Scratch Day

Scratch Day is a global network of events where people gather to celebrate Scratch, the free coding platform and online community for kids. Scratch Day events bring together young people from the Scratch community to share projects, learn from each other, and welcome newcomers.

This year’s celebration is during the month of May. Look for a Scratch Day in your community, or organize your own!

(Note: Locally, a Scratch Day event is schedule for May 13, 2017 at Vernier Software in Beaverton, OR. Scratch Day for Educators with Vernier Software & Technology )

If you would like to use Scratch in your classroom, please follow the link below to learn about setting up a classroom account. Scratch Classroom Accounts

Chromebook Tip – Two Windows Side By Side

I was recently in a classroom and a student inquired as to how to display two windows side by side on her Chromebook. After a bit of fiddling and window resizing we got the result she wanted. After some discussion we decided there had to be a better way, and as a result of a Google search, we found it. The video below demonstrates how to easily do this using the MAXIMIZE button at the top of the window in the Chrome browser on a Chromebook.

Hapara Teacher Dashboard Available

We are beginning to implement a tool to help teachers manage the use of technology in their classrooms. Hapara Teacher Dashboard helps schools and teachers use Google Apps in the classroom by providing structure, visibility, and ease of use across the entire Google Apps suite. Specifically Teacher Dashboard provides a management solution for keeping track of student activity while using devices in the Chrome environment. In addition, the Dashboard provides several management tools including the ability to push out web pages to students, or to “focus” a student’s browsing only to specific websites chosen by the teacher.

In the fall we started a pilot with six schools to provide access to Hapara for teachers and teacher librarians using Chromebooks in their classrooms. With the anticipated arrival of a large number of Chromebooks for our innovation schools, studio classrooms, and pilot classrooms, we are making this platform available district wide. Our rationale is that as devices are being rolled out, we want to provide our teachers and administrators with a tool to help with management of the devices.

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Online, Self Paced Professional Development From Lynda.com

With the snow day today and tomorrow, it might be a great time to explore the professional development opportunities available to Evergreen School District employees through Lynda.com. Lynda.com is an online learning platform that helps anyone learn a large variety of skills and content.

You can login by following the Lynda.com link on the enet.evergreenps.org page, or if you are using a home computer you can follow the directions outlined in the short video below.

I am spending sometime learning more about Google Classroom. Hope we are back at school school soon, but until then stay safe, warm, and maybe check out Lynda.com.

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