Jaw Reservoir
Went on a short walk to Jaw Reservoir this morning. First time in at least 10 or 11 years. I stopped going when my car was broken in to in the quiet car park. Now, covid times, it is nearly full. The walk to Jaw was quiet enough though. Geese, ravens, skylarks and grouse.

Like half the teachers in Scotland I’ve been spending a lot of time in Teams recently 1.
One of the problems I’ve had is pupils not seeing the slides when I use PowerPoint. It is not a PowerPoint problem as we have the same problem with screen sharing and the Whiteboard. Ironically the problem shows up for the children who are in school. I presume a bandwidth problem.

I’ve been working around the problem by taking screenshots as we go through a presentation and pasting into the chat. Somewhat to my surprise this works well.

On a mac ⌘-shift-4 give me a cross hair and if I hold the control key down then I release the mouse the image goes to the clipboard and can be pasted into the Teams chat with ⌘-v.

I’ve found this really quick to do. In fact last session when I ended up using the chat as a presentation tool this time around Teams seems more reliable, but this is stll good for the pupils on the end of a poor connection.

1. Despite my love of tech I can’t say I’ve enjoyed it particularly, I much prefer the physical classroom, I presume the other half of Scots teachers are in Google Meet.

I got a new iPad today. The 8 gen model nothing fancy. Set up in a tick using my phone. I’ve installed a bunch of application, but no work ones. No FirstClass no Teams, Office, no work or glow account in mail.

Hopefully going to be a browsing, reading and blogging machine maybe messing with media a little but no work.

Over lockdown 1 and 2 my Mac has become filled with work. I sit down to do whatever and an email or teams ping. My browsers are full of tabs of teaching. My phone is pretty much the same.

Channels in Team, screenshot
I’ve got a Team for my class with several channels. When I share to Teams from an iOS app (keynote, whatever) I can search for the Team and it shows me a list of channels. All except one.

Channels in iOS share sheet
Channels in iOS share sheet

Which just happens to be the one I want my class to share into.

I can’t seem to see anything in that channel setting that are different.

That channel also will not allow another member of staff to reply or post. Even though she is an owner of the team. Weird.

“sorry, we can’t take you to this destination at this time”

A pupil go this error on her mum’s android phone trying to get to a Teams assignment the other day. It took a while to back & forth to find out what was going on & to find an answer, a common problem, perhaps, with multiple accounts on android. Our solution was to provide iPad.

Just hanging this here in case it helps, not with my solution but knowing it is a problem sometimes is a comfort. Also as a help to my ever older  memory.