In the 2017-2018 school year, we have made an effort to increase frequency of teacher gatherings to create a greater sense of community, collaboration, shared resources, and experiences. To further build and enhance this initiative, our first cohort of Ed Tech Representatives have stepped up to actively seek the best practices of teaching, use of … Continue reading Building O’Dowd’s Ed Tech Leaders
In past T3 meetings, we've never had a good chunk of time dedicated to talking about the work that our teachers are doing in the classroom, so this month, we focused solely on sharing what has been working well. Creativity Assign projects that create a sense of self by: Mr. Kris Koller, Religious Studies Department … Continue reading T3 February: What’s Working?
Schoology is the online hub that our teachers generally use to share resources, assign coursework, and communicate information to students and parents. Ms. Rita Yeh, Mandarin Teacher at O'Dowd, is a stellar educator who is constantly striving to better her teaching practice and to use available tools more efficiently. Here are some of the ways … Continue reading 5 Features in Schoology that are Working For Me
I was really nervous about this reflective T3 meeting. Not because I had run through the schedule 10 times too few or that I didn't practice reciting my lines every day on my drive to work, but because, I never really know who or what to expect at T3 meetings. What if no one shows … Continue reading T3 November: That Gut Feeling
We're only 15 days away from Winter Break! But before we say goodbye, there are still some things to take care of. Hover over the red and green buttons on this handy digital calendar to see what you can do for the day (should you need a reminder). Please make sure to refer to Colette's … Continue reading And the Countdown Begins
Ms. Molleen Dominguez, Ed Tech enthusiast of the Religious Studies department, is proposing a more efficient distribution of departmental course information through the creation of a dynamic Course Planning Document.
On October 25, 2017, 11 of us gathered in Room 124 to discuss literacy (reading, writing, listening, speaking) strategies that teachers from any department could use. Add yourself to the Schoology course to join in on the conversations: 8TGGV-7R5F3. What is literacy and why does it matter? Reading, writing, speaking, listening. Whether you teach English or … Continue reading T3 October: Literacy Strategies
Presentation created by Dr. Laura Ramey What is a HyperDoc? HyperDoc is a term used for an interactive Google Doc that serves as the foundation for a "choose-your-own-story" lesson. Click here to learn more about how you can create your own HyperDoc.
On September 21, 2017, ten teachers gathered in my office to discuss classroom management scenarios and strategies.
Narrated and recorded by Molleen Dominguez Using the new Google Drive Assignments in Schoology, Molleen Dominguez of the Religion Department shares best practices of what she has learned about providing efficient digital feedback. Here's how you can create Google Drive assignments in Schoology. 0:00-0:15 | How to grade with rubrics with Schoology-Drive Assignments 0:15-1:53 | Schoology/PowerSchool … Continue reading Google Drive Assignment Feedback in Schoology
On August 16, 2017, a couple of us gathered in the library to talk about ways we start the school year. Add yourself to the Schoology course to join the conversations: 8TGGV-7R5F3. New things that teachers are trying in their classrooms: Classroom jobs - Natalie is assigning roles for systematic task automation. Here's an example … Continue reading T3 August: Start of the School Year
Created by Thien Pham When it comes to submitting homework assignments, viewing hidden folders, or accessing documents based on completion rules, it can be unclear what a student's view looks like in comparison to what you (as a teacher) sees. Check out this quick tip from Mr. Pham on how to look at Schoology from … Continue reading How to View as a Student in Schoology
Written by: Colette Roche As you know, Back to School Night sets the tone for your entire year with the parents of your new students, and it opens the door to trust and cooperation. Here are general reminders as you prepare. Your desired outcomes for the evening: Parents will say there is no other place … Continue reading What You Need to Know for Back to School Night
Written by: Colette Roche Together we create an ever better O’Dowd. Here are six skills to consider as we work on our curriculum during faculty collaboration. 1. COMMUNICATION It’s hard to collaborate without good communication. Good communication means making assumptions and expectations explicit. It means understanding your role and expressing yourself clearly and respectfully. 2. … Continue reading Six Skills to Enhance Collaboration
Here's how I (Molleen Dominguez) try to make the "Today In..." entry count in many ways by posting it on Schoology AND copying it in an email to absent students. Have a workflow or quick tip that you'd like to share? Click here!
The first year, I decided to have the students use a standard lab notebook to record their observations. As the year unfolded, it was clear that many of the materials that the students were generating were digital, so in the second year, I decided to use an eFolio to evaluate student's work.
At 8AM this morning, I stumbled into Molleen's Christian Morality class with a laptop in one hand and a foggy brain in the other. She began the class, sitting cross-legged on the table, leading the class in a meditative prayer. To my disbelief, chatty students became engaged, relaxed, and focused -- and I, myself, followed her lead … Continue reading Live Formative Assessment and Interaction
For years, students were provided with thick application and information packets, which were frequently lost or misplaced.
On a dreary Wednesday afternoon, I was lazing in the teachers' lounge when a fleeting thought about rubrics bubbled up from the depths of my soul. (Note: this was after I read this article...
As an O'Dowd staff member, your "email@example.com" email account is a Google account, which gives you plenty of space and storage in our cloud-based backup server, Google Drive.
Don't worry about where to you have to put everything. Just delete. And make it a regular habit, too. Brian and I discuss the accumulation, mass, and clutter of digital files.
As a teacher, you will primarily use 3 features of PowerSchool (also called PowerTeacher sometimes) the most:
For teachers who don't quite have a Schoology workflow down yet, here are some suggestions to keep in mind.
Teachers from various departments commonly ask, "How do I put 2 PDF documents into 1 file?" You may have noticed that a simple copy-and-paste isn't always the solution to merge these files. Check out how you can combine PDFs with Preview (for Macs). If you have a PC, you can use Adobe Acrobat (which the Tech … Continue reading Merge PDFs
From questions like "How do I delete submissions in Schoology?" to "Is this mole cancerous?", I learned how to use keywords to find the answer I needed for that moment. Here are some things I learned...
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Here are some of my favorite Schoology hacks from Bradley Kemp and Adam Larson around course design, student learning, and workflow efficiency. Course Design Dynamic Profile Pictures. This ONLY applies to unofficial courses, profile pictures, and groups (remember to keep your course picture as the period number). Upload long pic if you want to push the landing … Continue reading Favorite Schoology Hacks