Ed Tech Tips, Tricks & Hacks – Vol. 2, Issue 3

Ed Tech Tips, Tricks & Hacks – Vol. 2, Issue 3

This edition of Ed Tech Tips, Tricks & Hacks contains nuggets of wisdom on:

  • Michelle’s Blog (You’re on it now!)
  • Kami for Differentiation
  • My Blueprint – Div 2&3
  • Hour of Code
  • Edu in 90
  • Esti-Mysteries – A Learning Mission
  • Planboard
  • Plickers
  • True Size of – Interactive map projection explorer
  • Kialo Edu – Tool for critical thinking and rational debate
  • Classroom Screen – Easy digital screen tools
  • Wooclap
  • ClipArt Tec.
  • Meet Generation Z
  • Tik Tok Safety

Math Pickle

Math Pickle

Math Pickle is an amazing online resource containing math puzzles, games a mini-competitions, organized by grade! This site is aimed at TEACHERS. It is not a site to set your students loose on to explore, it is designed to assist teachers with math instruction and offers fantastic puzzles to challenge students to us mathematical thinking and logic to solve.

Chrome Music Lab

Chrome Music Lab

Chrome music lab makes learning about music more accessible through its myriad of sound resources through which children can experiment and learn.

Your students can experiment with song making, rhythm exploration, sound waves, melody and more! Music involves both hemispheres of the brain, and is an excellent mechanism through which to support learning and creativity. This site is excellent for special education students as well.

If your students create and post a song, please email it to Michelle to post here!

Embed Audio Files in Google Doc

Embed Audio Files in Google Doc

This tutorial will cover a FREE and EASY method to add audio files into a Google Doc. This tip allows teachers to read the questions for their test in advance, and embed the audio files into the document.

WHY??
Students who struggle to read will be able to complete their work without having another person present to read aloud to them, will be able to work at their own pace, and can return to questions as needed.

HOW??
1) Install the Google Drive app to your smartphone. Log in to your CESD account.
2) Create a folder in your Drive called Audio Files
3) Create a subfolder in this new folder and give it the name of the test you will be reading.
4) Move the test into the folder (failing to do this step will break the audio links when you move the test folder into the Team Drive for Myles to create testing accounts for!)
4) Using the audio recording application on your phone, read each set of instructions or questions aloud SEPARATELY. You will have a bunch of audio files once you’ve read each instruction, source and question aloud separately. (On an iOS device, the audio recording app is called “Voice Memos” and it comes factory-installed.)
5) Upload your audio files to the folder you created in step 3.
6) Find an icon online to represent audio to your students.
7) Insert the icon after each set of instructions, source excerpt or question. (Once you have it at a size you like, COPY-PASTE it!)
8) Open Google Drive in another tab and browse to the folder you uploaded your audio files to.
9) Right click on the desired audio file.
10) Choose “Get Sharable Link” – Google will copy the link automatically for you.
11) Right click on the icon and choose “LINK”
12) Paste the link

Repeat, repeat, repeat – but remember – once this is done, you never have to do it again!!!

BUT MY FORMATTING!!
You can make adjustments to the icon by choosing INSERT->DRAWING and shrinking the icon you selected in step 6 above in the drawing screen to better fit your allotted space.