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With just one click you can save anything – videos, articles, Tweets, Instagram posts, Spotify songs and more. Organize the content you save into stunning, visual collections and share them with friends, family, colleagues, or the world!

Bookmark links for later, collate research, tell digital stories, build online portfolios, archive content, create topic pages, and more.You can even join group collections and collaborate with other users in your classroom, with friends or colleagues using a unique code.

With Wakelet you can:

– Save links from across the web; videos, articles, Tweets, songs and more
– Organize your links into stunning collections that can be kept private or made public
– Personalize your collections with images and notes, reorder your items and choose different layouts
– Collaborate with other users on group collections
– Share your collections via a single link
– Follow people you find interesting

Microsoft Whiteboard, excellent collaboration tool

Microsoft Whiteboard, excellent collaboration tool

adopted from https://www.howtogeek.com/674877/what-is-microsoft-whiteboard-and-how-do-you-use-it/

There’s no better visual way to express your ideas than by writing them on a whiteboard. If you’re missing it, check out Microsoft Whiteboard! It re-creates the dynamic of that loveable wall of melamine with digital pens, post-its, and more.

A lot of folks are finding that working from home can be productive and enjoyable, but missing the group brainstorming sessions integral to developing and refining ideas. Whiteboards make it easy to express your ideas, collaborate on designs, and teach people new concepts. Sometimes, they just provide a handy place for people to dump their thoughts in a shared area.

Microsoft Whiteboard is a free app intended to re-create this experience. Nothing beats the real thing, of course. However, a digital whiteboard might allow you to do more than you can on a physical board.

Microsoft grasped this possibility and provides templates, as well as allowing you to add images and documents. It’s not the same as working in the office, but it offers a lot of the benefits, and fewer of the drawbacks.

The Whiteboard app is available for WindowsiPhone, and iPad. You’ll need a free Microsoft account or a paid M365/O365 subscription to use it. There’s also a web version you can use to create simple whiteboards or view those that are shared, but it’s not nearly as functional as the app.

Once you’ve downloaded and opened the Whiteboard app, just click “Create New Whiteboard” to get started.

Click "Create New Whiteboard."

A new, blank board will open you’ll see the five controls shown in the image below.

The elements on a new whiteboard.

These do the following:

  1. Takes you back to the start page, where you can swap to other boards or create new ones.
  2. Shows you the sharing options for the board.
  3. Takes you to your account details, where you can sign out or switch to another account.
  4. Opens the Whiteboard app settings.
  5. Opens the creation tools.

We’re going to focus on the creation tools, shown below.

The creation tools.

You might notice there isn’t a Save button. This is because Whiteboard automatically saves your work as you go along.


How to Write and Draw

To get started, click the Inking tool on the left.

Click the Inking tool.

The toolbar will now display the Inking tools (or pens, to you and me).

The Inking tools.

There are six tools, shown in the image below.

The Inking tools broken down into sections.

Here’s what each of these tools do:

  1. Closes the Inking tools.
  2. The pens you can use to draw on the board.
  3. The Eraser tool.
  4. A ruler for drawing straight lines at any angle.
  5. A Lasso tool for selecting elements on the board.
  6. The Undo and redo actions.

Click a pen to start drawing or writing on your board. If you’re using a touchscreen, you can use your finger or a stylus. On a non-touchscreen, you can use your mouse or trackpad.

To alter the color or width of a pen, click the black dot at the top of the pan and select from the options in the menu.

The width and color options for pens.

Once you’ve changed a pen’s color or width, it will stay that way every time you return to the Inking tools, no matter which board you’re in. This gives you the ability to select your preferred options so they’re available every time you use Whiteboard.

The Ruler helps you draw a straight line at any angle. Click the tool, and a ruler appears.

The Ruler tool.

You can change the angle by using two fingers to rotate it (on a touchscreen) or by scrolling the wheel on your mouse (on a non-touchscreen). Select a pen and draw a line against the rule edge for a perfectly straight line.

A line drawn using the ruler.

According to Microsoft, you can also use the arrow keys on your keyboard to rotate the angle of the ruler, but we struggled to get this to work. When we tried, it rotated the ruler from 45 degrees to 0 degrees, without any intervening angle, and then stubbornly refused to rotate again.

While you can use the ruler without a touchscreen or a scroll wheel on a mouse, we wouldn’t recommend it.

Drag the ruler wherever you want to create a straight line on the board. To hide the ruler, click the Ruler option on the toolbar.

The Lasso tool allows you to select one or more elements on the board. Just drag the tool around the elements you want to select. You can then either move them together or delete them.

The Lasso tool and some selected lines.

If you want to write things on your board, it’s easiest to do so with your finger or a stylus on a touchscreen, although you can use your mouse. Whiteboard has a brilliant tool called Ink Beautification that turns your scrawl into an elegant font at the touch of a button.

Write some text, and then select it with the Lasso tool to bring up the context menu.

Some handwritten text and the context menu displayed from the Lasso tool.

Click the Ink Beautification button on the context menu.

Click the Ink Beautification button.

This turns your text into something much more readable, but it’s still more like handwriting than a traditional font.

Example text after using the Ink Beautification tool.

Ink Beautification is the perfect example of how this app is sometimes better than a real whiteboard.

When you’ve finished drawing or writing, click the Done Inking option to return to the creation tool.

Click the Done Inking option.

How to Add Images

You can add images to your board as a memory aid, goal, reference point, or simply to have something nice to look at. To add one, click the Add Image option on the toolbar.

Click the Add Image option.

A standard file dialog box will open, in which you can select an image to insert. When you do, it will appear on the board.

An image on a Whiteboard.

Click the image to drag it around the board or resize it.

How to Add Post-Its

For many people, a whiteboard wouldn’t be a whiteboard without Post-it notes. To add them to your board, click the Add Note option on the toolbar.

Click the Add Note option.

A note will be added to the board with a context menu that allows you to write on it, change the color, and so on.

A Post-it note on a Whiteboard with a context menu.

The same as you can with images, just click the note to drag it around the board or resize it.

How to Add Documents

Attaching a document, such as a specification or a reference guide, can be invaluable when you need to look something up while creating things on your board.

To add an item, click the Insert menu option on the toolbar.

Click the Insert menu option.

A menu appears with various options you can insert, including documents, slideshows, and lists.

The menu of items you can insert onto your Whiteboard.

Is Microsoft Whiteboard Any Good?

Microsoft Whiteboard is an excellent tool. In fact, it has plenty of options, functions, and settings we didn’t even cover in this introduction (but we will in the future). However, even the basics are pretty impressive. More importantly, they all work reliably and easily. The process of creating a board and adding things to it is quick and intuitive.

Microsoft Whiteboard has clearly been designed with touchscreens in mind, though. And this makes sense when you’re trying to re-create a free-form physical canvas, like a whiteboard. However, you can use it without a touchscreen, even though “writing” with a mouse can be frustrating.

Overall, this is a fine app. It does what you want it to do, and more—and we can’t stress enough how nice the Ink Beautification tool is. If you’re hankering to work on a whiteboard, but don’t have one around, this is the next best thing!

After you use it for a while—especially with a touchscreen and stylus—you might even prefer it to the real thing.

Sammamish High School—six months of OneNote Class Notebooks

Sammamish High School—six months of OneNote Class Notebooks

adopted from https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-365/blog/2015/03/19/sammamish-high-school-six-months-of-onenote-class-notebooks/

Today’s post was written by Bill Palmer, Ed.D, curriculum developer at Sammamish High School (Bellevue School District, WA).

Sammamish High School is a public, neighborhood high school serving 950 students in a diverse suburb of Seattle. Our students come from 53 different countries and speak 42 different languages. Sammamish prides itself on having a collaborative approach to problem-solving, a commitment to teacher leadership, and a focus on college and career readiness for all students. Over the last five years, we have been shifting to a problem-based learning (PBL) in every content area (for more information about PBL check out this case study).

On the second day of school we distributed laptops with digital ink capacity to all of our students. Within a few weeks we canceled all orders of paper for the copy machines.

Sammamish High School 1

We’re now six months into using laptops and OneNote Class Notebooks and this is what teaching and learning looks like:

We asked student focus groups about the difference the 1:1 laptop program has made in their learning. What surprised us was how predominantly OneNote was featured in all of their responses:

Working on OneNote allows me to catch up on anything that I may have missed in a class by checking the Content Library. Anna

I really like the ability to handwrite notes and having them saved in a place where I can find them easily. Having digital notes makes it that much easier to organize and retrieve them later—I love having all my work in one location. Robert

If we didn’t have OneNote Class Notebooks I’d probably be failing all my classes. It’s so much easier to find my assignments and make sure the teacher sees my work. Kelsi

Using OneNote means that I get feedback from teachers more quickly than ever before, which allows me to get the help I need before big test and quizzes. Daniel

When teachers share materials in OneNote, it means I don’t have to copy all the notes down—I just get to highlight and add my thinking or reflections. It makes it easier to think during class—and I’m doing less busy work. Stephanie

The Collaboration Space in OneNote makes it possible for us to work on our group projects anywhere, anytime. Before this year we would be stuck if one group member lost the memory stick. —Colton

Teachers are starting to reflect on how their own practices have changed as a result of using the OneNote Class Notebooks. What excites me most about the implementation of OneNote Class Notebooks is how it changes the dynamics of feedback in our classrooms. Through classroom observations, student and teacher focus groups, and survey data we are seeing four emerging ways student learning benefits from real-time digital teacher and peer feedback:

  • Receiving synchronous feedback (occurring in the same time period and medium) through OneNote dramatically shortens the learning cycle, giving students immediate opportunities to correct misconceptions or move ahead.
  • Online collaboration in a PBL context allows teachers to give feedback on the process of collaboration, as well as more skillfully guide student group work before their final product is finished.
  • Student work and growth over time can be organized and shared easily. OneNote has become a digital portfolio that shows both how students have improved and the feedback or interventions that led to learning.
  • Students work is generally improved with an audience. Teachers are finding that the ability to see and provide input into student work during the class period has led to greater student engagement and reduced workload outside of the class period.

“The constant feedback provided to students as they are crafting their ideas and responses has not only prompted more students to participate in class through writing through increased accountability, but students frequently seek feedback as they have developed a sense that it will increase their understanding,” said Keith Onstot, science teacher, sharing his thoughts about providing real-time feedback through OneNote. “Interestingly, while piloting this technique, students began to request to have the teacher’s screen projected while providing feedback. Students who became stuck in class, would look at the feedback being provided to others in hopes of translating the same concept to improve their own response. This has fostered an environment where students frequently share their own feedback to small groups, further increasing accountability by not only being accountable to the teacher, but needing to participate fully to receive the best feedback possible to share with the peer group. Seeing participation levels rise, quality of written responses improve, and changing of student’s mindset on assessment from punitive to supportive have all emerged as possible consequences of implementing a routine of providing real-time feedback in class.”

Sammamish High School 2

Within a few weeks of the school year, almost all of our 79 teachers were using OneNote Class Notebooks to deliver and organize learning materials. A few months later para-educators were all using OneNote to provide individualized support to students. Six months into this year, our students tell us that they can’t imagine life without OneNote. I’ll be excited to share more about how our teaching and learning continues to transform as a result of PBL and OneNote. Thanks to the OneNote team and the work of educators like Rob Baker who pioneered teaching with OneNote.

Bill Palmer

Socialisation of Digital Classroom in SMJA

Socialisation of Digital Classroom in SMJA

EdTech Centre Journal

SM SMJA was chosen after going through the school selection process to be involve in the Digital Classroom Initiative. Our head of EdTech Centre gave presentation on the overall overview on the initiative, expectations, timeline, supports and actionable items on the initiatives. The presentation was attended by the school’s principal, deputies and innovation team. 

Digital Classroom socialisation at SR Lambak Kanan, Jln 49

Digital Classroom socialisation at SR Lambak Kanan, Jln 49

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A presentation was held at the school on the overview of the initiative by Head of EdTech Centre, Primarily focusing on the timeline, expectations, types of support, actionable items and others. SR Lambak Kanan, Jln 49 was one of the 2 schools chosen to be a part of this pilot initiative.


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Khan academy

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A personalized learning resource for all ages

Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, computing, history, art history, economics, and more, including K-14 and test preparation (SAT, Praxis, LSAT) content. We focus on skill mastery to help learners establish strong foundations, so there’s no limit to what they can learn next!

Free tools for parents and teachers

Khan Academy empowers coaches of all kinds to better understand what their children or students are up to and how best to help them. See at a glance whether a child or student is struggling or if she hit a streak and is now far ahead of the class. Our teacher dashboard provides a summary of class performance as a whole as well as detailed student profiles.

The lessons were conceived primarily for distance learning but are also suitable for use in the classroom. The tutorials are informal in style and organized for building knowledge one concept or lesson at a time. Many lessons are delivered as electronic blackboard talks by someone with an apparent enthusiasm for the topic.

Khan Academy website users can maintain records of their progress. Through the website, teachers can also monitor the progress of students who are using the site. In pilot experiments, schools are using a concept called “flipping the classroom,” which involves students watching the Khan Academy lectures at home and then using classroom time for exercise and testing. In this model, the teacher’s role is changed from lecturer to tutor and progress monitor.


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Plickers lets you poll your class for free, without the need for student devices. Just give each student a card (a “paper clicker”), and use your iPhone/iPad to scan them to do instant checks-for-understanding, exit tickets, and impromptu polls. Best of all, your data is automatically saved, student-by-student, at plickers.com.

With the free version of Plickers, you can: 

  • Add up to 5 Questions to each Set (you can make as many Sets or individual Questions as you’d like)
  • Enter answer choices for Graded mode, True/False mode, or mark a Question as a Survey (with no correct answer choices) 
  • Rearrange the order of Questions in a Set
  • Edit the layout 
  • Upload images 
  • Duplicate Questions 

With Plickers Pro, you can access additional features to help you create high-quality content: 

  • Add images quickly, using Plickers’ built-in image search
  • Add an unlimited number of Questions to each Set

a hybrid environment, mixing both remote and in-classroom education

a hybrid environment, mixing both remote and in-classroom education

adopted from https://www.the74million.org/article/schools-tell-ed-tech-leader-they-expect-lots-more-blended-hybrid-learning-in-the-fall-what-this-means-for-teachers-and-students/

Uncertainty surrounds the start of the 2020-21 school year. Districts around the country must prepare for three types of learning environments: the in-person style they’ve known for decades, the distance learning most were tossed into during the pandemic, and the most likely of scenarios — a hybrid environment, mixing both remote and in-classroom education. This is the style districts are least familiar with.

“I am hearing a recognition of blended hybrid learning will become the new normal for schools,” says Anthony Salcito, vice president of Microsoft Education. “I do think the future is going to require us to rethink what the role of the classroom will be” — so the solution needs to use the best digital tools to enhance in-classroom opportunities.

In a Microsoft survey of about 500 K-12 schools across the United States, 61 percent expect to start in a hybrid environment and 87 percent anticipate using more technology in the classroom than ever before, even when in-person learning fully returns. In fact, the company is adding features to its popular Teams platform, including an expanded audience view of up to 49 participants, data on student usage and virtual breakout rooms — some in response to educators’ requests since the pandemic struck.

The hybrid model involves taking the best of distance learning and merging it with meaningful in-person interaction between students and their teacher and with their peers, Salcito says, as he warns that students must not feel they are missing out, whether in the classroom or at home. Where schools struggle, he says, is when they try to simply shift the schedule and teaching style of the school building online.

Blending the power of technology — recorded lessons full of links, surveys and interactive elements that require students to respond and interact with one another through their own videos and comments — with useful meeting time that allows for student dialogue and presentations offers best-case uses for distance learning, Salcito says. That should remain the model in a hybrid format. “The blended model is going to be important,” he says. “You want to use that live time in a way that is meaningful and where students can be part of something together. That can happen when schools return. How can I use the power of storytelling and the power of collaboration of students and class time thoughtfully?”

Hector Lopez, head of the math department at El Camino Real Charter High School in Los Angeles, says improving teachers’ technology skills goes right along with improving instructional practices. “Having this opportunity has taught me to create new schedules and new modalities of teaching,” Lopez says. “I’m very happy to see the results.”

Salcito offered the example of a California special education teacher who created PowerPoint lessons for her students, full of surveys, forms and links. The students could progress through the lesson in the Microsoft Teams platform, and she could follow their work as it was happening, interjecting comments and assessing feedback. Group video conversations also helped students prep for future projects and discuss what they had learned. “She was having amazing success,” Salcito says.

Done right, technology expands the boundaries of the classroom, so students learn and connect no matter where they are physically.

“What we’re driving for is future readiness and also high-quality instruction,” says Ryan Coe, director of secondary curriculum instruction at the Fresno Unified School District in California. “And so a key understanding, when it comes to blended learning, is when to use technology and also when not to use it.”

Be internet awesome by google

Be internet awesome , cool way to teach fundamentals on digital citizenship and online safety

To make the most of the Internet, kids need to be prepared to make smart decisions. Be Internet Awesome teaches kids the fundamentals of digital citizenship and safety so they can explore the online world with confidence. The contents will be around The Internet Code of Awesome, which are :

  • Be internet smart, share with care , Good (and bad) news travels fast online, and without some forethought, kids can find themselves in tricky situations that have lasting consequences. The solve? Learning how to share with those they know and those they don’t.
  • Be internet alert, don’t fall for fake, It’s important to help kids become aware that people and situations online aren’t always as they seem. Discerning between what’s real and what’s fake is a very real lesson in online safety.

Be internet strong, secure your secrets, Personal privacy and security are just as important online as they are offline. Safeguarding valuable information helps kids avoid damaging their devices, reputations, and relationships.

  • Be internet kind, its cool to be kind, The Internet is a powerful amplifier that can be used to spread positivity or negativity. Kids can take the high road by applying the concept of “treat others as you would like to be treated” to their actions online, creating positive impact for others and disempowering bullying behavior.

  • Be internet brave, when in doubt, talk it out, One lesson that applies to any and all encounters of the digital kind: When kids come across something questionable, they should feel comfortable talking to a trusted adult. Adults can support this behavior by fostering open communication at home and in the classroom.

Even without internet at home, students can keep learning

Even without internet at home, students can keep learning

adopted from https://www.blog.google/outreach-initiatives/education/offline-access-covid19/

If your school is operating virtually as a result of COVID-19, you may be wondering how to continue teaching students who don’t have access to the internet at home, or who only have low-bandwidth access. Fortunately, there are many ways to keep Chromebooks and Google G Suite up and running even when online access is slow or unavailable. We’ve pulled together ideas for educators and school IT teams who want to encourage all students to keep learning, regardless of their online access.

For edtech and IT teams: The basics of enabling offline access

Using Chromebooks and Google G Suite without Wi-Fi or low connectivity is relatively easy, but you may want to enlist your EdTech and IT teams to set up offline access for everyone. Here are the key steps in the process, along with useful Google support links.

Keep in mind that people need to go through this process while they still have online access. Consider taking a few minutes to guide students and staff through the process while they’re on school Wi-Fi networks.

Step 1: To help students, teachers and staff work in G Suite offline, the first step is to enable offline access for all users. Your IT or EdTech team can do this from G Suite’s admin console using these instructions for managed devices; in the Features and Applications section of the Admin console, administrators can click “Allow users to enable offline access.”

Step 2: G Suite users also need to download the Google Docs Offline extension for Chrome Browser, which will allow them to use Google Docs, Sheets, Drive and Slides without online access.

Step 3: Finally, people should turn on offline access for the G Suite applications they’d like to use before they go offline. Share these instructions for opening G Suite files offline. It’s a good idea to ask students to test that offline access is working properly; help them turn off Wi-Fi access and try to access a G Suite file. Students can download notes from Slides, Docs, and more, and download the lectures from Classroom and Drive to watch later if they do not have internet at home.

For teachers: Things to do offline

Remind students that even if they don’t have Wi-Fi access away from school, there’s a lot that they can do with their Chromebooks:

For edtech and IT teams: Chrome extensions that work offline

Encourage students to use Chrome extensions that help them do classwork while offline—and ask your edtech or IT team to push out the extensions to all G Suite and Chromebook users. Search the Chromebook App Hub or the Chrome Web Store using the “runs offline” option to find useful extensions, or start with Screencastify for recording and editing videos and Soundtrap for recording and saving audio files.

Tips from teachers

Teachers are already brainstorming creative ways to help students without home online access continue their studies:

Create a “file upload” feature in Google Forms: Eric Lawson, director of technology at Maine’s York School Department, shared that you can create a Google Form directly from Google Classroom. One of the question options in Google Forms is to create a “file upload.” This allows for students to work on podcasts, videos, journals, infographics, etc. and simply submit them to their teacher through a form. On a day where students may not have internet access, they can still work on their project offline on their Chromebooks at home and then submit the file when they have access.

Offer mobile hotspot access: At Grain Valley Schools in Missouri, Kyle Pace, director of technology, plans to remind students that they can check out mobile hotspot devices from the school’s libraries—just as they’d check out books.

If you use Google Classroom and want to make sure students can view assignments offline, follow this YouTube tutorial from Stewart Lee, technology integration coordinator with Anderson School District 3 in South Carolina.