Weekly Lessons Learned 5/7/21

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

Assignments that are not part of this grading cycle are showing up in my BLEND gradebook!

All undated assignments automatically default to the last grading cycle. Therefore, elementary teachers may begin to notice undated assignments appearing on their last nine weeks.

How do I set and/or change due dates in BLEND, and why is this important?

Setting due dates on assignments, discussions, and quizzes can help students see when something is due on their calendar and to do list. It also helps a teacher see work in the proper grading period as well as target missing or late work from the gradebook. It’s a win-win!
If an assignment does not have a due date, it will show up in the gradebook in the final grading period.
Watch the screencast BLEND Canvas Tip – How and Why to Set Due Dates to learn more about adding due dates to items in BLEND.

If you’d like a more detailed look at due dates and availability, view this Canvas guide: What is the difference between assignment due dates and availability dates?

Help! I edited a BLEND (Canvas) page and I want the old one back! Can I do that?
To “undo” something in a BLEND page, consider viewing the page history and/or using the “undelete” function.
The screencast for these tips can be found here.

Old assignments with no due date are appearing on my students’ to do list! How can I clear them? 

The students’ To Do list is based on whether or not a submission has been made on an assignment with a due dates. On the student’s side of BLEND, they can clear their To Do lists by turning in work or by manually clicking the “X” on the To Do item (if using a browser) and/or swiping left on the To Do list and then clicking the red “Done” button that appears (if using the Canvas Student App).

If the teacher wants to do something on the teacher’s side of BLEND, the teacher can add dates in the “available from” and “until” fields on the assignment to hide it. Technically, if a teacher removes the due dates, the “To Do” should go away. However, know that this will adversely affect the gradebook filters for grading cycles if you remove due dates because assignments without dates default to the last cycle!

How do I create a Zoom poll and share the data with students?

Did you know that you can create polls right in a Zoom meeting to keep students in one platform without having to open new tabs or other items? Here is a screencast for how to set up polls in a Zoom meeting. For more information, you can also read through the official Zoom guides for how to set up polling

If you prefer other tools like Mentimeter or Google Forms to project the data that gets collected, feel free to use the tool that works best for you and your students! Whichever tool you choose, it can be helpful to project the summary graphs to students so that their thinking is made visible and so that you have data that students can expound upon.

When are Technology Design Team Virtual Office Hours?
Virtual Office Hours with the Technology Design Team will happen on Monday-Thursday from 9:00-11:00 AM and 2:00-4:00 PM and on Friday from 2:00-4:00 PM.
Please check the Global Announcement in BLEND for the Zoom link.


My manually created Seesaw class has been archived! What can I do?

First off, it can be fixed and you will not lose submissions.

There was an issue with the sync to Seesaw this week. Classes that are rostered by the District were not properly updated. An additional impact was manually created courses were archived. If this has happened for you, please submit a ServiceNow ticket to have the class unarchived. Please include your archived class name if available.

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