Tech Tips Blog

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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Rachelle Herbst
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Create Digital Books using Book Creator
Kristine Capron
Book Creator app icon

 Bring creativity to your classroom with BOOKCREATOR! The one app you need for any subject or grade level. Combine text, images, audio and video and have your students create their own digital book!. You can start with a free teacher account and create your own libraries. This is a great tool to personalize learning by using student voice and choice.

Canvas Teacher APP
Lisa Lomax

Time is a teacher's most valuable resource. Save time and use Canvas more efficiently from your mobile device with Canvas Teacher. 

Canvas Teacher allows teachers to facilitate their courses on the go, both inside and outside the classroom. This app provides quick access to grading, communicating, and updating - three of the most frequent course facilitation tasks for teachers.

Canvas Teacher APP is available for both Android and iOS devices. 

  • GRADING: Browse submissions and provide feedback to your students with a new and improved mobile SpeedGrader embedded in this app. 
  • COMMUNICATING: Send announcements and messages (including "Message Students Who...") and participate in course discussions from the palm of your hand. 
  • UPDATING: Need to change a due date? Or publish an assignment? Or fix a misspelling? Canvas Teacher allows you to update your course content.
Customize Your Outlook Background and Theme
Kristine Capron
Outlook Icon

You can customize the way your Microsoft Outlook account looks in a few easy steps.

·         From the file menu choose Options

·         Next, choose the General Option

·         In the General Option section, choose Personalize your copy of Microsoft Office.

Once you are in the Personal your copy of Microsoft Office section, you can change your Background which is the background design and then the Theme that will change the background color.


Canvas - New Analytics Feature
Lisa Lomax


Canvas Logo

New Analytics Feature in Canvas

To enable New Analytics go into course settings, select Feature Options and turn on "New Course and User Analytics". You will then see New Analytics in the right hand column on your Home Page. 

Use New Analytics to:




Creating a Private Channel in Microsoft Teams
Rachelle Herbst
Microsoft Teams Logo

You can now create a private channel in Microsoft Teams.  This allows you to have a channel for specific people on your Team that only they have access to view and edit.

  1. Go to the team you want to create the private channel for and choose More options ( the ellipses) > Add channel.
  2. Enter a name and description for your channel.
  3. Under Privacy, select the down arrow on the right, and then select Private – Accessible only to a specific group of people within the team.
  4. Select add.
Microsoft Teams: Searching for Files
Cathy Larsen

Have you ever needed to find a particular file that is stored in a Microsoft Team or find a file that you have opened recently in Teams but have struggled trying to figure out where the file is located? This video tutorial will show you tips for searching for those files.


Nearpod - Social Emotional Courses
Rachelle Herbst
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Nearpod’s Social and Emotional Learning content provides explicit instruction for the skills students need for life and beyond school. We aren’t only teaching students math and reading – we are teaching them to be positive and contributing members of society.

You can find Social and Emotional Learning courses by clicking on Social & Emotional Learning in the left navigation bar in Nearpod.  

social and emotional learning