Welcome to the Technology Design Team Weekly Lessons Learned! This is 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. 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.
Is There A Way To Make Video Grids With Students?
Here is a little trick and treat in one lesson. Given that FlipGrid is not currently approved for AISD students, here is a great way to use student video in a grid-like class activity.
This video demonstrates how Google Presentations and the Record To Slides Chrome extension might be used by students to create a video for Google Presentation slide activities.
Peer Review in PlayPosit!
PlayPosit has improved their Peer Review tool that allows students to upload video to a bulb and be assigned to student groups for peer reviewing. Rubrics can be used by the student reviewers and the teacher and the teacher-assigned scores will pass back to BLEND/Canvas. This update is reflected in the PlayPosit Training and Resource course in BLEND (self-enroll: bit.ly/aisdplayposit – Austin ISD only) on a new page, Setting Up and Using Peer Review.
How can students and parent observers view feedback in BLEND?
Students and Observers should view their feedback on BLEND assignments through ‘Grades’ within course navigation.
If the teacher disables the Grades course navigation link, students will have limited access and parents/observers have NO access to see teacher comments left in SpeedGrader.
You can ensure that ‘Grades’ is enabled in your course navigation through this process.
This video demonstrates Providing student feedback using SpeedGrader
Where Can I Find Technology Design Team Shared Resources?
Looking for upcoming technology training or support for Austin ISD digital resources? Do you wish there was a single place that had many of the links to device support or summer workshops? Wish no longer. Come to the Technology Design Team’s Home page: bit.ly/tdthome. Bookmark this site as it has a calendar of events on the front page and announcements about upcoming trainings and events.
How can I add a SchoolCity assessment to a BLEND course myself?
Teachers can create a BLEND assignment connected to any SchoolCity assessment they can access within the SchoolCity platform.
For detailed step-by-step instructions, check out the BLEND (Canvas) – SchoolCity Integration – Teacher Instructions guide.
What do I do if a student gets the SchoolCity “Whoops” message in BLEND?
The “Whoops!” message may appear if a student attempts to access a SchoolCity assessment through BLEND before a teacher accesses the assessment for the first time.
This SchoolCity/BLEND Troubleshooting document demonstrates SchoolCity and BLEND – Troubleshooting the “Whoops!”.
Check out more SchoolCity resources in the public-facing SchoolCity BLEND hub course.
Technology Design Team Virtual Office Hours – NEW DAYS
The Technology Design Team is hosting virtual office hours to help provide real time instructional technology support in the first weeks of school. Virtual Office Hours with the Technology Design Team will happen on Monday-Thursday from 10:30 am to 1:30pm.
Please check the Global Announcement in BLEND for the Zoom link.
If you have a technical support issue (device repair or setup, access to systems, etc), please create a ServiceNow ticket to have a technician address your concern.