Welcome to The Pirate D.L. Blog! We hope you find a lot of great resources for digital learning that you can use in your classroom.

Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Playing Music in the Classroom

Unless you are paying $25/month fee, staff cannot play Pandora through speakers for students. It is against copyright policy to play unless paying for licensing. However, stations that are streamed live such as iHeart Radio, QDR.com, etc. is allowed.

Chromebooks Allow iBoss

For the first time using Chromebooks, students must "allow" iBoss. If students do not click "allow" the student will have problems and it won’t show up again for awhile.

Friday, September 18, 2015

Thursday, September 17, 2015

Digital Citizenship

Digital Citizenship by Megan Cox on GoAnimate

PLICKERS for real time assessment!

  • Captures real time formative assessment without students needing an electronic device!
  • The teacher prints off cards (one time) for students to hold up while he/she scans the room with an iPad or Smart device.
  • Students hold the card one way for A, B, C, and D.

Friday, September 11, 2015

PowerSchool Using Two Active Windows

It's worth a try.....

To help with the issue of having to close all tabs and the browser when kicked out of or signing out from PowerSchool, it is suggested that 2 separate Chrome browsers be opened so that you do not need to close active tabs you may be using for teaching. Below, you will find step be step instructions on how to complete this task.

Open Google Chrome however you normally would. 

Through task bar

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Through Start Menu (Start>All Programs>Teachers Menu>Google Chrome)

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After you have one Chrome open, you will have to open the next one by going through the start menu

Start>All Programs>Teachers Menu>Google Chrome

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 Use one browser for teaching and one for Power School.

Extending your Desktop

GREAT NEWS! Have you ever wondered how you can display your icebreaker on the Smartboard and still do your attendance at your desktop without using a remote?

Extending the desktop on your computer will allow you to display one window on the computer while at the same time displaying another on the Smartboard.

In order to extend your desktop hold the Window key and the P key at the same time.

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Windows Key

This will bring up the following display.

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Click on the choice that says Extend.

This will allow you to drag Smart Notebook or any other window to the right of your screen, which will then display on your Smart Board but not your computer desktop screen.

Note: If the Smartboard is set as the primary display, you may change the setting to make the monitor the primary display. The following instructions are based on which type of graphics card is installed.

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Google Docs and Classroom

Google released new updates yesterday for Google Docs and Classroom. Google developers have been hard at work over the summer making Google even more useful for education. Please see the post below from the Google blog for all the details.

Schoolwork, minus the work

Writing papers is now a lot easier with the Research tool in Docs for Android. You can search Google without leaving Docs, and once you find the quotes, facts or images you’re looking for, you can add them to your document with just a couple taps. That means less time switching between apps, and more time perfecting your thesis statement.

With Voice typing, you can record ideas or even compose an entire essay without touching your keyboard. To get started, activate Voice typing in the Tools menu when you're using Docs in Chrome. Then, when you’re on the go, just tap the microphone button on your phone’s keyboard and speak your mind. Voice typing is available in more than 40 languages, so we can help with your French homework, too. VoilĂ !

Do more, together

We’ve made it easier for you to tell what was added or deleted in Docs—and who made the changes. Now when you’ve left a document and you come back to it later, you can just click “See new changes” to pick up right where your classmates left off.

A year ago, we launched Classroom to save teachers and students time and make it easier to keep classwork organized. Today we’re launching a Share to Classroom Chrome extension to make it easy for teachers to share a website with the entire class at the same time—no matter what kind of laptop students have. Now the whole class can head to a web page together, without losing precious minutes. 

Employee Check Stub

We now have Time Keeper / Employee Check Stub up and running.    This site is temporarily only available inside the school network. (Note: We are working diligently to make it available outside our network soon and will keep you updated.) 

Here is the link to ​Time Keeper / Employee Check Stub:
These links are also on the JCOC page and there is a link to detailed instructions there as well.  Employees must be signed into their school account to see these directions.

The links to Time Keeper & Employee Check Stub (one in the same) are located under Online Connections for Staff on our JCS webpage.  

Steps to access Time Keeper / Employee Check Stub:
*On the Login Screen, the employee enters their employee ID # and clicks ENTER (See your bookkeeper, Mrs. Price, if you do not know your employee ID#)
*On the next screen, the employee enters their PIN # and clicks ENTER (their PIN number is the last 4 digits of their SSN or last 5 digits of their SSN if 0 is the 1st number in the last 4)  
*The screen will then appear for the employee to check their earnings, deductions, etc.  
*Once you are finished, be sure to logout.  ****If the employee does not logout, the system will automatically time out in 60 seconds so the employee's information is not accessible to anyone else.

Each employee will want to change their PIN once they have logged on to a unique 4 digit number only they will know.  To do this, they will log on, look to the menu on the left, look under the Employee Profile Title, Click Change PIN.

Very Important:  Do not give anyone your ID or PIN or write it down for someone else to see.  It will give them access to all of your personal financial information.

If you are unsuccessful in the process given from Business with logging in, try entering your employee ID # for your ID & PIN.  If it still doesn't work, please let your school's bookkeeper, Mrs. Price, know.  You will get locked out after 3 failed attempts. 

Thursday, September 3, 2015

CHHS Teacher Webpage Report Card

Webpage Checklist 
DUE 9/4/15 @ 8AM

1. Syllabus for each course you teach.
2. Testing Schedule Process Posted.
3. "Contact Me" Template that is active.
4. Tutorial Schedule and Location
5. Method of posting assignments 
6. Profile Professional Photo

A: Absolutely Fabulous! Over the top! Parents must love you!
All required information is posted. Easy to follow. Additional interactive tools are being utilized.
B: Very Good. Has all required information plus a little extra. (Ex. Teacher Bio, link to Blog, Google Classroom, etc.)
C: Adequate. Has only the required information. 
D: Work in progress. Missing some of the required information. 
F: Get busy! Webpage is still in Latin. 

Old Phones

Please remove your old phone and place it in the box in the main office mailroom ASAP! Our recycle vendor will be picking up the phones next week! 

Interactive Web White Board

Technology makes it easier than ever for students to collaborate. This week's web tool is a very simple and free way for students to illustrate and collaborate on any device. A Web Whiteboard App or AWWAPP is an interactive space that does not require any type of account or registration for teachers and students to use.

To get started, visit: https://awwapp.com/

Click on "Start Drawing" to open a new space.

You will see a white space with a toolbar on the left side. I recommend rotating your screen on a smaller device to maximize the free space.

Click on the color to change the color of your tool:

Click on the circle icon to change the size of your drawing tool:

Click on the pencil icon to change your drawing tool, erase, add text, insert an image, undo, and erase the page:

AWWAPP has several collaboration options, you can invite others to your white space by sharing the link or share an image of your page. Saving your work as an image is a great way to document student progress and complete an assignment via Google Classroom.

When you invite to the board, the participants can draw and insert images. I recommend assigning each user a specific color to help identify work and keep the collaboration productive. There does not seem to be a limit on the number of participants on a board, I have had up to 30 participants drawing on a board together.

I think AWWAPP could be a great way for a teacher to demonstrate using a SMARTBoard and have the students follow along on their devices and then collaborate together for student practice.

Here are some examples of student work created on AWWAPP:

Tuesday, September 1, 2015


Many people have concerns about Examview.  We want to clarify that we no longer have a current textbook with licensing for Examview.  CMP3 for middle school is the only current textbook with an active license.  In conversation with the curriculum department, they would like for teachers to begin to use Schooolnet to build assessments.  If you need assistance in getting started with Schoolnet here are the resources: http://jcsschoolnet.weebly.com/  Examview will be going away at the end of this week for elementary and high school and will only have the Investigations bank at middle schools (there will be a new examview icon to match our licensing).  Please share this information with your teachers.

CHHS Teachers: Website Checklist DUE 9/4/15

JCS Home Use Microsoft Code