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Volume 21, Issue 2


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3 Keys to a Better 2020-21
from Edutopia

Edutopia's 3 Keys to a Better 2020-21 (July 2020) by Jonathan Eckert shares tips to help deal with the challenges educators are facing this school year. These tips address student well-being, engagement, and feedback. The article provides ideas for using digital tools that support the 4 Cs of engagement: content, competition, collaboration, and creation. Resources like Blackboard and Office 365 can be useful tools for engaging students in these ways. An idea for providing better feedback suggests that teachers establish the criteria for success with students by providing concrete examples along with the reasons why completion is important for the student. Click here to read the entire article for more information.

 

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Digital Media Resources: Bookflix

Scholastic Bookflix is a digital media resource to engage and support beginning readers with colorful animation, rich audio, and interactive games. Bookflix has read-aloud and word highlighting for literacy support for beginning and ELL readers while building fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. There are more than 120 fiction/non-fiction pairings with educator resources including lesson plans, correlations, and more. Bookflix is available through the CPSB homepage. Click on the Employees tab, then select Digital Media Resources to view all that are available. A shortcut link to Bookflix is also available through Launchpad.  

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Do You Need a Blackboard Site?

If you need a Blackboard site, you can register for the self-paced BB101 course through Tech Classes. This course provides lessons and activities to help you get started with the development of your page. To get started, visit Tech Classes where you will be asked to sign in with your CPSB username and password prior to signing up to participate in the self-paced course, which is posted on Friday, November 27th for registration purposes. Once registered, the course instructor will contact you with information regarding your site and the course.      

 

Get Students Enrolled and Engaged in Your Blackboard Site

If you already have a Blackboard site and are ready to get students enrolled to engage in digital learning experiences, then sign up for the self-paced BB201 course. This course guides participants through the enhancement of their current Blackboard site to utilize with students. The lessons and activities in the course show how to use the many tools of Blackboard to create a rich, engaging online environment for students to extend instruction beyond the classroom with discussion boards, journals, and tests/surveys. 

 

To get started, visit Tech Classes where you will be asked to sign in with your CPSB username and password prior to signing up to participate in the self-paced course, which is posted on Friday, November 27th for registration purposes. Once registered, the course instructor will contact you with information regarding the course.

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Seeing Double on the Desktop?

The white text that displays on a computer screen is called BGINFO. If it appears to be doubled, right-click on the desktop and choose Personalize. Change the background picture and then restart the computer to refresh its BGINFO. Feel free to contact Tech Support at 217-4357 (HELP) for assistance. 

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