Month: January 2017

MID-YEAR GAFE UPDATES

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There have been lots of updates, changes and new additions to GAFE since the beginning of the school year. Below are some of the highlights:

Creating Student Blogs Using Weebly for Education

Blogging is a truly authentic and meaningful way to promote student voice in your classroom. It allows students to reflect, establish a positive digital footprint and generate an open archive of their learning.

Weebly for Education is an easy & free way to have students create blogs. Among its many features are that it allows you, the teacher, to have prior approval over what students post and comments on students’ blogs.

This post will guide you through how to create a teacher account and set up a class. It also provides a tutorial that you can share with students on creating their own blogs.

Creating a Teacher Account

1..To create a teacher site start by going to Weebly for Education and completing Get Started Here. Choose a username, a password and use your LMTSD email address.

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2..Next,  you will be prompted to fill in your district information

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3..Then you can watch a demo, set up a class or create a website. Choose “Create a Website”

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4..You will be taken to the theme gallery where you can choose from several different themes. You will be prompted to name your site (Choosing a subdomain of Weebly is free).

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5..Pick the theme you like and click on choose

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6..You can customize your theme by using one of the several drag & drop options in the left-hand side menu.

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7..When you have created your site, click on publish.



Setting Up Your Class

1..To set up your class, log into Weebly for education and click on my students

2..Add a class name, select your grade, make your students’ sites private or public (if they are private you will have to create a password) and click create class

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3..You can add students one at a time or add multiple students via a .csv file (if you have a google class set up then you can get a .csv of your class by following these instructions

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4..You can either upload a .csv file (ex. from Google Classroom) or copy & past the student information form the .csv file into the student account information box on the right-hand side of the page

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5..Once all of your students are added you will be able to see a class list. If you click on the print student list on the bottom right-hand side of the page a class login information sheet (with cards to hand out to the students with their log-in information) will be created 

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Instructions for Students to Creating Blogs

1..To log into your Weebly for Education account & create your blog, start by going to Weebly for education and typing the log-in information provided to you by your teacher

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2..After you have logged in, click on create a site

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3..You will be taken to the theme gallery where you can choose from several different themes. You will be prompted to name your site (Choosing a subdomain of Weebly is free).

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4..Pick the theme you like and click on choose

5..You can customize your theme by using one of the several drag & drop options in the left-hand side menu.

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6..To create your blog, click on the pages tab in the top left-hand corner and choose blog

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7..The first thing you should do is go to settings and set up the settings for your page (for example, click no to email notifications every time you receive a comment on a post)

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8..Next you can customize your blog by using one of the several drag & drop options in the left-hand side menu.

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9..When you are ready to create a post simply click on new post in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen

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10..When you are done with your post, click post and click publish.

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Creating a Class on SMARTamp

SMARTamp allows you & your students to share files & work collaboratively in a shared space. Students have the ability to work on projects, add multimedia content and take assessments individually, in small or large groups.  Teachers have the ability to track student work in real time while students work on their own devices.

Teachers can either create a class and input each student or you can import a class from Google Classroom. Below are the instructions for creating a class in SMARTamp.

1..Login to SMARTamp using your LMTSD login or by clicking on the Google Button

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2..Click on Add Class

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3.. Enter a class name and click create

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4. Complete your class information. Students can be added to the class by sending them an email invite, providing them with a class code or providing them with a QR code for the class.

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Importing a Google Classroom into SMARTamp

SMARTamp allows you & your students to share files & work collaboratively in a shared space. Students have the ability to work on projects, add multimedia content and take assessments individually, in small or large groups.  Teachers have the ability to track student work in real time while students work on their own devices.

Teachers can either create a class and input each student or you can import a class from Google Classroom. Below are the instructions for importing a Google Classroom into SMARTamp.

1..Login to SMARTamp using your LMTSD login or by clicking on the Google Button

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2..Click on add class

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3..Click on Import from Google Classroom

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4..Choose the class you wish to import & click on import

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5.Your class will be imported,  if your wish to view your class click view classes

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6..To see what students have been imported, select a class & click view class

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How to Open Smart Notebook Files on Your Chromebook Using Smart Amp

You can now open your Smart Notebook files on your Chromebook using Smart Amp. Students can also work in Smart Amp as described in How to Share a Smart Notebook File with Students on Chromebooks using Smart Amp

To open a Smart Notebook File, follow the steps below:

  1. Log into Smart amp using your LMTSD sign-onscreenshot-2017-01-04-at-2-31-50-pm
  2. Click on “Go to Workspaces” and create a new workspace or choose a previously created workspace from your Google Drivescreenshot-2017-01-04-at-3-05-00-pm
  3. Click on the “attachment” icon on the left-hand side of the screen
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  5. When the file appears and click on “playscreenshot-2017-01-04-at-2-30-02-pm