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This just in from Tech:

Middle School T2 Planner 2016-2017
Upper School T2 Planner 2016-2017

plannersnipIn order to open the planners you have to:

Double click on the planner that you wish to open
Download the file
Select Open
Select Create

In case of any confusion, I have provided a screenshot of the final step listed. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.

Have a great day,

Rachael Blanchard
Technology Support Technician
(413) 529-3335

Reminders from AT

Here are a couple of reminders we thought would be pertinent as we begin a new term:

1.      To add/remove students from an existing class or to create a new ClassNotebook, the link is  Instructions can be found on the EdTech blog,, by clicking here.

2.      Students are encouraged to archive materials in a personal notebook if they would like to access their work from a ClassNotebook in the future.  It would be good to remind them of this from time to time.  Instructions for creating a personal notebook and moving/copying materials can be found, again, on the EdTech blog by clicking here.

3.      When setting up gradebooks in Veracross, you have a choice between “Total Points” or “Weighted Categories”.  It’s always a great idea to consult with your department chair to make sure your grading practices are aligned with those of the department and the school.

4.      There has been more and more interest in screen-recording using Office Mix and Snagit.  The Snagit key is:  [Ask us via email],  this must be entered the first time you use the program.

5.      When using ClassPolicy, please remember to “End Class” when your class meeting has ended – students are restricted from programs until the teacher releases them.

As a final plug … feel free to reach out to your AT consultant if you would like to work on integrating technology into your lessons.  We are always excited to strategize and help implement new tools.

Have a great week, everyone!

  • Academic Technology

Adding or Removing Students in OneNote ClassNotebook

A document outlining how to add or remove students from a OneNote class notebook is now online on the Support Docs page:

Adding or Removing Students in OneNote ClassNotebook

If you are using the OneNote ClassNotebook system for your classes, you may need to make some changes to the roster as students adjust their schedules. Attached are instructions for making these changes. Please note, this must be done online through the “ClassNotebook Wizard” found at

Trimester 1 OneNote Planners

Two new documents have been added to the support docs page:

To open the Notebook and ensure that it saves properly, please double click on the attachment.

When prompted, select “Save” and do so in any location that will be easy for you to access (example, Desktop or Documents).

Next go to the location that you saved this Notebook, and open that notebook by double clicking. It should open up in OneNote now. If you get a message asking you to unpack the notebook, click “create.”

If you have any questions or problems with the Planner, please let Tech know!

Amazing OneNote Upgrade!

This just in from Kim Evelti:

If you’ve been dreaming or scheming ways to make your class notebooks more awesome than they already are, look no further! Microsoft recently issued an “add-in” for OneNote (which is just a little file you install to give yourself new functionality in an existing program) that’s specifically designed for Class Notebooks.


And a few highlights:

  • Create a new section in all student notebooks at once
  • Distribute a page to all students at once (Middle School – I’m talking to you!)
  • Launch an external window that lets you navigate to all students’ work for a particular assignment quickly instead of having to find them one-by-one
  • Shortcut to the place where you add/remove students and get notebook links

For more info or to get this yourself, click here:

This has already saved me at least 20 minutes and that was just after 1 class! Looks like I’ll have time for a second daily Tandem run.

Office Lens

Screen Shot 2016-02-04 at 9.58.53 AMIf you find yourself needing to take photos of whiteboards or documents, I highly recommend trying Office Lens, a free app from Microsoft:

“Office Lens trims, enhances and makes pictures of whiteboards and docs readable, and saves them to OneNote. You can use Office Lens to convert images to PDF, Word and PowerPoint files too.”

I’ve been using it for the last week I’m really liking it! It’s simple, elegant, and very easy to use. The biggest thing I love about it is that it smoothly flattens images taken at an angle. Super helpful!

You can learn more about the app right here. [Android, iOS download links]