Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Assigning Tasks in Google Docs

Specific items can be assigned to others within your organization using G Suite's comments.  Watch the video below for a quick preview on how to utilize the comments from within a Google file.

Learn more in Doc editors Help

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Google Drive

Google Drive DESKTOP App Shut Down

The Google Drive desktop application for both Mac and PC is being shut down on May 12th, 2018. 

Google Drive File Stream

Google Drive File Stream, a desktop application that allows you to quickly access all of your Google Drive Files on your computer, will be replacing the Google Drive desktop application for Mac and PC.

Help with Google Drive File Stream

For directions on how to Backup/Sync your Google Drive files and how to delete the Google Drive desktop application, go to Google Drive Help. For instructions on how to install Google File Stream, visit our KISD Digital Learning Blog.

Other Google Apps

It is important to know that this shutdown will not impact other Google Drive services. If you do not transition to Drive File Stream or Backup and Sync by May 12th, updates to files will stop syncing between your computer and Drive on that date.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Adobe Spark

Adobe Spark is a FREE tool that allows users to create a post (graphic), a page (webpage) and a video.  After creating an account, click the PLUS SIGN to create a new item:


Select a template or start from scratch. The following example was created from scratch. Follow the prompts to enter a topic.

While text is selected, utilize the STYLE and WORDS tabs in the right window pane to change font, spacing, color, etc.:
While text is selected, utilize the top menu of tools to edit, order, or delete the text:
While a graphic or background is selected, utilize the PHOTO FILTERS and COLOR OPTIONS in the right window pane to change the image or color:
While a graphic or background is selected, utilize the top menu of tools to replace images, scale/rotate images, or delete images:
Click the button to add items to the post:

Use the DOWNLOAD button to download a JPG file or the SHARE button to share the graphic via a link:


Adobe Spark walks users straight through how to design a beautiful webpage.  From Adobe Spark, select the PLUS SIGN > PAGE

After selecting, PAGE, Add a title and subtitle.  Continue to follow the prompts to add images:
Adobe Spark offers various ways to import images into the page:
The image is place into the background of the page:
Use the PLUS SIGN to add additional objects and features, such as photos, text, buttons, video, photo grids, and glideshows:
NOTE:  Additional options are available depending on the embedded object.
Use the SETTINGS, PREVIEW, and SHARE buttons at the top to add/remove the header and footer, preview the page, or share the page:


From Adobe Spark, select the PLUS SIGN > VIDEO. Enter the TITLE:
Select a template or click START FROM SCRATCH.  The following example was created from scratch. Utilize the right window pane for options such as MUSIC, THEME, and LAYOUT:
 Use the PLUS SIGN to add elements to the video:
Click the MICROPHONE button to record narration over the video:
Add NEW SLIDES, PLAY the video, and view the TIMELINE in the bottom section of the screen:

Use the PREVIEW, SHARE, and DOWNLOAD buttons at the top as needed:

Find more support here for Adobe Spark.

Monday, February 12, 2018


Padlet (formerly Wallwisher) allows multiple users to post ideas on a "wall." In addition, pictures and files can easily be added by dragging and dropping them into the wall space. A login is not required to access the walls. Users simply double-tap the wall to type. Padlet walls are accessible on a computer or mobile device by accessing the Padlet app (Android | iOS). The wall's designated URL can be shared to give others access for collaborative projects and brainstorming sessions. Padlet provides a great place to create formative assessment tools.

To Get Started:

  1. Create an account.
  2. Click MAKE A PADLET:
  3. Select an option:
  4. Complete the options in the MODIFY panel found on the right side of the screen:

  5. Scroll down the MODIFY panel to customize the URL:
  6. Continue to customize the padlet and click 
  7. Be sure to select a PRIVACY option that matches your needs:

Sharing the Padlet

  1. Click the SHARE button on the right side of the screen:
  2. Click the SHARE/EXPORT/EMBED tab in the top, right:
  3. Select your preferred SHARE or EXPORT format:

Find out more information on Padlet here.

Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Post-It Plus

What is Post-it Plus?
The Post-it® Plus App allows you to capture notes, organize, share with everyone, and access from ANYWHERE! It is that easy!
Capture multiple notes (up to 50 at a time)
  • Combine groups
  • Create digital notes
  • Organize notes
  • Share with others
  • Work as a team
  • Work on all devices
There are some great brainstorming and planning apps for smartphones (sticky notes, Padlet, Popplet) and a new app from the makers of Post-it Notes combines the traditional tool with a digital platform. Post-it Plus is a super cool app that lets users snap a picture of their post-it notes and the app will recognize each individual sticky – creating digital sticky notes. You can then move them around your screen and organize them into groups. It is a great way for kids to collect their stop-and-jots in one place whether they are using post-it notes in Reader’s Workshop or when conducting research for a writing project.

Classroom Ideas:

We love the idea of exit tickets and especially digital exit tickets. We think having students quickly reflect on what they learned and giving instant feedback is a powerful tool in the classroom. However, the reality of exit tickets can sometimes make their implementation cumbersome. In addition, we are not 1:1 so having students use digital exit tickets sharing devices is cumbersome. Here is an idea of how to use any type of post-its and a free app on your smartphone for painless and easy digital exit tickets. You can use the free Post-It Plus app on your iPhone or iPad to take a picture/scan of the post-its and save them. You can use this free app to save post-its you have collected on anchor charts or brainstorms as well.

Try it as a replacement for card sorting activities when looking at the causes, effects, and responses to a geographical event. Students have a board with Post-It notes already added and then have to arrange the statements into the different categories. They can even divide these even further, for example arranging the causes group into human causes and physical causes. As an extension activity, students receive another source of information such as an article, website or video. They add any new findings as additional Post-It notes to their board.

This app is also a great tool to facilitate group work and carousels. One example could be when students are working in groups, with each researching a different topic. The group could record their findings on Post-It notes. Following on, as part of a carousel, groups could then rotate and capture the Post-It notes of each group and arrange them on a single board.

After scanning and saving the Post-Its, you can organize saved groups of Post-Its onto boards. From there you can opt to export your Post-Its to .pdf, PowerPoint, or Excel or upload to Google docs for further collaboration.

Post-It Plus in a Geometry Classroom

Vocabulary Match

Video on How to Sort With Post-It Plus

Check This Out!

You can even add colored squares with text to PowerPoint, Google Slides, or ActivInspire file and have students capture it with the app...Saving even more paper! 🙂

Open the Post-it Plus app and try to capture the "notes" below.

If you have any thoughts on the Post-It Plus App or if you are willing to share how you have been using it in your classroom, tag us on Twitter #kisdpd. We look forward to learning with you.

Additional Resources:

Tools for Teaching: The Amazing Sticky Note

Tuesday, January 9, 2018

Google Forms File Upload

Have you ever wanted to collect files from your students or team?  Consider using the FILE UPLOAD feature found in Google Forms.
  1. While in a Google form, click the button to insert a NEW item:
  2. Select the FILE UPLOAD question type in the drop-down list:
  3. Click CONTINUE:
  4. Complete the question properties form:
  5. If applicable, click next to ALLOW ONLY SPECIFIC FILE TYPES and select the desired file type(s):
  6. Select the MAXIMUM NUMBER OF FILES number:
  7. By default, the MAXIMUM FILE SIZE the form will accept is set to 1 MB.  Adjust this, if needed:
  8. By default, the TOTAL file size the form will accept is 1 GB. Adjust this, if needed.  To do so, click CHANGE:

  9. Note the helpful tools in the lower, right corner of the question window - COPY QUESTION, DELETE, REQUIRED, and SHOW DESCRIPTION (found beneath the MORE menu):
A folder can be found in the form owner's Google Drive containing any file uploads.

Find more information at Google Support