Tech Snacks

Byte-Sized Treats to Transform Learning 2.19.20

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Where Did the Magic School Bus Go?

Images, videos, primary source documents, and audio recordings - oh my! I dare you to visit PBS Learning Media, a web-based collection of free learning resources. The site is 100% searchable by grade level, subjection area, learning standard (Common Core, National Standards, State Standards, NGSS.), and more. Teachers can create and manage classes and easily share resources with their students using Google Classroom, Remind, or their own PBS Learning Media classroom. Along with resources, enjoy supporting materials such as lesson plans, guiding questions, and learning activities that can be saved, downloaded, and even printed. Oh, and for those who keep asking where the Magic School Bus videos went, look no further!

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Teleprompt.me

Teleprompt.me is a quick and easy web-based teleprompter that can be especially handy in the classroom. Open the free website, using Chrome, and simply type or paste in a script. The cool factor - the tool uses your computer's microphone and is powered by voice recognition to automatically scroll through the text. This takes out the middleman who may scroll too slow or too fast. Text can be flipped if using a mirror-based setup. It’s difficult to trick, even with last names or other words not commonly found in the dictionary. Teleprompt.me is perfect for school news programs as well as presentation tools for speeches, podcasts, PSA, fluency checks and more. Seeing is believing so take a minute to check out the magic of Teleprompt.me below.
We Tested the Free Teleprompter App, Teleprompt.me, That Follows Your Voice
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Add Fun to Google Folder Names with Emojis

With Google Drive being unlimited in size, color coding and other organizational tips can really save you a lot of time in finding what you need. For an exciting treat, did you know you can add emojis to Google folders and document names by right-clicking (PC) where the text goes and selecting Emoji? This also works for Office 365 and with a Mac use control+clicking. An interesting place to try this out might be on a folder you are sharing with students in your Google Classroom. This is how the folder looks in my Google Classroom:

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Use Immersive Reader in Canvas to Make Learning More Accessible for Students

If you're a Canvas user and hadn't noticed, FCPS recently enabled a new feature called Immersive Reader that will work on Canvas' Pages -- meaning it can read text on the page to students. All users need to do is click on the button in the upper right corner of the page. Unfortunately, Immersive Reader currently does not work for Assignments, Quizzes, etc. -- it only works on Pages. For use with Assignments and other tools, consider installing the Chrome extension, Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader.


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EdTech PD Just For You!

The New Year = a great time to learn NEW things. The Office of Instructional Technology has a variety of great sessions customized for you. Just hop on over to mylearningplan.com, and click on ACTIVITY CATALOGS and DISTRICT CATALOG in the left-hand menu. Type the word TECHNOLOGY in the search bar to locate and register for your choices.


Rock Your Canvas Teaching World: Send Canvas Grades to Infinite Campus with Grade Sync! 2.19.20 with Paula Setser-Kissick

Tired of collecting grades in Canvas only to turn around and manually input them into Infinite Campus? Well, it's now time to lose that tired feeling. Fayette County's Canvas and IC now have the ability to sync Assignment, Discussion, and Quiz grades. Come find out how to initially set up this function and learn how little teachers will need to do going forward to get those grades into IC. We'll walk through setup and discuss handling special situations, such as cross-listed courses and differentiated items. It's time to rock in the new year and a new way to do grades!


Google Level 1 Series: Google Boot Camp, Level 1 2.20.20 with Jerry Broyles

(This is part 2 of the 2 part series.) Google Boot Camp invites teachers to explore various G Suite tools while giving them a foothold in preparing for the Google Level 1 Certification Test. This session will cover the following G Suite Tools: Google Chrome, Drive, Docs, Slides, and Forms.


Google Earth and Earth Studio; May I Help You Find Something? 3.24.19 with Jerry Broyles

Hold on tight and set your sights on the future as we take a ride on the new Google Earth! Navigate the new world while exploring lands, homes, and cultures from afar. Fly by the seat of your pants and record your journey using Google Earth Studio. Marvel at the power of Google Earth Engine and brainstorm curriculum with Outreach. Don't be a Kevin and miss the trip!