Tech Bytes

MASSP is proud to offer our new Tech Bytes newsletter and resources as a member benefit. At the beginning of each month, members will receive information and a short video explaining a tech-based resource or tip to help you better function in your every day practice. In addition to housing the videos on our YouTube Channel, you'll also be able to access the archive of past Tech Bytes below.

Questions? Please email Ryan Cayce, MASSP's Director of Digital Learning & Resources.

Flipgrid (January 2018)

Flipgrid is a great example of a collaboration platform that gives a voice to all users and engages them in online communication. It has been a popular choice among educators on social media and we thought MASSP members would like to learn how to integrate this tool into their daily practice. When watching the video tutorial, learners will be shown how to create grids and topics, post video responses, and identify ways to use this platform as a principal or teacher. We hope you enjoy this new resource!

Gmail Hacks - Basics (February 2018)

When watching this basics tutorial, learners will be shown how to use labels & folders, undo send, and vacation responder settings. These are some very easy and simple ways to organize and simplify your inbox. Enjoy!

Gmail Hacks - Advanced (February 2018)

When watching this advanced tutorial, learners will be shown how to use filters, canned responses, and a third-party app called Boomerang. These hacks will help organize your inbox while making you more efficient when sending and receiving messages. Use these hacks and enjoy freeing up time normally spent on emails!

ClassroomScreen (March 2018)

ClassroomScreen is a brand new resource to hit the scene that every educator will want to check out. This completely free resource (with no account creation needed) gives teachers a blank space to project on their screen and can add a variety of widgets needed to deliver their lessons, activities, and exit polls. Packed with great classroom management tools as well like noise volume indicator and random group maker, ClassroomScreen is a great tool that is easy to use and implement right now!

Hootsuite (April 2018)

If you are a principal active on social media and taking the time to post separate messages on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. - STOP! Watch this Tech Byte on Hootsuite - an online platform that allows you to manage, post, and schedule your social media messages all at one time. In this tutorial, you will learn how to use the Hootsuite interface, connect social media accounts, set up streams, and schedule posts for a later date and time.

Grammarly (May 2018)

This month’s Tech Byte focuses on Grammarly: a great, online extension that can help improve your writing through grammar and spelling suggestions. This free resource is a great tool for principals because it can suggest corrections to mistakes in your emails and social media posts and even explains why it should be changed. On top of that, Grammarly also sends you weekly writing reports to show how many mistakes were made and how your writing level compares to other users plus more. Now you no longer need your secretary or English teacher to proof your work; leave it to Grammarly! (June 2018)

Do you ever find it difficult to watch a video online while trying to take notes? How about for your students who are trying to keep up in class? If so, look no further than which is a free online add-on to Google Drive that allows users to watch a video on one side of their screen, while taking notes on the other and have them sync automatically to Google Drive for later use. Best of all, this application is completely free!

Google Keep (September 2018)

Looking for a place to store of you important resources and reminders? Try using Google Keep to store notes, images, videos, website, and voice memos all in one spot and synced with the cloud.  Whether you use your computer or a mobile device, this free resource is simple to use and integrates with all the other Google Apps.  Watch the newest 10-minute TechByte video and see for yourself just how easy it is to get started!

InsertLearning (October 2018)

Looking for a great way to engage learners in a blended learning environment? Then check out InsertLearning - an online resource for administrators and teachers to use when creating lessons centered around online content like a webpage, article, or even online videos. Users can build class discussion posts, questions, highlighted text sections, sticky notes, videos, and more on any type of webpage. This TechByte tutorial will walk through the InsertLearning basics with a quick overview of how simple it is to build these interactive lessons.

Twitter 101 (November 2018)

It’s time we talk about why you aren’t on Twitter yet! Looks too complex? No idea how it ties to PD? Don’t have time? If this is you, don’t be scared and learn how simple and powerful Twitter is for your school, staff/students/parents, and your own learning. In less than 10 minutes, you will learn all of the basics needed to get started and join the Twittersphere!

Jamboard (December 2018)

Google has another great tool to help admin teams, PLCs, and students collaborate - Jamboard! An app that syncs and works like Google Drive/Docs, this creative think tank space (similar to Padlet/Lino.It) can recognize handwriting and shapes, allows users to post sticky notes, and can even allow you to embed website snippets and images all in one spot. A great tool for sketch notes, you will want to share this one with your staff for sure!