Tech Tip #3: Bypass Blocked Sites

We use a program called GoGuardian to help keep students from unsafe and inappropriate websites that students should not visit. Sometimes it is overprotective and blocks sites unnecessarily. If you and your students run across this problem, there are two options to provide access.

  1. You can bypass the block temporarily. If a student is faced with a screen like the one above, you can bypass the safeguard for a single 45-minute period. Click the Bypass button and enter the secret Bypass password “GGPass”. Please do not share this with students! This password may change over time and we will let you know if this changes.
  2. If there is a site that is being blocked that you feel students need permanent access to, please send an email to Mike with a copy of the web address (url). Mike will try to permanently unblock it.

GoGuardian, like all monitoring software, is not perfect – but we can use your input to customize it and make it work for all of us.

Questions? Reach out to Mike for help.

Tech Tip #1 and Technophiles

Scheduling emails

Did you know that you can write an email and schedule a time to send it? To find out more, watch this short video (1:47) made with Screencastify to learn how.

Technophiles Meeting

If you want to know more about how to make the Google Suite work for you, how to record videos using Screencastify, or any other tech topic that will enhance your work this year, please come to a Technophiles meeting.

The first Technophiles meeting will be this Thursday, September 26th from 4 – 5pm in the Ansin Information Center. RSVP is appreciated – but not required.

Changes to Gmail

There is going to be an update to the Google mail (GMail) interface. Not to worry, it is not a drastic redesign so you will be able to use it like you always have. It will look a little different and have some added functionality. As of now it is optional, so you can

continue to use the existing interface. If you would like to try using the new interface, there is an option for that. Eventually, Google will make the new interface standard for everyone.

Some nice new features include, quick access to your calendar, as well as Google Keep and a Tasks or To-Do app from a right side toolbar, quicker access to archiving or deleting messages, and a new “Snooze” feature. There are some other features as well and here is a short article from Google highlighting those changes. https://www.blog.google/products/gmail/stay-composed-heres-quick-rundown-new-gmail/
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If you are interested in trying out the new interface, you can enable it by going to the gear in the upper right corner of GMail and selecting “Try the new Applewild.org Mail”.
If you are interested in learning more about some of these changes, please let me know.
Thanks,
Mike

Flippity

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Have you been inspired to use random groupings of students and want an easy way to create various configurations of random groupings? If so, I have just the tool for you! Flippity, found on the websiteflippity.net is a web based app that ties to a Google spreadsheet. All you have to do is have your student list in a spreadsheet and with the click of a button, it can create all kinds of random groups for you. 

But there is more! The Random Groupings is just one of many tools on Flippity.net.  Other tools you can use with that same spreadsheet list include: flashcards, quiz show boards, BINGO cards, a Memory Game and Tournament Brackets.

Check out the website, flippity.net and get in touch with Mike if you want to learn to use it. We will do a live demo at the next Technophiles meeting.

Here is a link to one that I created today and a sample image below. Feel free to play around with the one I created today.

Mike

Make time to Doodle!

If you have trouble scheduling meetings with multiple people, this Tech Tuesday tip is for you.
Try scheduling your next meeting with Doodle. Doodle.com allows you to put together a list of possible meeting dates and times and allows each potential participant to indicate which times they are available. Find the overlap – and you have a meeting!   See the example below.
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