Wednesday, February 12, 2020

Dotstorming: A Free Tool to Poll and Offer Choice

I'm always looking for ways to add choice into the classroom or professional development. There are a variety of great strategies and tools out there to enhance student choice, such as Google Forms, assignment menus, and choice boards.

One of my favorite free tools is called Dotstorming, which combines the power of polling with virtual post-it notes like Padlet.

Create Your Board

First, create a Dotstorming board. Your board will contain a variety of cards and images for participants to vote on. There is even an optional chat feature, which you have the choice to enable or disable.

Create Your Cards

Second, you will add cards (containing text) or images (containing images and text) for participants to vote on. You can even add links to YouTube videos. For example, you might want to provide descriptions of the topic that you would like to vote on.

 Share Your Board

Finally, you will share your board with participants. Simply, click on the share button and you will receive a URL and embedding code to place on your website. When participants receive this link, they can instantly have 3 votes to start the voting process!


There are a variety of other features and settings, which make this tool amazing! Want to learn more or see it in action? Check out my tutorial video below:

Tuesday, February 4, 2020

Knowt - Notes, AI-Generated Quizzes, and Awesome Way to Retain Information

Want a great way for students to take notes and better retain information Knowt is a free note-taking tool, which uses the power of AI to help students review notes in a quiz format!

I am always amazed at how AI is changing the way we do things. Its use in education is changing the way that students learn and how we address their needs. This use of technology can be useful in a variety of ways. Let's check out why I love this tool!

What do I like about it? 

There are many things to love about this tool. First, it syncs across multiple accounts and devices. Whether you are using a Macbook, Chromebook, iPad, or Android device, you can use this tool!

Secondly, it connects to your Google account, making it easy to import notes from Google Docs. Plus, its simple interface makes it easy to use and access for students of all grade levels and abilities.

Finally, there is nothing that you have to do to generate the quiz. Simply choose the Quiz button in the top and Knowt automatically generates multiple-choice or fill in the blank questions. Don't like a question? You can give Knowt feedback so that it can generate better quality questions.

Want to see how it works? Check out my brief tutorial below:

Monday, February 3, 2020

Infuse Google Keep into Slides and Docs to Save Time!

Did you know that you can easily integrate Google Keep into Slides and Docs? Imagine taking a few notes that you want to add to an upcoming presentation or agenda later. Use Google Keep to jot down your ideas and transfer it to Slides and Docs to make your ideas come alive.  Instead of copying and pasting, you can drag and drop!

The Google Keep icon inside of Docs and Slides will allow you to open up your notes in Keep and embed them directly into a document or slide. It's effortless to use and could save time for you and your students.

Want to see how it works? Check out my 2-minute video:

Monday, January 27, 2020

Make Your Life More Efficient with #iOS13 Reminders

The Reminders App is a great tool for iOS users. Did you know that you can use it for more than just a checklist? You can have reminders set at specific locations or specific times? You can also add notes and websites to your item! Check out my brief tutorial below:

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Need a Free QR Code Generator WITHOUT Limits? Try QR Code Monkey

QR Codes are extremely helpful in any classroom with mobile devices, because they provide quick and efficient access to any type of website or URL. I recently found out that one of my favorite QR Code sites had imposed limitations on the number of times the QR Code was accessed.

This made it extremely difficult for a teacher of mine. They had large groups of students access a Google Form that was linked to this QR Code. I was able to find a nice alternative without limits called QRCode Monkey.

I like this tool because it is free, easy to use, and imposes no limitations on the number of times a QR Code can be accessed. Like most QR Code generators, you are also able to link to text (perfect for discussion questions), social media, email, YouTube, text messages, and even phone numbers.

This tool also provides you with ways to customize the color and design of your QR Codes in order to make it more attractive and accessible.

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.