Wednesday, June 16, 2021

UDL Lesson Planning with a POP

 Creating access to learning begins with designing with variability in mind. Check out the following graphic that I created, which details how you can plan accessible learning experiences using the POP method and UDL framework. 





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Thursday, June 10, 2021

3 Ways to Get Started with Flip Hunts on Flipgrid

Learning by doing is a great strategy for students to engage in learning! Flip Hunts are digital scavenger hunts powered by Flipgrid, which allow students to use the power of technology to demonstrate understanding in flexible and meaningful ways. It's a fun way to increase engagement and provide autonomy, as students can literally record themselves performing tasks associated with learning. 

You may be wondering, how do I get started? Here are three ways to get started!


1. Check Out Existing Flip Hunts on Flipgrid!

If you visit Flipgrid, visit the Discovery Tab and search for existing Flip Hunts that can be shared and edited! 



BONUS TIP! Please check out this awesome blog post by Kathi Kersznowski. She does an amazing job describing Flip Hunts! 


2. Create Your Own Flip Hunt Template

Rather create your own? I have created my own template for creating your own Flip Hunt! Click here to make your own copy of the Google Doc and have fun!




3. Watch My Crash Course Video on Creating a Flip Hunt!

Rather see it in action? I created the following step-by-step video to help you create your own Flip Hunts! Feel free to check it out. 



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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Make Google Forms Quizzes Accessible with Mote

Google Forms are a great way for assessing students; however, does this format work for all students? Remote learning has taught many of us the importance of planning for the margins and making learning accessible for ALL students from the beginning.

 Mote is a great tool to embed audio for students who may need the extra support of having instructions read to them. If the goal is to assess their knowledge of a topic, then it might be helpful to provide flexible ways of getting there. Plus, it embeds the audio directly in your Google Form! No need to go elsewhere! 


Check out my video for using Mote and Google Forms!

Want to learn more about Mote? Check out my previous blog post on this topic! It has amazing possibilities for any classroom. 



Wednesday, June 2, 2021

5 Podcasting Tools You Can Use for Next School Year

Although podcasting has been around for a while, I never really integrated it into my classroom because I didn't think I had the use. However, there are so many great ideas that you could use podcasting for! Here are some awesome tools you could use for Podcasting!


Garage Band

Garage Band is an Apple App that can be used to record podcasts on your MacBook, iPhone, or iPad. Simply use the narration mode feature and you will create a podcast in minutes. Imagine having your students putting together a talk show to discuss the latest chapter or unit!

Seesaw

Seesaw isn't just for screen recordings. You can use the audio record feature to have your students practice sharing facts that they learned from the lesson today. It could provide students with an opportunity to reflect on what they learned and comment on their classmate's work, all within a safe environment. 

Screencastify 

Did you know that Screencastify can record audio too? You can use the free version of Screencastify to record audio and publish it to your Google Drive! Imagine having students share strategies for solving that word problem in class! 

Flipgrid

Flipgrid now has an audio record only. Imagine having your students put together an interview of a historical figure. They could publish their "interview" on Flipgrid and open it up for comments! 

Anchor

Finally, if you are interested in making and publishing your own podcast, I highly recommend Anchor! You could record lessons for students to listen to on Spotify or share your knowledge with the world. I recently decided to use Anchor as a platform to share my passion for learning from life lessons and mistakes! It is called Conversations in the Paint Department. Check it out and let me know what you think! 


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Monday, May 17, 2021

Tips for Ending the Year with Google Classroom

Overloaded with the end of the school year and not sure where to get started? I've created a five-minute video with tips for ending your school year with Google Classroom and a few tips for next year! Enjoy!





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Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Make Your Own Educational Game in Minutes with Educandy

I might be going out on a limb here, but I believe games have been an important part of learning for decades, if not centuries! Virtual learning has forced many of us to find new and creative ways to engage our students. Educational games are a great way to do that! 

What if you were able to easily create and share your own educational games with students? You can with a free tool called Educandy

How Does Educandy Work? 

Educandy is a free tool that teachers can use to create engaging learning activities for students in just a few minutes. Check out my video or read below to learn how you can create your own educational games in minutes! 


First, you begin with generating a list of words, matching pairs, or quiz questions.


Next, you will select one of 8 games for students to play. Educandy will take your list of words, matching pairs, or quiz questions and automatically place them in the game template! Please note, the types of games available correspond with the type of list you generated. For example, a word search is available for words, but not for matching pairs and quiz questions. 


Finally, share your game with students with a  link or code. There is no need for students to login! Check out the sample game below.


Conclusion

 If you are like most teachers that I know, then you are always looking for tools and strategies for keeping students engaged. Virtual and online instruction has made it difficult to keep kids engaged with learning; however, there are some great tools to make learning more fun! When students are enjoying the learning process, they often retain information and engage with content better. 


Tuesday, April 27, 2021

Generate More Ideas with IdeaBoardz

If there is one thing that I have learned during the recent COVID-19 pandemic, it is the skill of using technology to collaborate across distances. What tech tools are available for students and staff to collaborate inside and outside of the classroom? 

In one PD session that I recently gave, a participant told me about a free team collaboration tool called IdeaBoardz. This tool is amazingly powerful and simple! Participants can brainstorm ideas, gather information, reflect, and even retrospect. There are built-in tools for providing feedback in the form of "likes." 

This could be the perfect tool for comparing and contrasting topics in a class, brainstorming PD ideas for the next faculty meeting, or ending class with a reflection. 

How do you create your own IdeaBoardz? Check out my video below.