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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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What is #utedchat?
Rachelle Herbst
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Join with UCET (Utah Coalition for Educational Technology) in participating in a weekly educational chat on Twitter. Each Wednesday at 9 pm, you can be part of a state-wide Twitter chat on a different educational topic each week.  Helpful Information

Be sure to join in the chat on Wednesday, January 16, when Joanna Monson, Davis School District's Canvas Administrator, will be facilitating the chat!  Her topic is - Virtual Reality and its Place in the Classroom.

Microsoft Teams now has quizzes!
Rachelle Herbst
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Attach an existing quiz-or create a new one on the fly in Teams.  To send a Microsoft Forms quiz to your students, you'll find a new option under the "Create" button dropdown titled "New quiz". There, you can select a Microsoft Form you’ve already created and send it along. You can also start fresh and create a whole new assessment.  You can send to multiple classes at once and you can leverage auto-grading, feedback, and scores right in Teams. Quizzes in Teams

Microsoft Shortcuts
Rachelle Herbst
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Here are some more Microsoft tech tips shortcuts to save you time.

Snapping window: Windows key + Left or Right — Can be used with UP or DOWN to get into quadrants.  Quadrants is the new Snap view mode that pins apps to the four quarters of the screen.

Switch to recent window: Alt + Tab – Hold shows new Task View window view, let go and switches to app.

Task view: Windows + Tab – New Task view opens up and stays open.

​​​​Create new virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + D

Close current virtual desktop: Windows key + Ctrl + F4

Switch virtual desktop : Windows key + Ctrl + Left or Right


Microsoft Translator in the EDGE Browser
Cathy Larsen
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Microsoft Translator is now available for students and teachers in the Edge browser. Microsoft Translator for Edge is free and can be used to translate text for more than 50 languages. 

1. Look for the Translator button Translator at the top of your Edge browser and select it.

Edge browser translator tool

2. A dropdown panel will appear allowing you to select which language you'd like the page translated to. Choose your language and then select Translate this page.

Click Translate this page

If you'd like to translate a smaller chunk of text rather than a whole page, highlight the content to translate, right-click, and then select Translate text.


Use @mentions to get feedback on Office 365 documents
Cathy Larsen
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Need someone's help with an Office 365 Word document, a PowerPoint slide, or with data on an Excel spreadsheet? When you add a comment to an Office 365 document, presentation or spreadsheet and use the @-sign with someone's name, the person you mention receives an email with a link to your comment. Clicking the link brings them into the document and into the conversation.

To use this feature:

  1. Login to Office 365 and open the Word, PowerPoint or Excel document.
  2. Click on Insert > Comment.
  3. In the Comments box on the right, type @ and the first few letters of the person's first or last name, then pick the name you want.
  4. If the person does not already have permission to the document, you will be prompted to "Share and notify" the person.
  5. The person will then receive an email notification with a link that will take them directly to the document, presentation, or spreadsheet.
  6. Click here to see an example


Check Accessibility for all Office Documents
Cathy Larsen

Do you know if your documents are able to be read by people of all abilities? To find out, you can use the Accessibility Checker in all Microsoft Office 2016 programs, which includes both desktop and Office 365 online versions. The accessibility checker will scan your document and highlight any items that need to be checked along with the reasons why and steps for fixing the issues.

  • In Word, PowerPoint, Excel, the Outlook client, and O365 programs:
    •  select Review > Check Accessibility then review your results
  • In Office 365 Outlook messages:
    • click on New Message then type the message
    • click on the "ellipses" at the top of the message to see more options then click on "Check for accessibility issues"
  • O365 Accessibility Checker

To see an example of how to use the Accessibility Checker in Microsoft Word, watch this video.


Rachelle Herbst


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ThingLink is a free and user friendly digital tool that provides users with the ability to turn any image into an interactive graphic. Create multiple “hot spots” on specific parts of an image and turn that image into a multimedia launcher.  Include video, record audio or provide a link to any website with the click of a button. Easily embed an interactive ThingLink graphic into any blog or website. ThingLink is a truly amazing tool that allows users to pack a lot of content into a small space.

Here is a look at one type of Thinglink. Anasazi Tribe Information



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"