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Spelling City

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Spelling City provides interactive activities for practicing teacher-generated spelling, vocabulary, and HFW lists. Students do not need to log in when the teacher is using the free version. The teacher will share the link to their Spelling City teacher page with students.

With the paid version, teachers can track student progress on activities, assignments, time on task and test scores. With the paid version, students should log in with their LPS Google credentials.

Note that Spelling City does use advertisements but they are not targeted to the student user.

Considerations

  • Spelling City a great tool that students could use at home to practice their spelling, vocabulary, and HFW lists.
  • If Spelling City is used during school hours it should not be used during whole group instruction.
  • It should only be used as practice for short periods of time (5-10 minutes) two times per week.
  • Teachers should think about student accountability with Spelling City. With the free version, you do not get a report on student activity on the website. If students are using Spelling City in the classroom, think about having students do an additional activity to apply the skills that they practiced on Spelling City.

Parameters for use

Spelling City lists for Lincoln Public Schools

The links below will take you to Spelling City lists which were created for Lincoln Public Schools. Once you get to the grade level's Spelling City page you can import the lists to your Spelling City account.

The video below goes over how to import the lists and manage your lists so that only the words for that week appear for students.

How do my students access my Spelling City lists?

Chromebook (Web)

Students will access your lists on Spelling City by using the URL for your Spelling City page. This can be found on the top of your Spelling City page once you are logged into your account.

If you are using the free version of Spelling City, students do not log in with a username and password.

iPad (App)

The Spelling City app only works for those who have the paid premium membership to Spelling City. If you are using the free version of Spelling City, your students will need to access your Spelling City webpage using a web browser on the iPad. Below is a video that goes over how to do this.

 

In an effort to streamline support and material access for LPS teachers, this page was created in collaboration by Curriculum, Computing Services, and Library Media staff members as a way to offer technical support for curricularly supported instructional technology tools.

Written by cpultz

November 7th, 2017 at 3:35 pm

Seesaw

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Seesaw is a digital tool where students can easily add images, video, audio, and digital projects from other apps to their learning journal. Teachers can review student work from their device and share work with the class.

Seesaw can be used across content areas. Students are able to use the tools and features in Seesaw to demonstrate their understanding of a concept. Students are then able to add this work to their Seesaw learning journal. Teachers are able to see all of the content added to the learning journal and can provide feedback. There is also the option to invite parents/guardians who have educational rights to view their student’s journal. Below are examples of student work created on Seesaw.

PARAMETERS FOR USE: Via the LPS Portal...

Creating your Seesaw Classroom

Kindergarten and First Grade

It is recommended that kindergarten and first grade teachers to use the class code - shared device student sign in mode. Students will sign in to their Seesaw class using the QR code. Students can add items to their journal and other journals in the class. This is recommended for classrooms where students are sharing devices.

Second Grade and Older

It is recommended that classrooms second grade or older use the Email/Google student sign in mode. Students will not need to create a new student account, they will be able to sign in with their Google credentials.

Class Settings

Recommended Class Settings

Class settings can be modified later. Please make sure that class settings still follow the parameters for use of Seesaw in LPS.

  • Student sign in mode: Class Code - Shared Devices
  • Student likes and comments: Disable
  • Students can see each other’s work: Disable
  • New items require approval:
    • Enable if the teacher has families connected or if it is set so that students can see each other’s work.
    • Disable if the only the teacher is seeing student work.
  • Enable item editing: Disable
  • Enable family access: Family access can be enabled, however at the beginning it might be a good idea for the teacher to disable family access until the teacher and students to get used to Seesaw before inviting families to view their student’s journal. Additional information about the family access feature can be found below.
  • Enable Class Blog: Disable

Folders are a great way for students to organize their work. Teachers will need to create folders ahead of time. Teachers can do this by going to manage folders in the class settings. It is recommended if teachers are using folders in Seesaw to show add to folder step for both students and teachers. As students are adding an item to their journal, they will be asked which folder that they want to add their work to. Below is a video that goes over the folder feature in Seesaw.

Changing Settings

Teachers can customize the class setting of their Seesaw Class by clicking on the wrench icon in the teacher view. The video below provides an overview of the class settings options.

How can I use Seesaw in my classroom?

There are many ways that students can demonstrate their learning with Seesaw. Start small, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all of the features. A great place to start is to have students just take a picture of their work and then submit it. Once they get comfortable with that students can move on to recording their voice over their picture and then drawing on an image. After that, students could begin using the video tool or maybe the drawing tool. The drawing tool can be difficult on a laptop. Instead, students could draw on paper or a whiteboard and have them take a picture of that.

The note tool would not be appropriate for students who are unfamiliar with a keyboard. Instead, have the students write on paper and then take a picture of their paper. Students can even upload images, links and files to their journal.

In an effort to streamline support and material access for LPS teachers, this page was created in collaboration by Curriculum, Computing Services, and Library Media staff members as a way to offer technical support for curricularly supported instructional technology tools.

Written by cpultz

November 6th, 2017 at 1:54 pm

LibGuides

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Curriculum LibGuides curate resources for LPS curriculum departments. Teachers use curriculum LibGuides to access curriculum materials for the classes they teach.

Several curriculum departments have developed LibGuides. The guides are password protected, so teachers need the links and passwords for the LibGuides they use.

Using the buttons below you can:

  • View a "table of contents" of all curriculum LibGuides.
  • View the passwords required to open the LibGuides. 

 
 

In an effort to streamline support and material access for LPS teachers, this page was created in collaboration by Curriculum, Computing Services, and Library Media staff members as a way to offer technical support for curricularly supported instructional technology tools.

Written by cpultz

October 23rd, 2017 at 11:20 am

Destiny Discover

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Students, teachers and parents use Destiny Discover to search for books, ebooks and other digital content available in our school libraries.

Links to access Destiny Discover are available from the LPS Portal or your school’s library website.

From the LPS Portal

  1. Click the Destiny button in the LPS Portal
  2. Click on your school's name.

    You will be signed in and taken to the catalog. From here you can search for books and digital content in your school library collection.

From your School Website

  1. Click the ribbon icon in the school website's menu to open the school's library site.
  2. From your school's library site, click the "Online Catalog" button.
  3. Click the "Log In" link in the top-right corner of the screen
  4. Click the button that allows you to log in using your account with "LPS Portal"

    From here you can search for books and digital content in your school library collection.

For more information about Destiny Discover...

Some specific tutorials of interest are:

In an effort to streamline support and material access for LPS teachers, this page was created in collaboration by Curriculum, Computing Services, and Library Media staff members as a way to offer technical support for curricularly supported instructional technology tools.

Written by cpultz

October 23rd, 2017 at 10:03 am

Hapara

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Hapara offers teachers valuable tools for working with students' Google Drive and Chromebooks.

Dashboard

Dashboard provides a bird’s-eye view of student G Suite usage across your class, and greater access to & control over student Google Drive.

Highlights

Highlights offers teachers a view of student and class web browser use, and the ability to focus student work through management of browser tabs.

Workspaces

Workspaces are Teacher created spaces that allow students to access lesson or project resources and submit evidence of their learning.

Login

Teachers can access Hapara via the LPS Portal.

The ability for an LPS staff member to use Hapara is based upon course schedules in Synergy. All LPS Staff can sign in to Hapara, but only a "teacher of record" in an active LPS course (and the co-teachers) are able to see students in classes.

Course Folders in Drive

All LPS teachers and students will see Hapara folders in their Google Drive, whether they actively use Hapara or not. These folders are created automatically by for each course the student is enrolled in, as well as each workspace their teachers set up. Do not delete, remove, or rename the folder.

Hands on with Hapara

Computing Services offers workshops about Hapara. Visit Performance Matters to find and sign up for a session.

If there are 10 or more in your building who would benefit from an hour of training on using Hapara Dashboard and Highlights, have your building Administrator contact Kristi Peters to schedule a training session in your building!

Hapara Dashboard

Setup

No setup is necessary by the teacher. When a teacher logs in, Hapara already knows the classes and sections to which that teacher is assigned. View this video for tips on renaming and/or hiding classes shown in Hapara.

  • Teachers can add a co-teacher to any course in Hapara. To do so, open the Class Info page (last tab at the top of the Hapara window) and select “Add new” from the teacher’s section.

    Note: the co-teacher needs to be added with their @class.lps.org email account or it will not work as desired.

  • Teachers and administrators can create class groupings outside of the Synergy courses available automatically to you. Learn more in the section below!
Student Panels

When a teacher opens a course, each student appears on the dashboard as an individual panel. The panel shows that student’s most recent Google Drive work. Dragging a mouse over the student’s work displays a thumbnail image of their progress, as well as information about the document that a teacher may find helpful.

Sharing With Teachers

Students no longer need to actively step through the process of sharing work with the teacher. Teachers are automatically given Editor access to all work contained in the student's Google Drive.

Smart Share

A Smart Share tool found along the top-right of the screen allows teachers to hand digital files out to student Google Drive folders in preparation for class. This might be a copy of an existing document, a template for student work, or the creation of a new blank document ready to contain their work. Note that this share is not done in real time. Give it between 5-30 minutes to propagate copies before students need to see the files.

Gmail

By clicking on the Gmail tab, teachers can view email messages exchanged between the teacher & student, NOT ALL student email.

Building Administrators CAN view ALL mail in a student's LPS Gmail.

Learn more

Teacher Created Classes

Teachers can create their own “ad-hoc” classes within Hapara, allowing for Hapara to be used outside of the regularly scheduled courses in Synergy. This feature will be especially useful for fluid grouping situations at elementary school, after school academic support sessions for secondary schools, or school sponsored clubs and groups.

How to Create a Class

  1. In the Manage Classes screen, select the Add Class button

  2. Select the school where you want to add the class to

  3. Enter a name for the Class, then click Add Class

  4. On the Class Info page for the new Class, choose Add New to add teachers or students to the class. Teachers need to be added by email address (@class.lps.org) individually, students can be added either individually or in a comma separated list of email addresses (@class.lps.org).

Hapara Highlights

In Highlights, teachers see a dashboard of student panels, just like in Teacher Dashboard. However, the content shown is not originating from Google Drive, it is from the Google Chrome web browser on their Chromebook.

For more in-depth information about Highlights use the links provided at the right.

Browser Tabs

Presented in the student panels is a list of browser tabs open on the student devices.

  • Hover your mouse over a tab’s text to preview it.
  • Click the (X) to close the tab for the student.
  • Click the link icon to open a new tab (opened to the web page of your choosing) for the student.
  • Refresh rate is typically within seconds
Focused Browsing

The focused browsing tool found within the Open Tabs button in the top right corner of the screen allows a teacher to send a tab or set of tabs to the entire class. Additionally, the teacher can restrict access to any other tabs for a defined period of time.

Find more detailed information on the Hapara Focused Browsing page offered at right, and view tips for its use in LPS in the section below..

Activity Viewer

The activity viewer provides a dashboard and set of data around the class’ activities in Chrome. Teachers can feel welcomed to leave their own computer screen and move around the room without missing any digital activity. This information disappears once the teacher switches to a new class in Hapara.

Current activity is presented as BLUE data, historical activity with ORANGE data. Clicking on data identifies student names.

Teachers can capture a snapshot (Snap) of the students’ activity on a site with a click, providing opportunities for positive supports or evidence of behavioral interventions necessary. These Snaps live within the page for 7 days. At any time within this week, teachers can send feedback to either the student or their own inbox for later communications with administrators and/or parents.

Snaps allow a teacher to see:

  • Date and time of the snap
  • URL being viewed by the student(s)
  • A screen image when the Snap was taken
  • Whether the Snap was unique activity, or whether multiple students visited this page.
Messages

Teachers are able to send pop-up messages to individual screens or all student screens simultaneously. This allows for positive encouragement or private corrections without disrupting the classroom work environment.

Learn more

Snaps

Focused Browsing Tips

If you have attended a Hapara Highlights training, you will likely recall one of the major features of the tool is called "Focused Browsing." It allows you to open one or more tabs (URLs) on the Chromebooks of students in your class. At the same time, you can focus your students on just the new browser tab(s) for a set period of time using the Focused Browsing feature. When a Focused Browsing session is active, students can’t open new tabs, swap to other tabs or browse to new sites or URLs. More information on how to use Focused Browse can be found on this resource:

In many instructional situations, a teacher may want to be prescriptive in the URLs they provide to students during Focused Browse sessions. Following are some examples that may be helpful in specific situations.

Suggestions?

If there is a tool you use in Focused Browse mode and you think others would benefit from the URLs necessary, please email them to Chris Pultz (@lps.org) for inclusion here.

Google Classroom


Remember that Google Classroom is just the web site where you hand files in-and-out. You will need to allow the Classroom URL, and also the address of any other Google tools you expect them to use, and any websites you may ask them to visit, even if you linked to it from a Classroom assignment. (see above).

Google Drive


Includes all items stored in Google Drive - PDFs, JPG, MOV, etc.

Google Docs


Includes Sheets, Slides, Drawings, Forms, etc.

Google Forms

When focus browsing your students to a specific Google Form, you must use the specific URL (Preview link) of your Form, but you must also be sure to select the focus browse option that says Limit browsing to anywhere in these site(s). Otherwise, student responses will not save in the Form results.

Google Gmail
Synergy Assessments

Pear Deck

HRW Dashboard

LPS OverDrive

Using LPS Overdrive with students requires 3 URLs:

  • LOGIN:
  • BROWSE:
  • READ BOOKS:

Troubleshooting Highlights Issues

Following are troubleshooting steps that should resolve the "Student is offline" error show here (or a similar one) occasionally encountered by teachers using Hapara Highlights.

Following are troubleshooting steps that should resolve the "Student is offline" error show here (or a similar one) occasionally encountered by teachers using Hapara Highlights.

 

Assumptions

If you are seeing the "Student is offline" error, we will assume a few things:

  • that you are a teacher successfully logged into Hapara
    (indicating that this is not a teacher login issue)
  • that you see panels for the appropriate courses and students
    (indicating that this is not an error in syncing Synergy data with Hapara)
  • that you are in the Interact (Highlights) tab of Hapara, and see the browser tabs or current screens of some students, but not all
    (indicating that this is not a network error on the teacher laptop, and that Hapara Interact is working correctly)

If any of these assumptions are NOT true, please enter a Help Desk ticket indicating so.

Requirements

If these assumptions are true, the issue likely lies with the student Chromebook. For Highlights to work appropriately for teachers in Hapara, the student Chromebook must be:

  1. Awake

  2. Connected to the LPS wireless network (LPS Private)

  3. The Hapara Highlights chrome extension must be working.

STEP 1. Click on the Extension

Clicking the Hapara Highlights Extension icon on the student Chromebook will run the diagnostic tool. The process of running diagnostics often resolves outstanding issues and no further troubleshooting is necessary.

To Run Diagnostics:

  1. Open Chrome on the student’s device.
  2. Locate the Hapara icon at the top right of the Chrome browser. Don't worry if the Hapara icon is visible but is grayed out - it still works just fine.
  3. Click on the Hapara icon to launch the automatic self-diagnostic tool, which checks several common causes of issues and displays the results.

If using the student diagnostic test did not explain or correct the student connectivity issue, proceed to the next strategy, a quick reboot.

Click for a larger view

STEP 2. Quick Reboot

A quick restart of the Chromebook usually corrects this situation. In the process of the restart, the user is logged out and logged back in.

To Quickly Restart a Chromebook:

Have the student press the Refresh button + Power Button at the same time. Both buttons are located in the top row of the keyboard. Refresh is over the 3-4 keys. Power is at the far right.

Hapara Workspaces

Hapara Workspaces allow teachers to set up a digital “workspaces” for lessons or projects.

Workspaces are the only part of the Hapara suite of tools that students can login to. Teachers see a “Master Board” of all activity in the class and have many editing options, while students see a simplified screen with only the items intended specifically for them.

Click on the "Getting Started Guide" at the right for a wealth of resources to get you started using Workspaces.

Boards

A “board” can be anything from a single lesson to a long term project, it is very flexible.

Cards

Within a board are “cards” which appear as individual tiles. Cards might be added under the Goals, Resources, Evidence or Rubric columns of the board.

Goals

Teachers can choose to add student goals or targets.

Resources

Teachers and students each have the ability to add resources

Resources can be Google Docs or links to web pages

Evidence

Teachers and students can both add evidence.

Teachers have the ability to

  • copy materials to individual students, much like when using the “Smart Share” tool in Dashboard
  • set due dates
  • schedule items to be shared at specified dates in the future.

Students have the ability to share their evidence with the whole group, or with the teacher only.

Rubrics

Teachers can choose to post evaluation criteria.

Workspace appearance in Google Drive

Like Hapara Dashboard, Workspace creates a folder in each student’s Google Drive. All work done by the student in Workspaces will be contained in that folder.

A teacher can choose to have their students drag their Workspace folder into their Dashboard course folder, but experience with early adopting teachers leads Hapara to believe that most teachers will want to keep them separate.

Learn more

Google Classroom – Hapara Overlap

Hapara and Google Classroom have a number of overlapping features. Each tool excels in some ways. Both tools work with student’s existing LPS Google Docs (@class.lps.org) and teachers are free to use either tool as they see fit. Or, both.

In our basic testing, we are seeing success in using Google Classroom AND Hapara hand-in-hand when you begin as such:

  1. Start a Google Classroom Class and invite your students

  2. After students join your Google Classroom, have them open their Google Drive and drag the Google Classroom folder into the corresponding Hapara created course folder.

At that point both teacher and students should be able to use the Google Classroom interface to access files & manage assignments, and the teacher has the added features of using Hapara for greater student device control and real-time views of work done in Google Drive. Win-win.

Written by cpultz

October 17th, 2017 at 2:49 pm

Filing A Service Desk Support Request

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USE: Lincoln Public Schools provides technical support and troubleshooting for faculty, staff and students needing help with computing hardware and supported software.  Support requests filed via the web are automatically routed to the appropriate technician regardless of location.Service Desk Icon

LICENSE: Web access available to all LPS staff & students.

LPS DOCUMENTATION: 

 

Written by admin

October 15th, 2017 at 8:08 pm

Library Databases

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Library Media Services subscribes to many databases to help students and teachers research and learn.

To use the databases provided by LPS Library Media Services at home, you will need a link to the database and the home access passwords.

Access the Library Databases from Home

All Students
  1. Go to LPS.org

  2. Type “portal” in the keyword box

  3. Log into the portal using your LPS student ID and password.
    If you don't know your student's password, contact your school office.

  4. Find the icon for your school library and click on it.

  5. Continue using the instructions below for your school type.

Contact your school librarian for more help and information.

Elementary Schools

Continuing from the instructions above...

  1. Find a link on the Library web page that says "Access to Resources from Home" and click on it.


  2. Click on the arrow that says "Home Access Passwords"


  3. A Google Doc will open with a list of databases available at your school.

  4. The icons in the Google Doc are links. Hover over an icon and click on the link to navigate to the databases

  5. Enter the username and password listed on the Google Doc to log in

 

Middle & High Schools

Continuing from the instructions above...

  1. Click on an image that says "Passwords" or "Home Access"
      or 

  2. A Google Doc will open with a list of databases available at your school

  3. Find the web addresses or icons for the databases on the page (the icons are hyperlinks) and use them to navigate to the databases

  4. Enter the username and password listed in the Google Doc to log in.

 

Written by cpultz

October 12th, 2017 at 3:44 pm

Learn360

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Learn360 is a database of educational videos purchased for all schools grades K-12 by Library Media Services. This database provides access to thousands of vetted and curated videos for use in instruction and individual research.

Learn360 content supports learning across curriculum areas.

PARAMETERS FOR USE IN LPS: https://www.lps.org/apps/matrix/detail.cfm?app=621

How to access Learn360

Access Learn360 from the portal or your school’s library website.

How to log in to Learn360:

Use your LPS username and password to log in to Learn360.

Learn more…

 

In an effort to streamline support and material access for LPS teachers, this page was created in collaboration by Curriculum, Computing Services, and Library Media staff members as a way to offer technical support for curricularly supported instructional technology tools.

Written by cpultz

October 11th, 2017 at 3:18 pm

NoodleTools

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NoodleTools integrates tools for note-taking, outlining, citation, document archiving/annotation, and collaborative research and writing. It is for creating bibliographies, citing sources, and organizing research.

NoodleTools gives teachers and students a tool for teaching ethical use of information, which is an important piece of digital citizenship.

PARAMETERS FOR USE IN LPS: https://www.lps.org/apps/matrix/detail.cfm?app=3

How to perform the most common actions in NoodleTools

NoodleTools Support Resources

  • Please reach out to your school librarian for additional support with this tool.
  • NoodleTools Help (Knowledge base, tutorials, support resources)

 

 

In an effort to streamline support and material access for LPS teachers, this page was created in collaboration by Curriculum, Computing Services, and Library Media staff members as a way to offer technical support for curricularly supported instructional technology tools.

Written by cpultz

October 11th, 2017 at 3:07 pm

OverDrive

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OverDrive is an LPS preferred ebook provider. It provides students and teachers access to an extensive collection of purchased ebooks. Students and teachers can read OverDrive ebooks on a computer or through the Overdrive App. The app allows users to download titles so that they can be read offline.

OverDrive ebooks support reading instruction by allowing students to self-select books to meet their personal and learning goals. The collection also includes professional books on a variety of educational topics.

PARAMETERS FOR USE IN LPS: https://www.lps.org/apps/matrix/detail.cfm?app=405

How to access OverDrive

You can access your Overdrive account through the LPS Portal or your school’s library website.

How to perform the most common actions in OverDrive

Using OverDrive with Hapara’s focused browsing

Using LPS Overdrive with students requires 3 URLs:

  • LOGIN:
  • BROWSE:
  • READ BOOKS:

Note: Focused Browsing keeps the student in OverDrive books and does not allow students to “sample” a book. However, they can check-out and read an OverDrive book.

Learn more about using Hapara’s focused browsing mode.

Access additional help resources

  • Please reach out to your school librarian for additional support with this tool.
  • OverDrive Help

 

In an effort to streamline support and material access for LPS teachers, this page was created in collaboration by Curriculum, Computing Services, and Library Media staff members as a way to offer technical support for curricularly supported instructional technology tools.

Written by cpultz

October 11th, 2017 at 2:54 pm

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