Professional Learning Resources
Read&Write: floating toolbar that provides speech feedback, phonetic spell checking and other literacy support tools. It also has text to speech. It is a Google extension. Tutorial video coming soon
EquatIO: Allows you to create mathematic equations, formulas, and more directly on your computer. Extension for Google chrome. Tutorial Video to come.
Google Voice Typing: You can type and edit by speaking in Google Docs or in Google Slides speaker notes.
Immersive Reader: Microsoft product that increases the readability of content in OneNote documents. Tutorial coming soon.
Microsoft Dictation: Allows you to use speech to text in Microsoft products.
Text Help: Literacy, accessibility, and dyslexia software for students with reading and writing difficulties.
Creating Instructional Videos
Screencastomatic: Has a 15 minute limit, but is quick and easy to show a computer screen and your face. It uploads to screencastomatic.com or youtube. Tara uses this now to make short and sweet instructional videos. 4 minute tutorial on Screencastomatic by Tara
Edpuzzle: Did you find a video that you ALMOST like, but want to make edits or embed a quiz? Edpuzzle lets you do just that! 3 minute tutorial on EdPuzzle by Tara - 3 minute tutorial in EdPuzzle by Andrew
Educreations: Want to use your iPad to write on the screen while you talk? This is the app for you. The premium version is now free through May. Tara used this when flipping her class and loved it! 3 minute tutorial on Educreations by Tara
Your phone’s camera app: Want to send a message to your kids? Just record yourself using your phone and upload that to youtube! 3 Minute Introduction to recording video on your Phone by Andrew
Screencastify: Want to use your chromebook to record 5 minute videos? Check out this free Google Extension! 5 minute Screencastify tutorial by Heidi
YouTube Playlists: Want to put together a bunch of videos for your kids to watch? Try a YouTube playlist. 3 Minute Introduction to YouTube Playlists Video by Andrew
Delivering Content Online
Google Meet: Recommended platform for synchronous meetings with students. See ISD Tip sheet here.
See-Saw: A great platform for younger students (K-2). Look for a tutorial video coming soon.
Pear Deck: A great way to create interactive presentations that you can do in real-time with kids. Tutorial coming soon.
Did you know that you can screencast right in Microsoft Powerpoint? David Baker explains how.
Also, many Windows computers have a built-in Video Editor. David Baker shows how to use this tool.
Evaluating Online Tools
Common Sense Resources: Quick and easy resource for vetting and researching various tools. 3 minute introduction to Common Sense Media video by Andrew
Formative: A easy to use platform that allows teachers to create many different types of questions for formative assessments including kids being able to write on a whiteboard for you to see. Training video coming soon! Look for training on this resources in an upcoming webinar at Ingham ISD PD Zone
Poll Everywhere: a quick formative assessment tool that you can embed into powerpoint or use online to ask students questions and see the answers instantaneously. Tutorial coming soon.
Maintain Communication with Students
Remind: a platform (online or an app) that allows you to message students and families in a group message without using your cell phone. You can also attach files and receive messages back. Tutorial coming soon.
WhatsApp: WhatsApp uses your phone’s cellular or Wi-Fi connection to facilitate messaging and voice calling to nearly anyone on the planet, alone or in a group, and is especially nice for families and small collaborative workgroups. The app lets you make calls, and send and receive messages, documents, photos, and videos
Google Meet: A platform like zoom to collaborate with students. You can create a Google Meet directly through Google Classroom and control who is given access to the link. Tutorial Coming as well as training available at Ingham ISD PD Zone.