Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Google Slides to Create Visual Checklists!

Routines are important for all students; however, many of our students with IEP's need an extra layer of support. Visual schedules are a great tool to help students stay on track. Google Slides is a great tool for helping students in remote environments because:

  • Schedules can be shared easily via Google Classroom and customized to meet the needs of individual students
  • Visual cues help students stay on track, focused, and maintain a sense of accomplishment
  • Teachers can embed important links to resources, tools, and even GoNoodle video to take a break! 

Want your own copy? Here is a link.

Step 1: Create a Table in Google Slides

You may want to consider creating a small table of 4 - 6 tasks, based on the student's needs. You can easily do this by visiting the Insert Menu and choosing Table. For this example, I created a table in Google Slides with 6 tasks for students to complete. A simple 2 x 6 table will provide students with the options that they need.

Step 2: Add Content

You may want to consider adding numbers to the bottom of your table if students should complete tasks in order. It may also be helpful to add brief text descriptions and visuals for each task. Did you know that you can visit the Insert Menu and search the web right from Google Slides! All pictures are part of Creative Commons, which puts less stress on you! 

Step 3: Add Scaffolds and Supports

The beauty of using a web tool like Google Slides is that you can easily share links to websites, assignments, and resources from your presentation. My example includes a link to my Google Classroom, Google Meet, and a relaxing GoNoodle video for the break!

Also, keep in mind that you can share a link directly to an assignment in Google Classroom! This makes it more efficient for students to access assignments.

Bonus Tip: 

If you are sharing individual copies of your daily routine visual schedule with students, then you might want to consider adding something for students to mark that they are complete! You can easily add checkmark clip art to your presentation to give it more flair and allow students to have a sense of accomplishment.

Wednesday, May 20, 2020

Orange Slice Rubric Generator and Google Classroom Hack

Need to create a rubric for students? The Orange Slice Teacher rubric generator is one of my favorite tools for creating rubrics. Although there is a student add-on that allows you to distribute and share with students, I have found it challenging to use in certain situations.

Google Classroom does have it's own rubric generator as well; however, it does not provide pre-made options at this time and does not place results in a Google Doc.

Instead, I want to show you how to create your own rubric, save as a Google Doc, and distribute to students in your favorite learning management system. Here is an easy hack for using Orange Slice and Google Classroom to generate a rubric!

Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Force a Copy of Your Google Form to Share with Others

Have you ever wanted to share a copy with or receive a copy of a Google Form from others? You can easily do this in Google Forms with a few quick and easy steps!

Check out how to do it below:

Tuesday, May 5, 2020

Speak Selection Feature on iPad

How can we help students with reading fluency? The Speak Selection feature is a helpful feature that reads aloud text to students. Whether students have a learning disability or are more auditory, all students can benefit.

How does it work? 

The following video will feature:
  • Speak Selection
  • Alex voice
  • Reader View in Safari

There are several different ways you could use this feature to listen to:
  • A webpage that you found while researching on Safari
  • PDF article that you need to read for an assignment
  • Check and listen to your email
  • Open up an iBook and listen to your favorite chapter
  • Read aloud a writing assignment in Google Docs as part of the editing process

Monday, April 27, 2020

3 Tricks for Inserting Audio Into Google Slides

Everyone is trying to find new ways of presenting information to students in remote settings. Have you considered inserting audio into your Google Slides presentations? Scroll to the very bottom to check out 3 tricks for inserting audio into Google Slides.

But first, check out how to actually record and embed audio. 

How Do You Insert Audio? 

Step 1: You will want to install the Audio Voice Recorder Chrome extension.

Step 2: Launch Audio Voice Recorder to record content for your slide. Remember, you will need to embed an audio file for each slide that you want audio. if you have four slides needing audio, then you will need four different audio records (1 for each slide).

Step 3: Download your audio clip and save it to your Google Drive.

Step 4: Open up Google Slides and insert your audio file.

Here are 3 tricks for inserting Audio into Google Slides:
  • Your slideshow should be in presentation mode for students to listen to it.
  • If you are worried about students not understanding how to put it in presentation mode, consider publishing your presentation. 
  • Have your audio automatically playing when students arrive on the slide. 
Want to see all of this in action? Check out my video below:

Monday, April 20, 2020

Insert Icons on Seesaw Activities

Did you know that you can add icons to your Seesaw Activities for an extra scaffold and support for students? It's extremely easy to do. Check out my video below:

Do you need a list of all of the available icons that you can add to Seesaw? Check out this awesome article or the list of icons below:

Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Virtual Teaching Best Practices: Dedicated Question Space in Google Classroom

A best practice in many online courses is to have a dedicated space for students to ask questions and receive responses. It may be helpful to have a discussion question designed for students to ask your questions and where you can provide feedback. Often if one student is confused, there are often other students with similar questions. This dedicated question space can also benefit students who are too shy to ask, because they are able to see your responses to other students. 

Want to see how to do this? Check out my brief tutorial video below: