• Dear parents and students.

    On Sunday April 19 we were directed to assess whether students met their expectations by Friday of each week.  With this directive I will need to make the due date for each week’s assignments by Thursday so that I can hopefully assess and record it all by Friday. 

    The assignments were given before Spring break and show up in Khan Academy as all being due by May 29 but with the new directive here is a list of weekly due dates for each section.   Since we were given hard deadlines the students will also need to abide by the following deadlines below in order to get their credit in Aeries by each Friday.

    The following assignments, Khan Academy work due April-May ,can already be accessed through their Khan Academy accounts and if students still haven’t connected to their lessons, instructions can be found below.

     

    Dropbox:

    You can access blank note sheet templates, PowerPoints to fill in those notes, study guides, etc. for our biology class at  http://tinyurl.com/piratebio

    Remind:

    Prior to the shelter-in-place order I would use Remind to send homework reminders and other information but now I mostly use it for general announcements for all my classes, and I use Google Classroom and Khan Academy to assign work. (See below)  To have your students sign up for Remind have them text the code @biop to 81010.  Remind has a 150 student limit per class and our school hasn't signed up for the paid premium version to add more students so please limit to one account per student and have them put their First and Last Name as it appears on their school ID

     

    Google Classroom:

    Online assignments will be given and collected through Google Classroom and Khan Academy. Students can edit and turn in their assignments on their mobile devices most easily if they install the Google Classroom app or use a computer.

    VERY IMPORTANT: I don't know who to give points to if students sign up with some login like "Imthegoat@gmail.com". Even if they think I can tell who they are from their email they must make sure to change the Google profile name to the First and Last name as it appears on the student ID card.  This insures that they are put in the right place in the Google gradebook to get their scores.  Signing up for Google Classroom allows you to get the invite for Khan Academy as well.  Make sure you put your first and last nane there as well. 

    The codes to sign up for classroom.google.com are as follows:

    period 1:      sf2b2bq

    period 2:      js33ha5

    period 3:      itnyq4g

    period 4:      qmaenfl

    period 6:      obh5pzh

     

    Join a class with a class code

    Go to classroom.google.com.

    At the top, click Add and then Join class.

    Click Join class

    Enter the 7 character class code from your class from above and click Join.

     

    Khan Academy:

    If you signed up for Google Classroom earlier, your Khan Academy invite will have gone to the email you used to sign up for Google Classroon:  If you didn't sign up for Google Classroom or get your invite you can visit:  www.khanacademy.org/join and use the classroom codes for Khan Academy found below.  Use the same exact email you gave for Google Classroom so that your progress is linked to your account.  I have to manually update each class so new students receive the current assignments.  I will periodically announce when I do a major update. 

    Khan Academy Class Codes:

    Per 1:    VWBRYBRA

    Per 2:    P9W4RNME

    Per 3:    89Z3244N                

    Per 4:    Q367VV56

    Per 6:    YH2YUKNW

      On Khan academy your name is listed only as your emails and for some of you I don't know who you are or I have multiple students with the same first names etc.   When you're in Khan Academy,  click on the 3 bars at the upper right hand corner.  Then scroll down to the line with your name and click on your name, and then under your name click settings.  Change your nick name to your last name first with a space and then your first name.  Scroll down and click save under the basics area you just changed and then click the left arrow at the upper left hand corner to go back and hopefully that saves your actual name.

     

    Here's a student guide to Google Classroom:

     http://www.santeesd.net/cms/lib/CA01000468/Centricity/Domain/289/Student%20Quick%20Guide%20to%20Google%20Classroom.pdf

     

    To use a mobile device to draw,write, and type on Study Guides or other PDFs download the Google Classroom app on your mobile device. Here's how to write on an assignment in Google Classroom: https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/7080036?hl=en

    To use a computer computer to draw, write, and type on assignnents use a program like Doc Hub. Here's a tutorial video on how to do that.  https://www.google.com/search?q=edit+pdf+in+google+classroom+from+a+computer&rlz=1C1CHZL_enUS725US725&oq=edit+pdf+in+google+c

    To edit Cornell Notes, or other Google docs: 

    https://support.google.com/edu/classroom/answer/9073815?hl=en&ref_topic=9050121

    Of course, you could also Google how to do just about anything else.  

     

    Questions/help:

    I know it has been a challenge for many of us, including me, using these new programs so thanks for trying.  If you have ever seen several people ask what page something is on right after I’ve already written it on the board and said it in class, you can imagine how many questions I’m getting now that there’s more than just one step.    If you need help:

    Short answer:

    Look to the upper right hand corner of your phone or computer for the 3 dots and click either “send feedback” or “help”and let the thousands of pros or community members who’ve gone through this guide you.  Or you could try asking me.  See long answer below.

     

    Long answer: 

     Often people send a private comment asking how something works and I’m the only one who sees that question. If you post that question on the first stream page of Google Classroom then everyone can help and be helped by that answer. It might help me if you tell me what “it” is, as in what assignment are you referring to, and what exactly “it” is that you’re doing?  Are you trying to access a document, edit it, or submit it?  It would also help me if you tell me if you have previously successfully opened, saved, edited or submitted a pdf or doc before.  That way I don’t send you a bunch of how-to links if you’ve already mastered how-to before and this is a problem not with knowing how to do something but a problem with a specific portion of a document.  It might also help if you tell me if you’re using your phone with google classroom or a computer with Doc hub, etc.  Professionals might ask for more specifics like what kind of device or platform you’re using, but I’m no professional technician.  (If I was, I might have a Tesla and many more things) Therefore if your issue starts to look like you’ve done it before and it works on one device but not the other it may be something  that needs to be addressed by professional Google technicians, your phone/computer manufacturer, etc .  At that point I’d Google your issue to see if someone else has likely come across it in a forum or even made a how-to video about it.  This is how I taught myself a lot of stuff. Good luck and stay healthy.