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."

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!