Technology Matters - TechDis Voices What's it all about? Jisc TechDis commissioned CereProc to create two new high-quality, youthful and modern voices (TechDis Jack and TechDis Jess) that can be used with text-to-speech tools. Text-to-speech (TTS) technology allows text in electronic formats to be read out loud by synthetic voices or saved as MP3 files for later listening. The quality of synthetic voices is judged by how easy they are to understand and by how human they sound. How to search on Google - Search Help Learn a few tips and tricks to help you easily find information on Google. Tip 1: Start with the basics No matter what you're looking for, start with a simple search like where's the closest airport?. You can always add a few descriptive words if necessary. If you're looking for a place or product in a specific location, add the location.
7 Excellent Tools for Assessment in One to One Classroom May 11, 2014 Today I am sharing with you a set of useful web tools for assessment in the one to one classroom. These tools are compiled by Apple Distinguished Educator Monica from Class Tech Tips and featured in this presentation . One of the tools included in this slideshow called Understoodit is no longer available and has become EventMobi. Here is a round-up of all the assessment tools Monica compiled: 1- Nearpod Create interactive presentationsEmbed quizzes, polls, and interactive responses 5 Ways to Share YouTube Videos Safely and Privately (Without the Distractions) Do you want to be able to use YouTube in your class, but are concerned about exposing students to the distractions that surround it? Worse yet, inappropriate content may be displayed, which is a huge concern for younger students in particular. Well I am here to provide a few approaches to solving that problem. You can use YouTube to host and deliver videos safely, without the distractions. This Image is Licensed CC BY SA 3.0 Concerns about this come up whenever I teach Flipped Class techniques.
s Internet Safety Resources This free interactive site is an extensive digital literacy curriculum that improves technology proficiency, builds information literacy and digital citizenship skill, and provides 21st century and project-based resources online. The 21 Things are 'big ideas' in technology and learning such as Visual Learning, Collaboration, Cloud Initiation, Digital Footprint, and much more. The student activities use free web resources designed to address the ISTE National Educational Technology Standards for Students, and the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. The non-sequential Things, delivered as project-based Quests, provide links, resources, and activities for students to earn badges and awards. Registration for teachers is required and gives access to teacher resources and a downloadable Moodle version of the site; Moodle is not required to use this site. To access certain external activities and tools, students may need to register with an e-mail.
Submit Screenshots When students are doing work digitally they do not always use Google Docs. When students are using other websites to study, do research, practice, create their work can still be submitted through Google Classroom. Assuming there is not the ability to save a file and attach or a URL they can submit, students can submit screenshots of their work to Google Classroom. s Study Skills Resources Create an online bulletin board (much like Padlet reviewed here or Lino reviewed here) for brainstorming and VOTING on any topic. The voting is what makes this tool different. Create an account. There is no waiting for email approval. Add a board, title, select how many votes the participants will have (up to 10), and start adding posts with text, images, and video. Add images and video via URL or upload from your computer.
Reuse an Assignment The Google Classroom team is always listening to teachers and in response to feedback they have added the feature to be able to reuse a post in your stream. To add an assignment, announcement, or question to the stream click on the plus icon now located in the bottom right-hand corner. The top option is to “Reuse post.” This will allow you to choose which class you wish to pull the previously posted assignment or announcement from. You will have the option to reuse posts from classes that have been archived. Knowmia Already a Knowmia user?Sign in! Email / Student ID Password 12 Free Add-ons That Take Docs And Sheets To The Next Level Add-ons are third party plugins that take your Google Apps usage to the next level. There are countless add-ons to choose from and it can be overwhelming to filter through them all to find the true superstars. But don’t be disheartened, there are definitely plenty of add-ons that can kick your work efficiency into hyperdrive. Send a fax from a Google Doc or create personalized mass emails from Google Sheets, the sky’s the limit when you are using the right add-ons.
Where to Find Good Educational Videos There’s a right and a wrong way to use videos in the classroom. Not all videos are primed for instructional use, and not all instruction lends itself to video. However, pairing a great video with the tools students need to engage with it can lead to a deeper understanding of or alternate perspective on what’s being taught. Check out the September Education Update article “Showing Videos in the Classroom: What’s the Purpose?” to learn three criteria for selecting an effective video and find tips for helping your students “make the shift from vegging out to tuning in for learning.” Once you have identified the criteria to look for, there are tons of places to find both instructional and supplemental videos on whatever topic you’re teaching.