Weekly Lessons Learned 4/23/21

Weekly Lessons Learned Update

Welcome to the Technology Design Team Weekly Lessons Learned! This will be a recurring feature on Friday afternoons where the Technology Design Team will share top of mind resources and learning. Each week, we will post a few key things we hope you may find useful. We look forward to sharing our learning with you.
Some of the content may be specific to the realities of Austin ISD though, we hope, much will be useful to viewers worldwide.

The Weekly Lessons Learned Archive contains a list of topics from and links to previous updates.

general information

My students are loving Minecraft! How might they demonstrate their learning with video?

Using Minecraft: Education Edition as a teaching tool is enhanced by the idea that students can screen capture their world to demonstrate the lesson objectives through student-narrated video. This video entitled “Students Can Use Screencastify To Make A Video Of Their World For Their Teacher” is in the Minecraft: Education Edition training course. Encourage staff to self-enroll at http://bit.ly/aisdminecraft .

How can my students record a video of their Chromebook screen? 

The same Screencastify Chrome extension staff can install can now be installed by students. The YouTube video, How To Install Screencastify In AISD, is a student-facing video that shows how to install this extension and access the video recording tool.

I’ve signed up for the Minecraft: Education Edition BLEND course and still need ideas for lessons. Where can I find age-appropriate and content-specific Minecraft lessons for my students?

You can find ready-made lessons at Minecraft: Education Edition’s lesson page.

How can I customize the message and icon on my Zoom waiting room for participants? 

Learn how to do so by watching this video on how to customize your Zoom waiting room. More information can be found in the article “Waiting Room” from the official Zoom guides.

Teacher Blueprint Survey

As we approach the end of this school year and we look ahead to 2021-2022, your feedback is more important than ever. Plans are underway to improve, refine, and provide Blueprints for teachers next school year. Whatever your role and whatever degree you used Blueprints this year, we need to hear from you.

Please invest a few minutes to share your experiences and preferences. This information will play a key role in the revisions and enhancements we make in Blueprint design and content for 2021-2022. Thank you for your feedback as we continue learning together how we can best support our students!

Teacher Blueprint Survey – Spring 2021 (Google Form)Links to an external site.

When are Technology Design Team Virtual Office Hours?
The Technology Design Team will be joining the Austin ISD family in Spring Break.Virtual Office Hours with the Technology Design Team will return Monday, March 22nd. Virtual Office Hours with the Technology Design Team will happen on Monday-Thursday from 9:00-11:00 AM and 2:00-4:00 PM and on Friday from 2:00-4:00 PM.
Please check the Global Announcement in BLEND for the Zoom link.

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