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Google Docs Commenting

posted Feb 1, 2016, 10:31 AM by Doug Saunders

Update: Easier Commenting in Docs, Slides, & Sheets
It is now easier then ever to leave a comment in a Google Doc. When you highlight text within a Google Doc or hover your mouse in the margin of the paper a new commenting icon will appear making it super simple to comment on your colleagues’—and your own—Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides files. This update also includes Instant mentions. Start typing someone’s name or email address in a comment, and a list of suggested contacts will appear. Select anyone from that list to trigger an email notification to them—there’s no need to type “+” or “@” before their name.

PT Conferences - Winter 2016

posted Jan 28, 2016, 8:23 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 1:05 PM by Doug Saunders ]

Parent teacher conferences are scheduled to take place on Thursday, February 11th from 4:00 pm to 7:20 pm. Holman parents will once again have the opportunity to sign up for parent teacher conferences online using I have already set up conference time tables for every teacher in the school. There will be approximately twenty - 10 minute slots allotted for each conference day. All Holman teachers should be on the lookout for an email in the near future from PTCFast containing your login information. Once logged onto the site you will have the option to modify parent sign-ups, print schedules, and edit conference/break times. It is extremely important that you do the following:
  • Please schedule one 10 minute break approximately half way through each of the sessions
  • To ensure consistency throughout the building, please do not adjust any of the dates or time frames. If you have availability issues on a specific day, please talk to an administrator.
Please refer to the link below with instructions explaining how to perform and troubleshoot specific tasks. I have also included a set of directions explaining how parents will sign up for a time to meet with you. You can preview the parent signup page by clicking on the button below. This website will provide parents with a list of Holman teacher names in alpha order as well as available conference times: 

H21 Timeline - 2016

posted Jan 20, 2016, 2:30 PM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Jan 21, 2016, 11:17 AM ]

Henrico 21 Timeline

Click here to view the presentation shared at the faculty meeting


 Due Date
 Start thinking about possible lesson ideas 
 September - October 2015
 Implement Lesson - You may use the Instructional Planner as your H21 Lesson
 September - February 2016
 Holman Henrico 21 Due Date  March 18, 2016
 Lessons scored by in-house committee  March 19 - 27, 2016
 Winning Lesson(s) Selected  April 4, 2016
 Winning lesson(s) submitted to District level  April 8, 2016
 Henrico 21 Ceremony @ Glen Allen High School
  • Student/Teacher Fair & Reception 5:15 - 6:15 pm
  • Awards Ceremony 6:30 - 7:30 pm
 Follow the live tweets from the ceremony on twitter @Henrico_21

 May 25, 2016

Schoology Homework Boards

posted Jan 20, 2016, 6:38 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Jan 24, 2016, 5:00 PM ]

Embedding a Homework Board in Schoology

We are going to explore a few different options regarding how we might best disseminate homework within the Schoology environment. In order to ensure consistency, core content teachers will continue to update their homework boards via, a Google Doc. The Google doc is public to all (no Schoology sign - in required), but can also be embedded within a Schoology course so that everything resides in a single location. Whenever a teacher updates their Google Doc homework board, the document embedded in Schoology automatically updates to reflect those changes. Below is a screencast explaining how to: 
  • add the Google Drive App to Schoology
  • how to embed your homework board within a course
  • how to copy that homework board to other classes.
IMPORTANT: Google Drive Apps Fix
VIDEO UPDATE: Looks like you may need to authorize the Schoology Google App prior to using it (You might encounter an error 40 seconds into the video). If you get an error message when installing, you can fix it by clicking Resources > Apps > Google Drive > Authorize App. See below. Shout out to Beth Terrier for discovering this issue!

Screencast: How to Embed a Google Doc in Schoology

ITRT Newsletter: Winter 2016

posted Jan 19, 2016, 11:43 AM by Doug Saunders

HTML 5 Player

posted Jan 19, 2016, 6:13 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Jan 19, 2016, 6:14 AM ]

Embed an HTML5 Player on a Google Site
For some odd reason, embedding audio in a Google Site has never been easy. Soundcloud and offer some nice players that can be used in a Google Site, but terms of service often require students to be 13 or older, and many teachers just don't feel comfortable having their students create personal accounts. Ideally students would be able to upload their audio files directly to a Google Site and embed the file from there. Well it turns out that this is a viable option! I recently discovered an HTML5 player script written by Dale Basler that does just that. Once an audio file has been uploaded to a Google Site, one simply links to the audio file via. a Google Gadget. Below is an example of David Bowie's song, Young Americans that was embedded on this site using the "add gadget by URL" option. Click on the link below to view the tutorial.

"I don't know where I'm going from here, but I promise it won't be boring." - David Bowie

Schoology Training Modules

posted Jan 14, 2016, 7:30 AM by Doug Saunders

Online Training Modules 
Schoology Online Training Courses are now available for HMS teachers. Administrators and Support Staff do not need to complete these modules, but are encouraged to join the Schoology Pilot Group – Option 2. These courses were designed so teachers could work at their own pace. If you complete Courses Part I prior to January 29th, you will not need to attend the in person training during the staff development day. We will be completing these modules as a group during that time with an added level of support. Trainers will be available to answer any questions and/or model how to perform a specific task during the in person training. Some teachers may choose to complete the online modules and attend in person training and/or set up a time to meet with me for some one on one training/clarification. Click on the image below to get started and thanks again for all that your do!

H21. Why Not?

posted Jan 13, 2016, 11:04 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Jan 13, 2016, 3:46 PM ]

Graphic Organizers

posted Jan 12, 2016, 8:00 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Jan 12, 2016, 8:04 AM ]

Graphic Organizer Templates for Google Drawings

Click on the image below to access a nice selection of Graphic Organizers to use with Google Drawing. Once you discover an organizer you would like to use click on the organizer and select on file --> make a copy.

Click the Image Below to Copy a Template

Snow Day!!

posted Jan 6, 2016, 8:07 AM by Doug Saunders   [ updated Jan 6, 2016, 10:18 AM ]

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