Six ideas to get the most out of your Learn Screen Notes

Customize your lessons even further with the Learn Screen Notes tool, which allows you to add your own content to our pre-created Learn screens. If you want to take full advantage of all that this tool has to offer, try out the six expanded uses below!

1. Embed videos.

Have you uploaded a video to YouTube to help explain a certain concept to students, or love a video that you can share with your class? Easily embed it within the notes.

In YouTube, select the Share option of a video, then copy and paste the code within the Embed area:

The number 1 is next to the Share button of a video in YouTube. The number 2 is next to the Embed button. Below that, the link to the video is highlighted.

Next, when you’re logged into Learn Screen Notes from your Grade Book, select the Source option at the top of the menu. Paste the code into the field. If needed, you can change the width and height of the video. Deselect the Source button.

Hawkes Learning's Learn Screen Notes is shown. Within the menu of formatting and content options at the top, the Source button is selected with the number 1 next to it. Below that, the number 2 is next to the video code that is now pasted within the field. A call-out next to the code says, "Change width and height of video," pointing to the area in the code to do so.

You can then preview what students will see when they log into their courseware and enter the Learn mode:

An example of what the student sees as a Learn Screen Note is shown. Underneath the pre-created objectives slide within a Hawkes lesson, there is a video that the student can click to view.


2. Embed Google Docs.

This option is a great way for you to share more in-depth notes that you’ve typed up for class.

**First, make sure your document is uploaded to Google Drive.**

Open Google Site (New > More > Google Site).

Select From Drive, then select the file you wish to embed.

The Google Drive menu is shown with an arrow pointing at the "From Drive" option in the drop-down menu.

Within Google Drive's My Drive, an arrow points at a Word Document underneath the Files category.

Copy and paste the embedded file into Word, and you’ll get a link similar to this:

(The part in red will be unique to the document you select.)

Then, use the following HTML code, replacing what’s in red with the corresponding part in your Google link:

<p><iframe align=”middle” class=”YMEQtf L6cTce-purZT L6cTce-pSzOP” frameborder=”0″ height=”700″ scrolling=”yes” src=”″ width=”700″></iframe></p>

In your Learn Screen Notes, select the Source button at the top of the menu, then paste your HTML code. Deselect the Source button, then use Preview to check things out:

A preview of the Hawkes Learning student courseware with the Learn Screen Note is shown. Below the pre-created objectives list within the Learn mode, a Word document is shown.


3. Embed interactive elements.

A few instructors we work with have told us about Geogebra and Desmos, which are two websites that let you create interactive graphs and elements. You can share these within your Learn Screen Notes easily!

For Desmos:

After you create your graph, select the Share option at the top of the page. Choose Embed, then copy the code.

A number one is next to the Share button at the top menu. A number two is next to the Embed link underneath "Share your graph," then a number three highlights the HTML code to embed.

In your Learn Screen Notes, select the Source button, paste the link into the notes section, then deselect Source. Choose Preview to see what it looks like for your students:

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson slide on the top half of the page and an interactive graph at the bottom.

For Geogebra:

In Geogebra, select the menu option next to the interactive element (the symbol with three dots), then Share. Choose the </> Embed link and copy the code.

In the website Geogebra, a Share box with options to group, link, email, and embed the graph is shown. The Embed option is highlighted above the HTML code.When you’re in your Learn Screen notes, follow the same steps as those for inserting Desmos graphs.

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson content at the top of the page and an interactive image of two weights with adjustable masses at the bottom.


4. Add images.

If an image is online, you can just copy and paste it into your notes!

If you take a photo of your lecture notes or scan them and save them as an image, you’ll just need to copy and paste it into a Google Doc. Then, copy the image from the Google Doc and paste it into your Learn Screen Notes.

An arrow points at the Copy option from a drop-down menu for an image pasted in a Google Doc.

5. Embed Google Slides.

Add any PowerPoint presentation that you’ve created for class directly into the Hawkes courseware using Google Slides. (And remember Hawkes has PowerPoint presentations available at!) Just make sure you upload your presentation to your Google Drive, then follow these quick steps:

When you’re in Google Slides, open up the presentation. Select File > Publish to web > Embed. Then, copy the code provided.

A PowerPoint presentation is shown in Google Slides. The "Open with" drop-down menu is displayed, with Google Slides highlighted.A window titled "Publish to the web" is shown. The Embed tab is chosen, and the Publish button is highlighted.

In your Learn Screen Notes…you guessed it! Select Source, paste the code, deselect Source, and then choose Preview to check it out:

A Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson at the top of the page and the PowerPoint presentation at the bottom.


6. Embed Google Forms.

Want to add in quick quizzes to check in on students’ progress within Learn, or even polls regarding the lesson content? Now you can using Google Forms!

First, create your Google Form. Select the Send button in the top right, then “< >.” Copy the HTML code.

The Send Form in Google Forms is shown. The Embed HTML is highlighted.

Once you’re in your Learn Screen Notes, follow the usual steps: select Source, paste the code, deselect Source, and then choose Preview.

The Hawkes Learn screen is shown with the lesson content at the top of the page and the embedded Google Form at the bottom. The embedded Google Form is called Pop Quiz and asks a true/false question of "A square has five 90 degree angles."


If you have any questions on using Learn Screen Notes, contact your Training & Support Specialist at 1-800-426-9538.


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Fighting Students’ Apathy with a Growth Mindset Approach

Have you had students who just didn’t seem to care about class? They may have shown up physically, but they were somewhere else mentally. They barely participated in class discussions, and their writing lacked the effort you tried so hard to encourage them to put forth. How do you combat this apathy?

According to Stanford psychologist Carol Dweck, bringing a growth-mindset approach, rather than that of a fixed mindset, to your classroom helps reduce apathy in your students.

Growth vs. fixed mindsets

People with a fixed mindset think their traits are static. They “have a certain amount of brains and talent and nothing can change that…[P]eople in this mindset worry about their traits and how adequate they are. They have something to prove to themselves and others” (Dweck). So, students who have fixed mindsets believe they cannot get more intelligent than they already are. If they’ve been a bad student with low grades before, then they assume they’ll continue performing poorly in academic settings because that is how they are. Likewise, if they succeed in school, that success confirms their inherent intelligence and creativity. They strive for success and try to avoid failure at all costs.

People with a growth mindset, however, believe they can learn and practice diligently in order to improve at the task at hand. This type of mindset “thrives on challenge and sees failure not as evidence of unintelligence but as a heartening springboard for growth and for stretching our existing abilities” (Popova). Students are less preoccupied with failing and looking unintelligent and more focused on actively learning so they can become stronger in their character, creativity, and intelligence.

Changing the meaning of failure

Implementing a growth-mindset approach in class helps students understand that failure isn’t a terrible mistake that shines a light on their inadequacies. Instead, failure leads to opportunities to learn and get creative.

Risks often scare students with fixed mindsets because risks contain a chance of failing. Encouraging students to break outside of their comfort zones to take academic risks (within reason, of course!) gets them to try their hand at something different and put extra effort into their lessons.

Putting forth effort is nearly half the battle. When they apply their effort to learning something new and challenging themselves, students truly gain insight from the lesson instead of simply gaining a grade.

How Hawkes promotes growth

Hawkes gives students a penalty-free environment for learning. In the Practice mode, students can practice as much as they want to. Certify, the homework mode in the courseware, holds students accountable for learning the material on their own time. They can keep trying Certify as often as they need. If they don’t pass the first time, they don’t get a bad grade. Instead, they get the chance to try again—to get back on the proverbial horse and push themselves to keep learning and understanding the lesson. If they don’t pass Certify, students receive a customized Practice session with the question types they missed. By applying a growth mindset, students can learn from these Practice sessions, get more comfortable with the material and confident in their learning, then take on Certify again. When they pass Certify, they receive 100% full credit for the lesson, another reward for believing they can do it and applying themselves to the goal of truly learning the content.

Before taking an assigned test, students can create their own practice tests. Only they can see these practice tests. Not even instructors have access to this space, so students don’t feel judged by others. Instead of worrying about their performance on this practice assessment, students can ease into the material and allow themselves to explore what they know and what they still need to learn. Students have the option of setting a time limit, and they can also choose to not put a limit on how long they need to complete the questions.

By rewarding students for taking the time to learn the material through unlimited practice questions and customized practice tests, Hawkes’s system encourages students that they can learn and succeed when applying a growth mindset to their lessons.



Works Cited

Dweck, Carol. Mindset. Mindset Online, 2010, Accessed 25 April 2017.

Popova, Maria. “Fixed vs. Growth: The Two Basic Mindsets that Shape Our Lives.” Brain Pickings, 29 Jan. 2014. Accessed 25 April 2017.

Minitab’s Blog: A Statistician’s Dream Resource

One of our favorite statistics resources is Minitab’s blog, Here, statisticians have compiled tips, tricks, and how-tos regarding anything stat-related, as well as easy ways to use Minitab.

These posts are great to share in class or assign for homework so students better understand the concepts they’re applying. Students will like them because most posts are short and to the point, include images of the software so they don’t get lost in each step, and make connections to real-world examples of statistics.

One post, How to Compute Probabilities, walks students through using the Minitab software to compute binomial probabilities, create a table of probabilities, and then visualize them. Another post, Five Ways to Make Your Control Charts More Effective, gives audiences a practical, five-step guide to enhancing their control charts, including identifying drifts ASAP and accounting for atypical periods. Michelle Parat’s Statistical Tools for Process Validation series walks readers through process design, process qualification, and continued process verification to show audiences not only how to complete these steps, but to understand how important they are at companies and real-world settings.

Hawkes Learning’s statistics materials can be bundled with Minitab. Just call us at 1-800-426-9538 to learn more about this option!

Find Funding for Your Tech Initiatives

Have a fantastic idea for your class that involves technology, but you and your school don’t have the funds? Unfortunately, that’s a common problem. Fortunately, several grant opportunities exist!

Kajeet, a service that helps students access internet outside of school to complete their homework, provides a list of 99 federal technology funding resources for 2017.

This list includes national grants for which educators from any state can apply, and the report also provides information on state-specific funding options.

Check out the grant opportunities Kajeet lists here.

How to view questions students struggle with and reply with feedback

Did you know that your students can send you a screenshot of a problem they are struggling with in the Practice mode through our Send to Instructor tool?

This tool gives you the ability to see exactly what question students need help with and provide instruction or hints to help them solve the problem. If you don’t already have this enabled, you can do so under Tools Tab -> Display Options:

An arrow points to a check box next to the words

If you’re looking for an interactive way to respond and show students a worked-out solution to the question, here are some apps for iPads and other Mac products that instructors have shared with us on how they accomplish this!

Notability ($7.99)

The Notability app.

ZoomNotes Lite (Free)

 The ZoomNotes Lite app

Mental Note Lite (Free)

The Mental Note Lite app.

To respond using one of the above apps, open the email from the Hawkes messaging system on your iPad/tablet or phone and take a screenshot of the question. Each app gives you the ability to choose the photos from your photo gallery that you’d like to use.

Just like using a whiteboard, you are able to work out the problem and show students the step-by-step breakdown of the work! When you’re finished, you can send your worked-out solution by email. (ZoomNotes Lite even has graph paper!)

A handwritten equation worked out on the screen.

Don’t have a Mac product? No problem! Dr. Stephan Kinholt from Green River College has shared how he sends feedback to students using his PC in the video he created below:

20th Century vs. 21st Century: What are major differences in their classrooms?

We all know education has evolved over the years—and it even changes daily! Some of those differences can be hard to notice as you’re running through your day-to-day routine in your own classroom. We found this PDF from 21st Century Schools and Canadian Accredited Independent Schools helpful in understanding the changes in approach, pedagogy, and structure between 20th-century and 21st-century classrooms. Plus, it’s incredibly interesting!

This chart breaks down some key differences. For example, a class in the 20th century was a time-based, teacher-as-judge space isolated to one classroom with a fragmented curriculum and low expectations for students. Nowadays, you’re more likely to find a competency- or outcome-based,  student-centered class connecting ideas to a global environment and interdisciplinary lessons that raise the expectations for student success.

Of course, several changes to the classroom are due to the available technology we now have. Resources like Hawkes’s course management system give instructors the chance to focus more time with students on their learning rather than grading homework and tests. Society is becoming more high-tech than ever, and using technology in the classroom helps prepare students for the expectations set by most career paths in this fast-paced world.

Make sure to check out the document here and please let us know of other differences between last century’s classroom and our current one in the comments below!

“20th Century Classroom vs. the 21st Century Classroom.” CAIS. 21st Century Schools. n.d. Web. 19 July 2016.