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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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Canvas Tech Tip
Lisa Lomax
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This is one of the most magical tricks we have shared for Canvas! 


Have you ever deleted a page, or even a bunch of pages, by accident?  Canvas makes it easy to restore.  

  • In the URL, after your course code (ex. https://canvas.instructure.com/courses/1566266), type /undelete.  
  • This will give you a list of things from your course that are restorable.  Find what you want and click the "Restore" button.
Changing Page Color in Teams and OneNote
Rachelle Herbst

Microsoft Teams and OneNote have the ability to change the background color of your page to make it easier to read.  See the directions below!

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Microsoft Teams

1.  Click on your profile picture in the top left corner.
2.  Click on Settings.
                   3.  Choose the Theme you want: Default, Dark, or High Contrast 

Teams options for screen color


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Microsoft OneNote App

1.  Click on the three dots in the top right corner.
2.  Click on Settings.
3.  Click on Options.
4.  Choose from one of the following:

OneNote app options for screen color


The HUB of Professional Learning for Davis School District Employees
Cathy Larsen
The HUB of Professional Learning

If you are looking for Professional Development opportunities in Davis District, check out "the HUB of Professional Learning." The HUB is a one-stop shop for finding courses and training that meet your needs and objectives. On this site, you can search for courses in Instructional Strategies, Social and Emotional Learning, or Programs and Tools, or you can select a course from the list of All Courses.

To access the HUB of Professional Learning, go to the District homepage and click on "Employees" or go to the following web address, http://www.davis.k12.ut.us/hub.


You Can in :90" Quick Tip Videos
Rachelle Herbst


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This video series features :90 "How To" videos based on your top requested tips and tricks using Microsoft Education's technology in education. Click on the link below!

90 Second Quick Tip Videos

Announcing Announcements in Teams!
Rachelle Herbst
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Got something exciting to share with your Team? Try creating an announcement in a channel. With options for a colorful headline, background image, and more, your message will stand out.   Announcements look sharp and will catch your users' attention!

1.  Begin by selecting the "Format" icon under the text input box.

2.  In the upper left corner of the text input box, you can select the arrow next to "New Conversation" to choose between that and "Announcement".

3.  Type a headline, subhead, announcement message.

4.  Below is an example.


Announcement that says Welcome Back to School Everyone



Rachelle Herbst
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Streamable lets you paste the URL for a video from YouTube, a TedTalk, Vimeo, etc. and then trim the video to the portion you want to use. You can then download the shortened video to your computer.  It is web based as works best in the Chrome browser.  https://streamable.com/ 

Bing Visual Search
Cathy Larsen

Bing Visual Search allows you to search the web using an image instead of text. You can find similar images and products, see other websites using the image, and even get recipes. Go to http://bing.com/visualsearch then drag an image into the box, upload one, or take a photo to try it out.

Restoring a document to a previous version
Cathy Larsen

To restore a document in Word, PowerPoint, or Excel to a previous version, follow the steps below:

  1. Open the document in the desktop version of the program.
  2. Click on the File tab, then choose Info.
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  4. Next to the Manage Document, Manage Workbook or Manage Presentation button, click on the "View and restore previous versions" link located beneath Version History.
  5. Microsoft Word Version History
  6. Next, you will see a list of previous versions of the document listed by date, time, and the name of the person who made the changes. Click on the desired version of the document you wish to view. The document will open in a read only window where you can then save a copy of the document if needed.