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Spotlight on: Clever Portal

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In this first Spotlight post, we want to focus on one of our most fundamental tools for teaching and learning with technology - the Clever portal! For those familiar with Clever already, there are some feature updates in this post that will get you up to speed for the coming year. Read on! What Is Clever? Clever is the service that gives us one-click access to many of our digital learning tools, without extra login steps. It does this by acting as a go-between for PowerSchool and other software services we use. With Clever's help, we can log in one time only to access many other learning platforms...tools like Star Assessments, our math textbooks, and much more.  What Do I Do With It? Well, if you're a teacher, the first thing to do is bookmark it! Our Clever login page is linked here , but you can also install the Clever Chrome Extension to get quick access to it from your Chrome browser's toolbar. Select any app from the District Page to sign in instantly with your WRSD

Back to School '22: Need-to-Know DL News

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Welcome back, all! Your Technology Integration team truly hopes you had a relaxing summer with plenty of opportunity for resting and doing as little as possible! The fall start brings with it a lot of hurry, stress, and uncertainty that takes days and weeks to resolve. We're wishing you continued peace as things threaten to cause you anxiety. Take those small moments to relax, reset, and reframe your situation - here are some quick and helpful resources for doing this! Now, in the spirit with which we send any communication to you - - that is, to make your job easier, not harder - - here are some things in WRSD digital learning that are new, better, or different this year. Elementary Schools: New Eureka Math Components Last Spring, WRSD worked to secure additional print and digital materials to accompany our Eureka Math program. The digital platform that we use, called Great Minds (and available in your Clever Portal), now holds the following Eureka tools: Digital Suite  - a robus

Saddle Up for a Google New Feature Roundup...

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  Gather 'round, y'all - here's a Texas-sized list of the goodies that Google has added to its apps and services over the past few months. Your TIS friends keep an ear to the rail for these updates, and we try to roll them up in bundles (bales?) so you can focus on them. These little updates pepper us all year long, so it helps to say "whoa" for a moment and look for features that directly impact you and your work with students. Creating (Google Docs, Google Forms) A new twist on feedback:  Emoji reactions 😃 as comments 💬 in Google Docs Coming soon, you (and the students, when allowed) can react to content within a Google Doc in the same way you might on a text message thread. Sometimes, a thumbs up 👍 is all you need! Google taking on Grammarly:  More assistive writing suggestions in Google Docs Now, Google Docs will offer suggestions in the areas of Word Choice, voice, conciseness, and more! Collaborate on an email draft in Google Docs (Insert > Building Bl

Be Thankful...for Securly Classroom, a New Digital Learning Tool

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Before we head off for a much-deserved break, we're excited to introduce a new digital learning tool for our district that many teachers have inquired about: Securly Classroom. In one sentence:  Securly Classroom is a web portal for teachers that will enable you to see your students' browsers and control their browsing permissions as they work on Chromebooks in your class. Prior to the pandemic, but especially during the remote and hybrid learning periods, teachers have wanted to have a better way to see what students are doing on their school devices, put specific guardrails around student web browsing activity, and help students focus while doing schoolwork on computers. Securly Classroom is an online platform that will help us to do those things and more. We've been piloting the use of Securly Classroom in a handful of classrooms in the district, and we're pleased to say that teachers are finding a lot of immediate value in using this platform daily. It's str

Halloween Heads Up: Old Google Sites are Zombies

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  Do you have a website that you created using the "Classic" version of Google Sites ? If so, that site has turned into...a...zombie!! What does that mean? It means that Google has been transitioning us to a new version of Google Sites for a while now, and your old Google Sites have been living on borrowed time...you might say...they're undead. According to Google's most recent update on the matter, old ("Classic") Google Sites will be locked from editors on December 1, 2021. They will no longer be viewable by users on January 1, 2022. See the update itself for more details on this news. How do I know if I have an old Google Site? Old Google Sites in your account are listed at sites.google.com/classic  and might look something like the image below. New Google Sites in your account are listed at sites.google.com and might look something like the image below right. If you are still using a Classic site, and you need to keep it, Google has a migration tool t