Friday, August 18, 2017

Customizing Your Waffle!

Did you know that you can customize your Apps Launcher found in G Suite (also known as the "waffle")?

Watch this short video to find out how:


Monday, July 31, 2017

Strive is Here!

Eduphoria's new module, STRIVE, was launched on Tuesday, June 27th!  When Eduphoria users login, they will see a new icon:

Clicking the  button proves to be a best practice when using the Eduphoria suite, especially at the beginning of each school year.  Click the  button and complete the form provided.  Consider uploading a profile picture to assist administrators in appraising their large faculties.
Although the rollout will happen in phases, learn more about the full functionality of Strive by viewing this video:
Eduphoria's Appraise and Workshop buttons will not disappear until all modules are integrated into STRIVE.

Teachers will see a screen that displays their GOALS, EVALUATIONS, and PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT.  By utilizing the tabs across the top, users can easily navigate between these three sections

Goals

To add a goal, simply click the PLUS SIGN and add the information related to the goal (T-TESS dimensions, action steps, completion dates, etc.).
To add evidence to the goal, click the goal and click the ADD EVIDENCE button:
Evidence can consist of:
  • A text entry
  • A file upload
  • A link
  • An Eduphoria workshop portfolio entry:

Evaluations

Click the EVALUATIONS tab at the top to see evaluations:
Click the preferred evaluation to view messages and evaluation details.  An evaluation can also be printed from this screen.

Professional Development

The PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT tab will display the registered courses, courses available (or course catalog), and portfolio.  Although all features are not currently visible, Eduphoria developers are quickly rolling out these in the coming months.




Wednesday, July 26, 2017

Chrome Tips

Read on to learn two quick and easy Google Chrome tips that will help you take control of your online experience...

Setting Your HomePage


  1. While in Chrome, click the button found in the top, right corner and select  SETTINGS
  2. In the APPEARANCE section, turn on SHOW HOME BUTTON
  3. Select the second option, then enter the preferred website.

Change the Download Location

  1. While in Chrome, click the  button found in the top, right corner and select SETTINGS
  2. Click ADVANCED towards the bottom
  3. Under the DOWNLOADS section, select one of the following:
  • Change the DOWNLOAD LOCATION
  • Slide the ASK WHERE TO SAVE EACH FILE BEFORE DOWNLOADING option to ON

Monday, July 10, 2017

International Patio PD is July 11!

International #patiopd Day July 11!

Below ⇓ How to organize & create a great #personalizedPD experience ON YOUR PATIO! And your “patio” can be anywhere.


This is not your usual Professional Development, but it should be. It’s on our patios. :-)
Principles of PatioPD:1. We like learning together
2. We like our families
3. Breaking bread and camaraderie enhance creativity4. Informal, personalized, low-stress professional development is useful, powerful, and energizing.
5. Sharing and learning exactly what we need honors professionals and learners
6. Learning collectively builds community right near us, while connecting us world-wide
Let’s get together on everyone’s patios to make this happen! 

HOW TO KIT:

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Virtual Field Trips


The Texas Technology TEKS state that students will explore virtual environments, simulations, models, and programming languages to enhance learning.  What possible virtual environments can our students explore?  Although these are only a few to get you started, the links and resources listed below can enhance student engagement and learning.

Google Cultural Institute allows users to go inside the Eiffel Tower, view multiple world museums, explore Machu Picchu, explore National Parks, and so much more!  Read more here.



Visit Mount Everest here or view embedded here:

Courtesy of www.AirPano.com
AirPano features many other wonders such as the Taj Mahal, sites from Norway, Russia, and more.

360Cities also offers various places to visit virtually including the Church of Holy Spirit, the Godafoss Waterfall in Iceland, Tobolsk Kremlin, and much more. Explore the Balloon Fiesta 2009 below:

Balloon Fiesta 2009

Note that some resources listed can be used with Virtual Reality headsets.


The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History provides a virtual tour of the building.

Tour the Alamo from a classroom near you!

Enjoy live webcams at Explore.org (iOS app | Android App)

There are so many web resources to enhance the curriculum and take your students on an adventure from their classroom seats! Continue to explore and share others in the comments.

Please note that some resources listed may not be suitable for all audiences.  As always, preview the links and resources prior to using with students.

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Flipgrid



If you've not noticed, students love video and photo media!  So, instead of fighting their interest in apps such as Snapchat, Instagram, and Twitter, educators may consider leveraging this interest in utilizing video for eduational, more meaningful purposes.  Flipgrid has made this idea so easy.  Teachers can push out video, audio, or text prompts and collect student response videos in an instant!  To sign up for a flipgrid account, click here and follow the prompts.

Once the account is created, use the ADMIN LOGIN button when logging in:
There, you will find all of the grids created:
With the free account, teachers can utilize ONE grid, however an UNLIMITED number of students, topics, and responses.  (Read more here.)  A grid code is created for students to access the grid and teachers may add a password for security purposes as well.

Once the settings are defined, TOPICS are created including text or (optional) video (no more than 90 seconds).

The topic can be shared to students via a link or embedded into a learning management system such as Canvas or Google Classroom.  Students will simply click the ADD A RESPONSE button to respond to the topic prompts.


View the Flipgrid tutorial video for more information.

Sunday, May 7, 2017

2017 Keller U Registration is Open!

We are very excited to release the 2017 Keller University Catalog!

With more than 200 courses available, this year’s Keller U will be held July 18-20 at Central High School. All courses will be open and available in Eduphoria beginning at 8 a.m. Saturday, May 6.

Click here to access the Keller University Catalog Flipbook!
(especially great for viewing on mobile devices)

or


A few helpful tips for using the Keller University Catalog Flipbook:
1.      Use the FULL SCREEN   button for easier viewing
(Press ESC to return to the default screen)
2.      Use the SEARCH   button to find specific sessions (i.e. – presenter names, session name, etc.)



If you have any questions, please contact Keller.University@kellerisd.net