End of Year Tech Tips for Teachers
Type of technology: Various
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Somehow the end of the school year is upon us again. With all of the things to take care of in the next two weeks, here are some tips to help with your transition to a well-deserved summer break…
Step One: Use the NEO grade push to submit your final grades to Aeries. The process is much faster than entering grades manually, especially after you’ve gone through the process once or twice. Thankfully, the district tech team put together a great how-to document with step-by-step instructions and important reminders.
After I’ve pushed grades to Aeries, I like to use split view on my Mac to have one browser window open to my NEO gradebook and another browser window open to the Aeries grades. This way I can quickly run down my grades in Aeries and if any grade looks “off,” I can easily look at gradebook details in NEO to better understand what’s happening there. Learn how to enter, work in, and exit split view here.
Step Two: Once your grades are in, don’t forget to archive your spring classes in NEO. Doing this cleans up your dashboard for a fresh new start in the fall. Access the helpful how-to by Amy McMillan here.
Step Three: If you teach grades 4, 5, 7, 8, 10, and 11, think ahead to next year’s 1:1 iPad roll out (classroom sets will also be delivered to all 6th grade teachers). Are you looking for a few ways to get started?
- Download essential apps for your iPad like NEO, Notability (for note taking and annotating), and various Google Tools (Chrome, Gmail, Drive, Docs, Slides, and Classroom). Instructions, details, and next steps can be found here. Start exploring the apps to get a sense of how they function so that you may better support students with their devices next year.
- Watch this video by Gina Pearce to learn more about how you can use Apple Classroom to monitor, manage, and control student iPads.
- Read Power Up: Making the Shift to 1:1 Teaching and Learning by Diana Neebe and Jen Roberts. The book offers practical considerations regarding communication, collaboration, differentiation, feedback, and assessment, among others. The authors also share tools and practices that work in their classrooms and the classrooms of educators nationwide.
Do you have other tech tips that might be helpful to teachers during this busy time? Please leave them in the comments below! Best of luck with the remainder of the school year!