One of the best ways to check for understanding is to ask a student to explain something. Why not ask students to add an audio explanation to something they have created using digital tools? A great tool for adding an audio explanation is the Chrome Extension Simple Audio Recorder. The extension records your voice and automatically saves the recording as an audio file.
After successful installation, a small pop-up will ask you to allow this extension to use your microphone. Then, a microphone will appear at the end of the omnibar when the extension is ready to use. To create a recording, click on the mic icon that lives at the end of the URL address bar. A small timer will appear to inform you of elapsed time. Click the mic again to end the recording and there will be a prompt that suggests you save your recording as an audio file. Choose where you would like to save the recording. Then, simply link the recording to whatever you want to explain. This YouTube video shows just how quick and easy it is to use. Audio recording is that simple!
Click on an image below to access an example.
Diigo has a helpful Chrome extension which allows users to bookmark, then add digital highlights and interactive sticky notes to webpages and articles. Annotated items can be shared with other Diigo users and groups.
It allows users to collaborate and share what they are reading and notes users attach. The material can be accessed online, anywhere, using most any device. Both public and private groups can be created which allows for specificity in sharing. Items can also be tagged making it easy to search and find materials relating to a certain topic.
The Diigo Chrome extension is an exceptional tool for the classroom! Reading and research materials can be bookmarked, highlighted, annotated, and notes added. Web resources can be shared with the whole class or used for differentiating with small groups and individuals. Check out this video for an overview of its features.
If you are like me, we need every reminder available to keep organized. I have really grown to like Google Keep as a tool for that. Keep works sort of like having virtual sticky notes. One of the best features is that notes sync across devices. So, if I add a recommended book title to my To-Read list while using my laptop, when I get to the library to check out a book, I can access the list on my phone and search for that book. Unlike the sticky notes I used to post on my fridge, these notes go with me wherever I might travel. Continue reading
Check out the newest addition to the Classroom Spotlight Page! See how students in Sharon White’s class at Fairview Elementary used a Chrome extension and Google Slides to create and measure angles.
Find it here!