• Google Meet Updates

    Posted by Joani Kay on 6/27/2020


    7 New Google Meet Features for Teachers

    • New Moderator Controls including raising hands, mute all participants, and close sessions for everyone.
    • Integrated Whiteboard feature has been added
    • Change backgrounds like Zoom
    • Attendance and breakout rooms

    Learn more Free Tech 4 Teachers

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  • Canvas Teacher and Student APP

    Posted by Joani Kay on 3/8/2020

    Consider adding the Canvas Teacher APP to your cell phone. Canvas courses on the Go! Canvas Teacher allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom.


    Learn more at:

    Canvas Teacher APP

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  • Adobe Spark EDU

    Posted by Joani Kay on 2/15/2020

    Welcome to MBS Adobe Spark EDU


    February 2020 MBS started our EDU accounts. They are linked to your school Google accounts. You will find the icon in your ClassLink.


    Adobe Spark EDU is the integrated web and mobile solution that enables everyone, especially teachers and their students of all ages, to easily create and share impactful visual stories





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  • Canvas Review: Calendar, Announcements and Pages

    Posted by Joani Kay on 2/15/2020



    The beginning of a new semester is a good time to review some of the great features available with the MBS LMS - CANVAS. The following and more information available on the MBS Technology Assist website .


    Canvas Calendar Review

    Video Canvas Guides: https://vimeo.com/78093181
    Video Canvas Fast Track: Fast Track: https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=169&v=nVZEVC6RZ80


    • Difference in Assignment and Event Setup. 
    • View by Week, Month, Agenda, and Scheduler.
    • Setup subscriptions for Outlook or Google calendars.
    • Rich Content Editor provides the ability to add files, embed resources, links, etc.
    • Information automatically appears on Calendar, Course Assignment, and Student To Do list.
    • Quickly Drag and Drop if dates need to be adjusted.
    • Notify students quickly of any changes


    Announcements vs Calendar

    Video Canvas Guides: https://vimeo.com/72222376


    • Sharing information such as reminders, resources.
    • Select publish date for announcement  (ex: field trip, room change, reminders).
    • Rich Content Editor provides ability to add files, embed resources, links, etc.
    • Customize how many announcements to show on course home page for students.


    Creating Pages, Content, and Rich Content Editor

    Video Canvas Guides: https://vimeo.com/72307216


    • View example of page content ideas
    • Setup who can edit the page (teacher or teacher and students)
    • View History of all Page Revisions
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  • Canvas: Sending Email Message to Student While in Canvas

    Posted by Joani Kay on 2/10/2020

    How to Send an Email Message to Students while in Canvas.

    • Access Canvas. On the far left navigation bar select InBox.

    • Select Compose and a new window will appear.

    • Select the course you would like to send a message from the drop down box.

    • Select Student, Teacher, or Observers and individuals will appear.

    • Select the recipients.

    • Add your Subject line and email content.

    • Notice you may add an attachment and/or record audio comments.

    Canvas Email Screen

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  • Office 2016 and Office 365 for Faculty, Staff, and Students

    Posted by Joani Kay on 2/8/2020

    Office 2016

    Did you know that MBS faculty, staff, and students have access to Cloud based products in Microsoft Office 365?


    Did you know that faculty, staff, and students have access to Microsoft Office 2106 AND may download 5 copies to their personal devices?


    Please note that:

    • Microsoft Office 2016 is already included on all school desktops and laptops. 
    • Chromebooks use Cloud based Office 365 which does not need to be downloaded.
    • Chromebooks may also use Google Apps for Education, G-Suite.


    How Do You Access:

    • Link found on the front of school website, or Resources-Students, or search Office 365
    • Log in using your school email. You will be directed to our site where you will enter your password.
    • Always start with OneDrive to it is connected. 
    • Click Install Office 2016 if you want to download to home devices. A full install may take an hour.


    Office 365

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  • Screencastify – Works in Chrome

    Posted by Joani Kay on 2/6/2020

    Screencastify, Great resource for How To and more



    Quick Guide Resources https://help.screencastify.com/collection/128-user-guide


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  • Chromebook Keyboard Shorts

    Posted by Joani Kay on 2/5/2020

    Cool resource for Chromebook Keyboard Shortcuts

    • Ctl-Shift-T opens the tab you accidentally closed
    • Ctl-Alt-? gives a full list of all shortcuts



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  • 2 Tools to Share - Canva and Classroom Video On Demand

    Posted by Joani Kay on 2/5/2020



    You and your students can create and design graphics, posters, documents, brochures, covers, certificates, charts, graphs, flyers, infographics, presentations, visual organizers and more. Upload your own graphics or have access to millions of images, filters, icons, shapes, and fonts. The product is available on the web and has apps for iPhones and Chromebooks.





    Brand new library resource, Classroom Video on Demand. This service gives you access to thousands of curriculum related videos to use with your classes. Our librarians have emailed the educator’s guide and quick fact sheet if you would like more information. http://cvod.infobase.com/p_Home.aspx


    • On campus, just go to the library landing page, scroll down to the bottom and click the Classroom Video On Demand logo to access the website – no password needed
    • It is extremely easy to put these video links into your Canvas pages and there is no worry about copyright violations.  All these videos are legally acquired and meant for use in the educational setting. 
    • All videos are segmented, so you can easily use smaller portions of the video instead of fast-forwarding or showing the whole thing.
    • These videos are from producers like A&E, TED, National Geographic and other quality programmers whose content is not legally available for free use on the web.  See the fact sheet for a more comprehensive list of producers. 
    • Stop by to see Annalisa and Sonya if you have any questions.  We think you’ll love it! 


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  • Need Publication Templates?

    Posted by Joani Kay on 2/4/2020

    If you are looking for quick and easy templates, try these with your students.


    Free Google Doc Newspaper Template

    Free Microsoft Newspaper Templates

    Newspaper Templates

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