Update Information and Other Tidbits

14 Apr

Good afternoon,

I trust everyone is getting ready or is ready for state testing.  The next few weeks are going to be interesting and stressful at times for everyone.  I hope the information I sent a few weeks ago for assessment was helpful (or will be).

Today’s message brings you updates on Canvas as well as some interesting technology bits I have come across recently.  Let’s dive in (yes, I am ready for school to be out and a chance to enjoy some water!).

Canvas News:
•    As of April 4, Canvas no longer supports Facebook as an integration feature.
•    The Rich Content Editor interface has been updated to a “cleaner” image.  The big change here is the ability create and delete tables.  Information can be copied too!
•    Mastery Count Indicator – “When viewing the Student Learning Mastery Gradebook, students see the outcome group and the number of associated outcomes. On the right side, the total number of outcomes are shown in gray; the left side shows the number of outcomes the student has mastered. The mastery count for the student now does not turn green until the student has started mastering outcomes in the group.”  Here is a link with more info for the Learning Mastery Gradebook.

In Techniques, the publication from ACTE, this month, there is an article titled “Using Mobile Devices in the Classroom.”  It lists several benefits of using mobile devices in the classroom.  These benefits include (and I quote):
1.    Improved Access to Information
2.    Increased Collaborations
3.    Personalized Learning Environment
4.    Higher Student Achievement
5.    Supplements Face-to-Face Instruction

Tips or rules for implementing devices are given as well.  These tips include set the stage, teach appropriate digital citizenship, and provide rules and freedoms.  Some interesting statistics are provided also in the article.  Take a look at this publication if you can.  It might help encourage you and your district to implement mobile devices more.

A colleague shared this website with me last week.  It has a lot of great resources in it.  The immediate link includes many bell-ringer and early finisher ideas.  Take a look at this post and browse the website for other great ideas including tips for “…Acing a Formal Observation.”

Are you having students write and cite their sources for reports?  If so, here is a website that might help you aid students in organizing their research.  It is called Citelighter.

Stick Around is an app that can be used for project based learning or a flipped classroom.  You can create puzzles and diagrams for students to label.  The website has plenty of video tutorials and a user guide.

Several professional learning opportunities are posted on the RCU website.  If you have certification courses you need to complete this summer, please take a look at the web page below.  Several new methods courses and changes have been made.  At the bottom of the page, you will see directions for how to enroll in courses.  This includes MS ACTE.

Speaking of MS ACTE, don’t forget to register for it as soon as possible.  Your MDE staff with Dr. Bowen and others here at the RCU are working hard to ensure great sessions are available to you based on your instructional program areas.  The dates are July 29 – 31, 2015, at the Jackson Convention Center.

If you need help with MyPLC course registration or Canvas, please send your help requests to the Help Desk.  You may contact the Help Desk by emailing   Please refrain from emailing individuals at the RCU directly because we are categorizing help needs.  You may also call 662-325-2510.

Have a great day!


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