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.
How can I keep my students from skipping through PlayPosit bulbs?
PlayPosit bulbs can be designed using some newer features, like a minimum score requirement for bulbs or PlayPosit playlists. Another strategy from one trainer was to not use the Allow to Retake Bulb option, but instead use the Multiple Attempts option for the interactions. Teachers can provide more complex interactions knowing that the bulb can force learners back to the specific content and have them try to answer again for more mastery. The Retake Bulb option forces the learner to not just correct mistakes, but watch and answer the entire bulb again to completion. For more information, check out this short doc for strategies or visit the PlayPosit training course in BLEND, http://bit.ly/aisdplayposit .
Adobe Spark has been rebranded.
Spark is now being called Adobe Creative Cloud Express, but we still call it Adobe Spark, too.
Are there directions to help my students submit work from Adobe Spark?
The BLEND assignment that uses the Online Submission/ Website URL option provides an easier process for submitting student work from Adobe Spark apps. Students can either use the Share/ Publish or Share/ Turn in to Canvas option to give teachers Speedgrader-viewable submissions. You can now import these directions from the BLEND Commons directly into your BLEND course so students can see them at any time. Go to the BLEND Commons to import: How To Submit Adobe Spark To A BLEND Assignment
Is there Adobe Spark training for HCP Credit?
There is! Make sure you first enroll in the Technology Design Team’s PL course, http://bit.ly/aisdtdtpl . Then jump straight to the HCP section to register for Your First Student Lesson With Adobe Spark – Asynchronous. This session focuses on demonstrating how students can use Adobe Spark apps when submitting work in Canvas/BLEND. Adobe Spark Post is a creative digital poster-making app that is surprisingly powerful and easy to use. Students can create projects from scratch or use any of the templates available in the app.
Is there a Chrome extension that will benefit my dyslexic students?
The OpenDyslexic for Chrome extension was recently added to the AISD Approved Add-on and Extensions list. This year, there have been many Chrome browser extensions added to the Austin Independent School District Chrome store for student installation. While staff can install extensions freely, students are limited to the extension in our Chrome store (http://bit.ly/aisdaddons ).
How can I get started with Newsela or up my game?
Newsela has professional learning videos. At the top right, there is a link to Educator Center. That link will display a short menu. Choose Professional Learning to access videos and playlists that can supercharge your Newsela use. We recommend the 5 Minute Quick Start With Newsela playlist.
Update: Technology Design Office Hours
The Technology Design Team is excited about assisting campuses and subbing throughout the district. For this reason, we must suspend office hours for the time being. We have enjoyed the opportunity to meet and collaborate with so many teachers in Virtual Office Hours.
Please reach out directly to your Technology Design Specialist.
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.