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Google Classroom Updates!

posted Aug 25, 2015, 5:42 AM by Nate Kellogg   [ updated Aug 25, 2015, 5:46 AM ]

 1. Question-driven discussions 
 2. Reuse old posts 
 3. Calendar integration 
 4. Bump post to top 
 5. Optional due dates 
 6. Attach a form 

Repost from Google Apps for Education Team:

As teachers gear up for the new school year, we’re adding a number of new features in Google Classroom to help them save time, engage with students, and keep everyone organized. Most of these features are rolling out this week, with others coming soon.

Keep students engaged with question-driven discussions
Since Classroom launched last year, teachers have been using their class stream to host student debates, Q&A, and discussions. Starting today, they’ll be able to do this in a more collaborative way. They can post questions to their class and allow students to have discussions by responding to each other’s answers (or not, depending on the setting chosen). For example, teachers could post a video and ask students to answer a question about it, or post an article and ask them to write a paragraph in response. 
Reuse posts
Teachers can now reuse assignments, announcements or questions from any one of their classes — or any class they co-teach, whether it’s from last year or last week. Once they choose what to copy, they’ll also be able to make changes before posting or assigning it.
Calendar Integration
In the next month, Classroom will automatically create a calendar for each class in Google Calendar. All assignments with a due date will be automatically added to class calendars and kept up to date. Teachers will be able to view their calendar from within Classroom or on Google Calendar, where they can manually add class events like field trips or guest speakers. 
And a few more improvements based on teacher feedback:

  • Bump a post: When teachers want to make sure an older item is easy for students to find, they can now move any post to the top of the stream. 
  • Due dates optional: For long-term projects or student-driven assignments, teachers will have the option to create assignments that don’t have due dates. 
  • Attach a Google Form to a post: Many teachers have been using Google Forms as an easy way to assign a test, quiz or survey to the class. Coming in the next few weeks, teachers and students will soon be able to attach Google Forms from Drive to posts and assignments, and get a link in Classroom to easily view the answers. 

EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit! (Sept 11/12)

posted Aug 15, 2015, 2:09 PM by Nate Kellogg   [ updated Aug 15, 2015, 2:10 PM ]

Hey team!

I wanted to let you know about the EdSurge Tech for Schools Summit coming up on September 11th - 12th at the Marriott downtown. 

The event is free for educators, CMO folks, leaders, etc. Please encourage anyone whom you think might benefit to sign up. We've partnered with 4.0 SchoolsEdSurge, and nine other local schools to put this on, so we'd like ReNEW to have a presence at the event.

More info below if interested!

Educator Day: Get Hands-On with EdTech Tools
Saturday, September 12th from 8am - 3pm
FREE FOR: Teachers, School Leaders and District Staff
  • Learn about and test drive edtech products that were chosen by local schools and districts.
  • Learn best practices from local educators who are currently using instructional technology to improve student achievement.
  • Evaluate tools and determine whether or not a tool could be a good fit for your classroom.
  • Raffle of 15 mobile devices (Microsoft Surfaces, Chromebooks, iPad Minis).
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch.
Register Here for Educator Day on September 12th

Ed Leaders Day: Workshops on Emerging Tech and Trends
Friday, September 11th from 8am - 3pm  
FREE FOR: School Leaders, Directors of Curriculum, and those selecting and implementing instructional technology.  
  • Interactive workshop and personalized Q&A with Liz Arney, former Director of Innovative Learning of Aspire Public Schools and author of Go Blended!: A Handbook for Blending Technology in Schools.
  • Small group sessions with leading edtech companies selected based on your district priorities.
  • Conversations on data management, student privacy, evaluating tech and building partnerships.
  • Opportunities to meet and share your experiences with peers from other schools & districts.
  • Complimentary breakfast and lunch.
Register Here for Ed Leaders Day on September 11th

EdSurge has been hosting these regional summits around the country. We hope ReNEW can represent well at both events here in NOLA!

Don't hesitate to reach out if you have questions.

ST Math is a GO!

posted Aug 5, 2015, 10:37 AM by Nate Kellogg

ST Math is finally ready for teachers and students to start using! Apologies for the delays. Thanks for your patience.

Teacher Login:
  • ALL TEACHERS & ADMIN    -->   "ren" + first initial + last name (example: rennkellogg)
  • Teacher Login List
First time user? Your temporary password is 4cpupp

Student Login:
This year, as requested, we have moved to text logins






I have updated your plashpages already with these links. 
It will prevent issues experienced last year with the "local disk"

Username: studentID
Password: firstinitial+lastinitial+studentID

Ex. John Smith ID#123456
Username: 123456
Password: js123456

-->Forgot a student's username or password? bit.ly/renewlogins
-->Having trouble logging in? bit.ly/loginproblems



I recommend using the ST Math Teacher Resource Site (trs.stmath.comto learn all about the program. If you have the time, go through the first-year tutorials found here on TRS, and be sure to try the games!

Need a quick refresher? Take the "refresher course" on TRS to remind of you specific actions you'll need to use this year. You can pick and choose based on what you need.

More Resources: renewinspires.org/stmath​

Google Class v Doctopus v Goobric: Tools for Digital Writing Feedback

posted Aug 4, 2015, 9:04 AM by Nate Kellogg   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 9:05 AM ]

Wondering what tool to use? 
Watch these quick 1-minute demos below to get an idea of what each one does. Keep in mind you can use all three together!

Want to learn how to use each tool? These full-length demos will walk you through it.
Also check out these resources:

Google Classroom is ready!

posted Aug 4, 2015, 8:53 AM by Nate Kellogg

Google Classroom allows teachers and leaders to simply distribute and collect documents in Google Drive.

If your teachers are planning on using it (many have reached out to me), they can now login and automatically add their pre-existing classes with all of their students. (Thanks to Sumeet for setting this up!)

To use Classroom, teachers should:

2 - click "ACCEPT" for each class

Student and Teacher Login:

Students and teachers login using Google credentials.

-->Forgot a student's username or password? bit.ly/renewlogins
-->Having trouble logging in? bit.ly/loginproblems

How to use Google Classroom and general best practices:  renewinspires.org/classroom

Want to know the difference between Classroom, Doctopus, and Goobric? Watch these 1 minute demos to compare.

Want to know how you can use it to collect lesson plans from your teachers? Reach out to me!

myON is a Go!

posted Aug 4, 2015, 8:41 AM by Nate Kellogg

Only for those PK-5 teachers at Schaumburg and DTA...

myON rosters have updated and are ready for teachers and students to start using! 

Student and Teacher Login:
Inline image 2

Student Login:

Ex. John Smith ID#123456
Username: 123456
Password: js123456

Teacher Login - contact leader/Nate

Forgot a student's username or password? bit.ly/renewlogins
Having trouble logging in? bit.ly/loginproblems

How to use myON and general best practices: renewinspires.org/myon​

iReady is a GO!

posted Aug 4, 2015, 8:36 AM by Nate Kellogg

iReady rosters have updated and are ready for teachers and students to start using! 

Students and teachers should always login through the CLEVER page, using their Google credentials to login (no need to enter username or password if already signed into Google!):

Student and Teacher Login:

Inline image 1
Students and teachers login using Google credentials.
Then, click iReady and you're in!

-->Forgot a student's username or password? bit.ly/renewlogins
-->Having trouble logging in? bit.ly/loginproblems

How to use iReady and general best practices: renewinspires.org/iready​

Please reach out to Nate with questions: nate@renewschools.org

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