah 2022 runs from December 18th until December 26th. The most significant Hanukkah custom is the lighting of a nine-branched menorah, or “Hanukiah” in Hebrew. Each day of the celebration is represented by a candle and lit in chronological order; the center candle, called the Shamash or “helper”, is used to ignite the others. Other traditions include playing with Dreidels (four-sided spinning tops), eating food such as Latkes (potato pancakes) and Sufganiyot (jam-filled doughnuts), and–in the United States–exchanging gifts. On an international level, Hanukkah is actually not a particularly major holiday for many Jews; Hanukkah became more prominent in the United States due to its proximity to Christmas, when Jewish children are habitually alienated from their Christmas-observing peers. Around 200 B.C., Jews in Judea (modern day Palestine and Israel) suffered under the tyrannical rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Epiphanes outlawed Jewish worship, and in 168 B.C., his soldiers massacred thousands of people in Jerusalem while defiling the city’s holy Second Temple. Jewish priest Matthias and his five sons protested the brutal Seleucid monarchy by leading the Maccabean Revolt. The Maccabee rebels predominantly utilized guerilla warfare, which brought them to victory in merely two years. The champions then rededicated the Second Temple, during which the acclaimed Hanukkah Miracle occurred. Though the Jews only had enough olive oil to light the temple’s menorah for one day, the flames burned on for eight, granting them time to retrieve more. This inexplicable event inspired the eight-day festival that has repeated yearly ever since.

Immersive Reader

Description:

A free, easy to use tool that is designed to improve reading comprehension and fluency for students of all abilities.

Inclusive Thoughts:

Empower students and other users to utilize these accessibility features as they wish. This feature allows for read-aloud, translations, and tools for the student to help make content more accesssible.

Implementation:

Immersive Reader is available in Canvas (Pages & Assignments), Pear Deck and Flip. Be sure to model and remind students of the accessibility features as you create resources.

Info

Transcript

I'm Jenny Anderson Johnson. I'm Ben Johnson. We have three kids, Alden, Gavin, and Karek. My name is Karek and I'm in second grade. My favorite things in the world is bees, snakes, and gardening. We definitely knew there was a problem because, you know, he just was not being able to read with us as much as the other kids were. Sometimes I was embarrassed because I didn't know how to read. He had dyslexia. Initially, it was that kind of feeling of shame that really made me feel sad. My teacher was like, he wants to read first. For the whole entire year, I said not me. So you start wondering, you know, what are you doing wrong? Then there's a little bit of panic that sets in. One day when we were learning, my friend came next to me and said, I know how you can do this. Just click on that button and it said Immersive Reader. And I clicked on it. And I was just focused. My eyes were focused into it. I can say it to you like that. Or I could show you a picture. The awesome thing about Immersive Reader, it was just there. It was just an eye kind of click away. I think that it's allowed him to have more confidence that he can do more. It makes me feel good and my life is more easier. The first night that he kind of came up to us with a book in hand and wanting to read to us, you know, you see that twinkle in his eye. Yeah. It was something he had conquered. This card was from Mother's Day. I love you, Mom. I am very impressed of your hard work that you did. The last few sentences was, thank you so much for helping me read. I was like, wow, this is the best Mother's Day gift. Yeah, it was pretty, I don't know, yeah, just that one little sentence. I am going to read as many books as I can in the world.

If you no longer need libraries from previous years, you can archive both the library and its books. Doing so will not only declutter your Teacher Dashboard but also reduce the number of libraries accessible to students.

Book Creator: Archive Previous Years' Libraries

Getting Started with Classwize

1. Click the icon on your NP Desktop.2. Click 'Sign in with Google'3. Select your NP Google account.Your Classwize dashboard is now open. You should see a tile for each of your rostered courses, just like in Canvas.

Note: Similar to Securly, cross-listed classes will show individually as sections.

Check out the calendars below to discover a ready-to-teach activity that's a perfect fit for every day this February!

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Hanukkah

Hanukkah (meaning “dedication” in Hebrew) is an eight-day long Jewish festival commemorating the second century B.C. rededication of the Second Temple in Jerusalem, as well as the overall beliefs of Judaism. It begins on the Hebrew calendar’s 25th of Kislev, which falls in November or December of the Gregorian calendar. Hanukkah 2022 runs from December 18th until December 26th. The most significant Hanukkah custom is the lighting of a nine-branched menorah, or “Hanukiah” in Hebrew. Each day of the celebration is represented by a candle and lit in chronological order; the center candle, called the Shamash or “helper”, is used to ignite the others. Other traditions include playing with Dreidels (four-sided spinning tops), eating food such as Latkes (potato pancakes) and Sufganiyot (jam-filled doughnuts), and–in the United States–exchanging gifts. On an international level, Hanukkah is actually not a particularly major holiday for many Jews; Hanukkah became more prominent in the United States due to its proximity to Christmas, when Jewish children are habitually alienated from their Christmas-observing peers. Around 200 B.C., Jews in Judea (modern day Palestine and Israel) suffered under the tyrannical rule of Antiochus IV Epiphanes. Epiphanes outlawed Jewish worship, and in 168 B.C., his soldiers massacred thousands of people in Jerusalem while defiling the city’s holy Second Temple. Jewish priest Matthias and his five sons protested the brutal Seleucid monarchy by leading the Maccabean Revolt. The Maccabee rebels predominantly utilized guerilla warfare, which brought them to victory in merely two years. The champions then rededicated the Second Temple, during which the acclaimed Hanukkah Miracle occurred. Though the Jews only had enough olive oil to light the temple’s menorah for one day, the flames burned on for eight, granting them time to retrieve more. This inexplicable event inspired the eight-day festival that has repeated yearly ever since.