• Professional Development

    Below you will find the following:

    • PD training videos on Google Classroom, Google Suite, and Google Meet
    • Extended PD training videos on Kahoot, Screencastify, etc
    • Q&A

    If you have other questions regarding technology, please email Paul Mara (pmara@bbrsd.org)


  • PD Videos

    Greetings Educators!

    Below you will find a list of PD videos to watch. Once you have watched each video, please click the quiz link for self-assessment and feedback. (The quiz grade is not important; it simply gives feedback)

  • Extension PD Videos

    Below you will find videos that may help extend your current knowledge of various technologies. If you have additional videos/questions that you would like made/answered, please email Wesley Swenson (wswenson@bbrsd.org).

  • Technology Q&A

    Below you will find an array of questions submitted by educators within our district regarding technology and best practices.

  • Can text on a screen be read to the student?

    Posted by:

    Yes! If you are using ChromeBooks, the option is built in:

    Control Panel (bottom right) >> Accessibility >> Select-to-Speak

    See this in action here.

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  • If have individualized caseload (i.e. sped) should you set up individual class for each student?

    Posted by: Wesley Swenson

    If you want to give work to a few students in a class, you do NOT need to create a classroom for them. Per assignment, the teacher can select which students will receive that assignment/announcement/etc. Watch here to see how it is done in Google Classroom.

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  • How to take attendance with remote learning?

    Posted by: Wesley Swenson


    Last spring, I took attendance in two ways:

    1. On the days that I had a video class during the scheduled time, I did a face check by requiring my students to turn on their video and direct the camera to their face.

    2. On days I posted an assignment but did not have a video class, as part of the assignment I asked the students a question to which they must respond by a certain time. See sample. If they responded by that time, then I marked them present in PowerSchool. BTW, if notifications are turned on, students will be notified when a teacher marks them absent in PowerSchool. I have found that a student may answer the question after noticing they were marked ansent.

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  • Can Google Classroom transfer grades to PowerSchool?

    Posted by: Wesley Swenson

    Answer: Yes, but it takes so many steps that it may be easier to manually enter grades. A video of the process will be posted after classes are set up.

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  • What does archiving a class in Google Classroom do?

    Posted by: Wesley Swenson

    The homepage of Google Classroom has all your active classes. When a class term is over (or you want to start fresh), you have the option of archiving the class. If you want to archive, simple click on the triple dot of the chosen class and select Archive.


    Archiving will accomplish the following:

    * Move the class data from "Classes" to "Archived class"

    * Allow any teacher of that class or enrolled student to continue to view material, discussions, posts, work, and grades. This does not expire unless the teacher deletes the class

    * Allow any teacher of the class to access posts when reusing a post in an active class

    * NOT allow any changes to grades, posts, comments, etc. If changes are desired, a teacher will need unarchive by selecting Restore in the triple dot of chosen class on the Archived classes page

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