Skyward Educator Access Training Notes

Table of Contents (asterisk *links are key training sections!) (edit)

1) Setup

2) Arrangement

3) Course description (from Eduphoria)

4) Resources list

*5) Training Outline

6) Surveys/Forms

*7) Screencasts Directory

1) Setup

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  1. Connections
  1. (on BISD network):  https://10.25.5.170:444/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplusTrn/seplog01.w
  2. (Home or off BISD network): https://198.214.252.166:444/scripts/wsisa.dll/WService=wsEAplusTrn/seplog01.w
  1. Browse this document and/or http://308today.blogspot.com/ while waiting for others to get connected :)
  2. Breaks - group consensus - Chrome Timer demo
  3. Smartphone with barcode reader or this published version of the notes (link: http://goo.gl/1Dj5F) bookmarked? (so you can try the videos on your phone)
  4. Earbuds (it would be very helpful if you bring them to the session to try the screencasts!)

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  1. Videos to youtube/J-drive/flashdrive/desktop
  2. Projector, speakers, internet connectivity, training database access
  3. Blue-cord for connection-related issues

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2) Arrangement

  1. Poll EdAccess experience level
  2. Poll general tech comfort level
  3. Paired by experience?
  4. Feedback (via form or email: bmercer@bisdtx.org is greatly appreciated!)

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3) Course description (from Eduphoria)

        Educator Access Refresher

Campus TIGs will provide teachers with a detailed walkthrough of Skyward Educator Access

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4) Resources list

General resources

  1. QR code for these notes (watch the videos on your smartphone for help while using your gradebook)

  1. Skyward Phone Apps
  1. Consider using a Skyward Class Roster Report and ARMS credentials report to create a comprehensive roster spreadsheet which might look like the following:
  1. Consider taking screenshots of your Skyward Seating Charts and pasting them into a Google Presentation for quick reference or sharing with a substitute, etc. (private example):
  1. Titanpad for quick collaboration (no confidential info!): https://titanpad.com/ (and add code)
  2. Screencast your own notes: http://screencast-o-matic.com/
  3. Create your own annotated screenshots which can be dragged directly into emails, Blogs, Gdocs, etc.: http://evernote.com/skitch/
  4. Find similar sites (screencasting or otherwise) here: http://www.similarsitesearch.com/
  5. Useful URL shortener extension with Chrome browser (goo.gl):
  1. Add Google Voice Search to your Chrome Omnibar with this extension (GooNow)
  1. Create groups of Chrome Tabs using this handy OneTab extension (and share it as a webpage with a QR code): https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/onetab/chphlpgkkbolifaimnlloiipkdnihall 
  1. Google Chrome to Phone extension enables you to send links and other information from Chrome to your Android devices (like mapped routes for example)
  1. Consider using multiple profiles (personal & professional) to allow for separate bookmarks, extensions and apps (in-class demo) (more info here)
  2. Chrome Incognito Tab (Ctrl+Shift+N) (more info here) can be used for temporary account access without having to log off the computer (student presentations for example)
  3. Sign in to Chrome to synch your data across devices including recent tabs (more info here):
  1. Share links with your campus,students, or other groups via a links map spreadsheet like this example
  1. GDrive classroom organizational folders outlines the benefits of using Google Drive (GDocs) for collecting and organizing student assignments
  1. Google Educator Resources - Lots of Google stuff!
  2. G+ info and resources:

...and for this class specifically

  1. 2013-14 (to be updated soon) Campus Technology Integration Guide (TIG) Handbook:  https://docs.google.com/a/bisdtx.org/file/d/0Bz00cXnUTsJWQmYtTFFXbHhMUTQ/edit (start at pg5)
  1. Tech support work request (for help with advanced problems): Eduphoria logon link
  2. BISD Skyward Resources Portal (information on updates, tutorials, etc.): https://sites.google.com/a/bisdtx.org/skyward/home 

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*5) Training Outline

  1. 308 Today: http://308today.blogspot.com/ (training outline host site with lots of additional materials)
  2. Skyward training database link; use this to practice without affecting your ‘live’ gradebook (the highlights below show the differences in the path between the training database and the live database):

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  1. Gradebook Basics (most used functions): View screencasts & practice via training classes if available
  1. Student Information
  1. Time savers!
  1. Reports
  1. Additional topics

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6) Surveys/Forms

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*7) Screencasts Directory

(tip: for best viewing, change the resolution to HD but it will take a little longer to load)

Skyward Educator Access Gdocs Screencasts Folder:

https://docs.google.com/folder/d/0B1J3MHR052StMzhyNnZTcWhLbGs/edit

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(all items were recorded in the old gradebook format but are very similar to the new one and will eventually be updated)

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