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Rubrics are now available in Google Classroom!

Rubrics are now available in Google Classroom!  Written by: Kelly Campbell-Dries

Are you looking for an interesting way to give students valuable feedback while clearly stating learning goals and curriculum expectations? Then sign up today to be a Beta Tester for the new Rubrics feature in Google Classroom. 
You might think that this is a lot of work, but trust me, it is not. I am currently a teacher at ACS, and I am always looking for new and innovative ways to leverage technology in the classroom. What I like about this feature is that it is extremely simple to use. 

You begin by creating an Assignment in GC. There, you will see that there is a “Create Rubric” button where you can build your rubric. In HS, we mark out of four categories that are weighted differently. GC always made the assignment out of 100, so it was difficult to show students exactly how you marked their work in a digital format. With the Beta feature in GC, you can now assign category, with an explanation of what you…

Google Slides Now Allows for INTEGRATED AUDIO

Google Slides Now Allows for 

Google has added the functionality to insert audio into slides and to play throughout your presentation.

INSERT - Audio

If the function is not available now it will be by the end of the month.

TED Student Talks Program

How It Works Students work together to discuss and celebrate creative ideas. Use TED-Ed's flexible curriculum as a guide and help inspire tomorrow's TED speakers and leaders. There are 4 ways to create TED-Ed Student Talks: In a Club: as a group of students in an after-school setting, led by student or adult.In a classroom: as a group of students in a class, led by a teacher.As part of another youth/ed program: as a plug-in to an existing program--for individual or groups of students who are part of programs run by our collaborative partners.As individual students developing/sharing an idea on their own or with a partner.Check out the TED ED websitefor more details on how you can incorporate TED-ED into your class or school club.

Flipgrid - Empower Every Voice

Highlight STUDENT VOICE with Flipgrid.

How do you use it? 

Teachers assign a question and/or topic.  Students respond with a short video (max 1.5 minutes).Teachers and students can then further engage through comments or response videos.  
Visit the Flipgrid website and see just how easy it is to get started.  


Looking for a transformative way to deliver the curriculum in a blended classroom?

As stated on the Hyperdoc website: 

Hyperdocs are created by teachers and given to students to engage, educate, and inspire learning. It’s not about teaching technology, it’s about using the technology to TEACH.

Check out these examples created by our own WECDSB staff:

Kelly Campbell-Dries, English Teacher at Assumption High School shared her  "highlight" HyperDoc designed to teach students to write a CER essay (Claim, Evidence, Reasoning).   Kelly shares the document using the "Make A Copy" feature in Google Classroom allowing each student to work directly their Hyperdoc.

Kelly introduced the Hyperdoc using this video: 

Kelly's self-reflection:  I used this with my class and they LOVED it. When teaching college classes I try to prepare my students for a blended learning experience. Hyperdocs offer this to students in many ways. I really like how we start with the learning goals fo…

Engaging Students With Minecraft

Looking to engage your students?  Check out how Ms. Soumis and Ms. Mencarelli-Sobhi are leveraging Minecraft as a vehicle for learning at Catholic Central High School

Students in their NBE class were asked to get into groups to research about a nearby Indigenous reserve.  They learned about the living conditions of their counterparts in relation to their own city and the amenities provided for them there.  Students were asked to use Minecraft to re-create their specific reserve from an undeveloped patch of land using the building materials provided in Minecraft.

Reflecting upon the learning experience, Ms. Soumis shared that after trial and error the accounts were not able to be linked due to not having an Xbox account, thereby making it quite difficult to build the entire reserve, even as a group.

In the future, they will have each student focus on a specific structure such as a longhouse, or a sweat lodge, and more accurately display the features located inside and outside of the s…

Students were buzzing with excitement at St. Joseph's Elementary

Kindergarten students in Mme. Pearn & Mme. Bondy's class were buzzing with excitement as they recently engaged in a student inquiry focused on bees.

Check out what caused all the excitement as Mme. Pearn describes the activities that took place in their classroom:

Augmented Reality It all started when a Bee was flying in the classroom.  Some children were scared while others explained how bees help our environment. We continued a discussion and inquiry about Bees.

The children were asked “Qu'est que vous savez?” (What do you know?) As well as “Qu’-est que vous voulez savoir?” (What do you want to know?)

During our investigation, we invited Mrs. Clement to come in and use virtual reality to investigate with iPads and virtual reality goggles.
Build Your Own BeehiveWe continued our learning in the class with different centres for the children to explore.  They used loose parts to create their own beehives. Included were flowers, bee erasers, and wooden hexagon shapes.

Google Hangouts - Connecting Students in different cities

Looking to expand discussion outside of your classroom walls?

That's exactly what students from Mrs. DaSilva's Grade 12 religion Class did as they debated if and when dress codes are biased with a Grade 12 Philosophy class from London, Ontario.

Mrs. Sobhi, In-School Support Teacher at Catholic Central High School, describes the lesson as follows:
The students were introduced to the topic “When are dress codes Biased?” The pre Hangout lesson focused on how regulating dress codes can be necessary to promote health and safety, but at other times, dress codes unfairly target the appearance of certain groups of people. The teaching ideas below were designed to help students explore how dress codes can be biased and what dress standards in schools should be.

Students were introduced to the topic and watched the videoAmaiya Zafar from the Secret Lives of Muslims. Then, students read the following excerpt from the Elle article Serena Williams's Tennis Outfits Defy the Sexist, Racis…

Team Drives name change

Googleis renaming Team Drives toShared Drives

Why it’s changingThis change will not impact Team Drives functionality; it is simply a name change. Google's users have told them that they use Team Drives for a lot more than sharing within teams, so “shared drives” makes it easier for users to understand how they could use them.

When it's changing The rollout will begin on May 31, 2019 and is expected to be complete by June 6, 2019.

Avoid double-booking rooms in Calendar

Rooms will no longer accept two Calendar events that overlap in time.  Previously, if an event was created directly on a room’s calendar by someone with manage permissions for the resource, the room would accept this meeting even if another event had already added this room for that same time period.  Now, if the room has already accepted another meeting, creating a new event at the same time directly on the room’s calendar will result in a room decline of this conflicting meeting.Click for details

Three new features in Sheets

What’s changing  Three new features that will help you clean up and work with your data in Sheets. These features are: 
Remove duplicates Trim whitespace Compatible spreadsheet shortcuts Click for details

GMAIL: Edit subject line when forwarding and/or replying to an email

Wish you could edit the subject line when forwarding or replying to an email?  

Follow these simple steps to see just how easy it is to do:

1. Open your Gmail
2. Click reply or forward
3. Click the triangle beside the name of the person you are sending the email to 

4. Click Edit subject from the drop-down menu and the edit window will open up

Holy Cross kicks off Education Week with a Community Lunch & Learn

Holy Cross kicks off Education Week with a technology-focused Lunch & Learn.  After picking up a lunch bag, parents and visitors were invited to spend their lunch hour visiting stations that included Dash Robots, Cue Robots, Makey Makey, Ozobots and Scratch Coding.

Students from JK-Grade 6 invited visitors to try their hand at coding and manipulating the various devices.

Grade 6 students engaged visitors as they shared the culminating activity from their Flight Unit.