D155 Teacher Technology Toolkit
SMART MX and Lumio
Google Classroom Quick Start and Video on Notification Settings
Notification settings are SO important. This video explains the best way to set your notifications and keep your sanity!
5. Smartboard recording:
You must use your school computer and will need a webcam or, at least, a microphone to record your voice.
This does not allow you to capture yourself in video as the other 3 options above allow.
My NGConnect Teacher Quick Start Guide-Reading/Social Studies
Additional Tools for Learning
Edpuzzle is one of my all time favorite tools. Instead of just having students just watch a video, have students interact during the video. It allows you to ensure that your students are recognizing the important learning within.
If you are new to Edpuzzle, be sure to sign up as a teacher and choose "sign in with Google". This is important because Edpuzzle will pull your classes right from Google Classroom, so SUPER easy setup.
If you've never seen an Edpuzzle, here's one I created as an example for you to try.
On the Edpuzzle curriculum page, you can find pre-created Edpuzzles which you can copy and edit as you wish.
Bloomz helps teachers create an engaged parent community around the classroom.
What grade and age range?
Bloomz is most used by teachers and parents of kids in pre-K through eighth grade, and can be used in any education environment where parental engagement is important to the success of students.
Bloomz is free for both teachers and parents.
Bloomz provides an online environment that enables educators and parents to connect, coordinate, and communicate easily, privately, and securely.
What makes it unique?
Bloomz goes beyond traditional messaging and communication apps by empowering parents to get involved in classroom activities and school events. The Content Translation feature allows users to choose from among 80 preferred languages and have all their content automatically translated into that language—whether they are on a desktop, laptop, or mobile device. In one app, Bloomz provides a variety of tools to create a community around the classroom, effectively saving teachers a great deal of time.
Below are 4 SUPER creative ways to kick up the engagement level for your students.
Love the Writing Igniter and Writing Sparks for older students and Story Starters and Children's Writing Prompts for younger students!
Google File Templates
All templates offered here can be edited as you wish by clicking to open the file and then going to "file", "make a copy". From there you can edit to meet your students' needs and share in a Google Classroom assignment as "make a copy for each student", so they can, then edit their own work. Using these files remotely may require additional directions. You can, also, record voice directions using Vocaroo.com. The recording can be saved to Drive and added to any slide. (You can, also, set the recording to start automatically when students click to that slide.)
The "main" hyperdoc file has the word "Hypedoc" in it's title. That is the file that should be shared as "make a copy for each student" in Google Classroom. The other files with similar filenames are the files that are linked to FROM the main document. I've provided those files so that you can go to "file", "make a copy" and edit them if needed. If you edit a file, you will need to change the link to it in the main hyperdoc file.
These files represent many hours of work by the generous author and are freely shared.
Recording video lessons
OPTIONS available from your Chromebook. (If you want to record from your school desktop, you will need a webcam.)
For shorter recordings:
1. Screencastify: This is a Google Chrome extension. If wanting to show a Google Slides file (or really any other part of your screen) while you are recording your lesson, you can embed your webcam to record yourself in a small window. I suggest always choosing the whole screen so that if you click on a link the recording will capture that tab as well. There is a 5 minute limit on the free version.
2. Nimbus: This is, also, a Google Chrome extension. Just like with Screencastify: If wanting to show a Google Slides file (or really any other part of your screen) while you are recording your lesson, you can embed your webcam to record yourself in a small window. I suggest always choosing the whole screen so that if you click on a link the recording will capture that tab as well.
Note: When you finish recording both of these, you can save to Google Drive for sharing with your students in Classroom. (I, highly, suggest using Classroom, as if you post online, more than just your students might access it and there are limited views per day, so you could go over the limit.)