I love ScreenCastify - it is a great tool and has great features....
Unfortunately they are not able to keep up with a competitor and our district will not support the purchase of this tool when there is a comparable tool that is free "for life - for educators".
It is sad to see see it go. Of course I am only talking about the paid/pro version that we cannot purchase. Teachers are more than welcome to use the free version or use their own money on it. I am NOT recommending that! Loom is good... and free!
Welcome back! Happy 2020 two (let’s hope not!)
You’re the best!!
Questions? Please respond!
I would hope by now you know or have heard of a national “book banning” that has hit Utah and GSD. I have had a few students asking to interview me about this topic for various assignments. So today (Tuesday) at 2:30 I will hold a mock “news Conference” in the Lecture hall to answer any/all questions about what is going on with the banned book thing. I think it will be recorded for OlyTV. If you’re interested or have questions… c’mon down.
I have locked the rest of the G4 and G5 Chromebooks. If you have students with these older (round plug) models their Chromebooks should be useless. They have been asked all year to bring them down for an upgrade. There is approx. 100 of them. PLEASE allow them to come down for a newer chromebook ASAP. If you see or have any students with any older CB’s send them down for a “Christmas*” present. (said with caution*)
Thank you to all who posted but believe it or not… a few of you did NOT get your mid-terms in or missed a few classes. I only know this because I run the SAME REPORT you are supposed to run but I have to let the admin know. If you would like to know if it was you… Run your report! If you did not get them posted I would assume you still need to let your parents (and students) know their current grades. Some of you posted mid-term Citizenship too. We are not doing “Citizenship” anymore – we are piloting that new stuff and you did NOT have to post that for mid-term. (#3 on this same link). Ryan has sent many messages about that as well.
Library Closed (for an event)
I will be working with a teacher and hosting an “Explorer’s Event” in the Library on Thursday and Friday (16, 17) the last two school days before break. Kim will not be in either. So I will be closing the library for general access as I plan to be very busy with this class. Please plan accordingly if you are need of our services.
Google has changed where the restrictions are in forms. By default users OUTSIDE of @granitesd will NOT be able to view your form. This makes sense for child privacy reasons. IF you want other people in the world (such as parents, or community members) to access your form you must UNCHECK the "Restrict to users..." button in the form "Settings." This function used to be accessible when you shared the link. Not anymore!
Installing Google Drive on your PC
Q. Why would you want to do that?
A. So you do not have to go to your Google Drive in a browser to get to your files.*
A. It is easier to save files to your G drive that way. Instead of saving to your C:Drive or My Documents you can save to your G:Drive and have access to that file on all your devices.*
*1 - If you open a document from your G:Drive... It still takes you to a web browser and your Google Drive!
*2 - Of course you can do the same thing with your OneDrive account.
Personally? - I have it installed - BUT don't use it. It just seems like another link in the chain that could break. I also have more than one Google account. And it will take up quite a bit of space on my PC's. I am okay with accessing/seeing my files in a browser. BUT I could see advantages to it if you want it installed. Watch the video below to learn how.
It is always fun (and scary) to see what people “believe/repost” and get sucked in to believing is true. Please always check things out first! https://rumors.newslit.org/
Below is a nice graphic from a Pennsylvania College library! Or of course you could use your own schools page!
I talked him in to an Alumni account and here is the log-in info! Username: Olympus PW: Titans
To enter, Utah students are invited to write a letter to Gov. Spencer J. Cox or Lt. Gov. Deidre Henderson about how to make Utah better.
Details about the contest here. Here's where to submit your entry.
Submissions accepted through Dec. 14 (cut off at 11:59 p.m. on Dec. 14).
For this week’s Techie Tuesday…
I know a few of you were doing “Day of the Dead” activities (and I know this may be a little late but… It is still pretty cool what the West Valley Arts Cultural Center has put together https://www.wvcarts.org/art-online-dia-de-los-muertos.html I also hope you may have searched the Arts and Culture link I sent last week.
In the Library this month will be featuring NonFic(tion) November! The TA’s are making some display’s for each of the 10 big categories!
What do <list below> have in common?
None of the them are “indexed” or searched deeply by Google! Which means students may never see these websites unless they get direct links and reason to go there. Those links and many more can be found on the search engines of TheOlyCenter.org website. If one of those links perked your interest – go to the search engine page to find the link! There are a few hundred more of them broken down by discipline for you and your topic. If you have any topics or links to add please don’t be shy – I would be happy to add them or build you a list.
Update your slideshow
To change your “Weekly Checklist” (slideshow) in Canvas…
1. Go to your Google Drive and find the presentation Tiffany has sent you. Edit it as needed then…
*IF YOU have more content on your home page… BE SURE to only replace the <iFrame> code
If you have MORE than the slide show on you page…. In edit mode hit return a few times (BEFORE the slide show) to separate the content a little bit. THEN go to code mode </>
Yep, Each week something similar to this!
If your monitors have switched for some reason here is how to switch them back!
To change which one is your main screen with all the icons on it...