Technology Support Resources
IRSD Staff: use the tabs below to find support resources for our various platforms and programs. Some links will require you to be logged into your IRSD Google account and/or Schoology account. If you are looking for resources to support students and families, please visit the following page: Technology Support Resources for Students and Families
Edpuzzle is a tool that allows teachers to embed interactive content into videos. EdPuzzle videos can be assigned and graded through Schoology.
To visit our EdPuzzle hyperdoc, click the following link: EdPuzzle hyperdoc
To view answers to frequently asked questions, click the dropdowns below.
- How do I sign into EdPuzzle?
- How do I find videos on EdPuzzle?
- How do I edit videos on EdPuzzle?
- How do I assign EdPuzzle videos on Schoology?
- When should I use EdPuzzle?
To find a video on EdPuzzle, you can try one of the following options:
- Click "discover" in the left menu. From there, you will have the option to search videos created by other EdPuzzle users, videos created from others in your school, or videos on YouTube.
- Click "EdPuzzle originals" in the left menu to find videos created by EdPuzzle.
You can also upload and record your own videos by clicking "add content" in the top right of the EdPuzzle screen.
Click on "My Content" and select the video you would like to edit. At the top of the screen, you will see a button that says "edit."
From there, you will see three tabs: cut, voiceover, and edit.
Cut allows you to trim the video.
Voiceover allows you to record over the video. Please note, this feature is not available for videos from YouTube.
Questions allows you to embed interactive content into designated points in the video.
To assign an EdPuzzle lesson on Schoology, you will need to make sure EdPuzzle is integrated into your Schoology courses. This is a one-time step. Directions can be found on the slide deck linked below. The video to the left shows how to assign an EdPuzzle lesson on Schoology, but if you are looking for written directions, they can also be found on the slide deck.
Slide Deck: How to set up EdPuzzle and Schoology.
EdPuzzle is an effective tech tool for times when you need students to work at their own pace.
Suggestions for Use
- Your class is completing station rotations. One station is an EdPuzzle that allows students to walk through direct instruction and check their understanding along the way. This frees the teacher to work with a small group.
- You are going to be absent from class. You assign an EdPuzzle where students can receive instruction and immediate feedback.
- You want to give your students an activity to help them review classroom material. You assign an optional EdPuzzle that allows students to review at their own pace and check their understanding along the way.
- EdPuzzle videos should be kept short to account for students' attention spans. If your students need to work through a long video, consider chunking it into multiple EdPuzzles.
- EdPuzzle videos cannot be copied between Schoology courses.
- If you run into issues with EdPuzzle on Schoology, review the following video for common solutions: Common solutions for Schoology
Edulastic is an assessment platform used by ELA, math, science, social studies, and world language teachers in grades 6-12. Edulastic allows teachers to view standards-based reports to track student progress.
Access Edulastic by clicking the icon on Classlink.
To view answers to frequently-asked questions, click the following link: Edulastic Troubleshooting Guide
GoGuardian Teacher is a classroom management tool that allows teachers to set controls over a student’s Chromebook during class. Teachers can set limits on what sites students can access, lock students’ screens if they are off-task, and view students’ browsing history for the class period. Use the links below to access GoGuardian Teacher resources.
- GoGuardian Teacher hyperdoc: This document includes links to GoGuardian's training portal as well as links to resources created for IRSD staff.
- GoGuardian Teacher FAQ: This document includes answers to frequently asked questions specific to our school district.
- Shared scenes for IRSD teachers: A "scene" is GoGuardian's term for a list of websites that are either blocked or allowed (in addition to what is blocked by the web filter.) To create a copy of a pre-made scene, click the links on the document.
Google users have the ability to transfer ownership of files to others' Google accounts. Transferring ownership keeps the document's revision history and activity dashboard history intact. If you would prefer to read, you can find information in the following slide deck: Transferring Ownership on Google Drive.
Using your IRSD Google account, you have to Google Workspace's Activity Dashboard. The Activity Dashboard gives you the ability to track which other logged-in users have viewed your Google Docs or changed sharing settings. Watch the embedded video to learn more, or if you would prefer written directions, click the following link: Google Workspace Activity Dashboard.
Kami is a tool that allows users to digitally annotate PDFs and other static images. With Kami, users can write, draw, record, and add multimedia all on one page. Kami documents can be shared and edited collaboratively. They can also be assigned and graded via Schoology.
To learn more about Kami, click the following link: Kami Hyperdoc.
To view examples of Kami assignments, including an example from a student view, enroll in our Kami Schoology course using the access code 99BQ-WBTK-4PZ2G.
Pear Deck is a formative assessment tool that allows teachers to embed interactive content into their Google Slides. Using Pear Deck, teachers can get immediate formative data from all students in their class.
For help using Pear Deck in your classroom, use the resources linked below:
- How do I configure my Schoology gradebook to transfer grades to eSchool?
- How do I link my Schoology sections?
- How do I create a Schoology Google Drive assignment?
- What should I do if I, or my student, can't connect to a Google Drive Assignment?
- How do I add another staff member to my Schoology course?
Schoology grades can be synced to eSchool with a single click. To make this possible, there is a one-time setup step you must take for each class. Watch the video for step-by-step instructions, or if you would prefer to read, click the following link: Syncing Schoology Grades to eSchool.
If you teach multiple sections of the same course, Schoology will allow you to link them. Linking sections can save time because you only have to post materials once instead of copying them to each section.
For directions on how to link sections, watch the video or click the following link: Linking your Schoology Sections.
Using Google Drive assignments, you can assign a Google Doc, Sheet, or Slides presentation to your students. The assignment will automatically generate a copy for each student and give you the ability to monitor their progress before they submit. Students will not need to individually share Google Docs with you.
To create a Google Drive assignment, first create your template on Google Docs, Sheets, or Slides. When you create your assignment on Schoology, select "Google Drive" in the "assign from" section. Google Drive assignments cannot be copied between courses, even if your assignments are linked. You will need to manually attach the Google Doc to the assignment in each section.
For directions click the links below:
Slides: Google Drive Assignments
Watch the embedded video to review best practices for Google Drive assignments as well as some tips for use.
Troubleshooting steps for Google Drive Assignments
1. Make sure you, or your student, are logged into your IRSD Google Account.
2. Click on the assignment in Schoology. In the top right corner, there is a blue link that says "Can't see your document? Click here." Click this link regardless of the issue, including issues where the student can see their document. This will prompt you or your student to reconnect your Google account. This solves almost all issues with Schoology Google Drive Assignments
To view a screencast with directions, click the following link: Adding a staff member as an admin to your Schoology course
1. Click on the members tab on the left.
2. Click the button that says "add members."
3. Select your school from the dropdown. The default is "Indian River School District," which will only show users who are not affiliated with a school. If you skip this step, you will not be able to find the staff member you searched for.
4. Once you are searching within your school, search for the person's name. Select them and click "add member."
5. In your members list, click the gear icon next to the staff member's name. Click "make admin."
Talking Points is a two-way multilingual messaging system. You can use it to send class-wide announcements or individual messages to students' guardians, who receive them as SMS text messages or through the optional app. Talking Points messages will automatically translate into a student's home language.
To access Talking Points, click the icon on Classlink.
For more information, click the following link: IRSD Talking Points FAQ