WriQ is a Google Docs add-on that helps teachers score and keep track of students’ spelling, punctuation and grammar. It can auto-score your documents. It’s similar to Orange Slice but has more features as far as WRITING. Orange Slice has a stronger RUBRIC side.
Whether it’s a “Quickfire” or “Clip”, create your choice of formative assessments using this suite of tools. All of it’s free. Totally. You can upload a PowerPoint or Google Slide and have students answer questions during the presentation. They can watch and respond to questions in a YouTube video. Browse the lists of public activities that have been created and shared. Feel free NOT to reinvent the wheel. All of it is fast, easy and hassle-free. Oh, and best of all, it syncs with Google Classroom! https://spiral.ac/
SafeShare.tv allows you to show YouTube or Vimeo videos without any ads or comments to distract students. It’s easy and free to use.
First, open your YouTube or Vimeo video and copy the URL (web address). To do this, highlight the address and press ctrl+C (or right click and copy).
Next, open a new tab in your browser (Chrome, Firefox, IE, etc.) and go to the safeshare.tv site (http://safeshare.tv). Paste (ctrl+V or right click and paste) the YouTube or Vimeo link in the Link field.
Click “Generate Safe Link”. Finally, click the blue “Save” button and your video automatically opens in a “safeshare” window without any distractions. Press the “Dim Lights” button to surround the video in black. Copy the safeshare link at the bottom to share with others. Here’s a look at the final result (click the image to go to the actual site):
If you’re looking for a technology tool but you don’t really know what you want, Edshelf is the place to start. (https://edshelf.com) It’s basically a search engine for technology tools. There’s no need to login (although you can make it more of a social experience if you do) and you can really narrow your search. The beauty doesn’t stop there. When you choose a tool to review you’re presented with a short video, written description, pricing (and any restrictions) and user reviews. It’s definitely a major tool in my tech arsenal! It’s pretty self explanatory but here are some screen shots for those of you who are curious.
This is what you’ll see when you get to the Edshelf website. There’s no need to create an account if you just want fast searching. Simply click the search button.
When you click the search button you’re presented with options. At a minimum, you’ll want to select “Tools”, “Platform” and type in one or several key words. You can narrow your search by selecting any of the other filters. When you do this your choices will narrow down. If your selections don’t return any results you’ll want to broaden the search a bit by de-selecting some of the options.
One thing I noticed was that it took some time to generate search results after I selected multiple filters. The wait was certainly worth it, though.
Try Edshelf the next time you want a spiffy (“awesome” is so overused) new tech tool to use with a lesson.
Dictation.io is a easy, online dictation tool. There is no registration and no login. Open the webpage, click the “Start Dictation” button and speak. You can export it or, more simply, copy and paste the text into your favorite word processing program (Word, Pages, etc.)