GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 06/21/19

Summer is here, and we're making exciting new changes to the GenYES web tools. From Monday, June 24 through Friday, July 5 the GenYES web tools will be inaccessible while we perform upgrades, including:A brand new user interface (tablet and mobile friendly)A reports page that measures your GenYES program's impactAchievements for Student Tech Leaders to unlockInternal messaging systemTeacher help request systemThe new web tools, called GenYES 4.0, will be available July 5. The following instructions will help you access them.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 05/08/19

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from a 10th grader at Canajoharie High School in New York.

Title: Laptop

TAP Description: A teacher's laptop keyboard isn't working.

TAP Accomplishments: I retrieved the model from his laptop and tried to narrow a list down to see what the underlying issue was. After a little bit of thinking and doing research, I remembered that I could reinstall the driver for his keyboard! I gave him the instructions via Gmail and got to it. Unfortunately however, he was walled by the school's administration and therefore couldn't change any settings. He asked the IT personnel at the school if they could do anything about it, and sure enough, they gave him the administration permissions required, and my instructions had worked.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 04/30/19

This summer, the web tools that you have been using will be upgraded. There are several brand-new features and tools we have developed based on your feedback. The user interface has changed, but all of your student accounts, TAPs, and other data will remain. The curriculum has not changed aside from a few minor updates. Built-in tutorials will help you use the new GenYES web tools, and we can schedule a catch-up meeting with you if you’d like a guided tour.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 04/18/19

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from a 12th grader at Timberlane High School in New Hampshire.

Title: Internet Search Strategies (Unit 2)

TAP Description: I will visit a class and talk about Internet Search Strategies and their importance. I will explain different kinds of search engines, how to use advanced searching, and why using both is very important to do successful research.

TAP Accomplishments: I created a presentation and explained to the class the difference between a search engine and a browser. Then I went onto explain some popular browsers and search engines. I took the class through some specialized search engines for academic articles, math calculations, old/'expired' websites, etc. The students learned about how nothing is really ever gone from the internet and that there are so many more and helpful ways to search for things other than Google.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 03/25/19

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from an 8th grader at Treasure Mountain Junior High School in Utah.

Title: C-Pen

TAP Description: Learn all about the C-pen and create a brief slideshow tutorial on its features.

TAP Accomplishments: When Alex and I got the C-pen we started experimenting with the pen. First we checked out if the pen can read from the computer, books, etc. After we decided to find out how you can put text on screen and made a slideshow on it. After we added bullet points and key information Alex and I decided to put pictures and give the slideshow to Mr.T.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 03/13/19

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from an 11th grader in Region IX, in Ruidiso New Mexico.

Title: Google Form Tutorial

TAP Description: I told Mrs. Kimble that I figured out a way to put charts and pictures in a google form. She was interested and asked me how to do it.

TAP Accomplishments: I used google forms, google drive, system storage, and the computer's ability to screenshot. I explained to Mrs. Kimble that in order to put in pictures into a google form first, you go to the digital version the test and screenshot the desired image. Then you go to the image and crop it. After that you go to google drive and upload a file. once the image is on google drive you go to google forms and add image.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 02/19/19

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from a 3rd grader at Palmcroft School in Yuma, Arizona.

Title: New App

TAP Description: Today, De'marquez and I helped Mrs.Gill show students Study Island on AppleTv.

TAP Accomplishments: Me and my STL De'marquez showed the app Study Island on AppleTv for other students know about the app Study Island and use it in class.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 02/06/19

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from an 8th grade STL at Treasure Mountain Middle Jr. High School in Park City, Utah.

Title: 20th Century History Class Commericial

TAP Description: Create a 30-45 second long commercial for Ms. Langford promoting her 20th Century History Class.

TAP Accomplishments: First, on a Google Doc, I brainstormed topics that I had learned about in 20th Century History that I thought would interest future students of this class. Then, I found royalty free picture versions of WWI & WWII, the Moon Landing, conspiracy theories, music of the '90s, and weird fashion from throughout the decade. After that, I inserted all of these pictures into an iMovie. I added titles to all of the pictures telling what these images were about and added music that I had found from the YouTube Audio Library. Lastly, I exported my video and airdropped it to Mr. T.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 01/24/19

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from Del Mar High School in California. A student helped a teacher modify a PDF related to Advanced Placement and the International Baccalaureate programs.

Title: IB/AP Night PDF Brochure Modification

TAP Description: Mrs. Olamit needed help re-formating and modifying the IB/AP Night PDF with new content and information for the upcoming event in January.

TAP Accomplishments: In order to fully understand what Mrs. Olamit wanted to be changed, I scheduled a meeting with her and went over the original PDF. During the meeting, I took some notes to remember the things she wanted to be changed. I had to wait until I got back from winter break to work on the document because I needed Mrs. Olamit's computer to work on it and she was too busy before to be present with me.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 12/18/18

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from Treasure Mountain JHS in Utah. The 8th grade STL made a video and quiz for a teacher.

Title: Standards Based Grading Video
TAP Description: Create a video and a short quiz about Standards Based Grading.
TAP Accomplishments: We went to talk to Mrs. Sutherland and she said that she wanted a short video that explained what standards-based grading was and then a little quiz after to make sure the students understood the video. We started with the quiz, I made a quiz with 3 questions and Cate made a quiz with 2 questions. Once we reviewed each quiz, I added my questions to Cate's quiz. Once we made the quiz, we had an idea of what to put in our slideshow. We wrote out what each slide would talk about and the main ideas. After we made our slideshow, we went to record the slideshow using QuickTime. We did a screen recording and did voice over at the same time. We wanted to make our voice different pitches so that nobody would realize it was us and it would give the video some comedy, although we realized that we shouldn't have done that and just kept our normal voices. After we finished our video and our quiz, we went back to Mrs. Sutherland and had her check everything and she said that it was really good.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 12/03/18

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from Canajoharie High School in New York. The 11th grade STL taught another student how to access and use some Google tools.

Title: Battle of the Books
TAP Description: Could you please go to Mrs.Carson's room on the next A day to help Jayden to get logged into the classroom room for Battle of the Books
TAP Accomplishments: I taught Jayden how to access Google Classroom through her school Google account, and showed her the spreadsheet we use to check out the Battle of the Books items. I also taught her how to use the classroom page, including how to view videos posted and how to take the quizzes we were assigned.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 11/08/18

Title: Internet Literacy TAP Unit 2 Project
TAP Description: Include all of the time you spend creating your poster or video. Additionally you will each need to write at least one paragraph explaining your choice. Why do you think your peers need to learn or be reminded of the content in your poster or video? Why would other students find it valuable?
TAP Accomplishments: My topic was how to avoid phishing scams. One reason I think students at the high school need to know this is because they are using the internet more and more in the past years and a lot of them don't know what a phishing scam is or how to avoid it. This is a problem because this makes the students at mentor more likely to fall for these scams and lose their personal or financial information. So by making the poster I hope to raise more awareness to these scams which are easy to fall for it you are not careful.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYes Weekly Facilitator Message 11/08/18

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from Treasure Mountain Jr. High School in Utah. The 8th grade STL created a slideshow for a teacher's lesson.

Title: Creating Social Studies Slideshow
TAP Description: A teacher asked me to create a slideshow containing geography questions and their answers.
TAP Accomplishments: First, Erik and I copied and pasted each question onto a Google slideshow, thirty-one in total. Then, we made green circles that would signal the correct answers. We then added an animation to each green circle that would appear after pressing the spacebar.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYES Facilitator Weekly Message 10/30/18

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from Del Mar High School in California. The 11th grade STL merged the personal and school accounts for a teacher using the Remind app.

Title: Merging Remind Accounts
TAP Description: The GenYES class was assigned to help teachers combine their school and personal Remind accounts during their off-periods. Mrs. Hood was one of the teachers who had her off-period during my GenYES period, so I went to her class to help merge her multiple Remind accounts.
TAP Accomplishments: I went to Mrs. Hood's class to guide her through the account merging process. First, I asked her to open the Remind app and go to her account settings to contact the Remind Help Center. Then, the page directed me to a space where I copied and pasted the account merging message template from the website and told Mrs. Hood to fill in her school email and phone number, so the Remind Team could reach back to her.

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Victoria Bawn
GenYES Facilitator Weekly Message 10/18/18

TAP of the Week

Today's TAP of the Week comes from George I. Sánchez Collaborative Community School. The 8th grade STL helped a teacher who couldn't access Google Sheets.

Title: Help Ms. Yvonne
TAP Description: Ms.Gallindo asked me to go help Ms.Yvonne log into Google Sheets.
TAP Accomplishments: I went to Ms.Yvonne's classroom and I helped her log into Google Sheets, she also asked me to bookmark Google Sheets so she could return to it anytime. Lastly, I explained how to use Google Sheets and she thanked me.

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Victoria Bawn
GesYES Facilitator Weekly Message 10/03/18

TAP of the Week


Today's TAP of the Week comes from Canajoharie High School! The STL troubleshooted and helped a teacher who couldn't access his school Google account.

Title:Assistsance in Google Account Sign-In
TAP Description:A teacher trying to access his school Google account was having issues and instead was only able to access his personal account.
TAP Accomplishments: A teacher was unable to sign in to his school google account. I proceeded to sign out and remove all student accounts from the page rendering him able to log in into his school Google account.

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Victoria Bawn