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Welcome to the TECH TIPS TUESDAY blog. The purpose of this blog is to provide ideas for using new technology as well as sharing tips for using existing technology. Every Tuesday, a new tip or idea will be added to the blog. We invite you to bookmark the website and check back often. Hopefully you will find these tips and ideas helpful!

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Microsoft Stream
Rachelle Herbst
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Microsoft Stream is an Enterprise Video service where people can upload, view, and share videos securely. You can share recordings of classes, meetings, presentations, training sessions, or other videos that aid your team's collaboration. Microsoft Stream also makes it easy to share comments on a video, tag time codes in comments and descriptions to refer to specific points in a video and discuss with colleagues.

It's easy to get started with Microsoft Stream. To get to Microsoft Stream, you can click on the "Stream" tile in the Office 365 App Launcher or go to stream.microsoft.com and log-in with your district credentials.

Directly from the home page, you can also learn how to use Microsoft Stream using the tutorial videos. These videos cover the most common actions in Microsoft Stream and make it easy for you to get started. Once you are familiar with Microsoft Stream, you can easily hide these videos by clicking "Don't show this again"

3rd Annual Learn OneNote Conference!
Rachelle Herbst


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From Nov. 12th-16th, get FREE access to awesome OneNote materials by great, innovative speakers!

The link to register is Learn OneNote Conference.  After the week of Nov. 12-16th, getting access will not be free.  Click on the link following link to get a discount for paid access.  Discount Paid Access  There will be 30+ expert speakers.  Below are  a few speakers you don't want to miss!

  • Trust the Process: Key Actions to Lead Change, Buy-in, and Use of OneNote by Anthony Newbold and Darren Clay - Resulting in student achievement gains and leading a school-wide transition to OneNote, these two will be sharing on Day 1.
  • Making Digital Planning Pretty by Denise Vajdak - Providing some tips on how to create practical and beautiful planner pages, her session is in on Day 2.
  • Family Organization with OneNote by Becky Keene - Showing us how to lead a more organized life, she's on Day 3.
  • The Winning Classroom Team: OneNote & Microsoft Teams by Suzannah Calvery - She's on Day 4, getting us all on board to have OneNote and Teams work efficiently in the classroom.
  • To Do Pipeline with and without Onetastic by Philippe Bruno - He's on Day 5, showing us how to set up, manage and automate our to do items with or without Onetastic.


Edge Browser Accessibility Tools
Rachelle Herbst

The Edge Browser has great accessibility tools to use in your classroom!   Some websites in Edge allow your students to read articles in the Reading View.  This removes all distracting advertisements around the article. The reading view icon,
is located in the upper right hand corner of the website.  It will be bold if it is available for that website.  Tweentribune.com is a great website to use the reading view option!

The adding notes tool in Edge allows you to write directly on the website page, highlight on the page, erase, type in your own notes, clip part of the page, touch writing, saving your work, or sharing a web note.

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Adding Notes Tools (located under the pen icon in the top, right corner of the website.

Microsoft Education "Hack the Classroom" Live Event
Cathy Larsen

Saturday, October 27, is the date for the next Microsoft Education "Hack the Classroom" live event. This event begins at 9:00am MST and is scheduled to last until 10:30am. To learn more about the event and also the speakers that are scheduled to present, visit the following website, Hack the Classroom October 2018.

By joining Hack the Classroom, you will learn tips and tricks and hear inspiring stories from educators across the globe. Hack the Classroom will be streamed live on Facebook, connecting thousands of teachers from all over and demonstrating how anyone can feel empowered to take risks and support a new generation of students, looking for tomorrow’s most necessary skills.

Local Microsoft Innovative Educator Experts will also be hosting a live Hack the Classroom event at Canyon Creek Elementary on October 27th at 9am. They will watch the live Microsoft event together as a group and then share ideas to take back and apply in classrooms. Those who participate in this event may register for 2 licensure points through Midas, course #47469. 


Get to know your readers with Sway Analytics
Cathy Larsen

If you are using Microsoft Sway to share content with students, parents and colleagues, you might be interested to know that Sway has a built in Analytics tool that will help you learn how engaged your readers are with the content of the Sway.

Analytics that are captured for each Sway include:

  • Total views—Number of unique views on your Sway. Views count from any device. Coauthors do not count toward Analytics.
  • Average time spent—Average of all viewers’ time spent engaging with your Sway.
  • Average completion—Average of how far all viewers scrolled through your Sway.
  • Read ratio—There are three tiers of readership based on level of interaction—glanced, quick read, and deep read—which are based on the Sway and its contents. It could mean clicking through the images of a stack, listening to audio, watching an embedded video, or sliding between two images in a comparison.
    • Glanced: Readers either scrolled through a Sway to get a high-level overview or they simply opened it.
    • Quick read: Readers spent time in most sections. They interacted with enough of the content in a Sway to understand the material.
    • Deep read: These readers are the most engaged. They spent significant time reading through and interacting with content.

To find the Analytics for a Sway:

  • Login to Office 365 and click on the Sway app
  • Click on Analytics from the Sway navigation bar
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