Resource Introduction:

AP teachers, take notice! Rich digital support is here!

What is it? is a repository of test prep resources for AP, ACT, and more. Through it, students complete practice exercises aligned to those standardized tests and receive feedback on strengths and weaknesses. has also begun including materials for regular class units that can support teachers’ digital instruction.

How can I use it?

The primary purpose of is test preparation. The site will provide rich feedback for students and teachers, enabling teachers to make curricular decisions based on data-identified strengths and weaknesses. Students can even use it on their own to practice for their tests, even when a teacher is not actively using it in class.

Who’s using it?

AP teachers at Southview and Northview are using this resource.

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to

Check out this video tutorial for and/or use the support materials below.

Resource Links

Albert 101 Video Tutorial

Creating an Account

Creating a Classroom

Inviting Students to a Classroom

Assignments FAQ

Insights (Data) FAQ

General Help

Resource Introduction: The Chromebook

Come on in to see learn the basics of Chromebooks and start to use your device like an expert.

Sure, it may seem a bit obvious, but do you know all there is to know about Chromebooks and how teachers and students use them in Sylvania Schools? Check out this visually-enhanced guide to explore everything from care and maintenance to keyboard shortcuts. The guide is designed in Google Slides, so for the best experience, open it fullscreen.

Resource Introduction: Google for Education Training Center

Come in and learn a bit about Google’s Education Training Center, where teachers learn tricks and best practices.

Google is pretty committed to education. After all, they give educators and students free access to a wide range of tools and unlimited storage. But, their support for schools does not stop there. Google for Education has established their Training Center, where teachers can complete units and lessons to learn digital instruction tricks and best practices. The center is structured in two basic sections: “Fundamentals” and “Advanced,” with each section featuring menus of lessons for easy browsing. Lessons will give web resources and video tutorials to explore topics, with self-check quizzes closing each. Topics range from basic understanding of Google apps up to advanced practices with data analysis, digital conferencing, and more. So, whether you’re a true novice or a teacher leader, you’ll find something to explore and learn. Check it out!

Google EduTraining

Resource Introduction: The New Google Sites

The new Google Sites makes web building in class easier than ever before. Check out how!


What is it?

The new Google Sites is still a straightforward website builder, but it is a revised approach to building websites that makes that task easier in a bunch of ways:

  • Simpler Development The developer interface is streamlined, making it easier to create and modify pages, add content, tweak visual design, and more. Many of the development tools are simple drag-and-drop.
  • Google Integration Building sites with Google content, like Slides presentations, Google Docs, YouTube videos, Blogger groups, Google Forms, and all the rest, is much easier.
  • Real-Time Collaboration Multiple users can work on the same website at the same time without the problems of locking each other out.
  • Responsive Design The appearance of the site responds better to the device, so the beautifully designed desktop version will not look like a mess on a tablet or smartphone.
  • Simpler Tools The complex tools from the old Google Sites, like gadgets, are gone. This might lead to less power for creating diverse interaction on the site, but it also makes development simpler.

How can I use it?

The simple and quick ability to develop websites is an incredibly useful addition to any classrooms. While many teachers use the super-powerful Google Classroom to manage their classes online, building a separate site with more traditional interactions may sometimes be useful. Better than that, the new Google Sites is available to students, which means they can use it to build sites for projects, portfolios, and more.

Here are some ideas:

  • Build a site that showcases a literary, musical, or artistic period, an historical period, an important scientist or mathematician. Load that site with videos, static images, and maybe even an interactive Google Street View Trek of a world location. (Make this even better by co-building it with a fellow teacher.)
  • Build a site around a long-term project that students are completing with all of the Google Drive files, external resources, and more that they might need to complete it. Then, post their completed projects on the site. This would move the project out of the chronologically-organized stream of Google Classroom. (Make this even better by developing a project with a fellow teacher in another content area for cross-curricular learning.)
  • Support students in building sites that showcase their work as portfolios. They can load the site with photographs, documents, spreadsheets, videos, external links, and anything else they need to show off their personal work.
  • Support students in collaborating on sites that present the work of projects, showcasing research, writing, discussion, and more.

Do you have other cool ideas? Email them to us to share with others!

Who’s using it?

Check out these teachers that know and use Google Sites in your school. Ask them for help!

At Northview, Lauren Stewart and Ryan Creech

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to

Check out TeacherTech’s excellent introduction to the new Google Sites. Then, use the resources below that for extra help.

Resource Links

Sample New Google Site

Google Sites Login Page

Google Help Center

Sites on Learning Center

SDL Teacher Showcase: “Student Websites with Paul Moffitt”

Resource Introduction: Nearpod

Bring your presentations into the 21st century with more interaction!

griffeyThis post was written by McCord Junior High School Teacher Rebecca Griffey.


What is it?

Nearpod is presentation software that has imbedded interactive components that allow teachers to interact with students in real time. Features of Nearpod include polls, quizzes, drawing tools, videos and so much more.

Teachers build or download an interactive presentation using Nearpod software, launch the presentation in class and interact with students on virtually any device.  As students interact inside the presentation, data is collected and comprehensive reports are generated.  There are many interactive elements offered by Nearpod at no cost. These elements include: polls, quizzes, open ended questions and drawings. All of the free elements are enough to add spice and rigger to any presentation. The best part about all of these features is the information gleaned from them.

How can I use it?

The true power of Nearpod is the ability to collect information about student understanding. The days of reading faces and exit polls are over! Nearpod allows teachers to formatively assess student knowledge in real time, at any point during a lecture.  Teachers can place a poll at the beginning of a lecture to gauge students prior knowledge.  Ask an open ended question after new information is presented.  And finally, teachers can assess how well students have connected their prior knowledge with new information by having students use the drawing features available through the Nearpod. All of the data collected during the lesson is available to the teacher in REAL TIME. This is a powerful tool to help teachers address any misconceptions or questions students might have during a lesson.

Virtually any discipline can use Nearpod to add an interactive element to a lecture. 

For example:

Math teachers can present a new concept with Nearpod. The teacher could begin by assessing prior knowledge with a multiple choice question, then present the new concept within the presentation and finally summatively assess student understanding by using the drawing feature to ¨show work¨ and solve a problem.  

Art teachers can use Nearpod to interact with students during a presentation. Works from various artists could be presented while students are asked a variety of questions about the artist’s style or inspiration behind the works.

Who’s using it?

Check out these teachers that know and use Nearpod in your school. Ask them for help!

At McCord, Rebecca Griffey


Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to

Check out this brief tutorial to get started and then scroll down for more support resources!

Resource Links

Nearpod Link

“Using Nearpod”: Basic Video Tutorial

“Using Nearpod for Classroom Assessment Formal and Informal”: Video Tutorial

Sample Nearpod for Sylvania Inservice

Ten Ways to Use Nearpod

Resource Introduction: Training for Google Apps

Training for Google Apps brings quick, interactive training tutorials into the apps themselves. See how here!


What is it?

In-App Training is an extension that provides short tutorials on how to accomplish tasks in Google apps like Drive and Calendar. The best part of the app, though, is that it’s embedded within Google. So, you do not need to leave your Drive space to see a short tutorial on how to complete a Drive task. You just click the icon already at the top and select the short training you’d like.

How can I use it?

Use it like a help section when you get in a jam and need some help. Use it just for browsing to train yourself on the functions of the various Google apps.

Are you or someone you know using this? Notify us, and we’ll post your or their name here as a building expert! Email to

Longer Video Intro

Resource Links

Chrome Web Store Download

Google Help Page


Resource Introduction: Google Calendar

Google Calendar makes communication and organization simple and portable!

What is it?

Google Calendar is a web-based app that brings Google’s portability and collaboration focus to calendars and agendas. With it, you can not only keep your own calendar and agenda, but also share that information with others both in and out of your organization for more effective communication and planning.

How can I use it?

Let me count the ways!

  • Keep track of your own appointments on every device you use.
  • Keep lists of tasks and set reminders for them.
  • Set your phone to remind you of events.
  • Find times that work to schedule meetings with others in your organization, without ever asking them.
  • Integrate with Google Classroom to automatically push due dates and class events to students and parents.
  • Schedule building resources, like Chromebook carts or media center space.
  • Discover what is going on at every building on a given day, all on the same screen.
  • Use Google’s powerful search to find events.

And that’s just the start . . .

Resource Links

The YouTube playlist below is a five-video series to introduce Google Calendar to Sylvania Schools personnel.

Sylvania Schools Administrative Protocol for Google Calendar Usage

Check out the other links below for more help. And do not forget to ask for individual assistance!

Google Tutorial Videos for Calendar

Google Support Page for Calendar

Keynote Support’s Online Calendar Guide

Google Classroom Calendars

Sharing Google Classroom Calendars with Parents


Resource Update: Achieve3000’s Makeover

Have you seen Achieve3000’s new look? Read this post for details and helpful resources to catch up!

When teachers log into Achieve3000 with the start of the new school year, they may be surprised at the service’s new look. The designers at Achieve have rolled out improvements that will ease the user interface, provide richer data, and make grading more efficient. Here’s a breakdown:

  • The user interface is new. A left sidebar provides access to the functions you knew from before. Check out this pdf or watch the video above for a tour. It’s pretty easy once you get the basic layout.
  • Data for students now includes percentile ranks.
  • “The Achieve3000 Hub” is a new location for online PD and tips.
  • More state test prep material has been added.
  • Easier grading of Thought Questions in the system results in fewer clicks.

This document discusses all of the updates.