CSEd Week 2020

Next week is Computer Science Education Week. While CS Ed Week takes place annually, coding can be taught anytime! This is a worldwide effort to learn and advocate for computer science. Did you know the reason it takes place in December is in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper? Learn about how she was a pioneer in developing computer technology.

Use these hashtags on social media when sharing or searching for activities #CSforgood #CSEdWeek #CSforsocialjustice #CSforall #HourofCode

Below are links and tips on how to celebrate CS Ed Week virtually this year:


Zoom Annotation Tools, Split Screen on a Chromebook, Dual Monitors

The tips I have to share with you today are for Zoom Annotation tools, chromebooks, and using dual monitors.

Tip #1: Using Annotation tools during a Zoom

There are many different ways to use annotation tools while in a Zoom with your students. These annotation options coupled with the teacher touch screen laptops is great! Watch this screencast demonstration of the various ways you can annotate while teaching over Zoom in laptop and tablet mode.

Tip #2: How to do Split Screen on a Chromebook

As you continue to help students navigate their chromebooks and have multiple tabs open, you can teach them how to do split screen so that they can see two windows side by side. See the steps below.

  1. On one of the windows you want to see, click and hold Maximize .

  2. Drag to the left or right arrow .

  3. Repeat for a second window.

Tip: You can also use the shortcut Alt + [ to move left, or Alt + ] to move right.

Tip #3:How to use Dual Monitors

Many of you have been asking how to use dual monitors with your laptop. Here is a step by step guide on how to set up dual monitors.

Zoom and Canvas tips

The tips I have to share with you today are for Zoom and Canvas.

Tip #1: Setting Gallery View to show 49 Participants

In Zoom Settings, you can change the maximum amount of participants shown in Gallery View. This can be especially helpful for those of you who teach large classes.

Tip #2: A quick way to move a module to the top

When you add a new module to Canvas it automatically is added to the bottom of your list of modules. You can manipulate the order of your modules by clicking and dragging them into the sequence you want them to appear. However, if you want to quickly move a new module to the top, you can click on the 3 dots (“snowman”) and select Move Module…Then choose At the Top.

GEG Michigan GEG Games & Netflix Template

The tips I have to share with you today are all related to G Suite. Check out these short “how-to” videos from educators across Michigan! Did you know that you can change the preferences on a Google Form to mark all questions as required by default instead of toggling each one on? There are many more amazing tips on that site including Google Drawings, Google Slides, Google Assignments, digital notebooks, dodging Youtube ads, and more.

Also, check out this new Netflix Google Slides template. This template is a great way to stay creative with delivering content to your students. Secondary students especially might be more engaged with something like this.

Google Assignments LTI 1.3

The tool I have to share with you today is the new Google Assignments (LTI 1.3) integration in Canvas. When you create an assignment in Canvas with an external tool submission type, you will now see the added option of Google Assignments (LTI 1.3). You can continue to use the Google Drive Cloud Assignment option if you would like. The Google Drive Cloud Assignment option will be available until September 2021.

So what is Google Assignments? Watch this video to learn more. You’ll notice that this closely mimics Google Classroom. To learn more about Google Assignments, sign up for the Crash Course on Google Assignments email challenge below.


Training Services Portal in Canvas

You are ready for the next steps and leveling up your Canvas game now! The tip I have to share with you today is the Training Services Portal in Canvas. Now that you are in the groove, check out the Training Services Portal, if you haven’t yet. There are many training resources there. If you go to the green sidebar in Canvas and click on Help, you have access to more than just the Canvas Guides, there is also a hyperlink to the Training Services Portal there. Check out courses, videos, and register for live training.

Record to Slides

The tool I have to share with you today is called Record to Slides. It is an extension that allows you to add videos directly into your Google slides. This is a useful tool because it allows you to embed yourself onto the slides so students can see and hear you teaching your slides. This is great for emergent readers and useful for providing instruction and expectations on the corresponding slide. You have been doing a fantastic job integrating Google Slides into your Canvas course(s)! This is a great next step and way to enhance those embedded slides.

How to take a picture on a Chromebook

The tip I have to share with you today is how to take a picture on a Chromebook. Many of you have been creating assignments in Canvas that require a File Upload or picture attachment. However, do your students know how to take a photo with their Chromebook? This is a technology skill that you may want to teach before assigning assignments that require picture attachments in Canvas. I made an animated GIF that demonstrates how to do this below. Feel free to share this with students in your Canvas course(s)!

  1. In the corner of their Chromebook screen, select the Launcher.
  2. Open Camera. Then, on the right side, choose an option:
    • Select Photo- Take photo.
    • Select Video- Start recording.