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Four A's Text Rendering Protocol with Mote and Slides

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 Reading protocols are great tools for analyzing and dissecting a text. One of my favorite protocols is known as the Four A's protocol because it helps provide students with a framework for constructing and composing their ideas through the graduated levels of supports offered by the protocol.  Adding a tool like Mote and Google Slides can create dynamic discussion through audio comments.  Want your own copy? Click here How Does It Work? First, students will read the assigned text.  Then, students will use the following Google Slides presentation template and Mote to record their comments. Students can work individually or collaboratively on this assignment.  The Four A's Protocol The Four A's protocol is quite simple and requires students to  analyze the text through the following lenses: • What Assumptions does the author of the text hold?  • What do you Agree with in the text?  • What do you want to Argue with in the text?  • What parts of the text do you want to Aspire

Make Your Word Walls Better with Mote

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In the past, I have written about the importance of vocabulary instruction in all grades because the achievement gap is largely attributed to a vocabulary gap. Therefore, strategies like word walls are effective tools for providing students with important visual representations to encourage the use of vocabulary in the classroom, in assignments, etc.  Neuroscience is showing us that students need multiple representations of vocabulary terms in order to best understand the word's meaning. Adding tools like video and audio can enhance how students comprehend vocabulary. Mote is an audio recording tool that can be used to add audio explanations of vocabulary terms.  Word walls can be created in a variety of different ways. For instance, teachers can generate a word wall for the entire class based on vocabulary terms within a unit, chapter, story, etc. Students could create their own individual word wall for an assignment or collaborate on a word wall for the entire class.  The followi

Google Slides Vocabulary Choice Board

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Student choice and autonomy is an important aspect of learning, especially in vocabulary instruction. A choice board is an effective strategy for supporting vocabulary instruction. I recently developed the following Vocabulary Choice board for Google Slides.  How does it work?  First, you will want to share this with students through your learning management system. Google Classroom makes it easy to create an individual copy for each student. Don't have Google Classroom? Here is a great way to force a copy of any Google Docs, Slides, etc.  As students complete each task, they will drag the red "X" on top of the task completed. There is an additional slide they can see and mark off vocabulary terms used.  Next, students are required to complete a Frayer Model for one vocabulary term on slide number 5. When students are finished, they will have the choice to complete any two tasks on the choice board to make a tic tac toe!  Conclusion Do you like what you see? Click here fo

Google Classroom Hack for Adding Text and Audio Instructions Using Mote

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  Mote is becoming one of my favorite tools for adding scaffolds and supports for struggling readers. You might be familiar with using it in Google Docs and Slides, but did you know that you can use it in Google Classroom too?  I love using Mote to add audio instructions to Google Classroom posts; however, there has always been a catch. You can either add a Mote (audio) OR text. Not both! Or is there?  However, I recently created a video with a hack for infusing both Mote and text instructions into your Google Classroom. Check out my video below for more!

3 Jamboard Templates for Attendance, Lunch Count, and Social-Emotional Learning

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Jamboard is a great collaborative tool for students to use in the classroom. Many of us have found some great ways to utilize this tool during remote learning. As more students begin arriving in our classrooms this fall, we can begin using Jamboard in creative ways on a Smartboard or as a collaborative activity on student devices.  I have developed the following Jamboard templates to keep track of attendance, lunch count, and emotional check-in tool.  Attendance Chart Keeping track of attendance is one of those tasks that I would often struggle with. The following Jamboard template provides you with a place for students to drag and drop an icon on top of their name to "check-in."   Lunch Count Need a helpful tool for lunch count? You could use Jamboard to keep track of lunch orders for the day. Have students drag the shape that corresponds to their lunch choice.  Mood Meter The Mood Meter is a great SEL tool to see how your students are doing emotionally. It can help you mea

Gamifying the Beginning of the Year: Using Wordwall to Gamify Class Expectations (Part 1)

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With the beginning of the school year upon us, many teachers are trying to find creative and engaging ways to go over class introductions and expectations. Have you ever thought about gamifying your approach? Gamification refers to converting a task into a game-like format.  This approach could be a helpful way to make those beginning of the year discussions, fun, painless, and hard to forget!  The following series will explore tools for gamifying the beginning of the school year. Part 1 will look at a free tool called Wordwall.  What is Wordwall?  Wordwall is a free website that you can use to create a question bank and convert it into an electronic game of your choice, such as a quiz, gameshow, open the box, and so much more! It provides low-tech classrooms with a flexible tool for printing paper versions of the activities too!  How am I using it? I created the following iPad expectations presentation for new students in our school.  How does it work?  I created the following  tutor

Create Accessible HyperDocs with Mote and Joypixels

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  Hyperdocs are a great tool for increasing engagement and personalizing learning in the classroom. Unfortunately, the way that we design our Hyperdocs can be problematic. For instance, how do students who need accommodations, such as reading text aloud, have this capability in a Hyperdoc?  One great tool to make your Hyperdoc more accessible is through Mote , a video recording tool. This tool allows the teacher to read text aloud or have students respond via audio.  Check out the following video on how you can use Mote and Joypixels to make accessible HyperDocs.  --------------------------------------- Matt Bergman (2021)