Tech Training – Learning Snapshots and Video Quizzes

Next week we’re excited to offer two interesting tech topics that can be used in any classroom! Each session is available multiple times in the MS Lab; you should be able to find a time that works in your schedule. If not, feel free to set up a 1:1 time with us.

Learning Snapshots – Use various techs like Socrative, Exit Ticket add-on, student blog posting with pictures/screenshots of paper assignments to take a learning snapshot or formative assessment. Also try the idea of Backchannel chatting to keep a live chat that accompanies class discussion, Today’s Meet, Chatzy, Twitter, and Ning.

Video Quizzes- Embed questions into YouTube, Vimeo or other videos to create a lesson and assessment in one tool. Great for flipped classroom approach: Educanon, Zaption, Vialogues, HapYak, and more.

Remember, the schedule lists the Block next to the title.

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Google Apps and Add-Ons


One of the things we focused on in our Google Drive Advanced trainings last week, was using Apps and Add-ons to do more with the tools you already use.

If you’ve never visited the Chrome Web Store before, this 45 second video is a great intro.

And a quick clarification… the difference between an App and an Add-on.

Apps are programs in the Google Chrome Web Store (see above video) that let you be more productive when you are using the Chrome browser. There are games, tools, media organizers and more. You do not need to use Google Drive to use these, but you must use Chrome.

Add-Ons are also programs, but they’re built into the different types of documents you can create in Google Drive. Each one (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms) has its own distinct add-ons that increase what you can do when working in that app or to enhance a document. To access, just create a new document like below.

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Once the document is open, click the Add-ons tab. Then choose Get Add-ons.

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You can search if you know what you’re looking for, or just scroll through the options and read the descriptions.  If you hover your cursor over the name, you’ll get more information. Or usually you can click to see more details and perhaps see an introductory video.

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When you select an add-on, there will often be a demo video and further instructions to get you started. To choose this add-on, click the +Free button, then allow the software to run when the next screen pops up. *Make sure you link these add-ons to your AAS account, not your personal one!

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From now on, when you go into that type of Google document, you’ll have this add-on listed in the Add-ons tab.

Some great options to get you started…

For Google Docs:

  • Mind Meister (create mind maps from a brainstorming document)
  • Easy Bib (easily add bibliographies to essays)
  • Orange Slice (create rubrics quickly)
  • Easy Accents (great for language classes, add accents to your documents)

For Google Sheets and Forms:

  • Doctopus & Goobric (connect assignments turned in on Google Classroom with rubrics and grade/return to kids in one window)
  • Flubaroo (set up automatic grading for information in a spreadsheet, great to connect with responses you get from a Google Form)
  • Autocrat (document merge tool that creates PDF or shared documents from spreadsheet data)

Please play around with these options and let us know if you need help getting started or ideas for how these can be used in your class!

PDFs in Windows 8

Recently, a number of people have asked for help with opening, viewing, and editing .pdf documents, so here is your solution.

Since the beginning of the year, many of us have been frustrated when we click to open a .pdf on a school computer when suddenly it completely takes over the screen surrounded with a seemingly inescapable ominous blackness.


The problem here is that Windows 8 is set up with a default program called Reader, which is a .pdf reader. It allows you to read the .pdf, but that’s about it.

So you will need to tell your computer to open .pdf documents with a different app, Adobe Acrobat, if you want to be able to read, edit, comment, rename, and any other function that you usually do with a .pdf.

Watch this video for instructions.

By the way, AAS faculty & staff can now log in to Adobe Creative Cloud and download Acrobat, Photoshop, Illustrator, Premiere, and the rest of the professional level software from Adobe. More details on that soon. If you want to get started right away, ask Paul or Devin.