Monday, June 11, 2018

Make Classroom Screen your New Home Page!

Are you on Twitter? I love it for all the valuable (and often random) tips and tricks I learn there. I happened upon a terrific resource on Twitter the other day and wanted to share.

It's called Classroom Screen (https://classroomscreen.com) and has some terrific features all built in to a selection of beautiful background screens. Want a random name generator? You got it. Quick Exit Poll? Check. A timer and a clock? Yes and yes. Here's how it works.

Go to https://classroomscreen.com. At the bottom of the screen, you'll see a series of icons:



Let's take a look at each one so you don't miss anything!

The first icon allows you to select the language (over 50 available!) that will be displayed on each of the icons. For bilingual and foreign language classes, this makes displaying a snap, since the language selected here ONLY applies to the items on this web page. 

When you click the background icon, you have many beautiful backgrounds to choose from (as well as some solid colors), and these will randomize for you when you log in each day. Don't miss the fact that you can upload your own photo, AND that you can use your computer's camera to display your class on the screen!

The third icon allows you to type in or upload students' names for an instant random name generator. Note that there is also the option to roll one, two, or three digital dice on this icon!

Fourth on the list is the sound level icon. Follow the directions to enable the microphone and voila! Your students get a quick visual as to whether they're too loud or not.

If you are QR code user, you'll love the ease of display that the next icon provides. Simply launch the icon and type or paste the website address you want your students to access. You can click and drag the crosshairs symbol at the top right to drag the QR code where you would like it to appear on your screen. 



The next icon is the drawing tool - here is an easy-access whiteboard! Don't miss the different "paper" options (i.e. lined paper, graph paper, etc.) that you can select at the bottom left of the screen. And if you click "no paper" (the square with the red diagonal line) - ta-da! You can use the mouse to draw on that cool background you selected earlier. For a smaller whiteboard option, just click the second drawing icon. Use the Text icon to write a bell ringer or other message to your students.

The work symbols icon will allow you to choose a symbol indicating whether your students are to be working silently, whispering, with a partner or in groups. Turn the traffic light red, yellow, or green to indicate whether students should be working or wrapping things up.


The timer and clock are the final two icons on the toolbar. EASIEST TIMER EVER! Use the + symbols at the top of each column to adjust the time. Don't miss the option to repeat your timer, or to change the timer from an hourglass to a stopwatch. And on the clock icon, notice that there is a calendar feature, too, visible when you click the small calendar icon in the lower right corner of the clock screen. 

For any of these icons, don't miss that you can click the "+1" when it's activated to add a second instance of that icon. Use the "-1" to delete one instance of the icon or the red X on an icon to dismiss it entirely. There is a hamburger (3 lines) menu at the top left of the screen - be sure to read the "Tips & Tricks" link for some additional ideas on using Classroom Screen.

We are excited to tell you about this great tool and hope to be using it in some of our summer PD sessions. We'd love to know what you think about it, and how you might be using it, so please add a comment below if you find something that you love about Classroom Screen.

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