[How-To] Install QOMO QPC22 USB Document Camera on your District Laptop

Received a new QOMO QPC22 Document Camera?

Here’s how to get it working.

Please click the following button to visit the download page for the QOMO document camera. Follow the instructions with provided screenshots to get your device up and running.

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Click on the large download button to begin downloading the software package. If prompted, please chose where to save it.

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Once the download completes, click on the small arrow next to the file name and select “Show in folder”.

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A new file explorer window will open up with the zip file for the installer. Right-Click the zip file and select extract all.

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Be sure to select the checkbox for “Show extracted files when complete”

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Once it is complete, a new window will open up with the contents of the zip file. Double-click the file called “Setup”

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A pop up from Windows Defender may come up. This is just a warning for the software not having a publisher saved. Click on “More Info” then click on “Run Anyway”

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Another window will open up with a list of items that will be installed. Click on the “Install” button to continue.

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Click the “Next” buttons through the install wizard until you reach the following step. Be sure to select the radio button for “Everyone” when the installer asks.

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Click “Next” on the last few prompts and let the installer continue. You may get a few pop up windows asking if you want to allow changes to be made. Select yes or allow on all of them. Once the installation is complete, you may plug in your document camera and begin using it with the QCamera software which will now be on your desktop or with iPevo Presenter.

Personalize your digital Clever classroom

With Clever Teacher Pages you can make spaces for subjects, projects, extra practice—and students can access everything from school or home. Here’s how it works:

Personalize your Teacher Page

Go to your Homeroom tab and click into your shared teacher page.

Add resources and organize them

Add applications your class uses and any other online resource, like pdfs, Google docs, and videos.

See real-time student usage

View how students are engaging with resources you added.

Canvas New Rich Content Editor being set as default over winter break

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Canvas will be pushing out their updated Rich Content Editor (RCE) on January 16th, 2021 and henceforth it will no longer be optional to use their older editor. To make the transition easier for our staff we will be setting up as default the new Rich Content Editor over the winter break.  Below are some links to help staff better understand and navigate the new RCE.

If you would like to start using the new RCE now, you can. Simply click on ‘Settings’ in your course. On top of the screen click ‘Feature Options’, then click check mark next to RCE Enhancements

A reminder, access to Flash-based browser content ends next month

Adobe Flash

Adobe Flash has been supporting online games, content, and interactive features since 1996. But with changes in technology, other mediums such as HTML5 which are more power-efficient, more secure, and faster, Flash has become less and less popular. At one point 80% of the interactive content on the internet was Flash-based. By 2017, that number was down to 17%. Noting the continual decline and lack of support across the industry, Adobe determined an End of Life (EOL) date of December 31st, 2020 for the plugin.

What does this mean?

Many different learning websites including sites such as Starfall and CoolMathGames were entirely Flash-based. When the announcement by Adobe was made to end Flash (plugin player support/updates and distribution), many websites started to convert their interactive content to HTML5 and other delivery mechanisms. However, it is up to websites to make this transition. So, as you are planning different learning activities for students, please ensure that you have vetted the website to see if it relies on Flash. A way to check to see if a site uses Flash, Right-clicking on any part of a website will make a box appear with options you can click on. If you see Zoom in at the top of the box and About Adobe Flash Player at the bottom of the box, then you know that you have Flash on the website.

If the site migrates to open web standards (such as HTML5), you shouldn’t notice much difference except that you’ll no longer see prompts to run Flash on that site. If the site continues to use Flash, and you give the site permission to run Flash, it will only work through the end of 2020 or possibly a bit earlier (Chrome v.87 might not have the player built in).

  • You can check if you have a version of Flash player in Chrome by typing chrome://components into the address bar. If you have Adobe Flash Player installed, you may still be able to play Flash content, but it’ll need to be enabled first.

For more information please check out these articles:

https://www.blog.google/products/chrome/saying-goodbye-flash-chrome/

https://theblog.adobe.com/adobe-flash-update/

https://www.online-tech-tips.com/computer-tips/flash-player-in-chrome-is-dead-in-2020-how-to-play-flash-files/

 

For those that teach IXL, access is available to content in four subject areas

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If you are a teacher with IXL licensing, as a reminder, you can adjust the content that you can assign students, to include not just ELA and Math but also the subjects of Science and/or Social Studies* by clicking the boxes for those subjects within your teacher profile when logged into your IXL account.

FIRST LOG INTO YOUR ACCOUNT and SELECT YOUR PROFILE

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THEN CLICK SUBJECTS TO MAKE AVAILABLE….

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* Please note, while access to IXL ELA and Math extends through 2023, access to IXL Science and Social Studies is only available during the 2020-2021 School Year.

How visible do you want your Canvas course(s) to be?

A quick review of our Canvas courses after some teachers reported receiving access requests for particular files referenced in their courses from individuals not associated with the district shows that there are about 950 courses that are fully publicly visible, meaning that anyone with the URL can see all of the course content without needing to log in.  Since all courses default to Private (“Course”) visibility – the Course Settings would have had to manually been changed to “Public” visibility for that to be the case. Perhaps every one of those courses’ teachers want their course content to be available to anyone with the URL, but to play it safe,  consider taking a moment to review those courses you’d prefer were only visible to your students to confirm their visibility setting is as you’d expect and should it not be, change it from “Public” to “Course”.  Alternatively, if you’d now like to make “Public” a previously private “Course”, with a few clicks, you can make that happen.

This guide https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-customize-visibility-options-for-a-course/ta-p/844 explains the visibility options and this PDF https://s3.amazonaws.com/tr-learncanvas/docs/CanvasCourseVisibilityOptions.pdf has a helpful table with a breakdown of those visibility options.

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How to extend access for students to a Canvas course past the term end date

Staff can decide whether or not to extend student access to view and/or participate in a Canvas course either before a course’s MISTAR start or after a course’s MISTAR end date. The decision to do so may be based on an interest in allowing students an additional time period to access course content or to interact with and submit coursework.

Please see this guide for the steps and considerations involved in making the adjustment –  https://community.canvaslms.com/t5/Instructor-Guide/How-do-I-change-the-start-and-end-dates-for-a-course/ta-p/1039

and importantly, note: You can only change the course end date when your enrollment is active. Course dates cannot be changed once your enrollment has concluded for the course.

With that in mind, for those that have a Quarter 1 Canvas course, the first quarter ends Friday, November 6th, and if you want to extend access to your students to submit coursework towards that Quarter 1 Canvas course after that date, you will need to change the end date to override the 11/6/2020 date in the system BY THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5th so it is captured in the 11/6 sync. Please also note: Course override dates are only created if the Student Participation checkbox is selected. Since the term end date is the 6th, you will want to select that checkbox if inputting a date later than 11/6/2020.

The pic below is just an example of the setting to be changed….

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