Library books are back. Campbell Commons is pleased to announce the return of book check out. We love our Sora ebooks and audiobooks, but we’ve missed real, hold-them-in-your-hands-and-smell-the-paper library books. We bet you have too! Of course, we want to keep you safe, so we’ll make the whole process as contact-free as possible. Here’s how it will work:
Step 2: Go to the Destiny library catalog and place a hold on the book to reserve it. (Placing a hold only takes a few seconds. It’s so easy, this video explains it all in less than 30 seconds.) You can reserve three books at a time to save trips.
Step 3: We’ll check the books out to you and contact you to arrange pickup at the email address you gave us in Step 1.
It’s really that easy!
Returning Library Books
You can return your library books at either of our book drops outside the library doors. We’ll either quarantine the books for 72 hours or zap them with our UV book sanitizer, or both. Returned books may still appear on your record for a few days after you turn them in, but this makes sure they are safe for the next reader.
If you are an existing Padlet user, you will have the option to import your content from the other account.
If you are not already logged in to your previous padlet account, click Sign in to Padlet.com.
Once you have logged in to your previous padlet account, select the items you want to bring in, then click the button to import.
Important Note: This import does not move the padlet over from your basic account. It merely makes a (partial) copy of it. Some of the information from your padlets will not be imported, like the names of the contributors. If you are in the middle of using a padlet with a class, you may want to just keep going with the original copy and just create any new padlets under your new school account.
You can toggle between your basic account and school account using the links in the top left corner of the dashboard.
If desired, you can add collaborators to your imported content.
If you are not prompted to do this automatically (or if you skip this step initially), just click on your avatar in the top right corner, then choose Import.
Students can also access Padlet using their Office 365 credentials using the same steps listed above.
Padlet Privacy Settings
When you share one of your padlets with a class, you have several options for how students are granted access:
Private (Invitation Only): For the most secure experience, keep your padlet set to Private, and invite your students one-by-one to be contributors. They must log in before contributing.
Secret: This makes the padlet available to anyone who has the link. If you choose this option, you’ll probably want to turn on “Require Approval” in the Content Filter settings to prevent “padlet bombing.”
Organization Wide: This option requires students to log in before contributing to your padlet. It doesn’t require you to invite them individually, but unfortunately, it broadcasts your padlet to the dashboard of every teacher and student in the school. If you choose this option, you’ll probably still want to turn on “Require Approval” in Content Filter.
Password: The same security as “secret,” just less convenient. Not only do you have to share/protect the link to your padlet, you also have to share/protect a password.
Educational videos are a valuable instructional tool, especially in online instruction. There are a few important considerations to remember when using video clips in online classes.
Use Links When Possible
Whenever possible, provide students with links to view your videos directly on their own devices, rather than playing it through screen sharing in Zoom. This avoids a host of technical and copyright complications.
Consider making video clips an asynchronous part of your instruction, especially for longer clips.
Playing Clips through Zoom
When it is not possible or not practical to provide students with a way to view a video clip directly on their own devices, you can play a video for them from your computer over screen sharing. There are a few important settings that make this more successful. In the screen sharing selection menu:
Make sure “Share Computer Sound” is checked.
Make sure “Optimize Screen Sharing for Video Clip” is checked.
Share only the window that has your video, not the entire screen.
If you choose to show copyrighted commercial videos through screen sharing, there are a few important legal limitations. Here are a few of the most basic ones:
The teacher may only show “reasonable and limited portions” of a film. (Don’t show an entire documentary video.)
The video must be related to the curricular goals of the course.
The video must be legally acquired.
Teachers may not circumvent copyright protection measures to change the format of a video (e.g. ripping a DVD to a file).
The Copyright Act at §110(1) (face to face teaching exemption) allows for the performance or display of video or film in a classroom where instruction takes place in classroom with enrolled students physically present and the film is related to the curricular goals of the course. The TEACH Act amendment to the Copyright Act, codified at § 110(2), permits the performance of a reasonable and limited portion of films in an online classroom. Under the TEACH Act, there is the express limitation on quantity, and an entire film will rarely constitute a reasonable and limited portion. Instructors may also rely upon fair use for showing films in an online course, although showing an entire film online also may not constitute fair use.
We hope you and your family are staying well. In stressful times such as these, it’s important to take time out for your own mental health. Reading a book is a great way to escape, to take your mind off current events, and to relax after a hard day of online schooling.
Even while school is closed, we’re committed to making sure you have access to books you want to read. If we don’t have the book you want in our Sora collection, we will do our best to buy it for you! Seriously. Just use the form on our website to place a request.
We miss you all and look forward to seeing you soon.
Here are some things we have learned in “real time” as we adjust to teaching fully online. We’ll continue adding to this list as we learn.
Connecting to the Cobb VPN slows down your connection. Don’t connect to the VPN unless you specifically need something like the academic portal that is only available through it.
If you need to scan a document at home, use the OneDrive app on your smartphone. You can scan documents directly into your OneDrive.
If you create a bunch of assignments at once, use the Schedule option to pace them out over time. That way students aren’t overwhelmed.
Videos uploaded to Google Classroom take a while to process before they can be viewed. Instead of scheduling assignments with attached videos immediately, schedule them for at least an hour in the future. That way the video is fully processed and available before the students see the assignment.
Google stores account credentials in two different ways on the iPad. To clear your Google accounts, you will need to follow both steps below.
Step 1: Sign Out of Google Branded Apps
Open one of the Google apps (Drive, Classroom, Docs, etc.)
Open the Settings menu and look for the account/sign-in section
Click Manage accounts on this device
For any accounts listed, click Remove from this device
Step 2: Sign Out of Safari
Google account credentials are stored separately for Safari and apps that use Safari to authenticate, such as Flipgrid. The steps below remove the Google credentials from Safari and, in turn, for non-Google apps that use “Log in With Google.”