Monday, November 20, 2017

Inserting Images

Recently Google made an update to how we insert images in Docs, Slides and Google Drawing.  When you select 'Insert/Image', you will see a small pop-out menu allowing for uploading from your computer, Drive, Google Photos, by the URL or by searching the web.

Unfortunately, if your students search the web from this menu, the photos are not filtered down to public domain images.  When looking for images to support your students' writing and presentations, students should search through the Copyright Free Image Sites provided on the Tech Tools Page.  The Tech Tools is accessible from the WPSS Home Page.  Students should always cite their image sources.

There are some cool bonus features when inserting images in Google Drawing.  Students can add captions, crop, rotate, change the color palette, add reflection, drop shadow or transparency.  Be creative and explore the capabilities of Google!

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Classroom Screen

Classroom Screen provides teacher tools at your fingertips.  You will have instant access to a timer, red light, noise level reminders and volume meters.  Or just enjoy the serenity of the wide selection of backdrops.  There is a full screen and an in screen drawing tool.  Use your trackpad to quickly model a shape or equation!  The drawing tool includes a selection of backgrounds including a grid.  Small drawings can be uploaded and shared with your students.  You can move the tools around the screen, use one at a time or display multiple tools if necessary.  

You will want to bookmark this tool today!  Check out this 2-minute video highlighting some of's features.  


How to Bookmark

1.  Click the star in the Omnibox to save the current page as a bookmark. You can also press Ctrl+D on your keyboard

2.  A dialog box will appear. If you delete the name, an icon will appear on your Bookmarks Bar.  You can also shorten the name if you want to, just type the new name in the "Name" box.  

3.  Choose where you want the bookmark to appear (on the Bookmarks Bar, in a folder, etc) from the Folder dropdown menu.

4.  Click Done.

Thursday, November 9, 2017

Web Based Replacements

With the move towards 1:1 Chromebooks, we have been researching web-based replacements for various programs we use here in Westwood.  For instance, many of you have already started using Xtra Math as a replacement for FastMath.  Xtra Math reinforces fast facts for addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.  Students can be set to a specific operation or to a mix of operations depending on need.  Xtra math shuts down after approximately 7 minutes.  It is most beneficial if the students complete seven minutes a few times a week.  Teachers can set up their own classrooms and track student progress within Xtra Math.  The program provides a parent letter to go home with students.

We would also like you to use Typing Club with your students.  This can be an at home assignment (if you know students have at home access to technology) or in school.  Typing, as you know, is a vital skill in today's society.  Like math, most people type every day!

Click here to set up a Typing Club account. Then follow these simple steps:

  1. Select "School Edition"
  2. Select Get Started Now Free/Teacher
  3. Fill in the information about the Sheehan School and your work information
  4. A URL will be selected for you. However, you can customize the URL if you choose.
  5. Choose a Plan:  Basic Plan 100% Free
  6. Select number of students, how you heard about Typing Club and CREATE ACCOUNT

Once you have created an account, you will need to add your students.

Please add students using our standard Usernames and Passwords:   27mcomer    Google Password

Grade 2 teachers:  we will introduce Typing Club to your students in January as usual.

Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Westwood Educator Folder

Need a substitute?  Information on a student?  Make a tech request?  In case you haven't noticed, we have provided a folder on the top left side of your bookmarks bar.    


This folder provides access to links that every Westwood educator routinely needs.  These links are also available on the 

WPS Home Page.  But you will love having these educator resources right at your fingertips!

Monday, September 18, 2017

Calendars and Lesson Planners

As you prepare for the new school year, you may want a digital calendar.  (curtesy of Vertex 42)  

Or check out!

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

Online Stop Watch

Everyone needs a stopwatch for various activities.  Many of us rely on our cell phones as timers.  There are many digital timers which are handy in the classroom!  Use the online timers to:
  • reduce transition times
  • make students aware of time left for a task
  • race the clock activities 
  • time math or writing stations; games or activities
  • timed quizzes or silent reading time

Check these timers out

Egg Timer - Simply type in the time in words. The timer then takes up the ENTIRE screen, which is perfect for projecting time to the class.