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Open Office Hours and Tech Tips for March 1-5

Hello, Blog Followers. Based on the feedback from my last survey, I will be blocking Fridays off to offer virtual office hours. If you'd like to connect with me, you can find directions at this link . As more and more teachers experiment with synchronous teaching, I thought that it would be a good idea to remind folks that having a lag is normal . Some days will be better than others. And there are a ton of variables that affect it. So please know that it's not something that can be easily fixed. Without further ado, here are my four tips for this week including my first iPad tip for you. Let me know what you think! Sincerely,  Susie Simmons Technology Coach for  Bonny Eagle Middle School & High School ������   Make an appointment with me!   ������ Ed.S. Instructional Technology, M.Ed. Technology in Education, B.S. Technology Education Pathfinders - Spring Girls Trip Leader (Grades 7-8) ACTEM Board Member: Tech Integrator SIG Position Google Certified Traine

Open Office Hours and Tech Tips for February 1-5

Hello, Blog Followers. Last week I offered open office hours for several hours in a row and a lot of folks stopped in. Looking at my calendar, I am thinking about offering open office hours (almost) every Friday. Is that something that you would be interested in? Yes, I want regular Friday office hours. or No thanks! Speaking of office hours, I will be offering them again this Friday in order to help anyone transition to their new laptops. As a reminder, Friday is the LAST DAY to swap out your device. So please make sure you connect with the technician in your building to get your new laptop. If you need help on Friday  stop by the coaches office hours on Google Meet . Let me know if you have any questions. Let me know what you think! Sincerely,  Susie Simmons Technology Coach for  Bonny Eagle Middle School & High School ������   Make an appointment with me!   ������ Ed.S. Instructional Technology, M.Ed. Technology in Education, B.S. Technology Education Pathfinders

Tech Tips for Jan. 25-29

Hello, Blog Followers. Needless to say, it has been pretty busy the past couple of weeks! So I'm keeping this week's tech tips fairly light. If you missed my email yesterday, I am offering open office hours to assist folks with backing up on Friday from 7:30AM to Noon. In order to connect with me, you just need to stop by the coaches office hours on Google Meet . And, on that note, the 6-12 coaches have joined forces to have one Google Meet to help support any of our teachers with open office hours. At least one of us will aim to be in the Google Meet (nickname 6-12-coaches) every week day from 7:30AM to 2PM (unless we have another meeting). Let me know if you have any questions. Please reach out to me if you have any questions. I am more than happy to help! Sincerely,  Susie Simmons Technology Coach for  Bonny Eagle Middle School & High School ������   Make an appointment with me!   ������ Ed.S. Instructional Technology, M.Ed. Technology in Education, B.S.

Drop In Office Hours for the 6-12 Coaches

The coaches for the middle school and high school have teamed up to offer drop by office hours. One or more of us will be hanging out in a Google Meet every day so that you can virtually stop by and check in with us. We're here for you! Go to meet.google.com Click "Join or Start a Meeting"... Use nickname 6-12-coaches

Information about our new Macbook Airs

I have been getting lots of questions about the new laptops the teachers are getting. In an effort to share the information with everyone, I wanted to share the information more widely here. Macbook Air (Model A2337) Chipset: M1 Memory: 16GB Hard Drive: 250GB Ports: 2 USB C The technology department has ordered a hub for every teach to give you all of the ports that you will need. The hubs have been ordered and should be available when you pick up your laptop in February. If you want to order a hub for yourself so you can leave one at school with everything plugged in, here is everything that I have ordered for myself  including the hub the district has ordered. If you want to purchase a case for the laptop, you can find all of the options on Amazon via this link . I hope this helps!

How to check your sound preferences for using the Poly Studio

Sometimes your Mac might get a bit confused with the Poly Studio and not pass the correct settings along to your computer from Google Meet. So, I wanted to pass along screenshots of the correct settings so that you can verify that that everything is set correctly if you are having problems. Check your settings in Google Meet Click on the three dots in the bottom right hand corner of the screen in Google Meets and select "Settings". Your settings for the "Audio" portion should have Polycom Studio selected for both the microphone and the speakers. Your settings for the "Video" portion should have Polycom Studio selected for the camera. Check your settings in Apple's System Preferences Click on the "Apple" icon in the very top left hand corner of your screen on your Mac. Then select "System Preferences..." Click on the "Sound" icon. Click on the "Output" button and verify that "Polycom Studio" is selected

Four easy tips to ease in to 2021...

Hi, Blog Followers! With all the optimism in the world, I bring you my tech tips for the first week of 2021. Before I launch into them, I want to give you a heads up that the Google Expedition kit will be hanging out in the K-5 schools until I need it for someone in 6-12. So, if you'd like to use it with your class(es), please let me know so we can put a plan together to have it available when you need it. Here are 4 easy tips to ease you into 2021... Sincerely,  Susie Simmons Technology Coach for  Bonny Eagle Middle School & High School Pathfinders - Spring Girls Trip Leader (Grades 7-8) ACTEM Board Member: Tech Integrator SIG Position Google Certified Trainer   |  Google Certified Educator Level 2  |  Apple Teacher SimmonsClassroom.com The information transmitted herein is intended only for the person or entity to which it is addressed and may contain confidential material. Any review, retransmission, dissemination or other use of, or taking of any action in reliance