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.

Wordwall.net

Featured Website of the Week!

What is wordwall.net? It is an online platform in which teachers can create interactive activities by utilizing a variety of templates or use pre-made ones that fit their content area and learning intention. Teachers can then embed those activities into Canvas or share the assignment link.

Benefits: Save teacher prep time; make your lessons more interactive and engaging; and get away from paper worksheets! Allow students to practice at their own pace and try again if they need more practice. Teachers can also track student performance! There are many choices of interchangeable exercises!

Gamify your lesson w/ Lottery Game or Extreme Connect 4

Try out either one of these to add gamification into your teaching! Gamifying your lessons is an easy way to boost engagement.

Lottery Game:

  • Display lottery game board on clear touch or make your own chart with numbers (you can add more numbers, or take numbers off depending on how many students/questions you have).
  • Students then solve a set of problems/questions, individually or in groups.  As students solve a problem, they have the teacher check it.  If they are correct, they can write their initials on a number or their choosing on the hundreds chart.  They go back and work on another problem.  When they solve that one, you check it, and if they are correct, they can write their initials on another number.  (You can vary this up; for example, you could have students answer three questions or a full page and then you check and then they can put up their initials on the hundreds chart).    
  • At the end of the time period, you then use a spinner wheel to pick numbers.   The students who initialed the number picked by the spinner wheel receives a prize, or kudos, or whatever you wish to reward students with.  You can choose as many winners as you want.   
  • Easy way to gamify any assignment! Here is a video of a teacher explaining how they play this game.
  • Click here for powerpoint of the gameboard, or click here for an easinote file of the gameboard that you can download and save on your clear touch.

Extreme Connect 4:

  • Be the first group to have 4 sticky notes of the same color in a row to win.
  • How does it work?
  • Gameboard will be projected onto clear touch.
  • Students are in groups of 3-4 students.
  • Teacher can ask questions/prompt or give students handout with questions.
  • Students discuss and respond and write their answers down on sticky notes (Each group has a different colored sticky note) 
  • One member from each team places sticky note on the board before time is up for each question.  The sticky note cannot float- it must sit in the bottom row or directly above another sticky note.
  • If the answer on the sticky note is incorrect, it will be removed from the board.  Any sticky notes that were above the incorrect answer will move down to fill in the space.
  • Here is a power point with a connect 4 board + instructions that you can use or click here for an easinote file that you can save on your clear touch.

Tech Tip Tuesday: Jigsawplanet.com

Create your own puzzles for students to put-together and embed them in canvas!  All you need to do is upload your image and it creates the puzzle for you! Check it out at Jigsawplanet.com

How Can I Use it in the Classroom?

  • Introduce topic
  • Bring attention to an important image, handout, etc…
  • Match vocabulary
  • Sequencing Activities
  • Upload an important handout that you want students to analyze (battles, maps, water cycle, life cycle, periodic table, etc…)
  • Enrichment activities
  • Great way to mix up your teaching to boost engagement.
  • Try out a sample puzzle here.

Wordle in the Classroom

What is Wordle and how can I incorporate it into my classroom?

It is a popular daily word game.  How do you play?  You have 6 tries to guess a 5 letter word.  After each guess, the color of tiles will change to show you how close your guess was to the word.

In Mywordle.me, you can customize the word, the word length, etc… and make it fit your content.  Then you would just share the link with your students to solve.  They could screenshot and upload their results in canvas.

Tech Tip Tuesday (Padlet)

Padlet is a useful, engaging tool to increase student collaboration skills and knowledge creation to promote deep understandings of key concepts.  It allows for flexibility in voice, choice, time and space for students and teachers.  Watch this video to see three different ways to use Padlet in the classroom and how to set up your own Padlet. You get 3 or 4 free padlets in the free version. 

Padlet can be embedded into your canvas pages, assignments, discussions, announcements, etc…  Students do not need to leave Canvas to use padlet.  Click  here for written instructions or watch this video on how to embed items into Canvas.