iSchool Newsletter Archive

Here is a recent history of our previous newsletters, the featured videos, and a link to see the full communication.

iSchool Newsletter | November 2020

This month features some new updates to Google Meets, Host Controls, Activities, Google Forms question imports, and some additional information and updates from HPS Technology including the availability of requesting a Webcam as an additional tool for your Meets and the iSchool Newsletter Archive.

iSchool Newsletter | October 2020

This month was all about Google Meet and its new features, including Grid Size, Host Controls, and upcoming options with Background Blur, Meet Attendance, and Q+A/Polls.

We also discussed Best Practices with Meet Quality, at-home resources with our Technology @ Home website , and Technology Single-Point-of-Contact at each school.

Finally, we took a look at Classwize/Family Zone as a feature to assist with digital classroom management, with best practices of avoiding multiple active class sessions to allow other teachers to manage their Classrooms as they see fit.

iSchool Newsletter | September 2020

As we look into the start of the 2020-21 school year, we reviewed updated to our HPS Tech Support training and online resources, resources for families at home with our Technology @ Home website, 1:1 initiative, and beginning of the year PD opportunities.

We featured some of our most popular and foundational Kb articles found in HPS Tech Support > Kb (at top) for Google Meets and SchoolBrains.

We discussed the LittleSIS sync tool between SchoolBrains and Google Classroom, JamBoard for teachers, ClassWize/FamilyZone Classroom, and a popular Chrome Extension "Web Paint" for quick digital annotations.

iSchool Newsletter | August 2020

Our August newsletter looked at the variety of training and support resources we have available, including Self-Help Guides, New Staff Resources, our Support Ticket system, and Remote Training Appointments.

We reviewed a recent change to SchoolBrains and how to use the Communications module to best keep track of student/parent communications.

iSchool Newsletter | June 2020

Our end-of-school-year newsletter looked back at our Distance Learning adventure, highlighting Summer Training Opportunities, Chrome Extensions, and tips for summer projects.

We took a look at using the Communications module in SchoolBrains for keeping track of student/parent communications and highlighted a couple of web apps including Microsoft Translator, Dualless Chrome Extension, and the Canvas Digital Whiteboard.

iSchool Newsletter | May 2020

May's newsletter featured a peek into Google's new Tiled Layout in Meet and how to Present a Tab - a better option when looking to showcase multimedia while in a Meet. Also, we took a brief look at Google Sites and demonstrated a way to Present and View your class simultaneously while in a Meet.

We reminded folks of ClassWize/Family Zone Classroom as a digital classroom management tool, as well as to look out for SPAM/Phishing messages and related tips for identifying false information.

iSchool Newsletter | April 2020

We announced our dedicated support and resource page for Distance Learning resources, showcasing ideas on using Google Meet, Recording a Meet, information on Google Voice, and some Google Classroom walkthroughs.

We highlighted resources from Google's "Teach from Home" website where they have targeted help guides for teachers, parents, and students.

Finally, we reminded everyone of the "Chromebooks @ Home" resource that was created to assist families at home with District-issued technology as well as what to look out for when it comes to false information in SPAM/Phishing emails.

iSchool Newsletter | March 2020

Rubrics launched in Google Classroom, so we took a deeper dive into how to set up and use within an Assignment. We reminded everyone of our expanded training opportunities, including Remote appointments and increased time slot availability for Face-to-Face training appointments.

We announced a new digital classroom resource in ClassWize/FamilyZone Classroom that offers teacher oversight of their students' digital activity, including the ability to provide additional filtering.

As friendly reminders, we mentioned ClassLink and G Suite as essential resources for our digital platforms and gave relevant action steps with our 3 Phase approach to technology integration.

iSchool Newsletter | February 2020

We announced our updated training opportunities and expanded schedule, encouraging folks to consider action steps in the G Suite for each of our 3 Phases of technology integration.

We previewed an upcoming feature in Google Classroom for integrating Rubrics while in an Assignment, as well as reminding folks to look out for SPAM/Phishing threats and relevant tips for identifying false information.

iSchool Newsletter | January 2020

We welcomed the new year by taking a look at ways to reset and reflect on your personal and professional goals. We encouraged a look at our 3 Phase approach to technology integration, booking a training appointment, and taking advantage of Google's Teacher Training Center.

There were also specific updates for High School teachers with Semester 2 implications for both Gradebook and Google Classroom.

iSchool Newsletter | December 2019

December featured a deeper dive into Google Slides, including animation basics and a handful of "did you know" features with Inserting a video/audio, working with Diagrams and WordArt, and exploring Add-ons.

We reminded folks of an in-district resource called HPS Video, which includes streamable feature films and video-based curriculum content.

We referenced Google Spark as an option for web-based multimedia projects - just simply sign in with Google and explore!

iSchool Newsletter | November 2019

Google Forms was the main topic this month, exploring options for Assessments, feedback, data visuals, and some advanced reporting ideas.

We explored using Impero as an option for digital classroom management and referenced using the Communications module in SchoolBrains as the best way to keep track of parent/student communications.

We also highlighted a new report in SchoolBrains called "Student and Parent Contacts - by Section", which provides an easy way to grab email address and contact information for your students and their guardians.

iSchool Newsletter | October 2019

This newsletter featured a discussion surrounding best practices with your HPS Account, including password best practices, identifying SPAM/Phishing attacks, and staying signed in with Google.

We mentioned ClassLink as a new resource on the HPS LaunchPad and its important connection to multiple curriculum services.

Our Did You Know section featured the "Scan to OCR" options available in our district copiers, as well as some updated Google Resources with a Countdown timer, Inserting Audio in Slides, and a new Priority View in Drive.

iSchool Newsletter | September 2019

This beginning-of-the-year update highlighted new appointment options and an updated scheduling website, our iSchool Training Philosophy and Technology Phases, Technology Training and Support Resources, new printers with access card features, Google Classroom updates, Student Logins and Badges for young students, HPS Video, and more!