Author: lmtsdti

Lucidpress

Lucidpress is a web-based (nothing to install) drag-and-drop publishing and graphic design tool that allows students to create and share both print and digital content.Teachers can use this tool to create their own materials, like parent newsletters or class presentations. For students, Lucidpress is especially useful for group projects that involve collaborating on a poster, report, or digital presentation. Multiple users can work on a project at once, in real time, as well as chat and leave comments. Teachers can request a free Educational account, which is the equivalent of a paid Team or Pro account, and provides access to all features. This is a great tool for upper elementary, middle and high school. The interface is difficult for younger students.

Click on the picture below to learn more about Lucidpress:

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Maker Space Ideas

This is the first in a series of posts addressing how to incorporate a maker space in your curriculum. Each guide includes lesson plans that are subject and level specific. The guide below was based on our Middle School Social Studies Curriculum that includes Western Civilization in grades 6 & 7 and American History in grade 8. Click on the picture below to access the guide.

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Google Takeout

Attention Seniors!

As we approach the end of the year, seniors need to know that they can use Google Takeout to download and transfer everything that they have created under their LMTSD google account (which will be longer be active after June 30th) to a personal Google Account or compressed file. To accomplish this click on the picture below:

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Virtual Locker to Google Drive Transition for LMTSD Staff

All  LMTSD staff is encouraged to move their H drive to Google Drive because accessing your network files via virtual locker will no longer be available at the end of this school year. To access your files remotely staff will have to use Google Drive. This will also impact access to inboxes & outboxes.  Staff is encouraged to use Google Classroom to share files with students.

I created a Smore with information and helpful links, handouts, videos, etc. for you to use as a resource for the transition.

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  • To view the Smore click here

 

 

  • To view the answers to Frequently Asked Questions about the Transition, click here

 

  • To schedule an appointment with Mary Agnew, LMTSD’s Technology Integrator to help you move your files  click here

Updating Your Website

The Flex Editor app for school wires will no longer be accessible next school year. All district staff is encouraged to move their webpage information from their Flex Editor to the Content Editor App. Below are instructions for accomplishing this task. If you would like 1:1 help for this process,  set up an appointment with LMTSD”s Technology Integrator Mary Agnew 

1.Log into site manager (instructions for getting to site manager – courtesy of Megan Smith)

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2.Click on the page you wish to edit

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3.Click on Manage apps & layout

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4. Click on add app, add the “content” app


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5. Name your new page the same as the old page and click on “create new page”

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6. Once you have both pages created click on “I’m Done”

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7. Click on Flex Editor and edit and copy everything from the page and paste it into the Content Page. On the content page, you will not be able to change the background color and the font type, you will however be able to change the font size and color among many other options (At this time you may want to open up the second tab and open up your web page via the faculty directory. This will allow you to see what your page should look like so that you can make changes to keep the look of your original page)  

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8. After you have made all of your changes and have saved your content page you can delete your Flex Editor Page

9.If you want to add a video, you will need to add another app “Embed Code” to your page              

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10. Go to your YouTube Video, click on share, click on embed and before you  copy the embeddable code make sure that you unclick “show suggested videos.”    

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11. Copy the code & paste it in the Embed Code box. 

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12. Embedded videos are automatically left justified to change your video to be centered add <center><div> before iframe at the beginning of the code and <div><center> at the end of the code

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Loading an Audio File to Google Drive From Your Phone

Whether you are doing a downloadpodcast or a musical performance, loading an audio file to google  Drive is a very simple task no matter what device you are using.

If you are using a smart phone/tablet, download the Google Drive App before completing the steps below:

 

Android Voice Recorder to Google Drive

On your Android device go to Tools

  1. In tools, open your voice recorder
  2. Make a Voice recordingandroid
  3. After you have made the voice recording click “share”
  4. Share your recording with your drive
  5. Give your recording a name

iPhone/iPad  Voice Memos to Google Classroom

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  1. Record yourself in voice memos
  2. Save your recording as your name
  3. Click on the share button (rectangle with an arrow pointing up)
  4. Click on the Google Dive icon
  5. Share your recording with your drive

Motorola Phones

  1. Download the smart voice recorder app onto your phone
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  3. After you have made the voice recording click “share”
  4. Share your recording with your drive
  5. Give your recording a name

 

Adding sound in Moovly

Adding sound in Moovly is very simple however you need to be in Moovly Classic to add sound. There are 3 ways to add sound:

    1. Upload an MP3 file to your Personal Library using the small speaker icon you find on the bottom left-hand side of the Editor.  Make sure you possess the copyright of the sounds you upload! Read Moovly’s Terms & Conditions for more information.

Follow these instructions  if you want to download recording from your phone to your Google Drive (for the Chromebooks)

    2. Import a sound from the Moovly Marketplace. All music samples and sounds there are copyright-free.
    3.  Record your sound (e.g. your voice) using the small Microphone icon you find on the bottom left-hand side of the Editor. Below is a video describing how to do this:
    More Questions about Moovly- For instructional videos on a variety of topics go to:

Moovly Academy

Moovly

    More Questions about Moovly- For instructional videos on a variety of topics go to:

Moovly Academy

logo3 Email_500Moovly is a multimedia platform that enables you to create engaging multimedia content by allowing you to create videos and presentations using their extensive animated content library or adding your own images, movies & sounds. It is a great alternative to Powtoon & GoAnimate and because it is a cloud-based digital media content creation platform so you don’t need to download any software to use it. Completed projects can be downloaded, stored in the online Moovly User Gallery or published on social media (ex. YouTube & Facebook)  

Creating an Account:

You can create a Moovly account using your LMTSD  Google Domain Email Address.

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  2. Click on “Google Login” & agree to the conditions and start creating your first project

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Creating a Project

Creating a project with Moovly is very easy, just follow the steps below:

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  2. Next select the kind of animated content you wish to create an animated video, a presentation or a display ad. If you are not sure you can click “Just Let Me In” Next you will be prompted to name your Moovly & give it a description. You can also choose from a template library or create one from scratch. 

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  3. After the Moovly editor window pops up there are several tools that you can use. On the left-hand side of the editor you will find the object library that contains many graphical objects that you can use to create your content. To use, just pick an object and drag it to the stage.Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 3.04.10 PM
  4. Once you have your object on the stage you can position it, resize it or rotate it until it is in the position you like. Some objects have additional properties that you can adjust in the properties panel for example to change the color of your object.

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  5. You can also add text objects first click the text icon and then click where you want to put your text, enter your words & adjust the size, font & color in the properties panel. 

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  6. Once you have a few objects on the stage you can easily add animation to do that you need to use the timeline notice that there is a separate line for every object that you have put on the stage. The gray bar shows the overall timing of an object and indicates where it will appear and disappear. You can move this bar horizontally & make it longer or shorter. Click the little arrow left of the object name to open or close its animation options. When you click “choose animation” you will see a menu with all of the animations that you can apply. For example, select hand drawing to have your object drawn by hand.

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  7. When you have chosen an object the timing appears in the timeline, you can change this timing by dragging the stop & start bullets horizontally this way you can perfectly synchronize your objects with sound, voice or other objects.Screen Shot 2017-03-23 at 3.07.16 PM
  8. Click the play button to preview your creation and make changes if necessary.On this page, you can also download it, share it, publish it, copy it or delete your Moovly. Screen Shot 2017-03-27 at 1.34.40 PM
        More Questions about Moovly- For instructional videos on a variety of topics go to:

Moovly Academy

 

Socrative

Socrative is a great free student response system for creating quick student engagement. Click on the picture below to learn more about this tool:

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