Wednesday, November 6, 2013

10 EHOVE ItsLearning Training Options [LNL] [EHOVE Staff]

There are multiple training options for you at EHOVE especially regarding ItsLearning. Take a look at the options below!



  1. To start, there the the Lunch 'N Learns (LNL).  LNL's are more of a session to show you a cool feature or spark ideas on how you can use tech to make teaching more relevant and engaging to students.  
  2. Tech Thursdays are usually an open lab format.  This means that you can come in and ask questions about anything you need help with related to technology.  For example, if you want to know the best way to add specific things to ItsLearning or share items with students, this is the place for you!
  3. EHOVEWire is also the perfect place for you to find some useful resources related to educational technology and some specifics for ItsLearning.  You'll find links and other great information.  If there is something you would like to see us post about, feel free to let us know!
  4. Check out ItsLearning's Vimeo channel: www.vimeo.com/itslearning for great how-to videos on ItsLearning specifics.
  5. You can also find some great how-to's on ItsLearning's YouTube channel: www.youtube.com/user/itslearning.
  6. The EHOVE Tech Dept also has a YouTube channel with some more in depth videos to help you with your ItsLearning course: http://www.youtube.com/ehovewire.
  7. ItsLearning offers free webinars discussing new features and how they can be beneficial for you in your class: http://www.itslearning.net/webinars-seminars.
  8. If you are just starting with ItsLearning and want to become familiar with it the Quick Start Guide is perfect for you: http://www.itslearning.eu/quick-start-guide.  Or perhaps you are wondering why you should even use ItsLearning, read about 5 reasons why you ought to!
  9. EHOVE Staff check with other teachers that are using ItsLearning and ask them questions! They'd be happy to help.
  10. Finally, there is always one-on-one training with Chad Enderle.  EHOVE allows staff to request substitutes if they would like to take some time to learn!  Ask your supervisor for further details.

Please take advantage of these resources and enjoy! :)

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Uploading Homework in ItsLearning is Easy! [LNL]

At EHOVE a goal from our administration has been given to our teaching staff to have their homework placed online by the fourth quarter.  In order to do that they must use our learning  management system (LMS) called ItsLearning.

Now initially when you log into ItsLearning, it like any other LMS can seem overwhelming because of all of the different functions it provides.  However, we are just focusing on homework to start!  Adding homework to ItsLearning is simple and quick.  Check out the video below to see how!



Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Creating and Collaborating in Google Drive

Curious about how to use Google Drive to share documents?  Check out the video below to help you out! Don't forget if you're an EHOVE staff member one-on-one training is available!  Enjoy :)

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Citrix Usage (Updated) [EHOVE Staff]

For those of you that don't know, we are fortunate to have a Citrix Portal available to us at EHOVE.  This allows people that don't have certain software installed on their computers, tables, phones, or other devices to still access and utilize that software.  For example, if you need to use Microsoft Word but don't have it installed on your device, you can access EHOVE's Citrix Portal and use it from the web.

In order to use this resource, there are a couple of items you need to do in order to gain access on your computer.  First, make sure you have an EHOVE username and password.  (This will be the same account you use to log onto EHOVE computers.)  Secondly, follow the instructions and read through the document here.




Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Setting Up Your ItsLearning Course for a New Year

Before you start your year it's a good idea to prepare your ItsLearning course.  The video below shows you how to remove student assignments from the previous year as well as previous course participants.  Check it out and let us know what you think in the comments below.  Enjoy :)

Tuesday, April 30, 2013

End of the Year Wrap Up [LNL]


Wow! It's hard to believe that the last Lunch 'N Learn of the school year has come and gone!  This year certainly has moved quickly.

For this month's LNL, we decided to discuss some things that you as a staff member (whether at EHOVE or elsewhere...) should be thinking about before leaving for the summer.  Check out the list below for more information!

Voicemail
One thing that you should consider, if you have a phone in your room or office, is to set your out-of-office message to let anyone calling you kn
ow that you will be gone for the summer.  This is also good to do if you have conferences or events throughout the school year.  There are many different phone systems and many different options to do this so please contact your tech person if you require assistance.

If you are an EHOVE staff member please see this link for instructions.

Email
Now is also a good time for you to clean up old emails and organize stored one’s into folders. Most email systems will allow you to do this very simply.  For example in Microsoft Outlook Web Access, right click on the Cabinet folder and select "Create New Folder".  After you've done this simply drag and drop messages into the folder.  Also during your organizing free up some space by emptying your deleted items and go through any unneeded Sent Items.

Much like your out-of-office voicemail greeting you can set Automatic Replies for a vacation message with your email as well.  Again there are multiple ways to do this depending on what email system you use.  Check out this YouTube video for a tutorial on how to set this in OWA and in the full Outlook client.  Remember this will allow you to set a message for specific time period so you don’t have to remember to turn it on or off as well as set a different message for internal and external emails.

Be sure to explore email rules too!

File Management
File management is something you should do throughout the year but it is crucial before the end of the year.  You should prepare now for the beginning of the next school year and begin to clean up any personal file storage space that your IT department assigns you.

For EHOVE employees this would include your personal drive (P:) and any Share drive spaces that you may have (S:). You can begin by going through all of your old files and archive or delete the ones you don’t need. 

If you are unsure if you will need specific files or you would like to archive them, create a separate folder on your drive named “Archive.” Copy the files and folders you don’t need any more to that folder. When you have completed your sorting and organizing, get a blank CD(s), DVD(s), Flash Drive, or portable hard drive and cut and paste the “Archive” folder and anything else you would like backed up to the disc. Be sure that if you use a flash drive or external hard drive, that the device has adequate space. The advantage to either of these two options is that generally they can hold A LOT more files than CD(s) or DVD(s).

If you need help doing this, ask your IT department or another colleague and I'm sure they would be happy to help. 

Again performing the steps above will not only free up space on the server (Your IT people will be extremely grateful!) but it also helps you to become more organized because you'll know what files you have and where they are located which will save you tons of time in the long run!

Citrix
If your district has the privilege of using Citrix, then you know that through it you access files, network drives, and any programs your IT department publishes.  This is an amazing resource to have available throughout the year and especially in the summer if you have some things you want to get done for next year.

For information about Citrix specifically for EHOVE staff, please see this link: http://tech.ehove.net/announcements/newcitrixaddress.

ItsLearning is the Learning Management System (LMS) of choice at EHOVE and much like other LMS's, you can reuse the course you've created year to year.  To do this however there are a few things you must do.  ItsLearning has some great helpful information on how to go about doing this.  EHOVE staff see the links below for more information.

(Keep your eyes peeled for a how-to video to come! - http://www.youtube.com/user/EHOVEWire)



Wrap-up to the wrap-up...
If you follow these steps and prepare for summer and the upcoming school year, you'll do yourself a favor and save tons of time and energy when next year rolls around! 

Let us know in the comments below if you have other great tips for preparing for summer and next year. We'd love to hear about them!

Friday, March 22, 2013

How to Share Videos from YouTube

How to Upload a Video to YouTube

If you've never uploaded a video to YouTube then this post is for you! If you are apprehensive about doing this, you need to realize that uploading to YouTube is a super-simple that shouldn't scare you. But maybe that's not even what's holding you back.  Maybe you are someone that is asking themselves, "Why?".  Well, the real question you should be asking is, "Why not?".

There are so many benefits in doing so...but here are three: 
  1. You can have easy access to any of your videos from ANYWHERE! (Well, that is as long as you have internet access, of course.) 
  2. From YouTube's Video Manager, you can choose whether or not you want your videos made available to the public, just to friends (people who have the specific URL), or just to you.  On top of all this, you can store all of your videos for free! 
  3. You won't ever have to worry about scouring your computer's hard drive, your flash drives, or any external hard drives to find the video you are looking for because YouTube keeps them all in one place, making them easily searchable. Not only that, but you aren't using up your hard drive space by storing large video files.
Check out the video below to learn how to upload!


ItsLearning Course Building First Steps [Part 1]