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Volume 21, Issue 10 

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ClassLink LaunchPad Update:
My Backpack Coming February 1st

ClassLink LaunchPad's update coming on February 1st will include the My Backpack feature. This feature can be accessed by clicking on the backpack icon from the Favorites bar of the My Apps screen. The My Backpack feature includes a Teacher Console for instructors and a Student Backpack for students. Teachers can post class announcements, customize application selection for students, and access student application usage analytics from the Teacher Console. The CPSB Technology Training Center will provide a webinar to share information about this new feature on February 3rd from 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM.  


Visit Tech Classes for more information and to register. Help Videos & Handouts for teachers are also available with information and step-by-step instructions for using ClassLink LaunchPad, Blackboard, Odysseyware, Office 365, and more.

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Getting Started with Pear Deck   

Pear Deck helps teachers engage every student with formative assessments, no matter the grade or subject. To get started, first create your Pear Deck account by going to peardeck.com. Click on Teacher Login to sign in with your CPSB Office 365 credentials and respond to a few questions. The next step is to install the Pear Deck for Online PowerPoint Add-In. Once installed, you'll be ready to build your slides and present your first lesson.  


Watch Pear Deck: Getting the Add-In for PowerPoint Online and Pear Deck: Presenting Through a PowerPoint Online videos for step-by-step instructions and to learn more. Visit CPSB Tech Classes and sign into access Help Videos & Handouts for more resources on Pear Deck found in the Office 365 section..   

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New Year Resolution:
Improve Presentation Skills with Presenter Coach   

Did you know that you can rehearse your slide show with PowerPoint Presenter Coach? When presentations are opened in the online PowerPoint app with a device with a microphone,   Presenter Coach is available to evaluate pacing, pitching, the use of filler words, and detect when you may be too wordy. After each rehearsal, you have the opportunity to view a report to help improve your presentation skills. To use, open the PowerPoint presentation online while signed in with your CPSB Office 365 credentials, then  click the Slide Show tab to  Rehearse with Coach. Learn more at Microsoft Support.               

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Upcoming Tech Classes

CPSB Tech Classes provide information and experiences to learn how to integrate technology to support teaching and learning. Teachers can earn Tech Points through their participation and trade them in for classroom technology. Here's a list of upcoming classes:   


Blackboard Bash | February 2nd at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM  

Hyperlinks, Hyperdocs, & Hypertasks: Digital Learning Experiences | February 3rd - 17th  

ClassLink LaunchPad: Features of My Backpack | February 3rd at 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM  

Visit CPSB Tech Classes to sign in to view the entire Tech Class calendar and to register for classes.

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