Even PD is going virtual!

With the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers all over the country have had to teach virtually, and it looks like this might continue. To that end, Northern Buckeye has revamped some of our professional development offerings to help educators learn about technology, even when we can’t be there together.

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of our virtual services. Remember, all of our professional learning is available at no additional cost for our member districts. Not sure if your district is a member? Check this list. read more

Win the day!

As each day seems to add new tasks that can send us running in all directions, it’s nice to know there is an extension that will help you stay focused on the goals you most want to accomplish.  Win the Day is a Chrome extension that will remind you of your goal every time you open a new internet tab.  You will be able to set, track and detail your goals all in Win the Day’s simple and calming platform.  

Today’s Tech Tip will walk you through all of the steps from getting the extension to setting your focus timer.  Let’s start with getting the extension. read more

Keep Calm and Carry On with INFOhio!

With the wake of COVID-19 and school closings, there has been a deluge of free apps and resources for remote learning. So much so, that you may feel like you are drowning in a sea of resources wondering which are the “best” to use. 

Well, I have good news for you! INFOhio has you covered!

Through INFOhio, every PreK-12 teacher, student, and parent in the state has free access to 27 digital research databases that contain the kinds of journal articles, primary sources, videos, images and diagrams, and ebooks, needed for school. read more

Creating Digital Worksheets/Workbooks

When teaching online, you may want to use a handout that you would typically give each student as a hard-copy. Google Slides is known for creating compelling presentations, but it can also create interactive documents. By saving the image as a background to the slide master, it is more difficult for students to move or delete the image on the slide. You can easily share the digital worksheet/workbook in Google Classroom as “make a copy for each student.” Let’s get started!

First, save the handout as an =&0=& on your computer. If it is a PDF, you will need to take a =&1=& of the file. By doing so, it will convert the PDF to an image file and save it to your desktop.

  • Mac: Press Shift + Command + 4, then click and drag to set your selection. Chromebook: Ctrl + Shift + , then click and drag to set your selection.

  • Windows 10: Use the built-in Snipping Tool

  • Open a BLANK Google Slides presentation. NAME the file.

  • Next, we will add the image to the background. From the MENU bar, click on SLIDEEDIT MASTER
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  • 5 Google Classroom Best Practices

    As we enter our 5th week of working from home / teaching from home, I wanted to take a few moments to remind teachers of 5 things that might make your life a bit easier when using Google Classroom as the information hub for you at home learners.

    Turn off Classwork on the Stream Notifications  
    Your students will find it easier to find your assignments if you have them organized by topic on the classwork page. If you are posting only announcements in the stream your students will find it easier to find them.

    Click on the gear (top right in classroom) and set Classwork on the stream to “Hide Notifications” read more

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