Ms. Hernberg's Tech Corner

Welcome to my educational technology website! On this homepage, I will post a monthly(ish) blog in which I highlight new instructional technologies and resources and demonstrate what I'm working on with NCHS's teachers. You can find a calendar with my schedule under "Contact Me." You can find a whole host of PL resources like screencasts, videos, and useful links under "Professional Learning Resources."

January 2, 2020: Rotating Class Calendars & Math Department Meeting Slides

1. Rotating Calendar

I sent an email to all staff and students today with CSV attachments for the S1 exams and the S2 calendar rotation through June 8. See the visuals below if you're not sure which of the two CSVs you want to use, then refer to this Google Calendar support resource to learn how to import the CSV into your Google Calendar.

Comprehensive

Includes separate events for every period of every day.

Days Only

Only includes headings for each day.

2. Mathematics Department Meeting Slides

Math Department Meeting 1.02.20

November 27, 2019: Gmail Hacks

🦃Happy almost-Thanksgiving, everyone! My gift to you is a mini Tech Corner on Gmail hacks.🦃

1. Gmail Hacks

Want to make your Gmail inbox look like this? Click this ThingLink image to learn how to organize your inbox into categories, how to make your Gmail inbox look like Outlook, and how to create and edit labels!

2. Call for Guest Bloggers

Do you have a cool tech idea you’d like to share with the school community? Send me an email at emily.hernberg@ncps-k12.org or find me in the NCHS library. I’d love to collaborate with you to get the word out!

November 15, 2019: Peer Review, LaTeX Equations, and More!

1. Create a Calendar Event for Items Not Submitted Through Schoology:

Watch the 3-minute video below to learn how to add a paper test, oral presentation, or any other non-Schoology assignment/assessment to your students' calendars and to Workload Planning!

2. Set a Default Category for Newly Created Materials:

Did you know you can set a default category for newly created materials? To do this, go to Grade Setup in any course, then click the star next to the category you want to make your default. Learn more about Schoology’s Grading Categories here.

3. Moderate Student Comments and Discussion Posts:

Do you want to be able to approve student comments and discussion posts before they display to the whole class? You can enable moderation for an entire course by going to Course Options in the upper left (under the course picture) > Moderate Posts > Enable Moderation. When you enable moderation, you will be notified of new student posts that require approval when you open the course. You may want to enable moderation if you are concerned about cyberbullying, or if you want to make sure students are on the right track before displaying their questions and comments to the entire class. Learn more about Schoology’s Moderation tool here.

4. Use Discussions to Facilitate Peer Review:

Do you use peer review for the writing, research, or design process? Try using Schoology’s Discussion tool! You can find a sample peer review discussion assignment and feedback rubric in the resources section of the NCHS STAFF RESOURCES 2019-2020 group. If you want to borrow this assignment and/or rubric and make it your own, click the cog to the right > Add to Course/Copy to [Resources folder].

Advantages to using this tool for peer review include:

  • Teachers can see all peer feedback in one place. This eliminates clicking back and forth between student documents!
  • You can use grading groups to create different discussion posts for each peer review group.
  • You can share peer review/discussion posts across class sections. Now your per.1 students can collaborate with your per.5 students, or your AP students can mentor your freshmen!
  • You can attach a rubric to score students on the quality of their feedback. Give students both a numeric score and your own written feedback on each category of the rubric.

Below are some screenshots of what this kind of assignment could look like:

1. The discussion instructions and rubric:

2. Overall grade and comment for William Tester's feedback. Click on the rubric icon to score William Tester on the rubric:

3. Score William Tester on the rubric. Click on the speech bubble icon to give feedback on specific categories/indicators.

I'm happy to drop by a PLC or department meeting to show you how to use the Discussions tool for peer review, and would love to hear if any of you try it out with your classes!

5. 🌟Guest Post!🌟LaTeX Equations for Advanced Page Editing:

This guest post was researched and written by expert math teacher Jen Lee. You can find this post and more in Schoology’s NCHS STAFF RESOURCES group!

LaTeX is a document preparation system that uses a language similar to HTML to print symbols to web pages. When creating a page in Schoology that contains mathematical and scientific symbols, Schoology's Equation Editor and Insert Symbol commands are usually sufficient. However, you may notice that they are missing symbols that are crucial to communicating content within your course.

Here's a list of some LaTeX commands: https://oeis.org/wiki/List_of_LaTeX_mathematical_symbols

For more information on LaTeX, go to https://www.latex-project.org/about/.

Listings of LaTeX commands:

If you still can't find the symbol you seek, try searching "LaTeX" along with the name of your symbol.

October 18, 2019: Schoology Discussions Setting and More!

1. 🌟NEW!🌟All-Inclusive NCHS Email Distribution Group:

See my email dated October 18 for more details!

2. 🌟NEW!🌟Change the title of your course in Schoology:

Now you can change the title and section name of your course in Schoology! Adding your name to your course title or section helps case managers and support staff identify your course more easily, as many of them have dozens of courses in Schoology! Simply go to Course Options > Edit Info to make the change.

3. Rearrange Your Courses in Schoology:

Did you know you can move courses around on the Course Dashboard? Drag and drop the tiles to rearrange the order of your courses on the dashboard. This also rearranges the order in the Courses drop-down menu, which displays up to twelve of your courses.

4. Adjust Discussion Settings to Support Genuine Responses and Collaboration:

Prevent your students from seeing previous posts to a discussion thread in Schoology before posting their own response:

Create a shared discussion across class sections. Use this tool to create cross-section or cross-grade literature discussions, or to help students plan collaborative projects across your classes. A great peer learning tool! Click here to learn more.

5. Sharing Google Drive Assignments with a Co-Teacher:

Do you use the Google Drive Assignments tool within Schoology? Do co-teachers, case managers, and support staff have trouble accessing those assignments? Similar to Google Classroom, the Google Drive Assignments tools automatically makes a folder (“Schoology Google Drive Assignments”) that itself contains sub-folders for each of your courses. Simply share the course subfolder with the co-teacher, case manager, or support staff, and they will have access to all past and future assignments created with this tool. Watch the video below for more details!

October 4, 2019: NCHS-Specific Schoology Tips + Audio Features in Google

1. 🌟NEW!🌟Creating Section-Level Roles for Case Managers and Support Staff:

Now you can further individualize Schoology roles for case managers and support staff! After making the person in question “admin,” click again on the cog to set a section-level role. Check out this 1-minute video if you need more detailed instructions:

2. Student Workload Planning

Schoology's Workload Planning feature is a quick way to visualize the homework, assessments, and due dates your students have across all their courses.

3. Use a Schoology Group to Organize Your Club/Activity:

If you are an advisor/coach for a NCHS club/activity/sport, check out our guidelines for setting up a Schoology Group as an organizational tool.

4. Bonus Resource Tip: Dictate with Google's Voice Typing

Do your ideas flow faster than you can type? Google’s Voice Typing is a free feature of Google Docs and Slides that allows you to think out loud while your computer types for you. It’s particularly useful when a student can express their ideas out loud, but has trouble translating those ideas to typing. Make sure you use the Chrome browser, then open up a Google Doc and click Tools > Voice typing, or open a Google Slide and click Tools > Voice type speaker notes.

5. Bonus Resource Tip: Embed Audio into a Google Slide

Do you use Google Slides to flip your classroom? Do you want your students to create presentations that are enhanced with audio narration? Google is working on a feature for adding audio to Google Slides (release date TBD as of 10.02.19), but for now, you can try this workaround!

September 20, 2019: NCHS-Specific Schoology Tips + Capti Voice

1. Quick Troubleshooting Tips:

If you or your students are having trouble logging in or accessing materials on Schoology, try the following steps:

  1. Always use Chrome with Schoology.
  2. Make sure you are logged into your school Google account on Chrome. Log out of any personal accounts in the same browser.
  3. Access Schoology through the NCHS website. Schoology.com will NOT work! The correct URL is schoology.ncps-k12.org.
  4. Bonus tip: Use Chrome profiles to organize your work and personal accounts. See Michelle Luhtala’s how-to on this week’s NCHS Library blog!

2. Secure Your Testing Environment with Lockdown Browser:

Did you know you can prevent students from instant messaging, taking screenshots, and accessing other websites while they take assessments/tests/quizzes on Schoology? Check out this video to learn how!

3. Turnitin Integration:

Is Turnitin your go-to assignment submission and student collaboration tool? Great news: now Turnitin can integrate smoothly with Schoology! Check out this video for a step-by-step review of the process, and be sure to copy/paste the following URL for future reference:

https://api.turnitin.com/api/lti/1p0/assignment

4. Use Grading Groups to Support Students Who Require 504/IEP Modifications/Accommodations:

When you assign something to a grading group, the entire item is only available to those students in the group. Use this method to create multiple versions of the same material, each with its own parameters. It’s particularly useful for students who have 1.5X on assessments! Check out this video to learn how to create grading groups.

5. Bonus Resource Tip: Supporting Reading Comprehension with Capti Voice:

Capti Voice is a free website and Chrome extension that reads text out loud and allows you to annotate, highlight, and define/translate words. You and your students can use Capti Voice with just about any file: PDF, Google Doc, ebook, photograph-you name it, Capti Voice can probably read it. To learn more about how you can use this resource to support your instruction, check out the videos below or reach out to me-I'm happy to show you the ropes!

September 6, 2019: Schoology Tips for Teachers

This week's tech tips are all about Schoology! Thanks to superstar librarians Michelle Luhtala and Monica Sheehan for help with this post!

1. Have a Question about Schoology? Post it to the NCHS Staff Resources Group!

Your feedback is helpful to the ICT Team. If you have a question about Schoology, please feel free to add it to the discussion feed in the NCHS Staff Resources Group, as it may help others. Anyone can contribute to these discussions--remember, we are all learning this new learning management system together!

2. Google Integration with Schoology:

Did you know Schoology allows you to add apps like Google Drive?

3. View Your Course as a Student:

Want to know what your course, assignments, and “submit” button look like from a student perspective? Check out the gif below!

4. Invite Support Staff to Your Course:

In order to add support staff to your Schoology course, you must make them an admin!