EdTech Shorts

EdTech Shorts

Quick and Simple EdTech Tips for Educators


August 18, 2022 1 min
Are you an educator looking to “up” your technology usage in the classroom? Are you too overwhelmed with the daily grind of teaching to look for simple tips to help you do this? Well, EdTech Shorts is the podcast for you. We believe that it should always be about working smarter, not working harder. If you do too, then join us each week for quick and simple edtech tips to up your game in the classroom. And check out our back c...
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As educators we often encounter those times when multiple students across the classroom have their hand up waiting for assistance. It is extremely hard at times to keep track of whose hand went up first or even what order they all went up over all. ClassroomQ is a product that helps to eliminate this problem from your classroom. Teachers simply signup, login, create a session, and share their class code with the class. Student hea...
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May 7, 2019 3 min
If you are looking for a simple, easy to use, free place to design, publish, and host a website then you need to check out IM Creator. IM Creator makes is really simple to design a website from one of their many free templates that are responsive and intuitive. They provide free, premium, and commercial accounts all with free hosting, unlimited bandwidth, access to their full library of templates and 100% ad free. Big shoutout to...
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November 10, 2018 4 min
With Flipgrid’s recent addition of Guest Mode, Kristin and Joe Merrill, Flipgrid Ambassadors from Florida, shared some fantastic ideas for using Guest Mode in their classrooms that I wanted to highlight on EdTech Shorts. Speak To An Expert Family Homework Schoolwide Challenges #GridPals Thank a Veteran You can check out the blog post where they share these ideas here: Welcome to Flipgrid, Guest Mode. You can find Kristi...
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November 6, 2018 2 min
This past summer Flipgrid introduced the Grid Launchpad and it allowed users to tailor their grid security settings to be unique to their own learning community. Parents have wanted to see what their students were doing on Flipgrid, but could not do so in a way where the educator still had control. Now Flipgrid has introduced Guest Mode to help with this problem. Guest mode can be turned on within the topic settings for any topic....
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Microsoft has now integrated their Immersive Reader into Flipgrid. The Immersive Reader is a part of Microsoft’s Learning Tools accessibility tools for the classroom. It allows you to break down a text for students with learning difficulties. Students can begin using the Immersive Reader immediately on any topics. They simply click on the Immersive Reader icon (it looks like a book with a speaker on it) and press the play button to...
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October 27, 2018 6 min
Today’s EdTech Shorts features Kasey Bell (Twitter, Website) sharing her 4 C’s Learning Menu. This is a tremendous tool for helping your students share their learning while exploring the 4 C’s (Creativity, Communication, Collaboration, and Critical Thinking). You can quickly access the 4 C’s Learning Menu at http://shakeup.link/4cmenu. Give Kasey a follow on Twitter, check out her website, and be sure to listen to her on The Google...
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Recently on the House of #EdTech Episode 119, friend of the show Chris Nesi (Twitter) shared his list of tips for making great instructional videos. I wanted to quickly share those with you on this episode of EdTech Shorts. Chris’ lists is: Forget the headset Keep it short Prepare well and then wing it Position the camera above your eyes Location, location, location Move it out Look right at the camera lens Cover ...
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October 20, 2018 2 min
Previously on EdTech Shorts we looked at Google’s student selection tool in the Classroom App on Android. On this episode we’re going to look at some other random student selection tools. Richard Byrne at Free Technology For Teachers recently shared a few random selection tools in his post about the update by Google to include a student selection tool. Here they are: Random Name Picker Flippity.net Random Name Selector from...
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Google has made a new tool available in their Classroom Android App to make it easier for you to randomly select students from your roster and keep track of the students you have, or have not, called upon in class. It is really easy to use. To get started you open you class, tap on the “people” button at the bottom of your class, and then tap the “Random Name” selector on the top of the next screen. The random name selector lets yo...
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October 13, 2018 2 min
On October 8, 2018 Google announced a new feature that a lot of educators are going to love. Automatic, real-time captioning is now available in Google Slides. If you are presenting in full-screen and have a microphone connected to your computer, you can enable the captioning feature and Slides will display captions of your speech in real-time on the bottom of your slides. Currently the feature is only available in the Google Chro...
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October 9, 2018 3 min
In starting off the new school year, Microsoft has announced some new features for OneNote Online to enhance creativity, productivity, and collaboration. Insert from Camera – This feature is extremely popular in the Windows 10 OneNote App and has now been imported into OneNote Online. To use it, simply choose Insert -> Camera and the image will be placed on the current page. Emoji Keyboard – Students will love this new feat...
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Are you an educator using Microsoft’s Teams to manage your course content and assignments? Did you know that you can now build grading rubrics directly in the Teams interface? To build a rubric, simply create a new assignment. Click the + Add Rubric button. Fill-in all the criteria and point values for your rubric. Then press the Attach button to add it to your assignment. Assign the assignment to your students and they will n...
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October 2, 2018 1 min
Are you a math teacher looking for a way to create online assessments with the tools provided to you by Microsoft as a part of Office 365? You can now build a math assessment in Microsoft Forms. It is really easy to build your quiz. First navigate to https://forms.office.com and login using your Office 365 Education credentials. Next click New Quiz to get started. Click on the Add Question button to create your first question and ...
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September 25, 2018 3 min
Students and teachers often times struggle to remember the various formats for citations of sources they may be using for work in their classes. Today on EdTech Shorts, we’ll look at a few options for creating citations of your sources using Chrome Extensions. Apogee (Link) Apogee is a citation maker that will cite your source in both APA and MLA formats. You simply open up the webpage and create a citation with a single click of ...
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September 22, 2018 4 min
Insert Learning (Chrome Extension) saves teachers and students time while keeping students engaged. Teachers can insert questions, discussions, and insight directly into any website. When students go to that website, they can respond to those questions and discussions, see that insight, and take their own notes. Here are some tips on how to use Insert Learning: Click on the extension button to make the toolbar appear. This butt...
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September 18, 2018 5 min
If you are looking for a way to connect and collaborate with other educators, find trainings and lessons for your classroom, and earn badges and certificates to better your skills with technology in the classroom; then you need to check out the Microsoft Educator Community. Some of the awesome things on the Microsoft Educator Community: Microsoft Innovative Educator (MIE) MIE MIE Expert MIE Trainer Skype Master Teacher...
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September 11, 2018 2 min
Why use Minecraft: Education Edition? Minecraft: Education Edition is a collaborative and versatile platform that educators can use across subjects to encourage 21st-century skills. This makes for an awesome tool to use in the classroom that students are already using in their leisure time. M:EE provides an open canvas for creativity and experimentation for students and teachers. With the additional tools as part of Code Connection...
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September 8, 2018 3 min
Previously on EdTech Shorts we shared Tozzl as a replacement for the recently shut down Today’s Meet. On today’s episode we’ll be hearing about another free alternative call Yo! Teach. To share this tool with us is Chris Nesi (Twitter, Website)from the House of #EdTech podcast. He recently featured this tool as his #EdTech Recommendation on Episode 117 of his show. On this same episode he had a great conversation with his son Miles...
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September 4, 2018 4 min
In addition to announcing that Flipgrid was now 100% free in June, Flipgrid has listened to feedback from it’s users and made some awesome updates. Grid Launchpad With Grid Launchpad now released, passwords are no longer needed to setup your grid for your community. There are various ways to do so. School E-Mail Domain Use your existing school Google or Microsoft e-mail domain to control access to your Grids. Simply add everything...
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