I set up Google Classroom. Now what?

You have your Google Classroom set-up, but now what? Luckily, with Google Classroom you can integrate with many applications – but go slow.  Master one integration before you introduce the next.  Too many new tools and resources can be confusing for students and overwhelming for teachers.  You will find success when you take baby steps.  

Explore some great ways to take your Google Classroom to the next step b

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Extension: Share to Classroom

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  • Extensions are browser add-ons that act as shortcuts for your internet activity.
  • The “Share to Classroom” extension enables you to easily share web pages with your Google Classroom.
  • Simply click the extension button from any website, select how to share the page (as an announcement, question, or assignment), and click post.

See instructions here to install “Share to Classroom”

 

Google Drive/Google Classroom Connection

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  • Your Google Classroom comes with a Drive folder as well as a calendar.
  • Google has made these easy to access by adding these links to your Classroom’s About page.
  • Click the Class Drive link to directly access the Drive folder for this Google Classroom
  • Classroom Calendar links to your Calendar within classroom, and displays your classroom assignments.
  • Google Calendar links to your Google Calendar, which displays all of your calendars in one spot.

Google Forms in the Classroom

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  • Google Forms are a great way to track student learning, act as exit tickets, and get feedback from parents and students.
  • Google Forms can also be created as self-grading quizzes, making monitoring student learning even easier!
  • New in 2017 is the ability for teachers to push graded Google Forms Quizzes back to the student’s record in Google Classroom!
  • Google Forms offer a variety of question types to meet all your surveying needs.

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  • Student responses can be viewed at a glance on the responses tab, or in the responses spreadsheet.
  • The at a glance view shows allows you to view a summary of responses, all responses by question, as well as all responses by student.
  • Once the quiz is assigned via Classroom, you can easily view student completion, grade, and import auto-graded quizzes.

iOS 11: New Features and Information

As we are sure you know, Apple has released the latest software for iPhones and iPads, iOS 11.  Apple is calling this update “A monumental leap for iPad” and there a few cool additions that may help educators in the classroom.  

As with any new software update, we highly recommend you do not update your iPads until we recommend it is safe to do so.  Typically, we will want to wait until iOS 11.1 is released and all the bugs have been worked out of the new software.  In addition, app developers (Schoology, Google, Pearson, Accelerated Reader, etc.) all need time to update their apps to work with iOS 11.

Upgrading your device to iOS 11 at this time may cause issues with performance and can not be easily reversed.

When it is safe to upgrade school iPads Beehively will be in touch to schedule this update with you directly.

In the meantime here are some additional notes on the new operating system:

 

Which Devices Support iOS 11:

All iPhones 5s and newer

iPad Pros

iPad Air & Air 2

iPad 5th generation

iPad mini 2, 3, & 4

Features Notable in Education:

New file browser that pulls files from supported cloud storage apps

Split view enhances multi-tasking by allowing two apps to display at once

New document scanner for filling and signing documents

Keyboard now displays numbers and commonly used punctuation without flipping between keyboards

 

Features Notable Outside of Education:

Drag and drop capability

Apple Pay is now integrated with iMessage

Photos has been updated to include more filters and Live Photos that create fun loops of video from your pictures

Redesigned App store

Increased Support for Apple Pencil

 

More Info: https://www.apple.com/ios/ios-11/

Beehively Summer Update: Settings That Are Even Easier to Use!

We’re having a busy summer here at Beehively. Along with all of the updates you have already heard about, we are making our software, even more, user friendly.

We have redesigned the subject edit page so that it lays out all of the information more clearly. The page now has tabs that clearly divide the different information you are used to. If you don’t see what you are looking for, let us know as we may have renamed it.

You can also edit multiple subjects at once! This means that you can change what your parents can see for all of your subjects without clicking into each one individually. You can find this screen by clicking on Grades/Reports in the Admin menu.Gradebook, classroom report, and report legend settings have been moved to a more easily accessible location. They are the settings you are used to, but can now be found in the Reporting section of the Administration Menu.

The homework notification system has also been updated. You can now set your homework assignment with the date it will be assigned and the date that it is due. This allows you to tell the system when to send out the notification emails for each assignment. To send a notification on the assignment date, make sure you check “notify parents by email”.

For our wonderful Admin users, the School Profile page received a makeover this summer! All the options that were on this page before are still there along with a new option! You can now control what items show up in homepage feeds (i.e. Announcements, Calendar events, Spotlights, principal’s messages… )

We hope you’re having a great summer. Keep checking in for more Beehively updates.

As always, let us know if you have any questions by email support@beehively.com or calling (888) 851-4879. You can also leave a comment here!

Content Filtering 101!

Here at Beehively, we work with your school to help ensure your students are safe online. With the online world today’s students live in, it is important to filter their access to the web during school hours. Here is a summary of how Beehively can help your school filter inappropriate content.

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Did you know? You have multiple options to block inappropriate images and other content even when using a free device management system or older devices.

  • Encourage students to use a safe search engine such as KidzSearch. This type of search engine is highly filtered, preventing students from accidentally running across inappropriate content.
  • Enforce Login to Chrome browser and block access to other browsers. The Chrome browser allows administration to set safe search on student profiles and monitor student activity.
  • If your iPads are older and cannot run the latest operating systems, filtering content will be very difficult. The latest operating systems support more options for filtering and monitoring student usage.

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For additional options and features, you can expand filtering with paid filtering services.

  • At Beehively, we are constantly researching and adjusting our recommendations for paid content filtering to take advantage of the most complete and “safe” system.  We are always willing to work with schools on their individual needs. If you are interested in more information regarding additional paid filtering services, please let us know.
  • Like all solutions, content filtering is not a 100% fail-safe and cannot replace the diligence and support of teachers in the classroom. Some of these options do restrict content that your teachers may want to access.

Beehively Summer Update: New Tools and Features for Admin Users

We have built a few more tools for admin users to have more control of announcements, searches, and users.

Announcements

First, announcements now have a timestamped history. You can see who created, edited, and approved each announcement just by clicking on its title from the Admin > Announcements page.

Second, Admin users now have the ability to view and reactivate deleted users. The deleted users page will look like this showing when they were deleted with the option to edit, bringing you to a page that allows you to approve and activate the user.

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Approve and Activate

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Database Tools

The new and improved search function allows administrators to query the database. This means that you can ask the system questions like, “Which users do not have addresses” in a query format and the system will generate a list that can then be downloaded. You can also save a search if you use it frequently.

A few of the most exciting query options include: first name, last name, homeroom, approval status, and birthday. Each of these can be queried in a number of ways. For a full list of query options, click here. To watch a quick video of the process, click here. We will update the list as new query options become available. Let us know if you have a request!

We heard your requests, so we created a whole new report! The new report is an Emergency Report. It generates a two sided sheet for each student that includes all of their emergency contact information, medical information, and releases for easy access and filing hard copies. This report can be downloaded from the directory.
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We also added a new option to the announcement editor. You can now choose which types of users receive notification emails for any particular announcement. Just add any types of users in the box shown below.

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These announcements behave in the same manner on the Beehively homepage. If you are posting announcements that should only be seen by a certain group of people, please continue to use the group or class pages.

In addition to all these fun updates, you can also look forward to an all new look for Beehively announcement emails. We thought they could use a make-over, we hope you like it!

Do you have questions about our updates? Do you have requests for future updates? Let us know and keep your eyes out for more updates soon!

Happy Summer!

Beat the Heat! 5 Tips to Protect Your Devices from Rising Temperatures

We rely on our electronic devices heavily and, with summer fast approaching, we have to take extra care of them. These devices are sensitive and vulnerable to the heat. Overheating can result in improper functionality or even data loss!

Follow our five friendly reminders to keep your devices functioning to their fullest potential this summer!

1. Keep devices in a cool area away from direct sunlight, preferably with air conditioning. Phone and tablet screens are especially good absorbers of heat in direct sunlight. This can cause them to shut down if they get too hot.

*If your school turns off the air conditioning over the summer, turn off your devices too!*

2. Dirt and dust can cause your electronics to overheat. Keep your devices clean by storing them away from smoke, dust, and humidity.

3. Just like us, devices need breaks too! Running for too long exhausts them so try to shut them down when you are not using them.

4. Let them breathe! Prop your devices up on a stand to allow air flow. Computers and iPads should be placed in an area that will allow airflow when the devices are being used for longer hours in one spot.

5. Keep opened applications to a minimum. Using multiple applications and loading tasks at the same time can cause devices to overheat so remember to close out applications you no longer need to maximize the device’s usability.

Have a Question? Text Us!

We have great news! It is now more convenient than ever to ask us a question. Just text us a note and we’ll text you right back.

To reach us by text, please add (530) 883-8835 to your phone and send us a text message with your name and the name of your school. We’ll save you in our system and know who you are whenever you text.

Don’t worry, we won’t share your information or text you unless you text us.

We look forward to hearing from you!

The Beehively Team

(Now with texting!)

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