• Additional Online Resources for Teachers

    Posted by Monica Dalton on 1/20/2021

    Thank you to Mrs. Barfield and Ms. Morgan for sharing these OUTSTANDING resource collections available to the public! If you are looking to enhance your distance learning experience for students, please check these out...


    Online Learning Platforms for Kids


    GoFormative (for Google Classroom)

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  • Why is Aeries going haywire/looking different/being problematic???

    Posted by Monica Dalton on 1/5/2021

    SIDE NOTE (thank you so much Mrs. Barfield!!): if you have not yet tailored your current Google Classrooms to reflect ONLY 2nd semester assignments, then linking your current GC to Aeries will set it to sync EVERYTHING, including 1st semester work. You may need to either create a completely different GC for each class and archive your old one, or delete all your assignments entirely. Again, please reach out if you have concerns about this!!!

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    Hey everyone, Happy New Year!

    So... you may have noticed your Aeries gradebooks either looking strange, being categorized incorrectly, or just otherwise not working normally.

    Here is an excerpt from an email I sent another teacher earlier... because this seems to be a common issue.

    So... I am going to just assume that you generally start your gradebook over from scratch for 2nd semester (meaning, your 1st sem grades don't get calculated into the next sem).
    The problem is: for those of us with YEAR long classes (like you and me), nobody ever told anyone that our class rosters would be based upon SEMESTERS (it was a change that was made mid-fall semester). So, what you'll need to do is go into your Current Terms gradebooks (the ones from Fall) and change the Associated terms for each class:
    Click Gradebooks
    Click Past Term (if you don't see them right away)
    Click Manage Gradebook
    (If "Single Term" is selected, uncheck it)
    Under Associated Term, uncheck Year and check Fall
    Scroll down and under "Sections" make sure that the appropriate period and "F" for Fall is the only box checked
    At the very bottom click Save
    What this process will do is have all your Fall gradebooks show up under Past Terms. When you then create your Current Term gradebooks, make sure to check "Spring" under Associated Term and once again the appropriate period with "S" for Spring under Sections. Then each gradebook AND its associated students (which you will then be prompted to Add, as you'll see the red Add/Drop button show up on your Dashboard) will all be in Current Term. Changing our Fall gradebooks in this manner will NOT affect anything except what you see on your Dashboard.
    Let me know if that works out for you! 
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  • No, Aeries is NOT asking you to drop all your students.

    Posted by Monica Dalton on 12/18/2020
    Did you discover sometime today that Aeries was asking you to Drop ALL of your students from ALL of your classes?
    Never fear... there IS an explanation!
    So for our Year term classes, we have typically received a Master Schedule with students designated as Year.
    Because of Distance Learning etc, we had to re-designate all our classes as Fall and Spring.
    When we create our Aeries gradebooks, we have to associate each gradebook with a particular section (under Manage Gradebook, then the Edit Gradebook tab). If you look there, you'll notice blue checkmarks next to each Master Schedule section that has been approved/released, and right now they all have an F for Fall next to them.
    Since our Fall term ended already according to our Master Schedule, it automatically dropped those sections (and sent them into "Add/Drop Students," the red button).
    The Spring term Master Schedule cannot be approved/released until tomorrow, so eventually we may have to go back into our Aeries gradebooks and click the blue checkmark next to the S associated sections that will then pop up once the approval happens.
    In short, for now, just leave it alone 🙂 If you want, you can check again in a couple days and you'll probably see what I mean. Meaning, you still will NOT have to Drop anyone, you'll just be able to go back into Manage Gradebook/Edit Gradebook and click/unclick for Spring/Fall, respectively.
    Hope that helps! ❤️
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    Posted by Monica Dalton on 11/16/2020

    Google Drive LTI 1.3 integration, on both distribution and submission ends? WORKS!

    TA roles in each Canvas course having access to said Google Drive LTI 1.3 integrations? WORKS!

    Grade Sync from Canvas Gradebook directly into Aeries? WORKS!

    Delaying posts of Announcements and restricting access to Discussions by setting end times? WORKS!

    Omg. This is happening, it's really happening!!!!!!!!!

    Please visit the Roadrunner Nation Tech Support for Teachers page for Canvas updates and tutorials on these magnificent accomplishments!

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  • Zoom Settings???

    Posted by Monica Dalton on 10/5/2020

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    Posted by Monica Dalton on 9/30/2020

    For further information about the upcoming Canvas training, please check your SAUSD.US inboxes for emails from me, or please reach out to me ASAP!!!

    Please begin by exploring this course's MODULES before beginning your department's training course! Click on Modules in the course navigation at the left to begin.

    NOTE: please make sure to click Mark as Done in the upper right hand corner as you explore each module's page! There are THREE modules in this pre-training set up, but right now you can only see the first one.....

    Tentative Canvas staff training schedule (on Wednesdays 1pm-2:52pm unless otherwise stated):

    SCIENCE: October 7

    WORLD LANGUAGE, PE, VAPA: October 14

    SOCIAL STUDIES: October 21

    MATH: October 28

    ELA: November 6 (Friday; staff duty day, training time TBA)



    *M/M SPED will train with their respective subject areas

    ** M/S SPED will train at a time of their choosing

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  • Your ZOOM BIBLE is just as readable as WAR AND PEACE.

    Posted by Monica Dalton on 9/28/2020

    Seriously, though. It's IKEA furniture instructions, NOT a book of leisure.

    follow the color coding, right to left and back and forth and...


    Please understand, it's literally LINE by LINE.

    Meaning, please TRY to follow *the directions I provided* directly to configuring your *Zoom settings on the website* first! I promise you can do it!!!


    seriously though, line by line, follow the pretty colors...

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  • No, Seriously, Though. SWITCH OVER TO ZOOM. NOW.

    Posted by Monica Dalton on 9/15/2020

    "My Grid View disappeared"

    "Attendance doesn't work right anymore"

    "Attendees and Breakout Rooms isn't doing anything right"


    No worries-- it was everyone's concern this week. Without a District tech blog to help keep us apprised of such things, and without a reliable source of Google updates because THEY JUST DO THINGS LIKE THAT, just know that the numerous glitches and failures are


    I said it before, but I haven't ever meant it as much as I do now.

    I highly respect Google for their adaptability and flexibility in the face of tech-user friendliness (which is why they have open source code that allows developers and app creators to make extensions and author applications tailored to nerdy creativity as such, which is partially why I'm a lifelong Android user ---NEVER iPHONE--- haha), but, in this particular case, it causes more headaches than satisfaction.

    In Google's desperate effort to match Zoom in terms of connectivity, encryption, security, and features, Meet has been rolling out built-in features slowly but surely trying to keep their own standards up while responding to the Zoom-comparative cries of so many users, especially now in the age of distance learning.

    Meaning, when Google arbitrarily decides to update a product, it does so slowly, inconsistently (at first), and without warning; however, this gives extension/app developers very little reaction time in terms of anticipating what features, if any, will be compatible with the new versions.

    In layman's terms: Grid View Fix stopped working because Meet rolled out dumb crap like "Security" (ooh, shiny new badge looking thing that only has ONE FREAKING FEATURE!), the ability to disable Chat, and the start of a promising idea called "meeting hosts." (UGH, /SARCASM)

    When GVfix stopped working, so did all the other extensions somehow dependent on it (anything Attendance related, the awkwardly occasionally functional Reactions/Nod, their dozen dysfunctional Breakout Rooms methods, etc).

    So, you may be asking yourself, what can I do to mitigate this? I mean, a little patience and understanding in the name of developing technology is perfectly acceptable, but... this? THIS? Is just outrageous and infuriating. What to do, you ask?

    Re-read the title of the this blog post. Go back to my Google Doc Zoom bible. Bother me with a million questions about ZOOM. Until then... I'll be getting my salary's worth dealing with the constant hiccups that Google Meet will throw my --our-- way from here on out....

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  • I Switched Over (Back?) To ZOOM -- Now What???

    Posted by Monica Dalton on 9/11/2020

    YAY! SAUSD *finally* managed to distribute its ZOOM licenses to all staff. I sent out an email earlier this morning with regard to a surreptitious-looking invitation to join some unknown staffer in Zoom. Understandably, most people probably deleted/ignored the message. Hopefully we managed to resolve that aspect.

    HOWEVER-- some of you have been asking about Google Meet vs Zoom, pros and cons, what have you. I am currently putting together a comprehensive list, a compilation of sorts, detailing the most crucial facets of both teleconferencing platforms.

    HOWEVER-- some of you might likely be wondering, now that you have migrated over to ZOOM, what types of changes might you need to worry about or anticipate?

    Never fear.


    Right now your Google Classroom likely looks like mine, with this little video bubble icon next to your Google Meet link near the top.


    Go to your Google Classroom Settings, find the Meet section, un-toggle the visible link button, and make sure to click Save.


    When you return to your Google Classroom main page, you should now see the "invisible" icon next to your Google Meet link. Success!




    These instructions were sent out previously, but if you don't remember how to change your Meeting information in Aeries, please let me know and I'll gladly walk you through it!

    You will just have to re-train your students to access AERIES prior to each class, so they have a one-stop shop for both the Google Classroom link AND the Zoom link.

    Hope this helps!! Part 2 to follow......

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  • Google Classroom, Aeries, and You: The Distance Learning Trifecta

    Posted by Monica Dalton on 9/3/2020

    Check out this step by step tutorial courtesy of IORAD, a ridiculously efficient step-by-step tutorial creator I stumbled upon (and enthusiastically seconded by Mr. Correa!). As my first demo 'lesson,' here is how to import grades from GC to Aeries!!!


    21 STEPS

    1. The first step is to open Aeries and from the home page click Edit Website highlight

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    2. If you see the option Un-Link under Options, then your website is already linked to Aeries.

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    3. Click OK

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    4. In order to import grades from Google Classroom, your websites MUST be linked to Aeries. To check: Click Gradebook

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    5. Click Import Assignments From Google

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    6. Whoops! My Period 1 is missing, which means I need to repeat Step 1. Click Cancel

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    7. Click Home to return to your Aeries homepage

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    8. Click highlight (Edit Website) again

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    9. Now you'll notice instead of the Option of Un-Link, it now says Create instead. This means this period's website is NOT linked. To fix: Click Link

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    10. Select the Google Classroom you want to link with this Aeries gradebook. In my example, I would: Click Dalton - AVID 9 Period 1

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    11. You should receive an Alert that your classroom was successfully linked to Aeries.

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    12. Click OK

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    13. Once again, to begin Importing Grades from Google Classroom into Aeries, with your gradebooks all successfully linked, Click Gradebook

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    14. Click Import Assignments From Google

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    15. SUCCESS!!! Now all my classes are showing up (as should yours; otherwise, repeat previous steps).

    This is how to import your ENTIRE GC gradebook as of now. I, however, prefer to import scores INDIVIDUALLY BY ASSIGNMENT. So I: Click Cancel

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    16. Select the class you want to update: Click Assignment

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    17. Use the right arrows to find the assignment you are updating. Once you get to it, find the tiny "show more" arrow in the middle of the screen. Click highlight

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    18. Click Import from Google

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    19. Select the current classroom you are updating. For me, I: Click highlight

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    20. Select the Google Classroom assignment you are attempting to import. You may have to "Return" the assignment in GC first. When you are ready, click on the assignment. In my example, I: Click AVID Study Buddy Contract Form

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    21. That's it. You're done.

    "Errors" will show up as grades you have either not inputted or have shown up as missing. Zeros will be imported if you type in 0 in GC grades. Otherwise that's it!

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    Here's an interactive tutorial


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