Technology Training Tutorials for Staff

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Professional Development Technology Training Opportunities for GPS Staff

We are looking for GPS teachers interested in offering refreshers, workshops, presentations on digital tools for teaching and learning as we transition to remote learning during the COVID-19 school closure. Suggested topics include G-Suite training-Docs, Slides, Sheets, Forms, Google Classroom (Introductory or Intermediate), School Messenger, Remind, YouTube (creating and editing videos, adding captions, cropping), Webpage, etc. For example, teachers could create a 30-min training Zoom workshop for easy topics and 60-90 min for longer topics that other teachers could "sign up” for.  This would be a great service to other teachers!

If you want to share your skills, please fill out the PD Training form to indicate your areas of interest. Simple topics would be fine.

If you'd like us to post a digital tool training tutorial or presentation that you've created, please contact Carol Holzberg (

Training Resources and Tutorials

If there are additional links you'd like to see posted below, please contact Carol Holzberg ( and share the link.

Please note that many of these links can only be accessed through your username and password. Best to use the Chrome browser as well with Google resources.

  • UFLI (University of Florida Literacy Institute) Virtual Teaching Hub-Teacher Tech Tutorials: How To for slideshows, Zoom, Mee, WebEx, Google Classroom, SeeSaw, Kahoot, Digital Whiteboards, Bitmoji Classrooms, Document Cameras, and more.

AESOP (Frontline Absence Management)


Cyberbullying Prevention Resources

EdPuzzle Pro

All registered teachers are already taken care of and upgraded to Pro.

New teachers should register for an Edpuzzle account via 'Sign in with Google' using this unique school link to be automatically upgraded after verifying their email:

  • Edpuzzle and Google Classroom 101 webinar
  • Edpuzzle and Google Classroom Level 1 teacher course


GoGuardian Teacher

Google Classroom

Google Meet

  • Google Meet: New Features (video demonstration by Jessica Pollock, available for viewing with your GPS email address and Chrome).

Google Meet has introduced a couple of new features.

  1. Raise Hand - students can now alert you that they want to speak by clicking the "raise hand" button in the lower right hand menu. Teachers can click on the "people" menu at the top right to see who has their hand raised and lower it when the student has had the change to speak.

  2. Q&A - The top right menu offer a shapes menu, which has an option for "Q&A". This feature allows students to post questions, upvote questions other students have posted that they also have, and to sort the questions posted. Teachers are able to see the questions, sort them in multiple ways, mark them as answered, delete questions, and make questions not visible. 

  3. Turn Off Chat - In the lower left hand menu, there is a new security menu. In this menu, you can turn off chat to students, so they are not able to post in the chat by toggling to the left and greying out that menu option. If chat is turned off, students are still able to access and use the Q&A feature. 


Google Meet-Turn Off Quick Access

By turning off Quick access, you prevent unwanted callers from entering your Google Meet. But if a student requires a phone for audio, the meeting host can still add the student manually by phone number.

Google Chat

  • Work from Home with Google Chat. Using Google Chat within Chrome provides instant messaging capabilities with individuals and/or groups. Great for team meetings with colleagues when working remotely.

Google Forms

Google Sites

Google for Education


  • GPS teachers/staff can go to, then use their GPS email (Google) to log in.
    • In Kami at the top right, click your Google initials. When you do this, the last option on the list lets you enter a license number (sent to your building principal)

Kami Log In

If you need the Kami license number for product activation, please contact Carol Holzberg (

Pear Deck

GPS has a Pear Deck subscription for teachers and Instructional Assistants district-wide (  Pear Deck works inside Google Slides to make the slideshow presentation interactive with questions and prompts. Every student can respond to your questions or prompts right on their own screens.
If you have never used the tool before, please must log in to your Pear Deck account by going to Pear Deck
  • Click on Teacher Login.  
  • When prompted, log in with their GPS Google account credentials
  • After sign in first time users will be on this page,
  • Please click  Create a Lesson

Create a Lesson in Pear Deck

  • This action will link the Teacher's sign-in to the GPS subscription so that the next time the user wants to access Pear Deck to enrich a Google Slides presentation, the teacher has only to create a Google Slides slideshow and launch Pear Deck Add-on directly from within Google Slides.
Pear Deck -Choose the Pear Deck Add On
Get to Know Pear Deck Resources with Getting Started Videos, Overview introductions, templates and more are available from the Pear Deck Resources page
For help with Pear Deck go to
  • Login in, if necessary.
  • On the Pear Deck Home page you can watch self-guided tutorials, get lesson ideas, and connect their Google Drive to present an already existing slideshow
Also check out the links on: for more self-guided help with

Other Pear Deck Help Resources



Training options:

  • Learning Center

    Looking for a more detailed walk-through of your Remind plan privileges? Check out the Learning Center for administrator and teacher courses on getting started, as well as regular training webinars with best practices and account tips.



QuestionI am trying to login to the SchoolMessenger app on my cellphone with my Powerschool username and password, but that is not working. 


Answer: The answer is different depending on whether you are a teacher or an administrator. For teachers, the teacher username matches the PowerSchool teacher login. Teacherscan use the forgot password option to reset their password and then login to the app. For admins, the SchoolMessenger (SM) app username is the same as your PowerSchool (PS) admin account username, but if you have only used SM through PS then you probably have never set the SM password.

Admins should click the SchoolMessenger link that follows and use the forgot password link. Once you do that then you can use that to login to the Admin SM App. 


I’m excited to announce that we now have Screencastify [Record, Edit, and Submit Unlimited, which provides everyone with [unlimited recordings, edited videos, and unlimited Submit assignments! If you haven’t tried Screencastify, it’s super easy to get started facilitating video-based learning and making learning more personal. Your license will automatically be upgraded the next time you use the Google extension. I could also get to the tool by going to, then signing in with my email address and password.

Please tell us about all of the amazing videos you create for student learning.

Seesaw (PreK-Grade 2)