For instructions on how to access and edit your Teacher Page, click here.Technology Tools to Support and Communicate with Students
The district would like to provide some resources for Continued Learning while our school buildings are closed:The Peekskill City School District offers a suite of online instructional tools that can be used to support remote instruction and communication. General instructional tools for communicating with students include online services like:
Google Classroom Tutorials:These tutorials are options for creating lessons for Google Classroom:Google Slides Creation
- GSuite (Docs, Sheets, Slides, Forms, Classroom, Sites)
- Google Drive with shared folders
Google Slides is a presentation program similar to PowerPoint that is included as part of Google for Education within its Google Drive service. Slides allow users to create and edit presentations online while collaborating with other users, including students in real-time. The following training videos provide guidance for K-12 teachers on slide creation:
We also have many web-based programs at our disposal that can also be posted to Google Classroom. Please visit each elementary school's "Contnued Learning" webpage for a complete list of useful links by grade level. Some of the more commonly used sites are:
Teachers can record narrated slides using screen recording software. Recordings can then be uploaded to Google Drive and attached to assignments on Google Classroom. Teachers may use one of several free screen recording platforms including:
Google Classroom: Live Streaming via Google Hangouts Meet (option students/staff)
The use of Google Hangouts Meet allows live interactions with students to teach full lessons or simply to schedule check-ins to answer questions on recorded lessons and material. Google Hangouts Meet is designed to let dozens of people join the same virtual meeting, and speak or share video with each other from anywhere with internet access. Participants can share whatever is on their screen with everyone on a call, and any participant can turn their own audio and/or video feed off at any time, participating however they want.
Google Hangouts Meet works exclusively on the Chrome web browser and does not require special software. Meetings can be scheduled by creating a calendar event at the desired date and time. An option to add video conferencing will appear within the event.
Once selected, the teacher can simply add a live class session link by copying the meeting link directly into the Google Classroom Assignment. The assignment should have a due date/time that correlates to the calendar entry so it will appear on the student’s calendar at the correct day and time.
Teachers can share a browser tab or their entire screen to present Google Slides presentations or any other items on their computer. All students in the meeting will appear along the right side of the screen. Students can interact with the class using their computer microphone and camera as well as a chat window. The use of Google Hangouts Meet allows teachers to closely simulate a real classroom environment by allowing an ongoing dialogue with the entire class. Additional guidance and training can be found here.
Google Voice InstructionsYou can sign up for Google Voice either on the web or by downloading the Google Voice app from Google Play Store or Apple’s App Store. It is slightly easier to do the initial sign-up via the web; however, the process is nearly identical on a mobile phone.
SIGN UP FOR GOOGLE VOICE
- Choose your Google Voice number. Google will give you a choice of several locations in your region. If you don’t like the first few numbers, you can keep clicking on “Show More” until you find one you like. (Not ad infinitum, of course; eventually, you do run out.) Click on “Verify.” Verify what? Well, once you’ve selected your number, you have to verify that you have an existing phone number to associate with the Google Voice number.
- Note: you can only associate a single phone number with a Voice number. However, if you’ve already got a Google Voice number associated with your current number and you want another, there is a way around it — use another virtual number. For example, you can create a Google Voice number using a Hushed number, and you should be able to use a Skype number as well.
- You’ll be asked to enter your existing phone number so you can be texted a six-number code (if you don’t want to text, you can opt to receive a phone call). Once you’ve got the code, enter it where indicated.
- If you need further assistance, please email your Technology TA