Thursday, January 9, 2020

Do More With Your Screenshots on iOS: Full Screen Screenshots

Did you know that you can do more with a screenshot with iOS 13? You not only can use annotation tools to mark up your image, but you also have the ability to take a full-page screenshot. This might be extremely helpful if you wanted to take a screenshot of an entire article or page. How can you do this? Check out the video below:

Tuesday, January 7, 2020

Scanning Feature in iOS 13

I love finding new tips and tricks for using technology. I am going to focus on some helpful tips and tricks for using your iPad or iPhone's latest version of iOS 13.

Need a place for all that paper that you still get? Check out the Scanning feature in the Files App to save, store, and edit your scanned documents.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

Learning Shouldn't Stop When You are Sick: Use FlipGrid for Sub Plans

Learning shouldn't have to stop when you are sick! Why not use FlipGrid to house your sub plans?

FlipGrid makes it easy for you to record video instructions, share resources, hyperlink to important resources and tools, emphasize key points, and increase student accountability. Learn how to do that, as well as some tools for making your plans accessible to students, your sub, other teachers, and parents!

Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Make FlipGrid Accessible for ALL with the Immersive Reader Feature

Accessibility begins with proactive design, which is designed for some, but beneficial for ALL! I love FlipGrid's immersive reader tool, which provides users with several amazing accessibility features!

1. Text-to-Speech Capabilities

The text-to-speech capabilities when reading instructions or discussion prompts. This is the perfect tool for struggling readers, ELL students, or students who like to "hear" instructions.

2. Change Font Features

FlipGrid provides you with the ability to increase change font, font size,  and the color of the font to make it easier to see for students with visual difficulties or need visual modifications.

3. Break Down Parts of Speech

Want to break things down by parts of speech? FlipGrid provides a color-coded tool to break down parts of speech by verb, noun, adjective, etc.

4. Line Focus

The line focus tool magnifies text one line at a time so that students can concentrate on the text. There is also a visual dictionary tool, which provides extra layers of scaffolds and supports for unfamiliar words. Plus there is the ability to translate the document into different languages.

Want to see it in action? Check out my video below:


Monday, December 9, 2019

FlipGrid's Whiteboard Feature!

I love FlipGrid's whiteboard feature, which has been out for a few months now. This makes it much easier for students to demonstrate their understanding in any classroom; however, it is extremely helpful in the math classroom. Want to see how it works? Check out my video below:

Monday, December 2, 2019

Increase Student Engagement During the Holidays with a 30 Second Book Talk Challenge

December is here and many of our students are already ready for another break! How can you use FlipGrid to inspire students to stay engaged during the holidays?

Here is an awesome idea that I have found from the Barrow Media Center blog. It's a 30-second book talk challenge! I absolutely love how this blog post took a basic idea of making a book talk and turning it into a competition!

30-seconds might not sound like a lot of time, but it is perfect for getting students to plan out their ideas and share key points in a succinct and efficient way. I created the following video, taking this amazing idea and adding a few customizations to work for my school. Check this out!

New to FlipGrid? Check out how to use FlipGrid in less than 5 minutes:

Friday, November 22, 2019

Self-Regulation with G Suite: Tools to Create Daily Check-Ins

With so much emphasis on self-regulation and understanding emotions in today's classrooms, it can be difficult to find a system that works best for you. Self-regulation involves understanding, managing, and acting or not acting upon one's emotions.

Having your students "check-in" and share how they are feeling is a great way of developing important socio-emotional learning skills. There are a variety of tools and strategies to use, but here is a quick way to use Google Forms to gauge the emotional temperature in your room.

Check out my video on how to do this:

How Do I Do This? 

Step 1: Create a Google Form

First, create a Google Form with questions aimed at helping students check-in. You might want to think about:

  • How are you feeling today? 
  • Why do you feel this way?
  • What is a goal you have for today? 

To make things simple, I created the following Google Form with an emoji check-in.

Step 2: Add Emojis for Flair

Want to add an additional flair for your questions? You might want to consider using the Emoji Keyboard Chrome Extensions.

Here's a quick tip! Add emojis BEFORE your text, which serves as a placeholder. If you try ending your emoji after your text, it sometimes disappears.

Step 3: Gather Your Data!

I love adding emojis because they download to the spreadsheet, which collects your data. This makes data collection more visual!