MGRESA Tech Tips

I originally created and shared this site with everyone at Middle Georgia RESA, but due to the situation we all face we have decided to make these tips more broadly available.

So even if you are not a member of our RESA, feel free to use these resources. And email me if you have any questions or problems, and if it seems like an issue common to others I will add a tutorial video. (If you click on a link to a video I have just recently made, it will tell you it is still processing. Just wait a bit.)

I will post videos below that direct relate to remote teaching and learning while we are scattered hither and yon:

Remote Teaching and Learning Tutorials

Browse the tutorials we have created for you. If you don't see what you are looking for, ask us in the form below.

Voice Recorder Sometimes you need to create some content and want to personalize it but don't necessarily want ot make a video. Audio files are an excellent use of technology for distant teaching and learning. Click here to watch the short video tutorial, and click here to get the Chrome extension.

Pear Deck is a Google Slides Add-on that allows your students to interact with you either in the same room (remember that?) or while watching a presentation in Meet or Zoom. You can create a slide show and incorporate it, add it to an existing slide show, or just use it on the fly in you meeting presentation. This video will help you get started.

Google Meet Extensions Google Meet is adding new features that you will want to grab. A great one is Nod. It lets the participants raise their hand or throw in an emoji. Nice for big rooms. Here is what it looks like.

Let your students connect with each other, too: One good way to check up on learning is to let your students give feedback to each other and review the feedback they give. You can set this up by giving a writing assignment in Google Classroom (or Microsoft Teams), giving each student their own copy. Also share a document with them instructing them to each share with a couple of specific students that you designate. This way, they get to interact with each other and you get to see if they understand the learning goal by reading their work AND their feedback. I didn't create a video on how to do this, but if you need help let me know and I will put one here.

Make a video greeting for your students: Those of you who are teachers, especially those who teach the "babies", know how much it would mean to them to see your face and hear your voice. Here is an easy way to create a video greeting. This video is the "how-to" and this is what the final product could look like.

  • Using Google (Hangouts) Meet for e-meetings: This has always been a great meeting tool, but now teachers can also use it as a remote learning classroom tool.
  • Watch this to see how to record your meeting. This is a new feature and is free until July 1, but I am hoping Google will keep it free for educator domains.
  • Which video recording software should I use? Here is a look at why and when you should choose a simple screen recorder, like Screencastify or Screen-Cast-O-Matic, or record directly into Youtube.
  • Streamyard is a website that let's you record longer videos directly into Youtube, OR lets you interact live with folks while you are recording directly into Youtube. This video describes how to activate your Youtube account and set up your Streamyard account. I created it for the good people in Crawford County, but the basic idea will work for you, too.
  • Desmos Teacher: Desmos, the online calculator, is also an online math content provider. Watch this video for the basics and let me know if you need more help to get started.

OneTab is an easy way to share a list of websites with your students. No more Copy-Paste Copy-Paste over and over again. See how simple it is.