Friday, June 16, 2017

Play Your Voice in a QR Code

I love using QR Codes in the classroom - and here's another great way to use them. Tony Vincent  tweeted about using QR codes to play audio recordings - and it's so easy to do!

1. Go to https://online-voice-recorder.com/ and record your message.
2. Save the recording to your Google Drive.
3. Create a shareable link to the file and copy it.
4. Go to goqr.me and paste the link in the box (make sure you click the globe icon first).
5. Download the QR code or right click and copy it.

You now have a QR code with audio attached to it.

Teachers - create audio QR codes to provide instructions to students, read a passage from a story, creating oral exams, parent tutorials and information, interactive lessons, etc.

Students - create audio QR codes to show understanding of any concept, share reading fluency, ask questions, etc.

To level up this tool, create a shared google slides file and post it in Google Classroom. Students would insert their QR codes into a slide. All students could then scan the QR codes to hear their fellow students reading or discussing a certain topic. 

Here's a link to his twitter post - https://twitter.com/tonyvincent/status/875154640634957825


Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Dive into Technology this Summer

Tech Tip Tuesday



1) Don't forget to join us for our Summer Webinar Series. 
Webinar sessions are at 10 AM on Tuesday/Thursday. Topics include:
  • Get the Most Out of Your Outlook Mail and Calendar
  • Get Connected with Google+
  • Take the Plunge and Make your next Classroom Site with the New and Improved Google Sites
  • Have your students travel the world with Google Maps
  • See and Share all your Favorite Chrome Extensions: Part 1 and Part 2
  • Do More with Smore
  • Have iPads? Check out all the apps students can use to easily create videos to show and share what they know.
*Click the links above to sign up in Eduphoria.

2) Participate in the BEST Summer Technology Conference.

Engage is July 18th at Lake View High School. Join us for a fun filled day of technology integration. 

Our goal this year is to have 350 participants to attend. We are right now at 272. Help us reach our goal. 

Check out the guest speakers and schedule at our Engage Website.



AND 
3)Have a relaxing summer! 😎

  

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Don't Just Show, Interact

Website Wednesday

Two wonderful tools that let teachers and students interact with classroom videos are...

 

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EdPuzzle and PlayPosit are two easy-to-use websites that allow teachers to add interactive content to videos. Adding questions, audio, and links can help keep students more engaged during the video viewing. Answers to questions give teachers necessary data to check if students were not only paying attention, but comprehended the material. 

Benefits of EdPuzzle: 
  • Add interactive content: reminders, open-ended questions, multiple choice questions, links to more information and resources
  • Add your own Audio Track and Audio Notes
  • Trim video clips
  • Find videos from sources such as YouTube, TED Talks, Kahn Academy, Vimeo, CrashCourse and many others. 
  • Upload your own created videos. 
  • Share to Google Classroom
  • All of this for FREE!
Benefits of PlayPosit:
  • Log-in using your Google or 0365 Account
  • Search videos from sources such as YouTube, National Geographic, History Channel, Walt Disney, TedED, Kahn Academy, Flocabulary, and many others. 
  • Upload your own created videos.
  • Crop your video.
  • Share to Google Classroom

To see EdPuzzle in action, join us for tomorrow's webinar: www.saisd.org/pdinyourpjs 

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

Safely Present YouTube Videos in the Classroom

Tech Tip Tuesday



While YouTube is a beneficial educational tool to use in the classroom, the advertisements and other video screen shots can be inappropriate and distracting for students. Leading to a whole lot of headaches if teachers aren't on their toes and monitoring at all times and all screens. This in itself can be difficult. Here are two options that can help you safely present YouTube Videos to your students: 



1) Google Slides - Teachers can easily assemble all their educational YouTube videos and embed them into Google Slides. 
  • Open Google Slide
  • Click Insert>Video
  • Paste in a YouTube link OR type in a keyword to search YouTube for a video.
  • You can preview the video before inserting it into the slide. 
  • Click on the video you want>Select. 
The video will play right on the slide with no links or advertisements. 

2) ViewPure - See YouTube videos with no links, advertisements, or distractions. 
  • Open the ViewPure website.
  • Paste a YouTube link into the search box.
  • Click the Gear icon to set up a custom URL, set up a password, or define the start and end time of the video. 
  • Click Purify. It will open your video in a new screen. 
  • Copy the link at the top and share with students, parents, or faculty through an email, classroom website, or Google Classroom. 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Have you ever wondered?

Website Wednesday

Have you ever wondered...
-what will school be like in the future?
-what the weather is like on other planets? 
-do letters talk?
-why do I need to learn Algebra?
-who invented grammar?

These and many other questions can be answered at


Wonderopolis is a website that encourages curiosity, exploration, and discovery. Their Wonder of the Day helps to get students of all ages thinking and talking. Every day you are provided with a new Wonder. The Wonder of the Day is great for discussion, research, or as a writing activity. Have question that you would like answered? Students can also add to the Wonderopolis question bank. You can even subscribe to the Wonder of the day and have it sent right to your email or phone. Don't miss out on another Wonder. Go to Wonderopolis and subscribe today!