Gaggle Student Rosters

I’ve been talking up Gaggle a lot on TechGirlJenny.com, but that is because having this subscription is huge and makes our lives, as teachers, so much easier. Not only does Gaggle offer safe social media tools, such as social walls, blogs and email for our students, it provides teachers and students with 7 GB of cloud storage! Teachers can also see their assigned classes on Gaggle and create assignment drop boxes to digitally collect and grade assignments without touching one sheet of paper! So, without further ado, here is another Gaggle Update for you!

 

1. Click on My Classes

2. Click on a class.

3. Click on Class Directory

4. View your class roster. The rosters will be updated regularly, so you do not need to move any students. Once the student is moved or added to NCWISE, they will be included in the next export and then uploaded to Gaggle. This process will take 24-48 hours usually, depending on when the change is populated to NCWISE.

Student usernames are their first initial last name last 4 of student ID and initial password is the same as the one they use for logging onto the computers. When they first log in they must complete the Cyber Safety Course before they will be able to use their account.

Now you can create assignment drop boxes with specific assignments for each of your classes! If you need assistance with creating assignments, please watch this video tutorial or contact me!

Gaggle App Update!

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Our school district has been piloting the Gaggle app for a few weeks and we are really excited about the upcoming updates listed below. What I love most about Gaggle is that it truly solves the “problem” of the personal design of the iPad as it is being used by students in schools who must share this device with others. As I shared in a previous video, students can log in and out of email with the Gaggle app, upload images and video, upload files via WebDAV from the iPad and then access their digital lockers at home and on PCs in the school. It’s a wonderful way to go paperless and allow teachers to review and grade work with the click of a few buttons!

The upcoming Gaggle app updates will include:
-Blogs and the full DropBoxes
-Tapping an attachment in an email will now open the attachment in a separate view with a back button.
-Images will now appear in the mini document editor and will save back to the original file.
-Add ability to save an image from the Digital Locker to the local device (.jpg, .gif, .png)
-Add ability to save a video from the Digital Locker to the local device (.mov)
-Change Digital Locker “more” button to standard Action button
-Added a photo editor to the Digital Locker, when viewing a .jpg, .gif or .png file in the locker, tap the action button then select “Edit Image”

I’ve talked about using iCabMobile to download a Discovery Education video to the iPad’s camera roll and then having students use the iMovie app to remix the video with their own narration and captions. My hope is that the new updates in the Gaggle app will allow teachers and students to do the same!

Of course, a full video review is coming soon!