Weekly Lessons Learned 4/30/21

Weekly Lessons Learned Update

Welcome to the Technology Design Team Weekly Lessons Learned! This will be a recurring feature on Friday afternoons where the Technology Design Team will share top of mind resources and learning. Each week, we will post a few key things we hope you may find useful. We look forward to sharing our learning with you.
Some of the content may be specific to the realities of Austin ISD though, we hope, much will be useful to viewers worldwide.

The Weekly Lessons Learned Archive contains a list of topics from and links to previous updates.

general information

I noticed a new Save and Build Buttons in New Quizzes, how does this change the workflow?

The New Quiz creation page now includes both a Save button and a Build button. Now, when a teacher creates and enters details for a quiz, the page displays both a Save and a Build button. Previously the page only included the Save button, which counterintuitively launched the New Quiz editor.

The Save button saves the content in the existing page and returns the user to the area where the quiz was accessed. Using the Save button will not launch the New Quiz editor.

The new Build button saves the existing page and launches the New Quiz editor.

New Quiz creation page buttons from left to right: Cancel, Save & Publish, Save, Build. The new Build button is now blue and is highlighted with a red outline in this example. Check out the New Feature Screencast in the Canvas Community to see a demonstration of this change: New Quizzes: Save and Build Button Workflow.

How can I prevent the email “ding” and other notifications during meetings or teaching?
Right-Click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac) on the tab you would like to mute, scroll down and choose Mute site.

Don’t forget To UNmute if you want your notifications back.
To Unmute, follow the same steps.
Right-Click (Windows) or Command-click (Mac) on the tab you would like to mute, scroll down and choose Unmute site.

I don’t have time to go through the whole Minecraft Training Course. How can I get up to speed quickly so I can use this in lessons in May?

  • Teachers are encouraged to enroll in the M:EE Resource and Training course- http://bit.ly/aisdminecraft. Directions for student access are in that course as well as a page that can be imported from the BLEND Commons into teachers’ courses.
  • The M:EE Resource course includes teacher self-paced online training as well as a connection to standards-based lessons and classroom management strategies.
  • Some alternatives for remotes students who cannot join a teacher-hosted world are shared in the BLEND Training Course page, using M:EE With Remote Students.
  • All teachers are welcome to join the Minecraft: EE Teams group for teachers. This is a place to support each other in the effective use of M:EE. Information in the BLEND course.
  • Note:  M:EE is an Android app on Chromebooks and teachers will not be able to view or manage M:EE using GoGuardian. GoGuardian is working on an update that will provide that functionality.

Are you looking for more Zoom reactions? Have you updated your Zoom?

The new Zoom updates include a “more” menu in the reactions on your teacher laptop. Watch this quick screencast to learn how to download the Zoom client, check on updates, and access the full suite of emojis in the reaction toolbar! Unfortunately, students on Chromebooks or iPads will not be able to use the reactions function in Zoom; additionally, when others use the reactions, Chromebooks and iPads will not be able to see them.

My gradebook is showing “Select Student Group- Due to the size of your course you must select a student group before launching SpeedGrader.”

At the assignment level you may see this:

Or you may see this message in your gradebook when trying to grade a submission, then follow the steps below.

Select student group image

In course settings, find the box that says “Launch Speedgrader filtered by group” and make sure that it is NOT checked.

Select group filter

Once you have unchecked that box, click update course details to make sure to save that setting.


How can I check student progress in Seesaw?
A great new feature has been added to the Seesaw for Schools accounts we have in AISD — Progress Tracking! Teachers can now gain insight into student engagement by viewing activity completion. Teachers can select a range of time to see progress completion either by activity OR by student. The Progress feature is not viewable to students or families – but teachers can click on a student’s name to copy an auto-generated Progress Report to share as needed (it includes links to each activity that still needs to be completed).
Note: This “Progress” view is only available to teachers through Seesaw computer access; it does not show up through the Seesaw app.
To view Activity Completion:

On the following screen, choose activity view then click the activity to go to the details.

You may now click on a student to view their progress.

How may I support families and students who want to download an archive of student work in Seesaw? Seesaw provides a detailed step set for downloading a .zip archive of a Seesaw journal Including all submissions.
There are versions available in English, Spanish, and French.

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