Tuesday, August 13, 2013

August / September Tech Talks


Resources for these, and all, TechTalks are available at the Tech Talks BlogThe schedule is posted on the Blog. To add the PDC Calendar to your account, copy this link and add by URL into the "Other Calendars" in your D219.org Calendar.



Week of August 26th - Setting Up Your Gradebook
Review your gradebook settings and learn how to improve communication with students and parents. Use the narrative features to include links to your class website, calendars and other resources, add links to handouts and additional information for assignments to reduce those excuses about how difficult it was to find the assignment. Add student specific feedback to grades to keep students and parents updated in an easy and timely on student progress.

Week of September 2nd - Update Your Class Website
Time for a New Year refresher? Dust off that old site...  Add presentations, documents, change the layout to make your site more inviting and easier to navigate. Modify the sidebar, hyperlink to google docs, embed videos and picture slideshows and insert gadgets.  

Week of September 9th - Class and Student Calendars

Leverage the power of Google calendars to improve student and parent access to assignments and events! Create new calendars for classes or clubs and embed or link to them on your website. Students will be able to subscribe to the calendar so they see it on their Calendars and can elect to receive email reminders to keep on top of their work!  We will review settings and notifications that will help you and your students stay on top of everything.   

Week of September 16th - Class Email Groups
Quickly and easily email your class or share Google docs with your students by creating class groups in a few easy steps:  Import your class lists from the Portal. Create groups in your gmail contacts. Share with your students.

Week of September 23th - Update Your Moodle SiteTime for some Moodle housekeeping! Un-enroll prior students, become better acquainted with Moodle’s new look and feel, refresh that site and make managing documents more efficient and accessing documents easier for your students.

Week of September 30th - Google Sites as a WikiMake student projects easy using Google Sites! Set up a website to use as a group Wiki. Create a class wiki by enabling editing specific pages for specific students using a Google site.

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