Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Chrome Spell Check

Did you know that not all web programs have spell check??  This includes Markbook and Google Sites.  However, you can enable spell check in your chrome browser and this will spell check anything that you type within Chrome.

Here is how to enable the Chrome Spell Check function:

1. Click on the "More Options" button in your chrome browser (3 does in the upper right corner)

2.  Click on "Settings"

3.  Click on "Advanced:

4. Make sure the Spell Check toggle is set to on.
    Click on the "Enhanced spell check" radio button

With the embedded chrome spell check turned on, any text that you type into any site will be checked for errors.

Monday, November 23, 2020

PD Opportunities for WECDSB Educators


The following sessions will be available for all WECDSB Eductors.  

Please note that these PD opportunities are optional.

Tuesday, November 24, 2020 at 1:00pm and 3:00pm 
Adding Curriculum Expectations to Brightspace Content

- In this session, you will learn how to import curriculum expectations into your Brightspace course.  Once imported, you have the ability to attach the expectations to course content.

Wednesday, December 2, 2020, at 1:00pm and 3:00pmm
Using Google to Check the Authenticity of Student Work

-In this session, you will learn all about the Google originality report and how to implement this within Google Classroom as well as Brightspace.  This is a brand new functionality within the Brightsapce environment.   Since Turnitin is no longer available, Google originality reports can be used to ensure authentic student work.

Wednesday, December 9, 2020, at 1:00pm and 3:00pm 
Using Weighted Rubrics in Google Classroom and Brightspace

-In this session, you will learn about weighted rubrics and how to implement them in Google Classroom and Brightspace.  Weighted rubrics will report a true mark to your students based on category weightings in your course.

Wednesday, December 16, 2020, at 1:00 and 3:00pm 
Assessment in Brightspace

-In this session, you will learn about creating quizzes in Brightspace.  Including how to create and use question banks.

Please visit the Continuity of Learning Website for Google Meet Links for this learning series.  Continuity of Learning Website

Friday, November 20, 2020

New Google Meet Breakout Room Features - Timers and Ask for Help


Breakout Rooms Timer Feature

You can set the length of time that breakout rooms will be open using the timer.  Before you start the breakout room, click on the timer icon.

Select the checkbox, and enter the desired length of time.  Press Ok.

Participants will be able to see the length of time remaining in the top left corner of the screen.

Asking for Help while in a Breakout Room

When participants are in a breakout room, they can get the attention of the host by “Asking for help”.

To do this, they should click on the text “Ask for Help” at the top of the screen.

In the main room, the host will see that this participant has asked for help on the Breakout Rooms tab.  The host will also know how much time has elapsed since the participant has requested help.

Wednesday, November 11, 2020

Google Meet - Raise Your Hand


Starting on November 14 Google will be rolling out the Raise Hand feature.  This will allow Google Meet participants to virtually Raise Your Hand.  It will take a week to roll out to everyone.

This will help maintain order in large meetings where you cannot have multiple participants using the mic at the same time.

To raise your hand in Meet on the web, click on the “Raise Hand” button on the bottom bar during the meeting. Once the button is pressed, it will change to a “Lower Hand” button, which can be clicked to lower your hand. 

When a participant raises their hand, the meeting’s moderator will see a hand icon in their video preview. If they’re presenting in another tab, they’ll get a sound notification when someone raises their hand.

The moderator will also be able to see all raised hands in the order they were raised in the meeting participant list panel to help them address questions accordingly.

Thursday, October 15, 2020

Google Workspace - New features have been rolled out



Google Workspace (formerly G-Suite) has rolled out some very useful features this week in Google Meet.

Breakout Rooms

  • This new feature allows you to create small groups within your Google Meet.  You can easily customize how many breakout rooms you would like to use, as well as randomize the groups or create specific groupings of participants.  When you are ready to go back to large group discussions, you can call all your participants back to the main room with a simple click of a button.  When testing out this long-awaited feature, it did not disappoint!
  • The polls feature allows you to pose 'multiple choice' type questions to the participants of your Google Meet.  You can easily manage when the polls are seen by your participants and if you would like your participants to see the results of the polls. What a great way to keep your participants engaged in the topic of conversation. 
Q and A
  • This feature allows your participants to pose questions to the moderator of the Meet.  Other participants can then 'upvote' the posted questions, which indicates that they also have the same question.  Upvotes allows the moderator to prioritize the questions that are asked.  The moderator also has control of the Q and A board with the ability to hide, delete, or mark questions as 'answered'.  The moderator can also customize what questions are shown using the filter or change the order in which the questions are displayed.


At the end of the Meet, the moderator will get reports, including results from the polls and the 'Q and A' board. As well, if there are more than five participants in the meet, the moderator will get an attendance report which outlines the log-in and log-out time for each participant and the length of time that the participant was in the Meet.  All of these reports are automatically emailed to the moderator at the conclusion of the Meet.

For more information on these new Google Meet features, please read the following tutorial.

Thursday, September 24, 2020

Turnitin is Gone but now we have Google Originality Reports

Google Originality Reports  

    Google originality reports can be used in Google Classroom assignments.  If you want to use Originality Reports, simply click the checkbox next to "Check plagiarism(originality)".  This box is located on the bottom right-hand side of your screen when you are creating an assignment.  Below are some frequently asked questions.  

1.  What type of files do Originality Reports work with?

    Originality Reports only work with Google Docs.  

2.  Can students run Originality Reports on their own work?

        Students can run a report on their own work up to three times for each assignment.  If the teacher turns on Originality Reports before students submit their work, the students can run the reports prior to submission.  If the teacher turns on Originality Reports after student submission, the student will not be able to run the originality report until after the work is returned to them.  They can then resubmit the work if necessary. 

    Regardless of when the Originality Reports were checked off, the teacher will always be able to run the reports on student work.

3. How is an Originality Report created?

    The reports use Google Search to compare a student's Google Docs file against webpages and books on the internet.  Once teachers have access to G Suite Enterprise for Education account, the student's file will also be compared to other student work submitted in the board's domain. 

Originality Reports do not compare students' work against Google Scholar or students' work from external schools. 

4.  How long are Originality Reports kept?

    Google will automatically delete originality reports after 45 days, however, after this period, the teacher can run another originality report if desired.  Another option is to print the report to PDF and save it to Google drive. 

5.  What information is available in the Originality Report?

    The teacher has the ability to change the report from the number of flagged passages to the percentage of the student work that was flagged.  The teacher may also choose to highlight the flagged passages as well.  

        The teacher may also view the web content from which the passage was flagged by clicking on 'Web Matches'

If you would like more information on Google Originality Reports please visit Google's support page here

Wednesday, September 23, 2020

Alphabetizing your responses from Google Forms

 Alphabetizing your responses from Google Forms

If you have ever used google forms for a test/quiz, and have exported the results to a google form, you may have noticed that the form created will include the students email address.  This makes it more time consuming to capture your students' marks because you cannot alphabetize based on last name.  

The Google sheet below has a script that can be used to help with this situation.

The script will take the mytools2go email address and convert it to the students name in the form of Last, First.  It will then sort the sheet based on last name.  

Here are the steps you need to follow:

Step 1: Make your own copy of the Alphabetized Google sheet.
                Under 'File' - select 'Make a Copy'

Step 2: Copy the data from your Google sheet that contains the form data.

                Be sure that the first column selected is the student email address.

Step 3: Paste this data into the 'Alphabetize' Google sheet.

                NOTE:  The mytoools2go email addresses need to be in column A.

Step 4:  Press the big green button.  

                The script will run and convert the email addresses and sort your sheet.

When using the sheet again, all you have to do is paste in the new data and press the button again. 

The following sheet can be used to convert from (First Last) to (Last, First)  This is also helpful.  Same Steps apply.

Chrome Spell Check

Did you know that not all web programs have spell check??  This includes Markbook and Google Sites.  However, you can enable spell check in ...