Friday, April 22, 2016

SOS Skills of Studying 2 Minute Tutorial

So I am trying something new since I've been out of the loop for a while.  I enjoy watching those white board videos on You Tube. They incorporate visual and auditory components so that I can retrieve that information a little better- since I made a multi sensory connection.

I wanted to try my hand at making one.  I discovered VideoScribe which is a web based program you can download- free for 7 days and then purchase.  It is very intuitive and easy to use.

I can really see this an effective tool to tap into for both students and teachers to create meaningful projects and presentations.

Check out my new VideoScribe that I hope to make into a series: SOS Skills of Studying 2 Minute Tutorials on the SQ3R Method which is an organized approach reading text and articles and studying to get the most out of the material.

Let me know what you think or leave a comment about topics you would like to see in this format!

Thursday, December 3, 2015

Fun Tools in Google Docs

When you open a new document in Google Drive, you will see it is set up similarly to a Microsoft Word document.  It will have most of the same bells and whistles you are used to, and some that you will wonder how you completed your work before.

The Research tool allows you to open a search bar with the Drive workspace.  Then you can search for relevant research topics and copy and paste links into your document.
If you would like a more readable link to these
Research tips, click HERE!
Voice Typing
For a more readable version of these
Voice Typing tips, click HERE!

Voice recognition used to be an add-on in docs, but now it is a built-in function.  Note, if you are planning to use it in a noisy setting like a classroom, then using a noise cancelling headset microphone will improve access to the tool.

Google Docs Editor Help provides a few quick reference tips and voice commands.

Add-ons are features in Google Docs that can help you perform task in the document on which you are working.  They will not carryover into a web program like extensions, but can support the reading and writing process.

An Add-On I recently learned about has been available for quite a while: Easy Bib.  Had I known about this a few weeks prior, I would have had a much easier time completing my research project.  

So now that you have a few more tools for your digital tool box, try them out and let me know what you think.  Up next, more apps and extensions as educational and/or assistive technology.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Let's Go Take a [Google] Drive....

I have found a great beginners Google Drive Tutorial posted by Anson Alexander.  Rather than recreate the wheel, I embedded the video. It is close captioned as well.  What I really like is how he goes step by step introducing each part of Drive.    

Some organizational highlights I would reiterate:
1. Name your documents as soon as you start.  Getting into this great organizational habit will help you not end up with a variety of Untitled documents in your Drive.

2. Create folders.  Something he doesn't show you is that you can change the color of the folders.  Though he says he generally doesn't use folders personally, creating folders helps provide a visual sorting system that you can customize to match the colors of a student's color coding system that he or she already uses.  But note, the color features do not carryover to mobile device.   Just right click on the folder icon and select Change Color.

3. Star your frequently used or important documents.  Like favoriting a website, starring a file will allow you to quickly locate a document.

4. Delete things you no longer use or need.  If you Trash an item, it will only stay in the trash for 30 days. So be sure that you no longer need or want it.

Up next, Add Ons, Extensions and Apps- How to customize your experience and differentiate for learners of different abilities.