Some very important changes are highlighted in issue 22 of Tekiota, don’t skip on:
- Your very own self-paced training platform for Google Apps.
- [email protected], a new platform to showcase the best works of students and teachers at KAS.
- Empowering youth to host a world-class conference.
- TIP OF THE WEEK - [icon name="fa-slideshare"] STANDARD 2: design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
We have recently partnered with Synergyse to provide you with a simple solution to answer all your Google questions. Synergyse self-paced training for Google Apps is available for Gmail, Calendar, Hangouts, Drive, Sites, Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Classroom, Groups and Google+.
Synergyse: Self-Paced Training
Synergyse provides fully interactive training lessons directly inside Google Apps. No need to navigate to another page, when you click on a lesson, it will begin training with audio and visual guides which will walk you through the steps inside your own account.
Starting with Synergyse
When using the Chrome browser, you will notice that training menus are accessible directly inside of these Google Apps by clicking in the top right corner of your screen on the Synergyse icon:
If you do not see the Synergyse icon, you can:
- Click this link to install the Synergyse extension for Chrome on your own: https://www.synergyse.com/install/; or
- Sign in to Chrome with your school account (you can follow these instructions).
Learning with Synergyse
Are you stuck with a quick question or do you want to learn more about the app you are using? Click on the Synergyse icon, and click through the lessons to find what you need. You can also do a quick search at the top of the Synergyse menu. The following video shows you the lesson on how to search for an email from or to a specific person.
For your training needs, this is exceptional since it provides us with reports on which lessons users followed so we can better tailor our support in the future.
Have fun learning about all the great features in Google Apps!
- TIP OF THE WEB - [icon name="fa-slideshare"] STANDARD 2: design and develop digital age learning experiences and assessments
You may have noticed the URL for the blog directory changed from blogs.kas.tw to share.kas.tw. Along with the name change is a redesigned site with an increased focus on teaching and learning. Allow me to walk you through the newly redesigned site: [email protected].
[email protected] Menu
The first change to the layout is the menu at the top which is broken down into four sections: Teaching, Learning, Teacher Workshop Signup, and Website Directory. The teaching category focuses on lesson planning and the thoughts and reasons behind what teachers are doing in their classrooms. Learning focuses on outstanding student work.
Sharing teaching practices and student achievements is the main focus of this new site, so when you have an interesting lesson or outstanding student work you would be willing to share, please let us know in the Learning Technology Office.
Teacher workshop signup is in the beta phase. This is a place to see and sign up for upcoming workshops.
After clicking on the Teacher Workshop Signup link, you will see the page below.
Tip: If your page is in indecipherable code, click the visual tab.
To sign up for a workshop …
- Click edit
- Write in your name below the line
- Click save at the bottom
The website directory is where you can find student and faculty blogs websites. The word “blog” has been replaced for a few reasons, but mostly to reflect that these sites allow you to do much more than simply create a diary.
This is also the section where students can add sites to the directory.
The most recent posts appear in the middle section. One way to browse older posts is to go through the pages in the menu at the bottom of the section. A better way is to use the blue magnifying glass at the op of the page.
The footer is located at the bottom of the page and has four sections: Featured Sites, Useful Links, Categories, and Archives.
Featured Sites are interesting KAS sites — both student and teacher — worth taking a closer look at.
Just as the same says, this is where you will be able to find useful information including, the school technology standards and technology resources to integrate technology into your curriculum.
Take a look at Tech Resources. These are resources curated from the web specifically related to KAS.
Each post or article is categorised by Learning, Teaching, and Tech Tips. (The categories have changed a little since the screen shots were taken.)
Search for articles by month and year.
At the top of the page are currently three icons. The Twitter icon is for posts about the school with the school’s hashtag #KAStw. The second is a link to the school’s YouTube channel.
And the third is a site search function. This is the best way to find a post.
As always, if you need any help navigating the site, or have a great idea to share, please stop by the Learning Technology Office.
Empowering Youth to Host a Worldwide Conference
- TIP OF THE HAT - [icon name="fa-group"] awarded to Robert Chuang [icon name="fa-cc"] STANDARD 4: promote and model digital citizenship and responsibility
Of course Robert Chuang could receive the tip of the hat every single week for his hard work and dedication to our school. He deserves special recognition this week for coaching our students on how to use the Auditorium for the opening ceremony of STMUN VII. The event is going flawlessly thanks to him and of course the immense work which Amanda Barrow deployed with her team.