Recording Student Voices

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If you've been on Pinterest in the last year, you've most likely seen pictures of classroom recording booths.  Students are able to use their device to make video recordings about their learning, however the process of recording the videos can present certain challenges.  
A majority of the time students work in large open areas or hallways to make a video recording of themselves.  Both the echo of each student's voice and extraneous background noises are picked up by the microphone in each recording device.Recording booths, as well as external microphones, are some of the options that can help students' voices be heard.
Christina Hayes, a 5th grade ASPIRE teacher at Glenhope Elementary, has created a unique solution.  Using funds from an Education Foundation grant and a plywood structure (4' x 4' x 6'), she built a recording booth that is similar in size to a refrigerator box.  She believes that it gives students a space to privately reflect on …

Quizlet and Quizlet Live

Have you heard? Quizlet Live is the next best thing since sliced bread — at least that's what the feedback has been from students. So if your Kahoots are feeling a little stale, or you're looking for a way to liven things up consider Quizlet Live!

Quizlet has been around for many years as a website where students or teachers can create study sets of digital flashcards. Students can use these card decks to complete study activities that help them learn concepts or academic vocabulary words. These activities range from spelling practice, matching games, a test, or even an asteroid game set in outer space called “Gravity”. All of these things are great for individual practice, but if you’re looking for something a little more collaborative — Quizlet Live is for you.

Quizlet Live is similar to Kahoot; however, unlike Kahoot this learning game requires soft skills like collaboration and communication among students.

To play Quizlet Live, have students login by going to an…

Bubbli App

Bubbli is an iPad app that allows you to create your own "bubble photo".  You will be asked to create a username/password.  A bubble view lets you view up, down and around. Easily add your creation to a Nearpod Lesson by selecting Add Web Content and pasting the link. (After the upload is complete, Bubbli will send an email of your creation.  When selected you will have the option to view, copy web link or copy embed data.)

Nearpod offers many Field Trips from around the world that you can add to your lesson.  With Bubbli you have the ability to create your own!
When you open the app and begin, a how-to video will direct you on best practices to create a successful bubbli.
To capture video, move device slowly with your wrists and continue moving the iPad slowly up, down, then moving to your right or left and continuing the same process until the % shows 100% on your screen. An example is shown in the video to the left.
This and other help videos can be found on YouTube and a…

Google Drive File Stream for Mac/Dell Laptops

Google Drive has launched Drive File Stream to replace the Google Drive desktop app. The older Google Drive desktop software will no longer be supported beginning on December 11th, 2017, and it will shut down completely on March 12th, 2018, Google says.
Drive File Stream allows you to access your Google Drive files from your computer, without going to your browser and it takes up almost no space on your computer hard drive.

Image from Google Help

How does it work?
With Drive File Stream, you can: Quickly see all your Google Drive files in Finder/Explorer (including Team Drives).Browse and organize Google Drive files without downloading all of them to your computer.Choose which files or folders you'd like to make available offline.Open files in common apps like Microsoft Office and Adobe Photoshop. Download Drive File Stream here:
I personally like this because it doesn't take up very much space on your computer, unlike the older version. And when you click…

Screencasting for iPad, Mac, or PC

Screencasting is a powerful tool with many different applications. Teachers have used screencasting to create “How-to” videos for students, leave instructions to the class when they’re out with a substitute, provide accommodations for students who need texts read aloud, or provide directions at different stations in the room for small group instruction.

Screencastify is a Chrome Web extension many people use to create screencasts. This is your best bet when screencasting from a PC. This Chrome extension is free in your Google Chrome browser; however, the free version limits recording to 10 minutes per recording and 50 recordings per month. It also places a watermark of the Screencastify logo on the bottom of your screen. Read more about how to use Screencastify here.
QuickTime Player
My favorite screencasting tool is to simply use QuickTime Player. If you are a Mac user in GCISD, you’re in luck because QuickTime Player should already be on your computer.
Here’s what you’ll do…

Reducing Blue Light

I wanted to let you know of some ways you can reduce blue light on your digital devices. Reducing blue light can help with digital eye strain. The Vision Council states that digital eye strain is physical discomfort in your eyes after viewing a screen for too long. That more than 83 percent of Americans report using digital devices for more than two hours per day, and 53.1 percent report using two digital devices simultaneously, with 60.5 percent reporting experiencing symptoms of digital eye strain.

For most people, taking breaks from your computer, viewing your screens at a safe distance, and reducing screen glare are enough to reduce the effects from digital eye strain. But for some, reducing the blue light your screens emit can also ease some of that discomfort.

from the Vision Council
Not all blue light is bad. And reducing it during the day is usually not needed. There is research that 2-3 hours before bed, reducing blue light can help with your circadian rhythms and increase s…


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Easily add Slides from Google Drive, upload videos from your computer, or Google Drive. (You can create in powerpoint and upload to Nearpod.  PDF's can also be upload…