Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Record.mp3 for Creating Your Own Audio Books

Many teachers have asked me for a way to create audio recordings of books from their classroom library so that students can listen as they follow along with the book.  RecordMP3.org is an easy (and free!) way to do just that. 
  1. Go to http://www.recordmp3.org/
  2. If it’s the first time you’ve visited this website, you’ll get a notification about allowing access to your microphone.  Click “OK, got it” and then choose Allow and Remember and click Close.
  3. Click “OK, I did it.”
  4. Click Record to start recording.  You might get a yellow bar across the top of the window asking you again to allow microphone access.  Choose to allow.
  5. Click Stop when you’re finished reading.
  6. Click Play to listen back.
  7. Click Start Over to re-record or click Save Recording.
  8. Copy the URL.
  9. Go to http://goqr.me (or your favorite QR generator) to create the QR code.   Print out the QR code and tape into the book in your classroom library.
NOTE:  Be sure to follow copyright laws.  These audio recordings should not be shared or posted anywhere for students to access without your physical copy of the book. 

Monday, June 9, 2014

LucidChart in Google

LucidChart and Google Docs

LucidChart is an online mind mapping tool in Google Drive. It also works on the iPad to view and edit diagrams.  LucidChart is an add-on for Google Docs and makes it possible to create and insert diagrams without leaving your document. You can export to PDF, PNG and JPG.

In LucidChart:
  • Add a diagram to a Google doc
  • Lead a discussion
  • Collaboration
  • Green graphic organizers
  • Brainstorming with mind maps
  • Venn diagrams
  • Embed your diagrams in blogs, wikis or websites

Note: Using the free account you will not have access to: mind maps, UI mockups, iOS mockups, and Android mockups.

Getting Started with LucidChart in Google:

  • Open a Google Doc.
  • On the menu bar, click ADD-ON and select GET ADD-ONS.

  • Enter LUCIDCHART in the search bar and click + FREE to add.
  • Click ACCEPT to grant LucidChart access to Google Docs. The right sidebar will then be visible.
  • Click GET STARTED in the right sidebar.
  • Grant Google access to your LucidChart documents.

Using the LucidChart Add-on after Set-up:

  • Open a Google Doc.
  • Click the ADD-ONS tab and select LucidChart Diagrams > Insert Diagram. A sidebar will show three options: Create, Insert, or Edit.
  • Choose the option that fits your needs.

  • Click the CREATE button in the top-left area of the sidebar.
  • Choose the diagram type.

Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Don't Forget to Sign Up for EdCamp GCISD - June 10

There's still time to sign up for EdCamp GCISD.  Register in Eduphoria here: http://bit.ly/gcisdregister.  You can also invite your out of district friends!  They can register at http://www.eventbrite.com/e/edcamp-gcisd-tickets-11483725131

What kinds of things could you learn or share at EdCamp?  

EdCamp Tips:
  • There won't be formal presentations.  You don't have to have a PowerPoint presentation created in order to host a session.
  • Think about what you want to:  Learn, Share, Discuss or Explore.
  • You don't have to be an expert to share.  Just be willing to start the conversation!

More info about EdCamp GCISD can be found here:  

We hope to see you on June 10th!

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