Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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💥 Tech tools - Some great video and audio tools, YouTube EDU channels, tech tips and how to donate to the Norris Foundation for FREE! All in this weeks tech tips.

Monday, January 22, 2018

Misc. web tools and sites:
Excellent site to prompt discussions with students about properties of objects. Which one does not belong.   (A nice tip from our very own @LennyVerMaas)

ApplicationStop Motion Animator - Nice creativity tool for projects. 

Reclipped allows you or students to add notes to videos on YouTube, Vimeo, Kahn Academy, TED and more.  Nice notetaking and snippet tool/website.  Great for Chromebooks!  (Currently in Beta, so not sure what the future costs could be.) 

Are you stuck in that routine of providing instruction, giving an assignment, correcting the assignment, and then going to the next lesson? Are you looking for a different way to do homework? Here's one from the #YorkMLK18 day.  (Pretty cool hyperdoc and great resources!) 

Not a tech tip, but so true for student engagement - 5 Powerful Questions Teachers Can Ask Students

Shop at Amazon?  DUH!  Donate to the Norris foundation for free!

While shopping at -Amazon donates part of your purchase to a charity of your choice.  Same Amazon - Same price - Same experience - Nothing changes but the free donation!  Set the Norris foundation as your charity and start shopping at

Creating Digital Storybooks with Google Slides
“I use Google Slides with students to create digital storybooks. We create the text and visuals on Google Slides, and then use the Screencastify extension to screencast the slideshow while reading the text!” -Allie Schultze, Baldwin County Public Schools (@AllieBCBE)

Audio recordings:
Want to record audio (Or have your students record audio) Vocaroo is a nice option.  (Recordings stay on the web for several weeks, but you can also download them.) 

Soundtrap is a great site for creating audio online. Like Audacity or Garageband... but works on the web.  You can collaborate as a group on the audio file.  I know I mentioned this last year, but it's worth mentioning again.  It is a great content creation tool. 

Video feedback tool for the classroom - Flipgrid. (Kids send short video feedback clips to the teacher.)

Flipgrid - Created as a "Social learning for everyone" product, but great for getting video feedback from students on a topic the teacher chooses.  Totally web-based. (Works well on Chromebooks.) 

The teacher creates an account and then completes the following steps:
  • Create a Grid (Think Class) (They also make a landing page for this grid for you.) 
  • Create a Topic  (Set moderation, set video response length - Max. 1.5 minutes for free, and set other parameters.)
  • Send out the topic for kids to respond with their video feedback.  (Can send out via Google classroom, link, etc...
The student creates an account to respond to the above topic that the teacher sends out. 

Side note - Thanks to Becky Wilhelm @WilhelmBecky for the great suggestion!  She would be a great resource if you have questions.

Math teachers - great extension!
Easily create mathematical equations, formulas, and quizzes. Intuitively type or handwrite, with no tricky math code to learn. Works great with Google Docs and Chromebooks,  ExtensionEquatIO - Math made digital

One more for the Math teachers - 10 Good Resources for Math Teachers and Students 

Some great presentations chocked full of resources from the York MLK day inservices:

Google Sheet tips

Digital citizenship is important to pass along to our students!

Our students are getting phishing emails and we still see forms of the Nigerian scam letter  (Samples here.) finding its way into our student's inbox.  

We are always stressing to staff to be careful of phishing emails.  We are trying to protect and educate you. - Heck, we even bought a product to help with this... but as teachers are you mentioning these things to students and imparting your wisdom to them?  If not, I would encourage you to always educate your students about the dangers of scams, phishing emails, social media behaviors and other dangers that our students face. 

A few from the Google for Education Newsletter:

One for the Music teachers:

Flat is a cloud-based software that allows music students to collaborate together in real time. Students can work on the same composition from any device, including Chromebooks and tablets. Use it seamlessly with Google Classroom to create your music education assignments and worksheets.  Their free version gives you quite a few features, but they do have paid plans as well. 

Discover your Favorite new Educational YouTube Channel
Looking for a new educational channel for your students in 2018? This YouTube playlist from We Create Edu has videos from dozens of up-and-coming educators. The playlist includes videos on a variety of subjects including biology, pop culture, and history, so there’s something for every type of educator.


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