Noel Erskine, Technology Coordinator Norris Schools

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Thursday, March 29, 2018

Misc. Tech tools and sites:

My Top 20 Tech Tips for Teachers! via Kasey Bell

Pretty cool site and simple site for name picking: Name Picker Ninja! 

WOW - Google has needed this feature - but this add-on comes to the rescue! Add audio to Google Slides with this cool add-on to slides. 

Guide: 25 Ways to use Forms in the Classroom - A great free guide by John Sowash. 

Great Google Form Add-on! - Certify'em - Emails a PDF certificate to a person if they score high enough on a Forms quiz - A database of historical maps that can be used with Google Earth. (Some pretty cool historical maps.) is a free, core academic website that delivers rich multimedia content--videos, animations, and simulations--on general education subjects to middle-school and high-school teachers and college professors, and their students, free of charge. Teachers project HippoCampus content during classroom learning and assign it for computer labs and homework. Students use the site in the evenings for study and exam prep. Users do not need to register or log in to use the site.

Some great Chrome extensions that are exciting and new finds!

ExtensionScreenShade by EdTechTeam  - ScreenShade lets you quickly and easily cover your screen or a portion of it. You can use ScreenShade to hide the answers to questions, block out something you don't want an audience to see, or let students uncover if they know the answer. 

CheckMark - Great tool for providing feedback in docs!  After installing CheckMark, simply enable the extension and select some text in a Google Doc! You'll see an overlay of frequently-used comments that you can easily select.

Talk&Comment - Voice Notes Anywhere -  Make voice notes and comments on any site or app! - Video here

docAppender is a Chrome extension that takes information gathered in a Google Form and adds it to an existing Google Doc. Here are some great idea's on how to use it in the classroom to save time.  

This one is really not applicable to us here at Norris, since it's easier to do this within GoGuardian. But I wanted to include this, since I also post this on my tech blog.  -  Whisper - Great tool for use with Google Classroom! Communicate with students without interrupting the work. More info here:

A few great extensions for special needs:
Read Aloud: A Text to Speech Voice Reader - Read out loud the current web-page article with one click. Supports 40+ languages. (Similar to Announcify)

OpenDyslexic -  Open-Dyslexic is an open sourced font created to increase readability for readers with dyslexia. This extension overrides all fonts on web pages with the OpenDyslexic font, and formats pages to be more easily readable. 

Awesome list of tools for creating study aids and games from Tony Vincent. -Check them out here

I have mentioned this one in the past... but wanted to highlight it again.  It's a great tool with many uses in the classroom: 

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Tour Builder - Put your story on the map.
Tell your stories with photos, videos and rich text on Google Earth.


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