Defined Learning

Listed below are new “Getting Started” tutorial videos that guide teachers through effectively implementing and assessing an e-learning project.

Tutorial videos to help you implement e-learning projects with ease:

Module 1: Find Your Project (1 min)


Module 2: Customize Your Project (3 min)


Module 3: Assign and Share (2 min)


Module 4: Evaluating & Assessing Student Work (5 min)


To simplify the process and help students work through the performance tasks at home, here is a step-by-step guide you can share with them.

Elanco YouTube Restrictions

As was previously announced for Elanco, YouTube is now restricted for students to only those videos that have been previously approved by Elanco Teachers and Administrators. Teachers continue to have unrestricted access to YouTube and can approve videos and channels for everyone signed in to our Elanco organizational account. YouTube Channels are for individuals or business to post large number of videos for their organization. As a teacher, you can also create your own channel for videos that you create or those that you want to bookmark.  Therefore, you can create and approve your own teacher channel so those videos are available to your students under the new restrictions.

Directions on how to approve YouTube videos for students to watch: (from GSuite Support)

  1. Sign in to YouTube with your Elanco Google account.
  2. Enter what you’re searching for and then filter the results by videos or channels.
  3. Click the video or channel that you want to approve. See images below.
  4. Choose one or both of these options:
    • Below the video player, click Approve to approve the video for everyone.
    • At the top of the channel page, click Approve to approve the channel for everyone.
  5. Note: Approving videos and channels does not affect what videos are found in YouTube searches or recommendations (for example, the home page or related videos).

WeVideo: Video Editing Made Easy

For the rest of the school year, our district will be piloting an online video editor called WeVideo. WeVideo comes with many of the same tools as Windows MovieMaker but with more features and capabilities. WeVideo is completely web-based and allows users to collaboratively work on a video project. 

Perhaps one of the most exciting features is the ability to have learners green screening using their Chromebooks right in the classroom using WeVideo’s “Color Keying” feature.

Make sure you check out the videos below to learn more about WeVideo and what it has to offer.

What is WeVideo?

How to Edit your Timeline:

How to use the Storyboard Editing Mode:

How to green/blue screen in your classroom with WeVideo:


Getting Started

We are very interested in teacher and student feedback of the program. If the feedback of the pilot is positive, there is a good possibility of purchasing a subscription to the program for our district for the next school year and beyond.

If you are interested in setting up a teacher and/or student accounts for your classroom, please contact Tim Leister at the secondary campus or Adam Geiman at the Elementary schools. Either of us can quickly create a project group for your class and send you a custom join link to be sent to all of your students to set up their accounts.


Adobe Spark


Adobe Spark Is a free web-based tool where learners are able to create visual content such as posts for social media, web stories, webpages, and animated videos. All learners K-6 are able to access Adobe Spark for Education by simply clicking on the Adobe Creative Cloud icon on the student gateway pages and logging in using their ELANCO email address and password.

How to Sign into Adobe Creative Cloud


Telling a Story with Adobe Spark


Adobe Posts

Allows learners to create an online graphic from text and photos.

Adobe Spark Pages

Learners can design and create single page websites using themes, text, copyright-friendly images, and embed videos from YouTube.

Adobe Spark Video

Learners can insert pictures, and record audio narration, as well as choose from a variety of background music.

Spring Updates

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Google Earth – Carmen San Diego is Back

Where in the World is Carmen San Diego? If you have this song stuck in your head now and are recalling childhood memories of solving clues, learning about geography, cultures while trying to catch the elusive globe traveling criminal then have no fear she is back. Google is launching a new caper in Google Earth called “The Crown Jewels Caper”.


Video Writing Prompts by John Spencer   

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Looking for ways to spice up writing in your classroom? Looking for resources to help your learners with writing? Make sure you check out John Spencer’s Video Writing Prompts website. Here you will find short videos giving descriptive and imaginative ready-to-go writing prompts on 9 genres as well as a link to his YouTube Channel.  






PlayPosit is an interactive video platform that easily allows teachers to transform passive video and audio into interactive experiences. Learners will experience personalized learning pathways when participating in PlayPosit bulbs. Research has shown that interactive video is three times as effective as standard video; learners explore, analyze and apply concepts at their own pace in a flipped or blended setting. Learners receive live feedback to increase long-term retention, which triples learning efficacy over standard video. Teachers gain immediate, easily-digestible data on learner performance to effectively remediate concepts and maximize instruction time. Susan Germer and Ben Levy created PlayPosit in their classrooms with their students making every aspect of this platform built to engage students and make teachers’ lives easier and more effective.

Here is a step-by-step guide for accessing PlayPosit and building fantastic bulbs:

New Year… New Seesaw Updates!!!


Viewing student progress just got simpler

Seesaw has updated the Skills section of their program! Skills help you gain a real-time understanding of how learners are moving toward their goals.

What is new:

  • Use a star rating scale of up to 6 stars
  • Tag skills to activities before sharing
  • Assign star ratings when you approve learner work.

Never used Skills before? Click on the Getting Started with Skills link to learn how to use this powerful tool.

Goal Setting:

The Seesaw library is full of activities for learners to capture, create and reflect on their goals. Make sure to check out other learner ideas in the Activity Collection

Sample Student

Finally, facilitators can now demo and respond to activities as if they were a  learner in their classroom. Just make sure you enable Sample Student in Class Settings.

VR Global Connections in 3rd Grade

Global ConnectionsMrs. Blankley’s Language Arts class participated in the 2018 Global Read Aloud. They read the book A Boy Called Bat by Elanco K. Arnold. Mrs. Blankley’s class teamed up with a third-grade classroom from Manitoba, Canada each week via Flipgrid to discuss the chapters that were read that week. Mrs. Blankley decided to use the VR Google Expedition Kit to take her students to Manitoba, Canada so her students would have a better understanding of where the class was from. It was amazing to learn about the wildlife from that area. They were shocked that polar bears and moose lived near our friends from Canada. It was a wonderful way for the students to connect in a different way to the other class.   Global Connections

Expeditions into Virtual Learning at ELANCOK6


The district has recently purchased three sets of 30 Google Expedition virtual reality kits – one for each Elementary building. Now every elementary building has the ability to use virtual and augmented reality to immerse their students into the learning.

Google Expeditions allows teachers to lead students on over 700 virtual field trips with 360-degree views as well as the ability to use augmented reality that not only immerses students in a virtual setting but allows the setting to come to life right in front of their eyes.

Introduction to Google Expeditions

Watch this short introduction video to Google Expeditions to help you get started!


How To Get Started with VR

Perhaps the best way to get started would be to:

  1. Watch the video above. This video will give you a brief overview of Expeditions and help you understand how it works.
  2. Visit the website Tim and I created – here you will find VR/AR Resources, classroom examples, as well as the Sign Out Sheets for each building. To sign out the VR kits simply click on the Sign Out Tab, select the building you work at, and select the dates that work best in your schedule and are still available.

Using VR does require some initial training before implementing it into your classroom. I will be periodically providing training on using the VR kits during my monthly Tech Tips throughout the year. If you are looking to implement them before the next Tech Tips, please reach out to me through email and I will be more than happy to train you how to use the VR kit.

All kits will be stored in your building tech’s office and will be delivered to your classroom on the day(s) of use. You are responsible during the week that you have the kits for keeping the charged. The kit will be delivered to your charged initially.

However, before leading your students through a Google Expedition Tour, teachers will need to participate in a training session or meet with Tim Leister or Adam Geiman to learn the skills of leading a lesson, as well as the proper maintenance of the devices.




Discovery Education Updates

Studio Board Builder!!!!

Discovery Education has revamped its programs for the 2018-2019 school year! One of the biggest announcements from Discovery Education is the addition of Studio! This new tool is now available for all IU13 teachers and students! When teachers/students log in to Discovery Education, they will see Studio has been added on the left side panel.  The Studio is a collaborative board builder where students can share in the creation of interactive boards with multiple students at the same time.

To learn more about DE Studio Boards, log into DE and view some teacher-made Studio Board Examples or visit the Welcome to Discovery Education Studio tutorial


Content Showcase

Make sure to check out the content showcase video on Discovery Education and reading the DE October 2018 Updates from IU13 IMS that includes instructional strategies to incorporate DE multimedia, virtual field trips and connections with other educators are presented.


Virtual Reality Field Trips

Discovery ED has an extensive library of virtual field trips that cover a wide range of content area topics! If you are interested in viewing one of these trips make sure to check out some of their featured and upcoming Virtual Field Trips or browse the full archive by category. For a complete list of Virtual Field Trips coming up, check out the Discovery Education Events Calendar.

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