Time Management & Planning with Google Calendar

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This video will help you manage your time by creating events in Google Calendar and help you plan by using Google Tasks. This video will also review some calendar settings to ensure you get all of your notifications. Feel free to download the Google Calendar app and the Google Tasks app to your phone and/or tablet. Get logged into your Google account and be ready to use your Google Calendar.

Technology Integration

Adobe Premiere Rush

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Adobe Premiere Rush is a cross-device cloud-based video editor. You can edit and create videos with video footage or photographs/images. The following videos will walk you through everything you need to know in order to get started with Adobe Premiere Rush. I would encourage you to apply what you learn in each video as you progress through the project-based tutorial. I have included project files for you to work with as you learn how to use Rush.


Digital Whiteboard Slideshow

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Do you have a slideshow or large file with multiple pages that you would like to digitally annotate?
Explain Everything will allow you to import an entire slideshow or document into the digital whiteboard app. After you import, you will have a separate slide for each slide or page you imported. You can then use the digital whiteboard tools and features to screencast instructional videos for your students. Requires that you have an upgraded account. EDU accounts currently are upgraded during this time of Remote Learning. Check it out.


Math Whiteboard Demonstration

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Math Teachers, calling all WCPSS Math teachers. This Friday April 24th at 1:00 we will demonstrating how to use a whiteboard app to create engaging and impactful math screencast videos for your students. This app will work with your new touch screen laptops and stylus.We will have time for questions and answers. Join the Google Meet meeting with the provided link. You will not want to miss this demonstration. Contact [email protected] to officially be invited to the demonstration.


Anchor App Invite Guests

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We have been recording our podcast episodes remotely. We would meet online in a Google Meet meeting. I would screen cast the meeting, then I would edit the audio in Adobe Premiere Pro. I would then upload the audio back to Anchor. The problem is that the quality of our audio was of poor quality. Some of us have external microphones and our audio was acceptable. Others were using the internal microphones on our laptops. Our audio levels did not match and there was a dramatic difference in the quality.

Invite Guests

There is a solution to this issue. The Anchor app has features that the browser versions does not have. The phone and tablet app allows you to invite guests to your recording. The guests do need Anchor accounts. When the guest join the recording starts. If all of you use your phones, the audio levels will be at similar levels and the quality will be acceptable. I still edit my audio to level the audio level to -6 decibels.

The app also has a few other features that the browser version does not have. I recommend you install the app on your Apple or Android tablet to explore them. The following tutorial demonstrates how to invite guest into your recording.


Seesaw’s Digital Whiteboard

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Some teachers are wanting to use their new touch screen laptops and the stylus. I have been researching various digital whiteboard applications, testing them, and noting the features each one has. Teachers can create screencast videos of their lessons using a digital whiteboard to house the content of their lesson. Teachers can then deliver their lessons to their students via the LMS they are using. Students can then access the lesson at their convenience.

Seesaw Digital Whiteboard Features

In my school district, Seesaw is approved to be used by students k-2. Third-12th grade teachers can not use Seesaw with their students. The following video tutorial demonstrates how to use the digital whiteboard in Seesaw to create screen cast videos. Seesaw has some attractive features, you can import backgrounds, add text,add images, and create movable/drag-able images and graphics.


Google Meet Audio Solution

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Teachers and students are not hearing the audio when they play videos during a live Google Meet meeting. I recomend you provide students with the video prior to your meeting. Let them watch the video before your Google Meet meeting and then discuss the video during the meeting.

If you absolutely need to play a video during a Google Meet meeting, these two videos will show you how you can play and hear a video during a Google Meet meeting. Contact me or your area DLCs if you need additional support. Solution #2 is what you should try first if you are using a Windows computer.

Digital Coaching

Live Meetings With Students

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Synchronous Class Time

Remote Learning involves various modes of communication between the teacher and the students. Synchronous refers to live or occurring at the same time. Asynchronous learning does not occur live or at the same time. There are times to communicate with students synchronously and times when it is more effective to communicate or deliver instruction asynchronously.

Google Meet

Teachers across the world are meeting online with video conference tools like Google Meet. These meetings are not intended to be used to deliver instruction to students. The deliver of the instruction occurs asynchronously for a variety of reasons. Live/synchronous meetings with students are intended to be utilized to check in with students, facilitate discussions, answer questions students may have about the instruction that was delivered asynchronously, and provide students with feedback.

Best Practices for Live Meetings

The Wake County Public School System has created a collection of best practices for video meetings. I would recommend you read through their resource. I would like to highlight and elaborate on a few best practices they recommend teachers implement.

  • Preparing Resources – Anticipating that students will have questions, need clarification, or request additional resources and support, I would recommend that you create a hyper doc a head of time that houses the resources you may refer to. If you add your hyper doc to the chat, students may not capture them during your meeting. Instead you can house you hyper doc in your LMS along with the invitation and link to the meeting. Students can then easily access your resources.
  • Establish Meeting Guidelines – You use protocols and guidelines in your classroom to maintain order and this approach will also be beneficial in an online environment. For example, have everyone mute their microphone and raise their hand, using the Nod extension, if they would like to speak. Students can also add to the chat when they have a question or comment.
  • Visual Content – Use visuals like slide shows, graphic organizers, images, and digital whiteboards. These will help engage the students and keep the meeting on topic. If you have audio issues with videos, check out these solutions.
  • Equitable Awareness – Not all students can attend a live meeting for a variety or reasons. They may not have a device, they may not have internet access, they may not have data to spare, they may have to share a device, they may have family obligations, or there can be other circumstances that prevent them from being able to attend. These are also reasons why you want to deliver instruction asynchronously.