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Week of 9/19/16 Tech Tips and Tidbits

posted Sep 18, 2016, 11:49 AM by Melisa Scott
Epic! and Xtra Math: Epic! and Xtra Math are up and running in several classrooms at BMS. If you would like these reviewed with your students before they begin, please sign up for a time and I'm happy to do that. Below are a few things to remember when getting your classes ready within these accounts.
     Epic!: In your teacher profile, delete out all of your students from last year. Add in the new profiles for your current students. Each individual student iPad needs to be logged in to your teacher account before students use the app. This is how the app connects to your account and student profiles. There are two ways you can do this: log in each iPad yourself (I can assist as well) before the students use the app, or have the students log in with your account and then once they are all logged in change your Epic! teacher password. 
     Xtra Math: Some iPads are showing the student names twice once students have signed in with their PIN. This is because Xtra Math is remembering them from last year. There is a simple way to delete out their old account to avoid confusion. This is done on the student iPads. At the screen that shows both names, there is a small pencil. Click the pencil and click the "X" next to the name you wish to delete. Confirm that you are deleting on the following two screens and the name disappears.

Bloomz Workshop Reminder: On Tuesday, September 20th from 3:00-4:00, I will be having a workshop on the app Bloomz. Bloomz is a great app for communicating with families easily and efficiently. Hope to see you in the Media Center on Tuesday afternoon!

Tech Forms: This week we will be going through our Student Tech Guidelines and Expectations forms as well as Media Permissions forms. Second copies for students who have not returned these will be in your mailboxes later this week with student names at the top. We will also be creating a spreadsheet of Media Permissions by class and that will be shared with you once it is completed.

Tech Spotlight: SeeSaw is up and running in some classrooms at BMS! SeeSaw is a great tool for keeping an ongoing journal or portfolio of work throughout the year. It can assist with accountability of work, differentiating instruction, and allowing students some choice on how their work is shown. If you are interested in trying SeeSaw, let's set up a time to chat about the app and get an introduction set up with your students!