WDE October Learning

Check out the opportunities for learning in October! PTSB credit is available for most of the trainings. Topics include:

  • Assessment literacy
  • Hathaway scholarship orientation
  • Data literacy
  • Supporting beginning teachers
  • MTSS
  • Standards-referenced reporting
  • MTSS
  • Standards-based learning
  • SMART goals for teams

How do I embed a Google Slide
in Canvas?

This video and step-by-step instructions show you how to embed a google slide in 2 ways! Click the image to see instructions.

Why would you want to embed rather than link? That way students do not need to leave Canvas in order to see what you want them to see.

HOW TO EMBED A
POWERPOINT IN CANVAS

Embedding a powerpoint so students are able to view it in Canvas is a process, but if you click the image to the right, I have explained it for you step-by-step.

Why would you want to embed rather than just link? That way students do not have to leave Canvas in order to view what you want them to view. Embedding limits the amounts of clicks needed to see what you want students to see.

How to Easily Link Canvas
Assignments, Quizzes, Pages

If you want to provide links for students within Canvas to other Canvas pages, quizzes, assignments, etc…, check out this video and handout!

It is amazingly easy to make links to already created materials in Canvas. You just use the link (chain-link icon) tool in the toolbar.

How do I make individual copies of a powerpoint or google slides for students to fill out and submit in Canvas?

Have a great assignment in which your students need to complete a slide (either powerpoint or googleslide)? Or any document from your google drive or onedrive?

You can easily add it to Canvas using the Google Cloud Doc Assignment or Office 365 document external tool feature!

Click the image to the right for a how-to guide!

Tech Tip Tuesday- Blabberize

 Blabberize is a free online tool that allows you to quickly create talking images, providing some great opportunities to foster student engagement and collaboration. 

“Tech gives the quietest student a voice.”

Jerry Blumengarten

Ideas on how you can use Blabberize in your classroom?

  • Have a piece of student writing plus their drawing?  Take a pic of the image, add it to Blabberize and have your students make their writing come alive by making their drawing “say” what they wrote!  (Instant engagement)  See this example.
  • Students could show what they know by making historical figures defend their decisions, explain their actions, etc… in short videos; use it as a quick formative check or as part of a longer project.  See student example here about Sam Houston or check out this humorous one about George Custer.
  • ELA connections: Students could put words to novel characters or a talking poetry activity.
  • Foreign language:  Have students record their voices practicing Spanish set to an image or a picture.  See this example.   

See video tutorial below on how to make a blabber.  Note:  create an account in order to save your blabber. 

5/3/22- Tech Tip Tuesday (FutureMe)

Want an idea for a unique writing assignment?  Check out FutureMe.  You can have your students write a letter to themselves and this website will send it to them at the date you choose.  You can choose 1 year, 3 years, 5 years, or a custom date (perhaps HS graduation?).    Need ideas for writing stems to help students get started writing a letter to themselves?  Check out this  Future Me Stems handout.   

Canvas Studio

Hello Educators!

Do you want to show your students a video (from YouTube, TedEd, etc… or a video you created yourself) and want to embed questions in the video for students to answer?  Similar to Edpuzzle if any of you have used that, but unlimited video and questions.  Canvas is letting us try out a feature for a couple months called Canvas Studio.  It allows you to create a video (can video yourself and/or your screen), or upload a YouTube link or any video you have previously created, and then embed questions for students to answer as they watch the video.   The questions are then automatically graded for you in Canvas.  You can also add annotations to the video like “Pay attention to this!” or point out important elements.  After you have your video set up how you want it, you can then add it to your modules as an external tool and it is ready to be used with students.

Reach out if you would like help implementing this in your classroom!

Tech Tip Tuesday (Canva for Education)

Canva is an amazing online graphic design tool.

  • You or your students, can create posters, flyers, social media, projects, resumes, infographics, edit photos/videos, presentation slides, talking presentations, video edits and transitions, text animations, background remover, graphic organizers, schedules, essay plans, comic designs, virtual backgrounds, book reports, lesson plans, worksheets, etc… 
  • It has millions of premium templates, photos, fonts, icons, videos, or you can start from scratch! 
  • All the premium features can be used by teachers free when you sign up for Canva for Education.  When you sign your students up (create a class; send them the invitation link), they also get all the premium features for free.
  •  Students can collaborate on the same project.
  • Projects can be downloaded in a variety of ways; all projects are also stored on the Canva website.