Thursday, September 14, 2017

Make your own QR Code with Audio

For struggling readers, you can make QR codes with your voice to give directions about a task card, assignment, etc.
Here are the step by step directions for making one on a MacBook:

  1. Have the task written out so it’s easy to read when you’re recording
  2. Open QuickTime Player on your MacBook and right click, select new audio recording.         Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 10.51.54 AM.png
  3. Test your voice to make sure the bars are moving.  When you’re ready, click the red button to begin recording.  Click the black button to stop recording.  Then click play and listen to your audio.  If you approve, go to top tabs and click File, Save.
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Name your file and save to desktop.
   4) Open Google Drive, upload new file and choose this file from desktop.  Once it uploads, right click on the file in Drive, click Share, click Get Shareable Link.  Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 11.16.05 AM.pngThen choose More when window opens. Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 11.16.25 AM.pngThen select the top option, Public on the Web. Screen Shot 2017-09-12 at 11.38.37 AM.png
Then copy the URL by right click, copy, or use shortcut keys Command, C.  
    5)  Now open a tab and go to QR Code Monkey.  Paste the URL into the URL box, and click Create QR Code (green box).  Then click Download PNG (blue box).
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     6) It will open on your desktop.  Name the QR code, and choose desktop to save the location.  Now you can print out the QR code or save it into a Doc, etc.

Thursday, September 7, 2017

I'm Baaaaack :) Free to Use Photos, No Restrictions

Since it’s the beginning of the year, it’s important to remind students of copyright violations with photos and pictures.  Here is a list of 7 sites to use for photos/pictures with no restrictions and free to use:  

7 Sites for FREE Stock Photos-All photos have no copyright restrictions and are free to use, copy, edit, and modify.

Monday, June 5, 2017

Summer is almost here!

Relax, Unwind, Enjoy, Prepare

Teachers deserve every minute of summer break!  By the time they complete workdays, break down their rooms, complete end of year requirements, turn in grades, etc.  it's almost the end of June!  Then, August is just around the corner.  

When you start thinking about preparing for next year, here are a few ideas for using Padlet:

"Checks for Understanding" is an important initiative in our county.  There are tons of activities and sites that will give you the information you need to individualize learning and plan upcoming lessons.  One site I love is Padlet.  Padlet is a great site to use for "Checks for Understanding" but, it has tons of other uses too!  In case you're not familiar with Padlet, it's a "virtual" wall or board where students and teachers can collaborate and share ideas, images, videos, and links on a topic of choice.  It's a great way to get shy students to participate in a discussion or ask questions.  It's also great for those students that tend to takeover classroom discussions.  The teacher has the option to show author names or make posts anonymous.  Padlet boards can easily be used for an informal assessment.  They have recently added a Remake feature which allows you to copy a Padlet and use as a template for your own purpose.  Other features include copy/paste directly into Padlet which is great for research, showcasing student work, etc.  The options for creating a new Padlet include Blank, Canvas which allows connecting content, Stream with top to bottom feed, Grid which arranges content in rows of boxes, and Shelf which stacks content in boxes.  Here is a link to the Padlet Blog with regular updates, tutorials, ideas, and more.  Last but not least, it's FREE!

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2017 BCPS Digital Teaching and Learning Conference

It's almost time for the DTLC:  Digital Teaching and Learning Conference

On August 14th, 2017, Burke County Public Schools will host our fourth annual Digital Teaching and Learning Conference. Our keynote speaker will be Abbey Futrell (@AbbeyFutrell)​. The conference this year will be at Patton High School.

The purpose of the conference is to provide 
an opportunity for teachers, media coordinators, instructional support personnel and administrators to come together to learn.  

          All educators welcome!!!

Monday, May 15, 2017

End of the Year Technology Ideas

I scoured the Web and compiled a short list of some great Tech activities to do with your students on those long days after testing.

End of the Year Technology Activities
These are just a few ideas for some End of the Year Technology Activities.
  • Celebrate students favorite memories using Google Slides, Pic Collage, Animoto, or iMovie. Using photos, videos, and/or recording the students reading their memories make it extra special.
  • Celebrate students favorite memories using PowerPoint,  Photo Story or Movie Maker. Using photos, videos and/or recording the students reading their memories make it extra special.
  • Have each student create a wordle using words to describe their favorite moments during the school year.
  • Have students create a survey about favorite events of the school year and graph the results in a Google Spreadsheet.
  • Create a Jeopardy type game for the Smart Board using questions created by students using their favorite topics of study. Challenge another class on your grade level.

  • Create a Class Scrapbook with Google Slides.  Have each student create a slide with favorite memories from the year.
  • Have students create memory posters using the free website PosterMyWall. You do not have to login! Click "Start New" and begin creating with all of the fun and colorful backgrounds, clipart, word art and fun fonts that are provided.
  • Have your students create Compliment Word Clouds using the website Tagxedo. Students can “Scoot” around to each others' computers and type one describing word about that person in the text box.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Tech Tools Site - Check it Out!!!

Burke County ITFs have developed a Tech Tools page that has tons of resources for instructional technology. You can search by device (computer/iPad), subject, grade level, and purpose. There's also a feature in the top right corner to suggest a tool and have it added to the page. There are over 90 resources currently and it will continue to be updated as new tools are found or submitted. I hope you find this useful when searching for appropriate tools for instruction and please share with your colleagues.

Thursday, April 13, 2017

Best Free Sites to Create and Share Audio

#Clyp, #Vocaroo, & #AudioPal

There are some great sites to use for recording audio and can be implemented in the classroom for many purposes.  Clyp does not require an account and will save the file for 24 hours and can be shared with a link.  You can create a free account with an email and files are saved and can be shared by link anytime.  There's also an App for IOS devices.  

Vocaroo is another site that doesn't require an account and is super easy to use.  Just go to the site, click to record, and allow microphone, and you're recording!  When finished, click to save, and there are several options to share including a link, Twitter, Facebook, Email, Google+, and many more.  An excellent feature Vocaroo has added is making your recording into a QR Code with a click.  Under the sharing options, you can click QR Code and it immediately creates your audio file into a QR Code.  Love it!

Last, but not least, is AudioPal.  It's another wonderful tool to record audio for a website or blog.  You can record by microphone, text to speech, audio file, or even phone.  The text to speech feature is great and you can choose the voice by male/female, and accent by country.  Once you've previewed your message, enter your email and address and your file will be sent to you and you can embed your audio anywhere online and your message appears instantly.  
Check this out: