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How do I extend my screen instead of duplicating or mirroring?
As more faculty return to campus to teach, we want to highlight a key functionality for hybrid teaching: extending your laptop screen display. Some of you may have used multiple monitors while at home to add more screen real estate - learn more for Mac and Windows . Back at school, it’s important to note that you can extend your screen, instead...0 min reading time
How will hybrid learning work at Overlake?
As a result of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Overlake is planning for an "Overlake Combined" contingency model which will rotate students between two cohorts, green and gold, so only half of the student body is on campus at any given time. You can review the schedule for Overlake Combined here on Veracross Portals. The goals of this model are: Ev...7 min reading time
What's New in Canvas for 20-21?
Canvas Courses are Ready for 20-21 As of July 6, 2020, Overlake courses for 20-21 have been synced from Veracross to Canvas and are ready for you to begin building. A few notes: Remember that expectations for Canvas courses have been updated for 20-21. Please review the Instructional Technology Expectations for Teaching and Learning prior to beginni...2 min reading time
Technology Tools Index for Teaching and Learning
Designed by Mollie Page for Designing for Overlake Online Canvas PD page. Location Tool Creating Online Content Adobe Spark Summative Assessment Adobe Spark Creating Online Content Canva Summative Assessment Canva Collecting Student Work Canvas - Assignments File uploads Video/audio recordings URL submissions Turn it in Giving Feedback Canva...1 min reading time
Finding Success with Overlake Technology
COVID-19 or not, there is a lot to manage as an Overlake student. Classes, schedules, athletics, clubs, college applications, and more. Now that we're in Overlake Online, here are some tips to make sure you find success at Overlake using our technology tools. If you missed one of the rotations and want to be guided through the content below, please ...1 min reading time
How can I improve my WFH ergonomics?
We're not occupational or physical therapists, but we can curate resources along with the best of them. Here are some of our favorite resources for building yourself a functional, healthy, and productive home workstation - or for that matter, making sure that your work workstation meets your ergonomic needs! Seven Things You Need for an Ergonomicall...0 min reading time
How do I enabled multi-factor authentication in Ravenna?
To enable multi-factor authentication in Ravenna, login to ravenna-admit.com, then click on user preferences in the upper-righthand corner. Once you are viewing your user preferences, click "Get Started with MFA" to start the enrollment process. If you do not already have it, you must have an authenticator app on your smartphone. Overlake recommend...0 min reading time
How do I start using DigiExam?
What is DigiExam? DigiExam (DE) allows you to administer an assessment to students with the ability to prevent students from looking at outside resources or applications. As the teacher, you have to configure DigiExam how you like, create your exam at DigiExam.com, optionally link DigiExam to Canvas if you want the grade to automatically populate fr...1 min reading time
Overlake Online Learning Expectations
“ Inspire excellence, develop intellectual curiosity, teach responsibility, embrace diversity and foster a compassionate community.” Overlake expects students to use technology responsibly and in a considerate, safe, and ethical manner in line with the mission and values of the school, as well as existing school policies, such as the Academic Integr...1 min reading time
How do I get started with Teams?
If you're not sure what Teams is or why you'd need it, you may want to start with "What is Teams?". When you're ready, here are some tips to get started. First Steps to Get Started with Teams: Download Teams First, open teams on your computer. If you don't find it in your Windows start menu or your Mac Applications folder, go download it from Micros...1 min reading time
Welcome to Overlake Technology!
At the forefront of all things tech at Overlake is our mission and vision: The mission of Overlake’s Technology Program is to provide technological leadership, expertise, and systems to support learning. Our vision is to cultivate an inclusive community of learners who comprehend and control the transformational power of technology for good, recog...1 min reading time
What's Included in Microsoft 365?
The Overlake School provides Microsoft 365 to all students and employees at no cost. The subscription is free as long as you're an active student enrolled in the school. Microsoft 365 is a cloud-based set of productivity and collaboration tools that will provide students with anywhere access to email, documents, and calendars. Overlake students will...0 min reading time
Instructional Technology Expectations for Teaching and Learning
In order to deliver the best teaching and learning experience to our students both online and on campus, the following are expectations of all employees who teach classes. Canvas Home Page Every course home page must include the following: Course syllabus or link to syllabus Overview of course objectives/essential questions for the course Communic...1 min reading time
How do I subscribe to my Canvas Calendar in Outlook?
With so much happening in Canvas, it can be helpful to see your Canvas calendar alongside other events in your world. Canvas offers the ability to subscribe to your Canvas calendar to view in any calendar like Outlook, Google, or on your smartphone's calendar app: Subscribe to Canvas Calendar from Outlook.com (or the Outlook app on your desktop) Sub...0 min reading time
How To: Overlake Technology Basics
This guide will walk you through the steps to get started with technology at Overlake. First up: Wise: Overlake's Knowledge Base You're already here, so good job! There are hundreds of useful articles and answers to your questions about all things Overlake - from technology to the business office and student policies. Wise, found at wise.overlake.or...1 min reading time
Overlake's New Calling & Phone System
In the fall of 2019, you may remember Greg and me standing in front of the Campus Center telling you that we would be finalizing a replacement to our phone system during the 19-20 school year. And finalize we did – finding the best new platform, testing options, and securing funding. Now, in a pandemic, a new phone system feels like the last thing w...2 min reading time
Post an Announcement in Canvas
Announcements are a useful way to communicate with students in your Canvas classes in a way that pings the student with a notification if they have notifications configured. Here are a few useful links to help teachers make announcements and for students to ensure their notifications are properly configured to receive them. Make an announcement in C...0 min reading time
How do I schedule a meeting?
Whether on campus or remote, it’s important that you know how to schedule meetings with your colleagues and students. Since we use Microsoft 365 at Overlake, you can schedule a meeting using either Teams or Outlook - creating a meeting using either app will also show in the other since they both reference your same calendar regardless of where you c...0 min reading time
Introducing Wise, Overlake's Knowledge Base
The mission of Overlake's Technology Program is to provide technological leadership, expertise, and systems to support learning. One way we have always done this, as the proverb goes, is to teach people to fish rather than giving them a fish. In the 21st century using your technology is not only about how to use technology when it works, but how to ...1 min reading time
Student Technology Preparation for 20-21 School Year
Ready or not, the 20-21 school year is coming! Technology has long been an integral part of the Overlake experience, and never has that been more true than for the upcoming 20-21 school year. On top of this, our mission and vision as a department have never been more important. Whether we are online, hybrid, or fully back on campus, here are some te...2 min reading time
What is Teams?
What is Teams? Microsoft Teams is an application built for collaborating with your colleagues, students, and other members of our community. Teams brings together communication, file sharing, and gathers everyone in centralized "Teams" based on groups they belong to. The first time you open Teams, you'll see that you are already a member of a number...0 min reading time
How should I share meeting links with my class/advisory/team in Canvas?
With classes occurring online during COVID-19 it is important to ensure that it is easy for students and teachers (as well as club leaders, advisors, coaches, etc.) to access their online meeting links for the classes. To that end, this article outlines the expectations for adults who are facilitating spaces for student groups (and adults groups for...2 min reading time
How can I improve my home internet or WiFi?
An unreliable or slow internet connection at home can be absolutely maddening - unfortunately, it can be complicated to get to the root of the problem. Here are some steps to try if you are experiencing a connection at home that isn't meeting your needs. You might also have a connection that works fine, but want to learn more about how to make it fa...6 min reading time
Zoom as a Supplement
Please continue to use the primary tools from Canvas and Microsoft that we already have at our disposal. These platforms will live on past our COVID-19 closure, and integrates with tools across our school, including Canvas, and continues to improve rapidly with more than four videos coming soon, and custom backgrounds, end meeting, participant repor...3 min reading time
Instructional Technology Competencies Checklist
This self-assessment is to ensure that you have the necessary skills to deliver blended teaching and learning experiences for students, whether teaching on campus, online, or anywhere in between. Please contact the instructional coaches or technology team if you need any support. Interactive Version An interactive checklist is available (login r...2 min reading time
So you want to host an online/virtual event?
With COVID-19 we are all trying to figure out how to translate what would have happened in a ”normal” world to our new normal. For lots of us this means moving classes and one-on-one or group meetings online using Teams, but for some of us this means trying to reach a variety of constituents in a variety of group sizes in a variety of interactivity ...6 min reading time
How do I create a Teams Meeting in Canvas?
You can now insert a Teams Meeting into your Canvas page without leaving Canvas. The following instructions will show you how you can insert the meeting anywhere in your class where you can edit text – in a calendar event, an assignment, a page, a discussion, an announcement, and more. This functionality is particularly powerful because it can be pa...2 min reading time