MBUSD Distance Learning

Resource Updates

May 26, 3:20 pm
Wide Open School

Wide Open School is a free collection of the best online learning experiences for kids curated by the editors at Common Sense.

May 4, 11:02 am
Zoom Remote Learning

Aaron Braskin and his team of Zoom experts at MCHS are offering professional development in small sessions tailored to your specific needs and scheduled at your convenience. Complete this short survey to let them know how they can help you!

May 1, 10:57 am
Discovery Education Free Access

Discovery Education is offering up free access until the end of the school year. Open this document for instructions.

April 29, 12:22 am
Book Creator Upgrade

Everyone now has access to 1000 books, UNLIMITED libraries & collaboration features for the remainder of the school year! If you've already created an account using your @mbusdapps.org Google account, the update is already activated. If not, Sign into Book Creator: app.bookcreator.com/teacher. Create a teacher account using your @mbusdapps.org Google account. That's it!

If you'd like more tips and tricks, attend a kick-off webinar on 05/07 at 1:45 PM.

    • We will dive into getting started with Book Creator, how to set students up virtually & explore remote learning ideas/resources (recording available for future use)

April 27, 3:33 pm
IXL Free Access

Your students have IXL for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year. Teachers and students can access through the Clever portal using the @mbusdapps.org Google accounts.

April 22, 4:45 pm
Kami Free Upgrade

Kami is an online document annotation and markup tool. You can highlight, underline, and strikethrough text in PDF and other document formats. Basically, Kami allows students to annotate PDFs that you share. It's accessible as an extension in the Chrome browser. We have access to the Kami upgrade until the end of the school year! See the Kami page on this site for more details.

April 16, 6:15 pm
New Update! Google Meet is now available directly inside Google Classroom!

Quickly turn on this setting in Google Classroom and every class you have will have there own Google Meet link. Make the link visible or hidden in Google Classroom control entry into your Google Meet.

Google Meet Tutorial

Google Classroom Tutorial

April 10, 10:23 am
Educreations Pro Upgrade

We're offering free Educreations Pro upgrades to teachers through May 1, 2020. You can take advantage of this offer by clicking here. This offer is not available for current Educreations Pro subscribers.

April 3, 3:46 pm
Kahoot! Premium Access

Education institutions can get free access to Kahoot! Premium to empower distance and online learning and engage students anywhere, anytime. Click here to get access to Premium for schools or higher education.

March 30, 5:16 pm
Get Free BrainPOP Access

Use BrainPOP as part of your distance learning plans and keep your students engaged and on-track. This form will get you and your class immediate access to BrainPOP products including BrainPOP Jr., ELL, Français and Español.

March 23, 10:11 am
Get Epic at home access.

Epic is offering FREE worldwide Remote Student Access to Epic through the end of the school year (June 30th, 2020), by teacher invitation — no credit card required. Families only need an invitation from their teacher to get started. Students will have anywhere, anytime access to the full Epic library on all devices (including web browsers, the iOS app and the Android app), and teachers can stay connected to their students by assigning books and collections and tracking reading activity and progress.

Click here for more details.

March 23, 9:32 am
Read alouds online: Are they legal?

As educators move to remote learning, many are worrying and wondering about reading books aloud online and possibly violating copyright laws. In response, many children's publishers have temporarily altered policies. Click here for more details.

March 18, 1:44 pm
Screencastify videos have been slow to upload for some users. Here's their response.

Google Drive's servers appear to be experiencing a lot of load that has increased processing time. Your videos will eventually be processed, but there does not seem to be any consistent amount of time you can expect it to take.

We are doing everything we possibly can get Google's attention so that they can prioritize this issue and get it fixed. We have opened up an urgent case with them and we're working with all of our contacts at Google to get it escalated even faster.

However, we are a very small company and could use your help it getting it solved faster. Here's what you can do:

  • Upvote and comment on this post in the Google Drive community support forum. We've found that the more interactions posts on the Community forum have, the faster Google is to prioritize them.

  • Ask your technology admin (if you have one) to contact your Google representative and communicate the urgency of this issue (feel free to give them our contact info too)

There are also a couple of things you can to make your video immediately watchable:

  1. Uploading to YouTube (Publish a recording to YouTube) - you can always make your video private or unlisted

  2. Download videos as webM or mp4 (Export your recording) to be sent to students or uploaded elsewhere

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