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.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Moodle to Canvas RCD

We are sharing resources on how to access the Rigorous Curriculum Design (RCD) resources that have been moved over the summer from Moodle to Canvas.

Pam Batchelor has created a video tutorial to explain how to access Canvas and enroll in the RCD courses that have been developed for your use.

Brittany Taylor has created a PDF guide on how to access the curriculum materials as well. Please click here to view the PDF guide.

We are super excited that almost every core subject and grade level has resources. Please reach out to the Digital Learning Team or the Curriculum Specialists if you would like additional resources and training on accessing or using these wonderful resources!

Sunday, August 28, 2016

Google Classroom Summer Updates

The long awaited parent option has been added.  The call it "Guardian" and you can invite one or more parent/guardian to receive updates about their child's work for the week.  
Once you turn this feature on under the students tab, you will need the parent email address it invite them.
Guardian email summaries include:
  • Missing work—Work that’s late at the time the email was sent
  • Upcoming work—Work that’s due today and tomorrow (for daily emails) or work that’s due in the upcoming week (for weekly emails)
  • Class activity—Announcements, assignments, and questions recently posted by teachers
By default, email summaries for your classes are turned off so it will need to be turned on. Guardians can’t access Classroom or view your class stream. 
The other big update is the option to add a "Topic" on teacher posts.  This allows postings to be grouped together and sorted by topic.  This feature can be extremely helpful in organizing posts by unit, or by group.

Once topics have been added to postings an option to view the stream by topics will be available on the left for ease of use by both teachers and students.
Lastly, the Google classroom mobile app has added functionality to annotate student work.  Using the app you can now draw on, highlight, and write on top of students' Google Documents, PDFs, and Microsoft Word documents. The iOS version of the app will also let you type on top of a document. With both apps students can annotate items that teachers have shared in Google Classroom and teachers can annotate items that students have shared back to them.

Friday, August 5, 2016

2016 Microsoft Office for Home Use

Microsoft Office for Home Use includes Microsoft Office Professional Plus 2016 Or if you use a Mac, get Office Home and Business 2016 for the same low price $9.95.

Enter your work email and follow the on screen instructions!