Tech Talk Wednesday Recap
Held in Faculty Room during lunch blocks

Surface Pro Camera for Students
Power Cam
Students can capture images, take videos both forward and rear-facing.  Students will need to install from Microsoft Store.
Please Note:
  • when capturing image there is no sound to indicate a picture has been taken.
  • Pictures are saved to Power Cam folder within Picture folder in File Explorer.  Images should then be moved to Google Drive.

Teachers create videos easily with the Screencast-O-Matic!  Sign up for the Deluxe Pro Version which allows for unlimited recording time, editing tools, and the ability to save directly to Google Drive or Quick Share to Google Classroom!

MS and HS Students can use the Free Version.

ipgrid & Gridpals
What is Flipgrid?  A  website that allows teachers to create "grids" to facilitate video discussions. Each grid is like a message board where teachers can pose questions, called "topics," and their students can post video responses that appear in a tiled grid display. Grids can be shared with classes, small groups, or any collection of users interested in a common strand of questions. Each grid can hold an unlimited number of topics and each topic can hold an unlimited number of responses. Topics can be text-based or include a resource such as an image, video, Giphy, emoji, or attachment. Customizable security settings help protect student privacy.  GridPals?  An innovative spin on pen-pals. Educators leverage the power of Flipgrid to break down the walls of their classroom and engage students in meaningful learning experiences with peers around the world.
How to Get Started:
  1. Create your free FlipGrid Educator Account.
  2. First Create your Grid. Which could be titled with the name of your course or however you want to organize. 
  3. Create Topics within your Grid. You have many options when creating your Topic: Length of video response, display date, active status, launch and freeze dates, the addition of topic resources, topic attachments, video features (can disable selfie decorations here), allow students to reply to other students videos, etc.
  4. Click Share Topic. You can share via Google Classroom, with the link or with the Flip Code.
  5. Students don't need to create an account. They can go to and enter the code.  Once they enter the code or go in thru classroom, they will need to join thru Google which will verify their Mercy email address.  
  6. Once students submit their responses.  You can review. Use grading rubric to record score and type a feedback comment to share with the student.  Copy feedback link to update for the response.  The student can now see the feedback.
Check out the video or PDF below or   
Make an appointment to meet for a personal tutorial.

  • The Basics - videos to get you started
  • Teacher's Lounge - Tips and Tricks from other teachers
  • Extra Help - visit the help center
  • Extra Credit - additional Professional Development

New Licensed Tools for 2018-19

WeVideo -  For All Middle School Students

See the Videos below created by Lora for her students on how to use WeVideo:

With new Google Integration feature.  

EdPuzzle School Edition

How EdPuzzle Works:
  1. Search a video from YouTube, upload your own, or re-use a video-lesson created by another teacher.
  2. You can edit the video to make your lesson. Record your voice at any point to make it personal. Hold your students accountable by embedding questions during the video.
  3. Assign that video to your students and check their progress in real time while they learn at their own pace.

Digitize any document and upload directly into OneNote.

Available in Microsoft Store for your Surface Pro.  
Also a free app for IOS and Android.

Rubrics and Originality Reports (beta)
for Google Classroom

Instructors  will now have the ability to create, view, and grade rubrics for individual assignments through Classroom. Students will be able to see a new version of their assignment details page designed to incorporate rubrics and make the page more useful overall. 

Getting Started Kit: We’ve created the create rubrics for assignments article, check your work guide, Grade with a rubric article, and FAQs to help you get started using rubrics.

  • Access: Your entire domain has been whitelisted and has access to rubrics.
  • Platform: Rubrics is currently available on desktop and mobile web. Rubrics on mobile app is on the roadmap.
  • Feedback: We ask educators to submit their feedback via the “Send feedback” button in Classroom. When submitting feedback, please include a screenshot and start the report with “Rubrics beta.

Printing to OneNote
Remind Students:
  • After printing a document into OneNote right click and "set picture as background".  This will prevent the document from being moved accidentally after the student has written on it.

Don't forget about our Big Ideas Lab!

The lab has 5 collaboration stations each with 43” monitors, a portable Smart Board, a mounted camera for Video Conferencing and large tables for additional student working space.  We are still in the developmental stages of this space and are looking for faculty and student input on how to make this space even more exceptional.  Please share your thoughts and dreams on ways this space can evolve.

Click the link below to book the space for your class:

New Features in 2019
Sutori  - New presentation mode and sharing improvements.

Presentation tool in a timeline format. Can use this “story” format for a variety of projects, assignments or portfolios. Basic level is free and integrates with Google Classroom. If there is enough interest in Sutori an option to upgrade membership is possible. Let me know what you think!

Team based, collaborative review tool.  Join for free!
Never used Quizlet before?  
Check out Quizlet for Teachers to get started!

YouTube Video

Conduct student-paced formative assessments in a fun and engaging way!