No more exceptional PowerPoints or Excel Spreadsheets mangled by Google Slides & Sheets. Find the power of WOD!

Do you ever find it annoying that your only option to open up a PowerPoint is through Google Slides AND THEN it mangles all of your images, equations, and formatting? Or maybe you would still like to use Excel for your data, but Google Sheets doesn’t have exactly what you need? No more, Broomfield Nation!  You can do all of this on your Chromebook – say what?!!

Check out Windows on Demand through Chrome RDP.

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Let me break it down for you:

1. Install Chrome RDP.  Chrome RDP stands for Chrome Remote Desktop. 

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Follow the Screencast about how to install Chrome RDP.

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2. Install Windows on Demand.

Follow the Screencast about how Windows on Demand works!

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You can access your desktop just like you were in your own classroom, but remotely!

WOD is not limited to Word, PowerPoint, Excel, etc.

Chrome RDP/WOD has limited access only at school.  

Eagle Nation, don’t worry about your desktop not being replaced one day.  Chrome RDP and Windows on Demand can help you get around this hurdle!

If you have any questions or need one-on-one help, don’t hesitate to ask.  If you have other uses for Windows on Demand, comment on this blog post to help others.

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BVSD IT Knowlege Base and Teacher Chromebook Help!

Help is Out There If You Need It!

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As Broomfield continues to use Chromebooks in the classroom, support is often needed. BVSD IT provides help for all things technology posted in their KnowledgeBase (KB).  The IT KnowledgeBase is described as “a collection of articles that helps you find solutions to technical problems and answers to IT questions.”

The KB contains information about:

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Most importantly, the KB contains a Chromebook folder with Teacher Chromebook FAQs and a Troubleshooting Guide:

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How to access BVSD IT Knowledge Base Articles:

The easiest way is to go to the bvsd.org home page and type “knowledge base” in the search box.

You can also use this link: IT Knowledge Base Google Drive

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Once you get there, you can go to the folder that best meets your needs.  I know we sometimes need help and hopefully, these resources are beneficial.  You can also ask a Teacher Tech Team member or come to our Student Genius Bar in the library!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BVSD Save$ has discounts galore…but forget Hamilton tickets.

With all the extra money you may save, you too can make it rain!

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This may be the least tech-y post you’re going to read about, but maybe this will get you to start reading our Teacher Tech Blog!

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One of our staff members talked about a link to a discount program if you are an employee of BVSD called “BVSD Save$” through Beneplace.com.  (Go to Employee, Benefits, BVSD Save$)

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At first, I was a bit skeptical thinking I may not find any deals of interest but I was wrong!  From big discounts on Garmin, Cubs (vs. Rockies) tickets and ski passes to concerts, Disney Vacations, All-inclusive Resorts and more!  FYI: There are no tickets for Hamilton available on this website. Boo.  In addition, discounts are not limited to the Denver-Boulder-Colorado area.  You can choose different cities to find deals if you are traveling.

 

Here are some other screenshots of deals that can be had through BVSD Save$:

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The pictures shown represent a VERY SMALL part of the discounts listed.  In review, logging into BVSD Save$ to check out all of the deals may be worth the time and money.  Happy saving and happy shopping!

BrHS blogging about BVSD blogs

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We have a wonderful group of people at the district supporting BrHS technology and the 1:WEB program behind the scenes. Their work has made great things happen for our students and staff.  You can read their blogs to find out more about what’s new in the district, why changes are happening and what’s ahead for BVSD!

BVSD’s Technology Blog – Written by our CIO, Andrew Moore, he shares the progress of technology in the district and explains what’s new and why!

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IT Communications Blog – Want to know where all of those IT Tips and Tricks went?  Interested in finding out?  The blog has everything you wanted to know about using technology in your class.  Totally worth bookmarking!

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EdTech Blog – So many people in EdTech helped us get to where we are today with 1:WEB and keep moving us forward and up!  Read their blog to stay on top of what’s happening in BVSD schools.

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Now that you’ve read about some blogs, would you like to create your own?  Let the Teacher Tech Team or Student Tech Team know.  We can take you from beginner to blogger!

Where have you been all my life?! by Lena Carroll

Okay, so, this statement may seem a bit strong  but we know in our day-to-day teaching worlds that the little things mean everything.

The other day, I finally clicked on a button in IC that’s been staring me in the face for a while now and…

…I discovered a quick and efficent way to enter grades  without having to open the full Gradebook.

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Okay, head into IC and head to the Control Center

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Then, click on one of the buttons under Assignments labeled Score next to any of your sections.

This beautiful box will pop up:

[Please don’t judge me for the two assignments I still need to enter full class grades for…]

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This box serves as a command center for *Missing and Unscored grades in your Gradebook where you can enter grades without having to open the full Gradebook and scroll through the whole thing to verify a grade or update late or *Missing work. It’s all right here. This early in the semester it’s not too bad, but, later when there are tons of assignments, let’s be honest, it’s a pain.

So, for example, for the class listed above, I can now quickly enter grades by assignment or by status (Unscored or Missing). Usually (well, since I discovered this on Monday, haha), I will click on Missing and then it’ll take me to the assignments that have scores I have marked as *Missing in the full Gradebook.

I will then click on the assignment I want to enter the grade for and it’ll give me something like this:

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From this screen, I can now just easily update the scores that need updating without having to open up the full Gradebook.

I also love that I can quickly change the status for an assignment, again, also without having to scroll through the full Gradebook. This works great for when you have something marked as *Missing and they turn it in and you want to quick change the status to “Turned In”.

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Those assignments will then make their way to the Unscored tab where you can easily put the grade in when you have a change to grade it.

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It *will* give you the option to enter grades for a whole class but I find the full Gradebook is easier to navigate for that as you can easily jump down to the next grade to enter. However, if you’re giving a blanket score for an assignment, this option is also very quick and efficient.

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Happy Efficient Grade-entering!

ZipGrade: One way to grade multiple choice questions quickly and efficiently.

Receiving feedback from department PLC’s this past Wednesday morning, there was a lot of interest in learning ZipGrade.  Personally, I have not used ZipGrade, but I am going to blog my experience with setting it all up.

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Details:

  • Cost: Free for 100 scans per month, $6.99 yearly for unlimited scans
  • Answer Keys: 20, 50 and 100 question forms, multiple key versions

Pros:

  • Item analysis provided
  • Immediate feedback to the teacher
  • Cheaper than Scantron sheets
  • Don’t have to hear annoying buzzing sounds with incorrect answers on the machine
  • Can grade anywhere
  • Students can’t Google the answers on another tab when using their Chromebooks
  • Can use pen or pencil on the answer sheet.

Cons:

  • Entering student roster manually (unless you can figure out a CSV file)
  • It’s on paper
  • Does not provide immediate feedback to students like on Google Forms/Schoology
  • You HAVE to use an iPhone, iPad or Android device to scan answer sheet

Getting started:

1. Go to http://www.zipgrade.com and create an account.

2. On a CB, PC, Mac, or whatevs, create a class.

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3. Enter your class roster.  You’ll notice that each student is assigned a ZipGrade ID necessary to match up the name and results.

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4. I now have 4 students in my practice class.  If you choose the “Answer Sheet Packets”, you can print an answer sheet for each student in that class with their name and ZipGrade ID filled in.  Ingenious!  The left answer sheet is filled in, the one on the right is not.

5. Entering the answer key is on your device’s ZipGrade app.  You cannot access it from your CB, PC or Mac.  Here were the instructions for your iPad/iPhone/Android:

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  • Left Panel: I added a new quiz.
  • Middle Panel: Editing the key meant either manually entering answers or scan for a key.
  • Right Panel: The quiz menu is very straightforward.

According to the instructions above, I could start grading!  Check out these YouTube videos on ZipGrade and what it offers:

Some helpful hints from Jake Teske in Social Studies, whose department uses ZipGrade:

Make sure the grade sheet is completely flat.  When you are done scanning, close the program on your phone or it will drain the battery.

Mark Little in Science also has some suggestions:

Mark doesn’t assign a ZipGrade ID number or handout prefilled answer sheets.  “I have students write forms by name”.  He also records scores by hand going through the tests or writes it directly on the answer sheet.

Hopefully, your next experience with grading multiple choice assessments will be easier thanks to ZipGrade.  Many teachers in our building use it, so ask around…..I know they will help you!

BrHS Student Tech Team & Eagle Genius Bar

BrHS Student Tech Team: Let the Eagles Soar

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Beginning January 9th, Broomfield High School became the first school in the district to offer a for-credit Student Tech Team class.  A group of exceptional young men and women applied and based off of experience and teacher recommendations started the tech team under the guidance of Kay Davidson (BVSD 1:Web TOSA), Megan Banola (BVSD IT Hardware Serviced Manager), Daniel Karschamroon (BVSD IT Hardware Repair Technician), Zoe Midler (BVSD Literacy Specialist), and Erika Morreale (BVSD Ed Tech Specialist).

Only one week later the Eagle Genius Bar was started and based out of the Library.  Collaborating with IT and BVSD EdTech, the students were trained on how to repair Chromebooks.

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It was amazing to see these students actually diagnose and fix Chromebooks, create service flowcharts,  generate repair tickets, and tackle some technology assignments in their “spare” time.

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Two weeks into the semester they are VERY busy with repairs and assisting teachers with different projects.  If your students need assistance or if you would like some help, come and visit us in the library or call our extension for an appointment.  We’d be happy to spend some time with you!

Teacher Spotlight – Paul Reynolds

Paul Reynolds – El mejor maestro, world traveler and local baker.

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  1. What do you do a BrHS? This is my fourth year teaching Spanish at Broomfield High; this year I’m teaching levels II & III.
  2. What is your favorite technology/app/extension? I always like to use technology to check-in on my students’ progress & understanding like Kahoot, Quizizz, and Quizlet Live.  With finals coming up, I have to say that I am a big fan of the ZipGrade app.  Nothing beats having an app on your phone that can grade your tests instantly! 
  3. Where is the best place you’ve traveled to and why? The best place I’ve traveled to is Tanzania.  Since it’s a popular destination, I had the chance to meet people from all around the world.  Trekking through the distinct climate zones on Kilimanjaro made for a unique experience; starting in the rain forest and reaching the summit surrounded by glaciers was awesome.  I loved visiting the national parks and observing all of the wildlife there; it was a phenomenal trip!
  4. What is the weirdest job you’ve ever had?  The summer after I graduated high school, I was the night baker at a Safeway store in Boulder.  Working from midnight til 8:30, I fried the doughnuts, baked the bagels & pastries, and starting preparing the breads for the day.  It was weird going to work as all of my friends were going to bed! 
  5. What songs are on the soundtrack of your life?  John Denver’s “Rocky Mountain High” for my love of Colorado & the mountains, Ozzy Osbourne’s “Crazy Train” since it makes me think of Larry Walker & heading to Coors Field when I was a kid, and Billy Joel’s “Scenes from an Italian Restaurant,” one of my favorite songs by my favorite musician.

GAFE Session: Creating Comics with Bitmojis and Google Slides – show your students’ creativity! By Kay Davidson

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Several weeks ago, some of our BrHS teachers went to GAFE – Google Apps For Education Summit.  There were so many great sessions, but the experience was comparable to drinking water from a fire hose!  It was my second year attending, but this year more people attended from BrHS and we were able to divide and conquer – GO Eagles!

One of the sessions was “Creating Comics with Bitmojis and Google Slides“.  It was amazing!!  The presenter, Sylvia Duckworth, shared so many ideas and templates to use.

We were given time to make our own Bitmoji:

We were also given links to Google Slide templates to make our own comic strip (which I thought was a great beginning of the year activity to get to know our kids):comickd.PNG

She also included other examples and template resources:

If you have the time, check our Sylvia’s link above.  It’s worth creating your own Bitmoji and “All About Me” for practice or as an example for your students.

Questions?  Contact Kay Davidson, Terry Oakley, Steve Kelly or Alex Kelly who attended this GAFE session.

Staff Spotlight – Jeff Bierlein

Jeff Bierlein – BrHS Tech Savior, Mountain Man and Rock Star!
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  1. What is your job at BrHS?  I.T. Field Support (aka Customer Service Technician)

  2. Favorite Technology/App?   Favorite technology = my drone! … Favorite apps (android) = Show Box + Raindar

  3. Where is your favorite place to be – besides Broomfield High School?  It’s a toss up between skiing at Copper Mountain and relaxing on Bowman’s Beach (Sanibel Island, FL)

  4. What songs are included on the soundtrack of your life?  Sun Is Shining (Bob Marley), Rocky Mountain High (John Denver)

  5. If you could do another job for just one day, what would it be?  Rock star, of course!