Weekly Lessons Learned Archive

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Weekly Lessons Learned 12/2/22

  • Connecting the Dots with Canva for Education
  • I get an Access Denied / You Don’t Have Permission Error when trying to access links to HMH from the YPGs. What can I do?
  • Where can I learn more about Google Drive resources?
  • When is GoGuardian going to be in the portal? (spoiler – NOW)
  • What resources are available to support Computer Science Education week (Dec 5-11)?

Weekly Lessons Learned 11/11/22

  • My students are in GoGuardian across multiple classes, how can I get them all in one class?
  • How can I tell if a student has a release for displaying work or images?
  • One of my iPads doesn’t seem to be functioning correctly, how can I check to see if it needs a system update?
  • My student is not showing up in Apple Classroom. What is going on?

Weekly Lessons Learned 11/4/22

  • I am getting an “Activate Windows” message on my PC laptop. What should I do?
  • How can I build an assessment or quick check in SchoolCity?
  • How can I check to see if my students’ iPads are registered correctly to my students?
  • What is the current home screen on iPads?
  • Can you tell me about Apple Classroom?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/28/22

  • Why is student X not in my IXL, HMH, BrainPop, Studies Weekly, etc?
  • I am in BrainPop but how do I get to BrainPop Jr, BrainPop Espanol, etc?
  • Can I share my GoGuardian scenes with a colleague?
  • How can students look at their test/answers in SchoolCity BEFORE the testing window closes? We want them to  reflect on their answers while it is still fresh in their mind. 
  • How can I support my student who is not seeing a Google assignment but sees embedded Google content fine in BLEND?
  • I’d like to level up my communication in BLEND. Do you know of a one-pager to reference?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/21/22

  • Students are unable to see the YouTube videos in my PlayPosit bulb! What can I do?
  • How do I organize the side navigation menu for my students in a BLEND course?
  • My student’s BLEND dashboard looks different. How can we change it back to the view with all the course tiles?
  • What QR code generator do ya’ll recommend for teachers? 
  • Where might I find information on assignments and other features in BrainPop?
  • I am not able to access a curriculum website in the AISD portal. It’s coming up with a “404 error” message. What can I do?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/14/22

  • Changes coming to YouTube access for elementary students.
  • How do I filter by grading period in my BLEND gradebook?
  • How can I get the grades for students who have changed their schedule out of my BLEND course?
  • What grading options are available in BLEND?
  • Why is it important to set due dates?
  • How can I update a new quiz then have it regrade and update the BLEND gradebook?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/7/22

  • What tutorials are available to help students learn and navigate BLEND and other AISD instructional technology?
  • Argh! Most of my students can access the website we are using except for just one or two. What should I check to help them?
  • Did you know you can post URLs to BLEND assignments in the Notes sections in Frontline?
  • What are some upcoming professional learning sessions?

Weekly Lessons Learned 9/23/22

  • Why is student X not in my IXL, HMH, BrainPop, Studies Weekly, etc?
  • When I launch HMH from the portal, it says I don’t have access.
  • Why are some of my grades missing from the BLEND gradebook?
  • My student’s BLEND dashboard looks different. How can we change it back to the view with all the course tiles?
  • Does a parent need to create their own portal account or can I add them as an observer for their student(s)?

Weekly Lessons Learned 9/16/22

  • A shared document was moved. How can I find where my Google document “lives”?
  • Why are my GoGuardian classes show up as Pending? How do I make them active?
  • How can my campus get teachers into vacant courses in BLEND?
  • How can I easily message students who have not turned in work in BLEND?
  • Jamf and Apple Classroom are now rostered for iPads! Walkthrough videos coming soon!

Weekly Lessons Learned 9/2/22

  • Update your Chrome browser!
  • My student is blocked in another teacher’s GoGuardian scene. What can I do?
  • My student is not showing up in (IXL, BrainPop, DreamBox, BLEND/Canvas, etc). What can I do to facilitate rostering?
  • Can I create my own BLEND course for student clubs, for professional learning, or to build new course content?
  • Do you want access to BLEND blueprint content, but don’t have a frontline associated blueprint course?
  • How can I ensure the instructional videos I want to use from YouTube are viewable by students?

Weekly Lessons Learned 8/26/22

  • My campus registrar made changes in Frontline SIS. When will I see these roster changes made in BLEND, Seesaw, and other district-rostered systems?
  • My BLEND tiles are flashing. What can I do?
  • How can students customize what they see in their blend dashboard view?
  • My students can’t see my BLEND content! Can you help?
  • How can I use my BLEND (Canvas) content I previously created in a course that has ended?
  • Do you want access to BLEND blueprint content, but don’t have a frontline associated blueprint course?
  • What different roles does GoGuardian have, and how can I add a co-teacher into my GoGuardian class?
  • How can my PreK-2nd grade students sign into programs on their iPads?
  • Is the __________ software program rostered yet? 

Weekly Lessons Learned 8/19/22

  • How can I reset my students’ password(s) or print QR Codes for your PreK-5th grade students to scan in to the AISD portal?
  • I don’t have access to ________ (digital resource/tool/BLEND classes). What I can I do?
  • When will ____________ be rostered?
  • Why is there a new grading option when I assign a BLEND assignment using the Google LTI?
  • How do I filter by grading period in my BLEND gradebook?
  • What other filters are available in the BLEND gradebook?

Weekly Lessons Learned 5/20/22

  • June 7th Blended Learning Summit. Registration is open and space is available!
  • What other Professional Learning opportunities are available from the Technology Design Team?
  • Something is not working right. Where can I check the status of a system that Austin ISD uses? 
  • What end-of-year BLEND considerations should I be aware of?
  • What information do my graduating seniors need to know about technology considerations for the end of the year?

Weekly Lessons Learned 5/13/22

  • June 7th Blended Learning Summit. Registration is open and space is available!
  • Can I still complete the Level 1 Google Educator certification?
  • Can I add additional HMH Ed programs to my class?
  • What information do my graduating seniors need to know about technology considerations for the end of the year?

Weekly Lessons Learned 5/6/22

  • June 7th Blended Learning Summit. Registration is open!
  • Can my students still participate in the Minecraft: Education Edition: Build a Better City: Austin challenge? What is the deadline?
  • Can I create my own BLEND course for student clubs, for professional learning, or to build new course content?
  • My student’s Chromebook is stuck on a version below 100. What should I do?

Weekly Lessons Learned 4/29/22

  • 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?
    • How can I work around this issue?
  • Minecraft: Education Edition Build Challenge: Build A Better City: Austin through May 14th
  • Blended Learning Summit – June 7th

Weekly Lessons Learned 4/22/22

  • 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?
    • How can I work around this issue?
  • Minecraft: Education Edition Build Challenge: Build A Better City: Austin through May 14th
  • Blended Learning Summit – June 7th
  • New BLEND/Canvas Features!
    • Icon Maker
    • Default Due Time for assignments
  • Minecraft: Education Edition Build Challenge: Build A Better City: Austin through May 14th
  • Blended Learning Summit – June 7th

Weekly Lessons Learned 4/15/22

  • How can I see and share students’ individual quiz responses for a New Quiz?How can I see and share students’ individual quiz responses for a New Quiz?
  • How can I find out who is blocking a student in GoGuardian?
  • Minecraft: Education Edition Build Challenge: Build A Better City: Austin
  • June 7th Blended Learning Summit.

Weekly Lessons Learned 4/1/22

  • How can I tell classic from new quizzes?  
  • I want to give a pre/post assessment in BLEND (SLO, progress monitoring, etc), can I copy a quiz?
  • What quiz item types are useful for creating SLO-type assessments?
  • What additional question types are a available in new quizzes?
  • What options can I set in a quiz?
  • How do I add accommodations for a student in New Quizzes?
  • How can I change my quiz engine from old to new quizzes and back?
  • Help! I need a hard copy of a BLEND/Canvas quiz or answer key.
  • I noticed Learning Ally is in my portal. How can I get my students access?
  • Minecraft: Education Edition Build Challenge: Build A Better City: Austin
  • Where can I learn more about SchoolCity?
  • Save the date! June 7th Blended Learning Summit.

Weekly Lessons Learned 3/25/22

  • Can staff or students use the ‘Login with Google’ button to login to a website?  
  • How do I filter by grading period in my BLEND gradebook?
  • What other filters are available in the BLEND gradebook?
  • How can I view the Screencastify videos I have already recorded?   
  • Save the date! June 7th Blended Learning Summit.

Weekly Lessons Learned 3/4/22

  • Save the date! June 7th Blended Learning Summit. More information coming soon.
  • How can I support students and families who speak languages other than English in YouTube videos?
  • How do I add requirements or prerequisites to a BLEND module?
  • Where might I find asynchronous BLEND/Canvas training?
  • I want to use Jamboard with my students. Is there a limit to the number of frames students can add?

Weekly Lessons Learned 2/25/22

  • I have an email that I send a copy of to caregivers throughout the month. Is there a way to save it as a template in Outlook?
  • How can I filter my search results in Google Drive?
  • How can I easily access virtual field trips that might be applicable to my class content through Google Earth?
  • What are some best practices to consider when having students submit Google Drive files in BLEND?
  • How can I get just in time support when the SCA3 window opens on 2/28?

Weekly Lessons Learned 2/18/22

  • How can I remove someone else’s Portal Username on the login screen?
  • How can I ensure the instructional videos I want to use from YouTube are viewable by students?
  • How can my students turn in digital work of any type  from any device? 
  • How can students with iPads hide ads and distractions in Safari?
  • How can students on iPads “speak” text on the screen?
  • How can I share a link from my Chrome browser?

Weekly Lessons Learned 2/11/22

  • Where can I find district curriculum resources?
  • Are there any activities for Safer Internet Day?
  • Is there a set of lessons that will introduce Google creative tools to my students? 
  • How can I get a co-teacher to help me teach my first lesson using Minecraft?

Weekly Lessons Learned 1/28/22

  • How can my students and caregivers translate text on a web or BLEND page?
  • Is there approved software for students to use to create a video or screencast and turn it in to the teacher?
  • How do I sync Newsela and Canvas to roster my classes?
  • My student is blocked in GoGuardian, but we don’t know who the teacher is. What can we do?
  • How can I use Minecraft with students during a curriculum lesson?
  • I received notification that the HMH Download Center is being upgraded over the next few months. What does this mean?

Weekly Lessons Learned 1/21/22

  • What is the difference between “Short Term Sub” and Co-Teacher in BLEND? How do I grant a colleague access to my courses?
  • Recent Updates to BLEND/Canvas
  • How can I import my BLEND content from previous courses?
  • How do I set BLEND notifications at the course level?
  • How can I have student’s record themself for oral language practice and submit or share it?
  • How can I ensure the instructional videos I want to use from YouTube are viewable by students?
  • How can I tell who has accessed my Google doc, slide deck, or spreadsheet?
  • How can I check to see if my students’ iPads are registered and updating correctly?
  • How can I use MAP Growth data to support my students in their other digital tools?

Weekly Lesson Learned 1/14/22

  • How can I keep my students from skipping through PlayPosit bulbs?
  • Adobe Spark has been rebranded.
  • Are there directions to help my students submit work from Adobe Spark?
  • Is there Adobe Spark training for HCP Credit?
  • Is there a Chrome extension that will benefit my dyslexic students?

Weekly Lesson Learned 1/7/22

  • If my campus registrar makes changes in TEAMS/Frontline, when will I see these roster changes made in BLEND, Seesaw, and other district-rostered systems?
  • How might I help minimize digital distraction with YouTube for my students?
  • What are some examples of teachers who have effectively used district device management systems (GoGuardian or Jamf Teacher/Apple Classroom) in their AISD classrooms? 
  • How can I print a QR code for my students? Can parents print them, as well?
  • How do I set and/or change due dates in BLEND, and why is this important?
  • Can I update a new quiz then have it regrade and update the BLEND gradebook?
  • Can I get some student-facing Chromebook resources to start the semester?
  • What Changed With Adobe Spark Accounts in December?
  • Is there a way to hide the ‘filmstrip’ in Google Presentation?
  • Do you have more hot Seesaw tips to start the new semester?
  • How can I check student progress in Seesaw?

Weekly Lessons Learned 12/10/21

  • If my campus registrar makes changes in TEAMS/Frontline, when will I see these roster changes made in BLEND, Seesaw, and other district-rostered systems?
  • How might I help minimize digital distraction with YouTube for my students?
  • What are some examples of teachers who have effectively used district device management systems (GoGuardian or Jamf Teacher/Apple Classroom) in their AISD classrooms? 
  • How can I print a QR code for my students? Can parents print them, as well?
  • How do I set and/or change due dates in BLEND, and why is this important?
  • Can I update a new quiz then have it regrade and update the BLEND gradebook?
  • Can I get some student-facing Chromebook resources to start the semester?
  • Do you have more hot Seesaw tips to start the new semester?
  • How can I check student progress in Seesaw?

Weekly Lessons Learned 12/3/21

  • What can you tell me about the Hour of Code?
  • How can I update Chrome? Why should I?
  • What features have been recently added to Chrome?
  • I love tabs! What options are available to help me manage tabs in Chrome?
  • When will there be another Evening With…webinar?
  • Apple Virtual Conferences

Weekly Lessons Learned 11/19/21

  • How can I get the grades for students who have changed schedule out of my BLEND course?
  • What grading options are available in BLEND?
  • I am trying to load my BLEND grades and I can’t see any grades for this grading period. The grades show when I have ALL Grading Periods selected.
  • Can a student resubmit a BLEND assignment? Can I decide from which submission to take the grade?
  • Can I update a new quiz then have it regrade and update the BLEND gradebook?
  • Where can I find all of the Tech Design Team resources in one place?

Weekly Lessons Learned 11/12/21

  • How can parents update their contact information in Frontline?
  • How can I restrict the internet in GoGuardian, but allow Adobe Spark? 
  • Images/Links in my BLEND course are not visible/functional to my students, but they work for me. What’s happening?
  • How can students on Chromebooks create audio files?
  • Digital Citizenship lessons/materials can now be found in the BLEND Commons

Weekly Lesson Learned 11/05/21

  • How can I print a QR code for my students? Can parents print them, as well?
  • How do I access and set up Newsela in BLEND for my students?
  • When I try to log in to the portal I get the message: “Internal Error: No login context available”. How can I fix it?
  • Is there any PLED-eligible training from the TDT?
  • Evening with…Google Assignment LTI
  • Changes to Student YouTube Accounts

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/29/21

  • Is There A Way To Make Video Grids With Students? 
  • Peer Review in PlayPosit! 
  • How can students and parent observers view feedback in BLEND?
  • Where Can I Find TDT Shared Resources? 
  • How can I add a SchoolCity assessment to a BLEND course myself?
  • What do I do if a student gets the SchoolCity “Whoops” message in BLEND?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/22/21

  • Can a student resubmit a BLEND assignment? Can I decide from which submission to take the grade?
  • I can’t see my students’ grades in SpeedGrader! What happened?
  • What does the red badge on the help menu mean?
  • What recent updates have come to BLEND?
  • New PlayPosit feature – Activity Feed.
  • A Halloween activity using Google Draw or Slides.
  • Why is my student not showing up in Apple Classroom?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/15/21

  • What grading options are available in BLEND?
  • How do I set and/or change due dates in BLEND, and why is this important?
  • My gradebook is showing “Select Student Group- Due to the size of your course you must select a student group before launching SpeedGrader.” What can I do?
  • Is there a way to transfer grades from the BLEND gradebook to my TEAMS gradebook?
  • I’m trying to use the Teacher Tools extension as described above, but my Mac is giving me errors. How do I troubleshoot these Mac errors so that I can use Teacher Tools?
  • How do I change how my grades post in BLEND?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/8/21

  • Announcing the new TDT web presence.
  • What alternative to Discovery Ed is available?
  • There’s a new Chrome extension available for Austin ISD students – MyBib!
  • Will there be new SEL and CP&I Advisory/Homeroom Activities for the 2nd 9 weeks?
  • How does the BLEND SchoolCity integration look and work?
  • What grading options are available in BLEND?
  • How can I get the grades for students who have been concluded from my BLEND course?
  • What can I preview using Student View in BLEND/Canvas? What is not able to be previewed?
  • Is there a way for students to watch videos embedded in BLEND AND still be blocked from watching videos on the YouTube site?
  • What are some examples of teachers who have effectively used district device management systems (GoGuardian or Jamf Teacher/Apple Classroom) in their AISD classrooms? 
  • Which Dual Language courses receive blueprint content?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/1/21

  • How can I make announcements show up on my BLEND home page?
  • Where can I find support for textbook integration in BLEND?
  • Is there any training for educators about Google?
  • How can I learn more about using PlayPosit with my face-to-face students?
  • Where can I provide feedback about the BLEND Blueprints?
  • Can I update a new quiz then have it regrade and update the BLEND gradebook?
  • Can I get some student-facing Chromebook resources?

Weekly Lessons Learned 9/24/21

  • What Google add-ons and extensions can students install?
  • How might students draw on webpages and submit the drawing from their Chromebook?
  • How does a student access the iRead books on iPad?
  • What are the options for having students turn in work from Google Drive?
  • What alternatives to Turnitin exist for Austin ISD teachers?
  • What resources are available for elementary teachers with Multi-age classrooms?
  • Why is my BLEND quiz item not giving partial credit?

Weekly Lessons Learned 9/17/21

  • How can students use text-to-speech on their district Chromebooks?
  • How can my students easily submit an Adobe Spark product in BLEND?
  • Can the Website URL submission be used for Google documents, as well?
  • What digital tools are available for academic assessment, progress monitoring, and intervention?
  • When can we access ST Math?
  • Why can’t my students see YouTube videos that have been approved?
  • What is a BLEND To Do list, and why are so many assignments showing on student To Do lists and calendar?
  • Tell me more about the BLEND Calendar and To Do Lists! What student resources can I share for using the BLEND calendar and To Do List?

Weekly Lessons Learned 9/3/21

  • What do I need to do in order for my students to access the Immersive Reader function in BLEND?
  • How can Immersive Reader support my emergent language learners?
  • What resources are available to support Chromebooks?
  • How can I create a new course in BLEND?
  • If a student is showing up in a BLEND course they are no longer rostered in, how can I conclude them from the course?
  • Depending on my role, how can I create an AISD login QR code for a PK-5th grade student?
  • What are the different ways that students can submit a BLEND assignment that uses Google docs, and what are some advantages and disadvantages of each?
  • How can I create special characters, such as those used in other languages, on my device?
  • Where can I begin to explore what digital resources are available to me as an AISD instructor?
  • How can I access ST Math if I am a frontline rostered math teacher?

Weekly Lessons Learned 8/27/21

  • Where can I find out more about the teacher-facing resource associated with my BLEND blueprints?
  • How can students add Chrome extensions and apps to their Chromebook profiles?
  • I created a Playposit bulb and assigned it. Why can’t I see my students?
  • I created a Google Assignment in BLEND, or am using the blueprint with a Google Assignment. Why can’t my students see the assignment?
  • How can I use Google Assignments to share Jamboard templates?
  • How do I set a page as Homepage in BLEND?
  • How can I create a clickable link for a phone number?
  • I copied content from another course and it is not showing up in my course. Should I import again?
  • What are some useful student-facing videos to support the blueprints?
  • Where can I find the Tech Design Team BLEND videos?
  • How can I rename my Seesaw class?

Weekly Lessons Learned 8/20/21

  • My campus registrar made changes in TEAMS/Frontline. When will I see these roster changes made in BLEND, Seesaw, and other district-rostered systems?
  • My students can’t see my BLEND content! Can you help?
  • How can I use my BLEND (Canvas) content I previously created in a course that has ended?
  • How do I access blueprint content if my course is not blueprinted?
  • I have stacked class rosters and they come in as multiple course tiles in BLEND. How can I combine (crosslist) them into 1 course per prep? 
  • What are some different ways that students can submit Google assignments in BLEND, and how does that impact the teacher and student experience?
  • How can I find another user’s place in a Google document?
  • BrainPop now has a help desk for teachers and other staff. 

Weekly Lessons Learned 8/13/21

  • How can I preview content (such as blueprints) in Canvas Commons?
  • Useful links for the start of the 21-22 school year

Weekly Lessons Learned 5/28/21

  • What Summer Professional Learning opportunities are the Technology Design Team offering?
  • How can students export their Minecraft: Education Edition world and share it with another student or import it on a personal device.
  • I want to view ALL of the Tech Design Team YouTube videos!
  • How may I support families and students who want to download an archive of student work in Seesaw?
  • The end of the school year is almost here, and with it comes the conclusion and archiving of Frontline SIS-pushed BLEND courses!

Weekly Lessons Learned 5/21/21

  • What Summer Professional Learning opportunities are the Technology Design Team offering?
  • How might my students annotate on a PDF in BLEND?
  • I am leaving the District and want to transfer ownership of some contents in Google Drive. How can I do that?
  • How may I support families and students who want to download an archive of student work in Seesaw?
  • I am graduating/retiring from Austin ISD. How can I efficiently download my Google Drive contents to take with me?
  • Important Seesaw Reminder

Weekly Lessons Learned 5/14/21

  • What Summer Professional Learning opportunities are the Technology Design Team offering?
  • Is there a way to print a hard copy of a NewQuiz?
  • How can my students and caregivers translate text on a web page?
  • I am leaving the District and want to transfer ownership of some contents in Google Drive. How can I do that?
  • I am graduating/retiring from Austin ISD. How can I efficiently download my Google Drive contents to take with me?
  • How may I support families and students who want to download an archive of student work in Seesaw?

Weekly Lessons Learned 5/7/21

  • Assignments that are not part of this grading cycle are showing up in my BLEND gradebook!
  • How do I set and/or change due dates in BLEND, and why is this important?
  • Help! I edited a BLEND (Canvas) page and I want the old one back! Can I do that?
  • Old assignments with no due date are appearing on my students’ to do list! How can I clear them? 
  • How do I create a Zoom poll and share the data with students?
  • My manually created Seesaw class has been archived! What can I do?

Weekly Lessons Learned 4/30/21

  • I noticed a new Save and Build Buttons in New Quizzes, how does this change the workflow?
  • How can I prevent the email “ding” and other notifications during meetings or teaching?
  • 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?
  • Are you looking for more Zoom reactions? Have you updated your Zoom?
  • My gradebook is showing “Select Student Group- Due to the size of your course you must select a student group before launching SpeedGrader.”
  • How can I check student progress in Seesaw?
  • How may I support families and students who want to download an archive of student work in Seesaw?

Weekly Lessons Learned 4/23/21

  • My students are loving Minecraft! How might they demonstrate their learning with video?
  • How can my students record a video of their Chromebook screen? 
  • I’ve signed up for the Minecraft: Education Edition BLEND course and still need ideas for lessons. Where can I find age-appropriate and content-specific Minecraft lessons for my students?
  • How can I customize the message and icon on my Zoom waiting room for participants? 

Weekly Lessons Learned 4/16/21

  • How can I support students monitoring their grades in Frontline/TEAMS?
  • How can I locate submissions in BLEND for a student who has left my class?
  • When looking at specific students in BLEND Analytics, what constitutes an “interaction” vs. “page view”?
  • My student has the wrong Blend tiles on their iPad. What can I do?
  • Student iPads are showing Offline when teacher accesses Apple Classroom from a class tile. What should you do?
  • I have a student who is not showing up in Apple Classroom. What can I do?

Weekly Lessons Learned 4/9/21

  • How can I support caregivers as they check their children’s grades online?
  • During the second week of April, all students K-12 will be able to use Minecraft: Education Edition on an AISD Chromebook.
  • Don’t know how to use Minecraft: Education Edition or how it can be used for engaging lessons?
  • What resources do I have to support district-issued Chromebook management for my 3rd-12th graders?
  • A student submitted a video for an assignment. When I try to open it, BLEND (Canvas) returns “Media is currently being converted, please try again in a little bit.” What should I do?
  • Want an opportunity to influence New Quizzes workflow changes?
  • What resources do I have to support iPad management for my PK-2 students?

Weekly Lessons Learned 4/2/21

  • What measures can I take to protect my class against Zoom bombing?
  • I’ve received a Google Assignment as part of the blueprints: Is there a way for me to edit the Google Assignment attachments?
  • I want to show my students a portion of a longer YouTube video in Google Slides. How can I adjust a YouTube video in Google slides?
  • What important feature updates are new to BLEND/Canvas?
  • Is there a way to transfer grades from the BLEND gradebook to my TEAMS gradebook?
  • I’m trying to use the Teacher Tools extension as described above, but my Mac is giving me errors. How do I troubleshoot these Mac errors so that I can use Teacher Tools?
  • How should my students access BrainPop on iPad?

Weekly Lessons Learned 3/26/21

  • How do I submit a software approval request? Why do I need to do this with apps/software that are not on the approved list?
  • Why assignments that are not part of this grading cycle are showing up in my BLEND gradebook?
  • How do I set and/or change due dates in BLEND, and why is this important?
  • What are some considerations or tips for using the EduDisplay with Zoom as I set up learning spaces for my virtual and in-person students?
  • How do I select or unselect a default Quiz type in a BLEND course or select a new quiz engine in BLEND?
  • Why are there download symbols (↓) next to links on my BLEND items?
  • How do I enter the designer in a New Quiz so that I can edit questions that are already in the New Quiz?

Weekly Lessons Learned 3/12/21

  • During the second week of April, all students K-12 will be able to use Minecraft: Education Edition on an AISD Chromebook.
  • Don’t know how to use the Minecraft app or why it might make an engaging lesson?
  • The Adobe Spark for Education training and resources course has been updated to include new resources and the webinar from the Blended Learning Summit.
  • My students are getting an SSO Error when they try to join Zoom class.
  • Why are the wrong student names appearing on post/assignments in Seesaw?
  • Several students can’t connect to Education on their iPads. What should I do?

Weekly Lessons Learned 3/5/21

  • How can I get captioning and a transcript of my zoom meeting?
  • How can I invite a non-AISD guest speaker to my Zoom meeting?
  • How can I tell if I have upgraded to the AISD licensed Zoom account?
  • When I migrate my Zoom account, is there anything I should consider?
  • Are you back on campus and having issues connecting to a printer?
  • Curious about the status of a system that Austin ISD uses?
  • My students’ iPads just updated and now images are gone in BLEND or Seesaw!
  • Why am I only able to see some students when using the newly populated Apple Classroom app on my teacher iPad?
  • Additional resources on Classroom and Jamf.
  • My students are not able to load HMH resources on the iPad!

Weekly Lessons Learned 2/26/21

  • Why does the HTML Editor in BLEND look different?
  • GoGuardian Teacher continues to provide teachers with a tool for developing strong online productivity and digital citizenship skills with students.
  • Looking for an opportunity to connect with and learn from colleagues across the district that also counts for PLED credit? 
  • When I type directly into a BLEND page, quiz, assignment, etc., why doesn’t spell check work?
  • How might I help students who need another hotspot?
  • Did you know that you can use Jamf Teacher on your district-issued iPad to help manage apps on students’ iPads? 

Weekly Lessons Learned 2/5/21

  • The Newsela/BLEND integration is now available to all teachers/students in grades 3-12!
  • What is the easiest way for a teacher to save a photo as a pdf?
  • Can I get more information about Google Assignments in BLEND?
  • I’m not sure if I have the latest version of Zoom. Is there a way to tell?
  • I am looking for ways to structure collaboration in breakout rooms. What collaboration structures do you recommend, and what examples of classroom application can you share?
  • My registrar made changes in TEAMS/Frontline. When will I see these roster changes made in BLEND, Seesaw, and other district-rostered systems?
  • My students had a schedule change. How do I help them rearrange the BLEND Dashboard?
  • I accidentally saved a change I don’t want on my BLEND page. How can I find and restore previous versions of my page?

Weekly Lessons Learned 1/29/21

  • When I use the “Copy to function” in BLEND, why is it producing such a long list of courses for me to choose from, and what can I do to easily find my course?
  • Will the Discovery Education BLEND integration improve? So glad you asked!
  • Is there a way for my students to annotate a PDF in BLEND without additional software or licenses?
  • How can I request a website unblocked?
  • An updated BrainPOP resource for teachers has been added to the BLEND Commons!
  • Is there a way to subtitle a presentation in another language as I present?
  • Are there any resources for using the New Rich Content Editor in BLEND?
  • I am trying to load my BLEND grades and I can’t see any grades for this grading period. The grades show when I have ALL Grading Periods selected.
  • Why is my PlayPosit video STILL giving students the error “Video Streams Fail to Load”?
  • How do I assign a Seesaw activity to only a select few students for differentiation?
  • How do I (re)connect my student’s iPad to BLEND, Seesaw, and other apps?

Weekly Lessons Learned 1/22/21

  • Why is my PlayPosit video giving me the error “Video Streams Fail to Load”?
  • Is there a way for a teacher to manually submit a BLEND quiz for a student if they accidentally forgot to submit?
  • How can I help students who are having issues accessing content embedded from Google Drive in BLEND?
  • Where did my concluded BLEND courses go? How do I access them?
  • My student teacher for this semester has finished orientation and has their A number now. How do I add them to my BLEND course?
  • How can I log into Google on an iPad? Is there a video I can share with parents?
  • What next steps might I take to help a student whose sound/audio recordings are not getting captured on their Seesaw assignments?
  • My student teacher for this semester has finished orientation and has their A number now. How do I add them as a co-teacher to my Seesaw course?

Weekly Lessons Learned 1/15/21

  • How do I set a grading policy for late work?
  • Why are student assignments not showing up in Speedgrader, even when it says they have been turned in?
  • How do I filter by grading period in my BLEND gradebook?
  • What other filters are available in the BLEND gradebook?
  • In what ways can I support my students who need to rename themselves in Zoom?
  • What are my options for copying in BLEND?
  • My students have several old courses cluttering their BLEND dashboard. Is there something they can do?
  • My Course navigation changed! What might have happened?
  • Is there a way to forward my BLEND inbox emails to my Outlook email?
  • Did you know BrainPop has a new feature – co-teachers?

Weekly Lessons Learned 1/8/21

  • How do I add a long-term or short-term substitute to my BLEND course?
  • What resources are available to help me get acclimated to the New Rich Content Editor (RCE) in BLEND?
  • How do I help students authenticate through Zoom to make my meetings safer?
  • How do teacher changes in Frontline/TEAMS affect gradebooks and BLEND?
  • The Teacher Checklists for Blueprint Courses have been updated.
  • What does the new background look like for the district-issued iPads?
  • Families on district-issued iPads are experiencing Zoom login issues. What can I do to help?

Weekly Lessons Learned 12/18/20

  • I have heard Zoom will do auto-captioning. How do I set that up?
  • I had a course number change during the semester or a student transferred, how can I see the grades for students who have been concluded?
  • How can I provide feedback on the blueprints?
  • My students’ iPads just updated and now images are gone in BLEND or Seesaw!
  • How can I close all the tabs that are in my Safari browser?

Weekly Lessons Learned 12/11/20

  • Changes are coming to elementary blueprints!
  • My students can’t hear the audio from a Playposit! How can I help troubleshoot audio issues for Playposit bulbs?
  • How does a student retake a PlayPosit bulb?
  • My students’ iPads just updated and now images are gone in BLEND or Seesaw!
  • Do you have any short iPad tutorials?
  • How do I install Adobe Spark on an iPad?

Weekly Lessons Learned 12/04/20

  • The New Rich Content Editor will be automatically enabled in ALL BLEND courses by January 2, 2021.
  • How do I access Adobe Spark? All staff and students can locate Adobe Spark in their AISD Portal Applications.  
  • Did something happen to the custom edits that I made to my blueprint?
  • Want help finding an approved YouTube channel?
  • Want to peruse previous Weekly Lessons Learned?
  • Is something not showing correctly on your screen?
  • How do I upgrade my Zoom account? What Zoom learnings have happened this week?
  • How can I get Zoom help?
  • How do I set up my new teacher iPad for JAMF School?

Weekly Lessons Learned 11/20/20

  • Students and Staff can now access Adobe Spark through the new tile in the AISD Portal!
  • My student can’t see Google content in BLEND.
  • What information is most useful to get my ServiceNow ticket properly routed and quickly addressed?
  • Should I set starting and ending dates for my courses in BLEND?
  • My students’ iPads just updated and now images are gone in BLEND!
  • How can I tell if my student’s iPad is registered and getting updates?

Weekly Lessons Learned 11/13/20

  • How do I set and/or change due dates in BLEND, and why is this important?
  • What new Playposit learnings have arisen this week?
  • How do I set BLEND notifications at the course level?
  • A site I need to use with students is showing up as “BLOCKED.” Is there a way to unblock websites for students?
  • My 3rd-5th-grade blueprint has content linking out to MackinVIA and/or Ebsco that my students cannot access. How can I help them?
  • Students are doing a lot of scrolling within one BLEND page. How can I create a link to something within a BLEND page (like a “Return to Top” link)?
  • Where are some of the district-pushed apps on the district-issued iPads?
  • How do I know if a student’s district iPad is not syncing with district settings?

Weekly Lessons Learned 11/06/20

  • 3-5 Blueprint Update
  • How do I create custom sections in BLEND (Canvas) so that I can differentiate and assign things only to specific sections?
  • How can I use GoGuardian to support student engagement?
  • How do I create an announcement for my individual BLEND course?
  • How do I find past/archived Global Announcements that I closed from my BLEND Dashboard?
  • Why is my PlayPosit video giving me the error “Video Streams Fail to Load”?
  • How do you save videos you’ve created using PlayPosit’s built-in recorder?
  • How does ownership of PlayPosit bulbs work?
  • How do I change how my grades post in BLEND (Canvas)?
  • How do I put a BLEND (Canvas) page on students’ To Do lists?
  • How do I reduce the amount of past activities my students see in Seesaw?
  • Why can’t my students see the HMH leveled readers when they access HMH through the Portal from their iPads?
  • How do I download a student’s Seesaw journal?
  • What are some guidelines or best practices with Seesaw?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/30/20

  • As rosters change in TEAMS, how does this impact systems that use TEAMS to auto-roster students? If a student transfers to my class, what if I need access to students’ previous work from a different BLEND course?
  • Need an easy way to copy a module or individual BLEND item from one course to another? If you are a Teacher or Co-Teacher in a course you can use the Copy To function.
  • Do you need help modifying or setting the “Due date” for a BLEND item (such as a BLEND assignment, graded discussion board, or quiz)?
  • UPDATED: To help make it easier for students to message me via the BLEND inbox, is there a way for me to create a link that I can embed on my BLEND homepage that will allow students to message me via the BLEND inbox?
  • I like New Quizzes because of their functionality in putting stimuli side-by-side with the questions attached to that stimulus. But I can’t add read-aloud support…can I?
  • Are you experiencing issues when duplicating a New Quiz or copying it from one course to another?
  • I need a link refresher! How do I link things in BLEND? How do I relink a button?
  • Need some resources on concurrent teaching?
  • Are you looking for resources to support MAP Growth testing with remote learners?
  • As rosters change in TEAMS, how does this impact Seesaw?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/23/20

  • Remember all those links we’ve shared in past Weekly Lessons Learned Updates for the status of apps and websites? They’re now all consolidated into a new page on the AISD website!
  • GoGuardian – “Student offline” is sometimes seen by teachers when in an active session.
  • Grade filtering
  • What are some suggestions on how to provide continuity of instruction to the kids of a teacher who may be taking leave?
  • Any new Zoom learnings this week?
  • My students are turning in work via BLEND, and when I look in SpeedGrader, a student’s submission gives me this error:
  • Students on iPads are reporting issues with the visibility of images when using the Canvas Student App. What can I do to help?
  • Some students are getting an error message on their iPads that they “do not have enough storage” to turn in work via Seesaw. How can I help?
  • How do I know if a student’s district iPad is not syncing with district settings?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/16/20

  • As the end of the grading period approaches, what are some timesavers for grading and tips for communicating missing work to students?
  • What are some best practices for adding grades and assignments in SIS Frontline TEAMS?
  • Zoom Odds’n’Ends
  • How can I get Zoom help?
  • BLEND (Canvas) Odds’n’Ends
  • What new learning has happened around Playposit bulbs and ownership?
  • Curious about the status of a system that AISD uses?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/9/20

  • How do I upgrade my Zoom account? What Zoom learnings have happened this week?
  • How do I connect to the EduDisplay and manage the sound?
  • Want to reduce the number of clicks to our core academic resources?
  • How do I organize my side navigation menu in a BLEND course?
  • A student is getting an error message like the one below on a district Chromebook. How do I connect to the Education network?
  • My registrar made changes in TEAMS/Frontline. When will I see these rostering changes made in BLEND, Seesaw, etc.?
  • As the end of the grading period approaches, what are some timesavers for grading?
  • How can students and caregivers get an overview of assignments and due dates within BLEND?
  • How can I submit and “upvote” BLEND (Canvas) request features, such as giving observers in BLEND a list view option on the Dashboard?
  • My gradebook is showing “Select Student Group- Due to the size of your course you must select a student group before launching SpeedGrader.”
  • How do I create an IXL or Dreambox link for BLEND?

Weekly Lessons Learned 10/02/20

  • What are some ways I can get real-time tech support as we return to the physical classroom?
  • What are some considerations or tips for using the EduDisplay with Zoom as I set up learning spaces for my virtual and in-person students next week?
    • Could I still use the DocCam as part of my Zoom, EduDisplay, laptop setup?
    • You can plug directly into the EduDisplay or use MiraCast if you prefer to be mobile/untethered to the EduDisplay.
  • Need some EduDisplay reminders?
  • Why is a student getting a proxy authentication or connection error on their iPad or Chromebook?
  • What are ways to manage course notifications for an individual BLEND course?
  • I’m having trouble integrating HMH in BLEND.
  • How can I easily message students who have not turned in work in BLEND?
  • Tips for Google Docs and Slides Submissions for BLEND Assignments
  • What are some tips to help students be safe online, especially with YouTube?
  • My Zoom links don’t work sometimes. Any tips on troubleshooting?
  • How can I and my students help prevent eye strain from all this screen time?
  • Students are getting iPad enrollment errors and/or their iPad apps are not loading properly.
  • Why are students’ iPad scenes changing at different times of the day?

Weekly Lessons Learned 9/25/20

  • My gradebook in BLEND isn’t showing my course assignments, quizzes, etc.!
  • Google Drive will not authorize.
  • What are the best ways for parents to see a global view of what their child needs to do and feedback/grades they have received?
  • How can I connect BLEND and Google in different ways?
  • How can I help my students with Portal login issues?
  • How can I ensure my students have the latest version of Chrome on their Chromebooks?
  • Are students experiencing issues trying to login to different AISD digital resources?
  • How do I troubleshoot accessing AISD digital resources such as Seesaw, Dreambox, Imagine Learning?
  • Is your button not automatically authenticating students to an AISD digital resource?
  • What can I do if my students on an iPad using the Canvas Student App can’t see my BLEND items?