Plickers: Getting Started

Plickers are a great way to quickly assess learners with minimal technology and set-up.  The teacher/facilitator can use multiple choice or true/false questions to gauge student understanding and get instant feedback.

Preperation

  1. Teacher/Facilitator creates an account at Plickers.com.
  2. Download app on 1 portable device.
  3. Print out a set of reusable cards.
  4. Add class(es).
  5. Create questions.

Resources Needed:

  1. One mobile device with a camera and Internet access. You will need this to scan the room for student responses.  This is also where you will see student responses.
  2. One device connected to a TV or projector. You will need this for students to see the question and to see if they have answered the question. You can do this without this resource, but it makes it a whole lot easier.
  3. One Plicker for each student. You can choose to have 1 class set that you use for all classes or a set for each class.

Getting Started at Plickers.com

Go to Plickers.com and create an account by clicking on Sign Up.

2014-12-02_12-11-20To set up your classes, click on Classes, then Add new class.2014-12-02_12-13-40Fill in your class information. 2014-12-02_12-14-16To add students, type their name in the box below the class name and hit Enter.  The student and Plicker number will populate below it. Please note that once you assign a number to a student you will have to go in and edit it to change the assignment.  To edit a Plicker, click on the arrow in the upper right hand corner of the by the student’s name.  2014-12-02_12-20-03To add questions to the question bank, click on Library, then type in your question and choose if you want it to be multiple choice or true/false.  Then, if choosing multiple choice type in your answer choices.  Your question will appear below.2014-12-02_12-21-07To add the question to a class, click on Expand and choose the class/es you want to add.2014-12-02_12-21-51Click on Cards to print a class set of Plicker cards.  Plicker recommends you print the cards on white paper and, if laminating, use matte lamination.  You could also give each student a card and have them put it in the clear front of their binder to have ready whenever you want to use it.2014-12-02_12-23-44

Click on Live View to show your group the question.  Once you scan the room, a check will appear if the student’s response was accepted, the box will stay blank if the response was not seen, or a grey bow with a dash will appear if they choose a response that is not valid (IE. There was no D, but the student chose D). Before this will work you have to download the app on a mobile device and sign in. The directions for this are below.2014-12-02_12-22-31  You can always click on Help for more directions, phone downloads, and other helpful information.2014-12-02_12-24-46

Getting Started on You Mobile Device

From your mobile device, go to Plickers.com and click on App Store or Google Play to download the app. Once you have downloaded the app, sign in with the same username and password you used in the previous steps.  Then, click on the period you need.

image5From there, click on the question you want to ask. image4Once you click on the question, your  projection device should be ready to take responses. Click on the camera symbol at the bottom of the device to start recording responses. If it doesn’t start to register responses try refreshing both devices.image3Once you start to scan the room you will see who has answered the question and if they got it correct.  The students can only see if they answered or not. They will see the Live View as seen above.image2You can click the check button on the bottom of the screen see a summary of the results. If you want to continue to take responses click on the camera again.  You can save the responses as long as you want . If you want to clear responses, click the Clear button in the lower right hand corner of the screen.  To change questions or classes, click the arrow on the upper left-hand corner of the screen.image1

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Office 365: Uploading Documents

First, save your document to the desktop by clicking on File. Depending on your version of Word, your screen may look different. Also, there are other places to save it, but I have found this is the quickest way.

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Click Save As.

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Then, find the Desktop. In Word 2013 click Browse, in other versions of Word you should be able to find it by looking to the left of the screen (Like you see below).

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Find your Desktop.

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Then, click Save.

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Your document will now appear on the desktop of this computer only when you are signed in.

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Next, open OneDrive, find the file you want to save the document in, and click Upload.  If you have IE 10 or above, you can drag and drop your documents from your desktop. Click here to watch the video.

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If you are not using Drag and Drop, find your document (make sure you are looking on the desktop) and double click it.

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Your document should now appear in your OneDrive.

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Edmodo: Creating and Joining Groups

From your home screen click on the + next to Groups.

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From here you can Create or Join a group.  If you are joining a group, click Join and enter the group code. You should receive a code from the group administrator.

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If you are creating a group, click Create fill in the information requested.

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You can fill in this information if you want to, if not click Finish and you have created your group.

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Once the group is created you will see the home screen for the group.  Give your students the group code to join.  If a student has an account, they can join the group once logged in.  If a student needs to create an account they will input the group code on the login screen.

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You can create folders to store files in and you can see who has joined the group here.

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You can also create small groups within the group if students are working on a project and they want to collaborate together.

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You can send alerts, load assignments, give quizzes and polls, and assign snapshots by clicking on these tabs.

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Once students join your group you can see who is a member by clicking Members.

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Students are automatically able to interact with other students and you.  If you do not want a student to interact click Read Only. You can change this setting at any time.

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You can get their parent code, change their password, remove their profile picture, or remove them from your group here.

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Office 365: Setting an Alert on a Document

Did you know you can set an alert on a document for when changes are made?

To set an alert, go to your OneDrive account and find the document you want to set the alert for.  Click on the box next to it and a check will appear.  Then, click on Files.

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Click on Alert Me, then Set alert on this document.

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OneDrive will automatically fill in the fields as seen below.  If you want the alert to also go to someone else you can input their e-mail.  Also, decide if you want to get e-mails automatically, daily, or weekly.  The text messaging option does not work and I’m not sure if it ever will.

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If you want to manage your alerts click on Manage My Alerts.

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You can add alerts, delete alerts, or change alerts you have already set.

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You are now set up to receive e-mail alerts when changes are made to your document. You rock!

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Following a WordPress Blog

To follow a WordPress blog, type in the blog URL into your address bar (Mr. Gaillard’s is wmsupdate.wordpress.com and this one is tklandreth.wordpress.com) and click on +Follow  in the lower right hand corner, then type in your email address. You should now receive emails whenever there is a new post.

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You can also create a WordPress account and follow that way.  By creating an account you can set when you receive emails or use it for the WordPress app on your smart phone.  To create a WordPress account or to login to your account go to wordpress.com and click on Log In in the upper right hand corner.

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If you have an account type in your information (scroll down on this blog post for directions on how to follow a WordPress blog.).

If you need to create an account, click on Register.

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Fill in your e-mail address, choose a username, and pick a password (If you do not choose a password that is strong enough it will not accept it and a green check will not appear.).  Even if you do not plan on using a WordPress blog you still need to fill in a blog name.  It will automatically fill in your username and you can use that one.  Make sure you have 4 green check marks before you scroll down.

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Scroll all the way down once all your information is filled in and click Create Blog.

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Click Next Step through the next several steps (Unless you are planning on creating your own blog.).

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Once you get here you can verify your account with your e-mail.  You can do it now or go to your e-mail later.

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To follow a blog, click on Reader.

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Click on Edit next to Blogs I Follow.

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Type in wmsupdate.wordpress.com to follow Mr. Gaillard’s blog, then click Follow.

 

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Type in tklandreth.wordpress.com follow my blog, then click Follow.

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Both blogs should show up here. Click on Edit to make sure you get e-mail notifications.

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Make sure Immediately is highlighted.

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You are now following our blogs on WordPress! Go you!

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Logging Onto WSFCS_Public

Any student or guest who would like to use WS/FCS wireless will login with WSFCS_Public. To login, first make sure the wireless is turned on by going into the settings. Depending on your device that can look different.

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Once you know the wireless is turned on on the device, open up any webpage.  If nothing happens when you open the page, completely x out of all pages and try to open another one.  You will see this screen.  Input the username: guest and the password: wsfcs. Also, make sure the drop down box next to the password is set to local users.  This information is also on the login screen if you forget it.

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You should now be able to surf the web. Happy surfing!

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Mirroring an Apple device with an Apple TV

Make sure your Apple TV is turned on and connected to your TV or projector.  If the white light on the Apple TV is not lit up press any button on your Apple TV remote.

Change the IPNUT on your TV to HDMI2. If you have a projector, change out the VGA cable (I am working on a better way).

You should now see floating pictures or the Apple TV interface.

On your IPad, first make sure you are connected to WSFCS_Public (If you need help with this see my post Logging onto WSFCS_Public).

‘Flip up’ from the bottom of your apple device.

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A box with AirPlay towards the middle will appear (If AirPlay does not show up the apple device is not connected to wireless. If you room does not show up your Apple TV is not turned on.). Click on AirPlay and a box with all of the available Apple TVs at Wiley will appear. Choose the room you want to connect to, then input the password for that room.  Please remember to not give out passwords to students.  Anyone who has the password can connect to your TV.

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Once you are connected, click on the circle next to Mirroring.

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The space will turn green and your device should now show up on your TV or projector. Click the Home Button to brighten the screen and get rid of the AirPlay box.

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Happy Mirroring!

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