Tech Tips: Training with Google’s “Applied Digital Skills”
Want to learn more about using Google apps? Google’s Applied Digital Skills is a free collection of video hosted, activity-based training for both student and adult learners.
A broad curriculum integrates digital skills with topics such as finance, history, creative writing and research. The content consists of interactive activities like digital publishing, code scripting, presentation formatting, communication, planning an event and much more!
Check out Google’s Applied Digital Skills program to try out some of these great lessons.
Tech Tip: Keeping Kids Engaged During Break
The holiday break will be here before we know it, and if you’re looking for a fun way to keep your kids engaged here are a few ways to keep your kids inspired: Scratch is a free programming language and online community where children can program interactive media such as stories, games, and animation while learning to think creatively, work collaboratively, and reason systematically. Newsela is a database of current events stories tailor-made for classroom use. Indexed by broad theme (e.g. War and Peace, Arts, Science, Health, Law, Money), stories are both student-friendly and can be accessed in different formats by reading level. This subscription program is available to Oakwood students in grades 1-8. Khan Academy offers exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and out of the classroom. Subjects include math, science, computer programming, history, art history, economics, and more.
Tech Tip: Common Sense Media
As parents, we’re constantly fielding the barrage of social media, apps, games, movies and video that our kids encounter. How do you make sense of it all?
Common Sense Media is a good place to start. A long-time resource for educators and parents, the website provides reviews books, movies, TV shows, video games, apps, music, and websites. It then rates them in terms of age-appropriate educational content, positive messages/role models, violence, sex, and profanity, and more for parents making media choices for their kids.
Tech Tip: Parent Access, Did you KNow?
Homework, grades, and other student information such as attendance and schedules are available online through ProgressBook Suite ParentAccess for parents with students in 4th through 12th grade.
Parents and students have the ability to set up missing assignment alerts and low-grade alerts, with the ability to specify alerts for particular subjects and grade averages. Please realize it takes time for teachers to input grades into ProgressBook.
As always, be sure to log into Parent Access frequently to view grades and check account settings.
Tech Tip: The Benefits of Using Google Drive
- Google Drive can be downloaded on smart phones and tablets, so students can access every document without having to own a computer or pay for internet at their house.
- Google saves everything you’re working on, so you won’t have to start from scratch when your computer unexpectedly restarts for updates or your battery dies.
- Students can access files from any computer by logging into their Google account.
- Enables students to share and collaborate on the same document at the same time, in real time.
- Students’ work travels with them in a digital format from year to year, with unlimited storage in their Google accounts.