Weekly Lessons Learned 4/29/22

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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.

I have multiple sections in my Reading course. When I created a graded HMH assignment in BLEND/Canvas, only some of my students have access to it.
What is happening?

We have discovered an issue with the HMH integration with BLEND/Canvas. Assignments from HMH can only be assigned to a single section in a course (even though it allows you to select all sections).
How can I work around this issue?
You can create a different assignment for each section in your class.

  • Create the assignment using a name that will be unique (maybe the homeroom teacher?)
  • Set up the assignment in HMH and select the section
  • Set the “Assign to” box in the BLEND assessment settings to the appropriate section.
  • Repeat for the next two sections.
  • Students will only see the HMH assignment assigned directly to them.

Anything else to consider about HMH graded assignments in BLEND/Canvas?Points for a graded assignment can not be set to 0 or the assignment will fail.

ISTE/Dell Digital Literacy Collaboration

  • As part of their ISTE U course development, ISTE is collaborating with Dell to offer a new course this summer on Digital Literacy/Citizenship. As part of their course, they want to provide real teacher/educator examples. This is an amazing opportunity to amplify the work of our amazing blended learning leaders.
  • Please feel free to share this opportunity with teachers who are a good fit. Teachers can share via this Google Form (this form has the specific areas they are seeking examples).
  • ISTE is offering anyone who’s submission makes it into the course a 50% discount on an ISTE U course of their choice.

Minecraft: Education Edition Build Challenge: Build A Better City: Austin

Information on the Minecraft Build Challenge is available on the Austin ISD website and will provide support throughout the challenge event.  Student teams will organize to research and develop solutions on the prompt, “How can we make Austin streets more people-friendly while moving towards Net-zero goals in Austin?” Students are expected to work outside of classroom instructional time during the April 11th – May 13th event. 

Save the date! June 7th Blended Learning Summit.

The Technology Design Team is excited to announce our 6th Annual Blended Learning Summit for 2022 (http://bit.ly/2022blsummitflyer) via Zoom on Tuesday, June 7, 2022, from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm and in the afternoon from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Participants may register for the morning, afternoon, or both. Registration is now open via HCP (Sections 99686 and 99687).

Join us for a day of learning and collaboration where Austin ISD teachers and the Technology Design Team will share stories, strategies, and skills to support personalization and blended learning around the strands of:

  • Authentic Student Choice
  • Student Goal Setting and Metacognition
  • Using Data to Personalize
  • Meaningful Feedback

Participants will choose their own learning path of sessions based on their interests and needs. This will be a virtual event and is PLED eligible with principal approval.

Interested in presenting at this year’s summit? Please connect with your Technology Design Specialist

The Technology Design Team would love to hear from you!

Please reach out to your Technology Design Specialist if you would like a thought partner or support on your blended learning implementation.

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.

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