Category Archives: EdTech News

Copying Text from a Picture

Copying text from a picture is a useful technique that can be performed on images and screen clippings in OneNote. It does require a bit of formatting at times and can be fussy depending on the type of document from which the text is derived. (scanned images tend not to work as well).

Step 1: Right click on the image, then click on “copy text from picture”

Step 2: Click “Paste”. Text copied from a picture can be pasted into any other program such as, Word, PowerPoint, Outlook etc.

Copying text from a picture can be useful for modifying test questions from a scanned page of a textbook, or from a pdf version of a test. Helpful for test security.

Note: If you use Office Lens to take a picture, you can save the picture as a .pdf with searchable text. This is another method for getting text from an image.

Screen Capturing

Have you ever wanted to capture your OneNote lectures but weren’t sure how? Maybe a student was absent, and you’d like to send along the class discussion. Maybe you’re hoping to archive the lesson for next year. Or perhaps you’re looking to share your work with colleagues for professional development. Microsoft Mix is a quick and easy option to satisfy all these needs!

Before you start, “Screen Recording” will create a digital video file (in .mpeg format) of all the actions you take on your screen, as well as any sound picked up by your Surface’s microphone. You can then save this file to your Surface or upload it to YouTube, whatever your needs.

Step 1: Open PowerPoint and click on “Mix”


Step 2: Choose “Screen Recording”


Step 3: Click on “Select Area”


Step 4: Drag across the area you would like to capture


Step 5: Click on “Record”


Step 6: When finished, click on “Stop”. The video will then be embedded into a slide in PowerPoint. You can right click on the video and select “save media as…” you can then choose a desired name and location for the video.


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

Removing Students from a Class Policy Class

Class Policy integrates with our Veracross class rosters in a way that adds students whenever new students enter a class, but it does not delete students who have left a class. In order to remove a student:

1. On the main screen that lists all of your classes, double click the class you would like to change to enter edit mode

2. Click on the student(s) you want to remove from the class and then click on the appropriate selection on the left-hand side.


As always, if you have any trouble or questions, feel free to email Kim, Josh, Carey, or support.


Conf-to-create-smallOn Wednesday, 10/22, MattieByrd McHold and I headed out to Gillette Stadium for the Massachusetts Computer Using Educator’s 2014 Confidence to Create conference.

My overall takeaways:
1) MassCUE knows how to run events. The whole environment was super well organized and had a very positive, fun vibe.
2) We absolutely need to get a Makerbot 3D printer here at Williston. The applications are phenomenal across many disciplines as are the ways they can transform a class.
3) I want to try using Minecraft in my classes. I saw some great ways it could be used in Algebra 2 and have some theories about projects I could run using the system in my Multivariable Calculus classes.
4) Librarians should run the world.
5) I need to encourage more play in my classes.
6) The #MassCUE2014 hashtag is a great way to get LOTS of info on the conference.

Our journey started with a smooth drive through the rain which was nicely devoid of any traffic, which seemed weird since we were heading to a massive stadium.

Registration was easy, even though we both had to get our materials reprinted. Up a few sets of escalators we found ourselves in the heart of the stadium surrounded by an incredibly long column of edtech vendors. For the first time of many, we checked the map and decided to go catch the second half of the keynote speaker, Steve Gross. Our walk took us outside between the East and West sections of the stadium, which gave us a great view of the field!

Steve Gross’ presentation on the importance of play was very smooth, optimistically animated, and well worth attending. I’d love to see his Life is Good Kids Foundation in action.

Next we headed down to the student showcase are where we saw a really strong presentation on 3D printing in the robotics classroom. The HS presenters were poised and excited to share what they had learned and built.

We then made the fun walk over to another area where we sat in on the second half of a presentation covering how to use Minecraft in the classroom. The immediate applications are super fun to consider. The speaker was engaging and gave a great overview of the ways the system could be used in many different areas, from history to mathematics to design.

Next, we stopped by and saw a presentation by a MS librarian, Laura Gardner (@LibratianMsG), on how to leverage social media in libraries. She had some great ways to promote the library and reading in general!

MattieByrd and I then headed to a presentation on effective ways to implement a 1:1 program. The speaker, Justin Reich (@bjfr), was spectacular. His message was clear, his presentation was smooth, and he presented a clear path for a successful 1:1 program implementation:

  • Define a vision
  • Be the example of the lead learner
  • Support teacher development
  • Support teacher to teacher learning
  • Plan for scale
  • Celebrate faculty
  • Assess progress towards your vision

MattieByrd and I then enjoyed a very nice lunch, which was preceded by an unexpected surprise on our walk to the dining area, a view (from a distance) of the Patriots practicing!

We left the conference energized and excited to continue our edtech work at Williston!