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Is Your Google Chrome Up to Date?

If you've cleared the cache and your computer is still running slow, you may want to check that Google Chrome is up to date.  Watch the quick video below to find out how!

Is It Time to Clear the Cache in Chrome?

Is your computer running more like a tortoise than a hare?  You may need to clear the cache in your Chrome browser! Did you know that each time you visit a website, your browser stores information to help load that site more quickly the next time you visit it?  That sounds great, right?! Only for a while… When web developers update their sites, your browser still uses the stored information, instead of the updates, to run sites you’ve visited before, causing issues with certain displays or processing speed.  Clearing the cache every once in a while will make sure that saved information is up to date. Watch the quick video, or follow the steps below to find out how to clear the cache.
On your computer, open Chrome.At the top right, click the three dots.Click More toolsClear browsing data.At the top, choose a time range. To delete everything, select All time.Next to "Cached images and files," check the box.Click Clear data.

How to create a visual and audio rough draft

Provide a digital writing support that students can't accidentally loose!
Beginning writers and students needing extra support in the writing process can use the features in Seesaw to quickly create a visual and audio rough draft.  Using the Draw tool, they can post a rough draft slide that contains a quick drawing and a short audio recording of ideas relating to this drawing.

To do this, you will need a classroom set up in Seesaw.  (Check out the Seesaw Getting Started Guide or contact your instructional technology coach for help with setting up your class, walking students through posting for the first time, and inviting families to view their student's work.)

Once a student is logged into Seesaw, they can click on the green add button in the top right corner to choose the type of posting they would like to make to their journal.

Students should select the drawing tool icon.

Students can then use their finger on the Chromebook screen or use the touchpad to do a quick draw f…

G Suite URL Tricks

If you’ve ever crossed your fingers and hoped that students (or adults!) won’t alter a Google Doc you’re having them make a copy of, try forcing users to make a copy of your document. This way of sharing allows each user to make a copy of your original, and the copy is now fully owned by the user (so it lives in her/his Google Drive). To do this with any G Suite app (docs, sheets, drawings, slides) go to the end of URL and replace the word edit after the forward slash with “copy”. If your shareable link has other characters besides “edit”, don’t worry, just replace edit with copy. When users open the link, it goes to a screen with a Make a Copy button and your original won’t be altered.
To allow users to preview your document as a template, without being able to edit it, replace edit with “template/preview”. This is will create a combination of a preview with the option of making a copy. Template links are great for users to see the document before making a copy. This copy will now be…

Unite for Literacy

If you’re looking for engaging digital books for beginning readers of all ages, check out the website Unite for Literacy. I was working with Quyen Terry, a fabulous ELL teacher, this morning and she introduced me to this amazing resource. This site has a wide variety of picture books celebrating many languages and cultures. Most books can be translated and narrated in at least two languages! There are many genres of interest to beginning readers such as, animals, plants, creating things, zoos and aquariums to name a few! Check it out and add it to your 3x3 Links page for students to access easily. If you want more info about creating your own 3x3 Links page, contact your elementary instructional tech coach!

Let Your Students Finish Forms on Their Own Time!

Google Forms lets you collect student information from quizzes, exit tickets, and surveys. But what about the students who don't finish in the allotted time? Did you know students can submit an incomplete form and finish it later? To allow multiple responses select these options in Settings on your Google Form:

You cannot have required questions on your quiz with the exception of name and email. Make sure students know to ignore the warning (You're editing your response) you get when the form is opened a second time. Check it out using this form!