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This Week's Barista: Sara Ballon

February 2, 2016

Yesterday was the Iowa Caucus! Don't you ever wonder how that whole caucus and primary thing works??? Here are some great election resources for all grade levels at your fingertips. Some of the best include:

PBS Election Headquarters (all grade levels)

C-Span Road to the White House (high school)

Resources from the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History (all grade levels)

CItizens, Not Spectators (grades 4-12)

More resources at Edutopia.

Shot one: The Audacity of Sound

Have you ever needed to record sound or edit sound for a presentation or, I don't know, your daughter's talent show tryout (ahem, Doug Eleby)? One free, semi-easy-to-use audio editor and recorder you might want to check out is Audacity.

Recently, I heard a podcast that contained a PERFECT interview with a historian about uncovering primary sources. I didn't need the entire interview...just two small sections. So, rather than mess around with where to stop and start the Soundcloud audio, I downloaded the audio file and then used Audacity to chop it up. This way, I presented my students with the only audio they needed to hear. You can download it for yourself at and give it a try.

SHOT TWO: Typng with your voice!

Voice typing in Docs
Students who prefer to talk rather than type (or students with a broken arm or wrist!) can make great use of this tool in the classroom and at home. For teachers who are writing comments for report cards or longer narratives, you can now use the microphone on your computer to type into Google Docs.

At the moment, this feature is only available in Chrome browsers.

  1. Before you get started, make sure that you have a working microphone either built in to your device or connected externally.
  2. In a Chrome browser, open a document.
  3. Click the Tools menu > Voice typing.
  4. A pop-up microphone box will appear. When you are ready to speak your text, click the microphone or press Ctrl + Shift + S on your keyboard.
  5. Speak your text clearly, at a normal volume and pace. See below for more information on using punctuation.
  6. When you're finished, click the microphone again.

More support at:


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See you next Tuesday!