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  • OSMO -Creating an Account, Student Profiles, Downloading Shared Album

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 12/6/2018
    • Go to https://my.playosmo.com/ and create your account. You will be given a code to enter on all devices you want to join to your account.
    • Once signed in, select My profiles and add your students’ profiles. You can do their first name or their initials or just student1, whatever.

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    • When you open the OSMO Words app on your iPad, you will be prompted to sign in with your account and password or you can choose school and type in your code either way.
    • When you click your profile in upper right of the iPad, you will have the option to select one of your other profiles, so your student would select his herself before they begin to play.
    • If you want to add an album someone else has made, on the iPad, before you select PLAY, select Library.
    • In the library, at the top, tap on Download More. It will take you to my.playosmo.com. on the iPad where you will Sign In (choose the with password option) and you'll be taken to your dashboard.
    • You can search for the album. Click here for more detailed instructions. 
    • Osmo Account
    • Teacher Guide
    • About Our Class
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  • wevideo

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 11/29/2018

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    To get started, teacher first steps.

    1. Sign in as teacher. Your username is your Outlook email address & the password was sent to you via email from me.
    2. Watch a couple of the how to videos below and create a quick movie yourself to get a little familiar with the tool (You Don’t have to know it all—the kids can explore and help each other.)
    3. Then add your students to your Group--Click the + to  create your Group
    4. Name your Group: CES Your Last Name Your Grade (for example: CES Smith 5th)
    5. Give your students your Code.
    6. Have your students sign in with their Google Account and enter your Code to join your Group. (The teacher will be able to see all of his/her students’ videos.)
    7. Show the a. dashboard overview b. storyboard editing mode c.timeline editing mode d. students upload to Classroom https://www.wevideo.com/academy#pok4305ac0 
    8. Give students the assignment to create a 1 minute video on a topic of choice—you could give them a list of options like:
      • Introduce yourself
      • Sports
      • A book you recommend
      • Something you’ve learned this year
      • Explain “give them a topic”
      • Travel destination
      • . . .(whatever)
    9. If you have a little something you want to show them that you learned when you made your teacher video—that’d be good—don’t tell them everything. Show them your video. You may want to point out there is a ton of video footage already in there under the star they can search for and then add text.
    10. When students are finished with their video, they can save to their drive, and there is a quick share to Google Classroom button as well.
    11. (Time for this lesson—no more than two class periods)
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  • Stop Pesky Notifications on your School Desktop

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 10/26/2018

    Stop those Notification POPUPS that are showing up on your Desktop while you are projecting to your class.

    There are two types of popups—those from your web Browser and those from your Outlook email.

    1. From Browser: It can be annoying, or worse. . . if you have your computer projected in your class, and a notification pops up of something you wouldn’t want your class to see. Generally, on the pop up, it tells you where it is from. The quickest way to get rid of this popup and all others from this site is to click the small settings gear in the upper right of the popup. It will take you directly to your notification settings, and you can scroll down to those that are allowed to find it and block or remove it.

    If you’ve already closed the notification, or you want to go check ahead of time and make sure there are no notifications allowed from random websites, here are the steps in Google Chrome:
    -Click the menu (3 dots) in upper right of your Chrome Browser window. Scroll down and click Advanced.
    -Then under Privacy and security, click Content Settings.
    Under Content settings, click Notifications.
    -Then under Notifications, notice the top section are those notifications, you’ve already blocked. -The bottom section are those that are allowed. The puzzle piece indicates it is from an extension you’ve added. Scroll down more to see the ones with the 3 dots menu.
    -Beside the notification you want to block, click the three dots and choose Block or Remove.
    -Done. (If you continue to get notification popups from other sites, perhaps you are using another browser other than Chrome. If that is the case, you can do a quick search on how to turn on notifications for Edge or Firefox.)

    Something else to be aware of—notification popups often occur as a result of places you’ve been online or emails you’ve received through which you’ve clicked links. If you are switching between your school and personal Google accounts on your desktop, you may encounter popup notifications from sites visited even on your home computer. My recommendation would be if you need to sign to your personal Google account, be sure to then sign out of your personal account from the web browser when you are finished.

    2. Stop those notifications from your Outlook email popping up on your desktop:
    Select File > Options > Mail.
    Under Message arrival, select or clear the Display a Desktop Alert check

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  • What is 3D Bear?

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 10/12/2018

    3DBear's Mission – our purpose--Our mission is to help educators create an environment in which students can learn life-skills that will make them successful in the 21st century – to elicit collaboration, improve multidisciplinary skills, develop a growth mindset and creative problem solving. We empower students to become active innovators and influencers who take initiative with confidence. We provide schools and educational institutions with relevant contemporary content and game-like software that make learning engaging and fun.

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    3DBear's value added--We empower students of all ages by teaching them the fundamentals of 3D modelling, AR, 3D printing, and robotics. To further enhance the immersive experience, we harness virtual and augmented reality. Yet, our approach is not driven by technology, but by people. We put the student in the spotlight. Our aim is to develop cohesive learning modules that cultivate creativity and a growth mindset in solving everyday problems by applying kinesthetic learning, collaboration and communication. We make 3D technologies into a keystone to connecting all STEAM subjects and beyond - to history, biology, and geography just to name a few. We want to empower people to use technology to create something new and concrete, as opposed to just passively consuming content. We trust that the best outcomes are achieved when technology is integrated into the learning experience right out of the gate. We have dedicated ourselves to making our learning modules pedagogically strong and sound.

    Article: 3DBear Introduces Kids to 3D Printing and Augmented Reality


    3dbear sustainable education chart

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  • CES Explores with Google Expeditions

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 10/3/2018

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    • Ms. Bierbrauer's 2nd Grade explored Maps and Globes.
    • Ms. Pigg's 3rd Grade explored America's National Parks.
    • Mr. McKerley 4th Grade explored the Nervous System.
    • Mr. Garner's 5th Grade explored The Geography of the United States.
    • Ms. Hollans' room explored Immigration and Cities.

    Click here for slideshow.

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  • eDay Reminders & Helps for CES Teachers

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 9/28/2018
    1. You need to have an introduction to your eDay off of your teacher webpage (everyone) and included in that introduction for Core 1st-6th directing the students to your digital tool in Classlink. Don’t forget to add a statement directing your students to their specials and PE eDay as well. For you new folks & those who want a reminder, here is a quick video how to that will save you time and make it easier for you.
    2. There is a parent/student help on accessing classlink that we recommend you send to all of your parents prior to eDay. It seemed to make a huge difference last year. Click here for the URL for From Home Help.
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  • ScratchJr On Chromebook

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 9/25/2018

    You asked me about ScratchJr on the Chromebook.

    • Unlike Scratch, ScratchJr does not require a student login, so it is not in Classlink.
    • Scratch Jr is a free app (NOT an extension) in the Chrome web store.
    • I have, as of a few minutes ago, “pushed” this app to all K-5 student Chromebooks.


    • You can just Google “Scratch” on a Chromebook and students can use Scratch online without signing in by just clicking Create. If they want to sign in to their account, I suggest they go through Classlink to help remember the login information you help them set up.



    Click here for a quick (silent) video to show you how you/your students can access apps on the Chromebook. (Please check on your Chromebook and have a student check to make sure it is there before you plan to start implementing.)

    More information (Scratch is a great resource for literacy, numeracy that fits in to your new Digital Literacy/Computer Science Curriculum):

    ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5 and up) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves -- then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.

    We see coding (or computer programming) as a new type of literacy. Just as writing helps you organize your thinking and express your ideas, the same is true for coding. In the past, coding was seen as too difficult for most people. But we think coding should be for everyone, just like writing.

    As young children code with ScratchJr, they learn how to create and express themselves with the computer, not just to interact with it. In the process, children learn to solve problems and design projects, and they develop sequencing skills that are foundational for later academic success. They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, children aren't just learning to code, they are coding to learn.

    This version of ScratchJr has been built for ChromeBooks from the Android version. We have had to remove some features, such as sharing, due to differences between Android and Chrome OS. Even without some features we hope that young children can enjoy creating their own stories and games with ScratchJr on Chrome. Note that the latest version has been set to use fullscreen instead of a tablet sized window. We welcome feedback on this change, and please let us know if there are any problems at info@scratchjr.org

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  • CES Tech ToDo #4 Digital Citizenship

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 9/18/2018
    • Friendly reminder that your classroom digital citizenship lessons are to be completed in class by the end of September.  All lessons are on CommonSenseMedia.org



    • Grades 3-5 has newly updated lessons! There are Google Slides and Google Docs! 


    • Please think about sending the accompanying Parent Tip Sheets home through your Outlook Parent Group or through Seesaw.  Download the PDF from CommonSenseMedia.org and upload to Seesaw or attach to an email to your parents. Our data shows that a parent is the #1 person the students ask for help when navigating things online (teachers are #2).  This is a huge responsibility.  And reinforcing your lessons the rest of the year is highly important to their futures.


    • If you are new you’ll need to make a Common Sense Media account to access the lessons.  There is a Common Sense Media icon in ClassLink that you can save your username/password so you don’t have to remember in the future. Several folks have had trouble signing in to the For Educators Screen. If you are having some issues, I suggest you create a new account using your Google sign in. Here is a quick video to show you what’s happening and a quick solution for you. 


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  • Chrome Interface New Look

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 9/14/2018

    Chrome is getting a new look. If you have not received the update features and look already on your Chromebook, desktop and other devices, you will very soon. You do not need to do anything, but it may take a little time for everyone to receive the updates. I noticed my changes this morning.

    Chrome interface gets a new look 10 years after Google browser debut.

    10th Anniversary of Chrome, Google has given its web browser its first redesign in a decade.

    • All versions of Chrome get "more rounded shapes, new icons and a new color palette," 
    • The active tab now has vertical edges and curvy corners
    • The omnibox is now oval -- and it works differently
    • Chrome, gets a more advanced built-in password manager – for new accounts.


    Click here for a good resource if you would like to learn more.  

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  • CES Tech ToDo #4 Seesaw

    Posted by Paula Stanbridge on 9/4/2018

    #4-- Seesaw

    *Set up your Seesaw class & have students sign in.


    All Teachers:

    1. Create a free account on Seesaw.
    2. Using your instructions (also attached) for Seesaw, create this year’s class—Slide 13.  (Slide 14 about Seesaw’s fantastic PD in your PJ’s for great PD on Seesaw at your convenience.)
    3. Choose how you will add your students. (Students click to join using their Google Account [2-6] or Teacher enters students [k-1] and they use a QR code and then click to choose their name to get in.)
      • If you choose the QR code, print copies of your QR code for your class. (If you choose the QR code sign in method, your students will only be able to upload work from school.) When you click to add your students, you will see the Student QR Code window open. Print your class QR Code Poster to have in your class for your students to scan.
      • If you choose the Google Account method, you students will click to sign in with their Google Account, and they will need your seesaw class code to join. (If you choose this method, your students can upload work from school and home.)


    Students who sign in with their Google Account:

    1. Sign in to your Chromebook.
    2. Sign in to Classlink.
    3. Find the app for Seesaw & click to sign in using your login information and directions provided by your teacher.
    4. Then make sure you right click the Seesaw app in Classlink and update your password to your current, correct username and password—which will be your Google email and network password.

    Students who sign in with a QR Code:

    1. Use your Class QR Code Poster to sign in.
    2. You will choose “I’m a student” &  scan the QR code with the camera on your Chromebook.

    Younger Students Options from the last two ToDo’s can be applied to this week as well. Option A: Individual Teacher Signs in For Students; Option B: Teacher Uses a Center Concept for Small Groups


    Today, 3-3:30 is Seesaw if you want to sign up to attend (from my webpage under Learning Opportunities)—Goals-1. Sign in and set up your Class 2. See what it looks like the first time a student signs in and joins your class 3. Look at something cool you may not know about Seesaw (go or stay for Q and A)


    Check out these Getting Started with Seesaw Activities. . .

    PreK-1st Grade

    2nd-5th Grade

    Older Students



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