Immersive Reader is Everywhere!

Many of us suffer through the experience of reading large amounts of text online. Our students are asked to read increasing amounts of information online and for the 1 in 5 of them that has dyslexia the problem is even more apparent

 I am excited to share that the Immersive Reader tool developed by Microsoft is now available in Google Chrome on any web page.

So what is Immersive reader? It is a technology that was developed by Microsoft as one of the views that can be used when editing a Microsoft word document. What makes it so much more useful is that Microsoft has made the technology available for other platforms to use in a variety of ways.  read more

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Google Slides Presenting Tips

I use Google Slides all the time for my professional development presentations. With the COVID-19 pandemic forcing most of our training opportunities online I have had to hone my presentation skills to meet the demands of virtual presentations.

The first and most widely used method of presenting a Slides presentation is by using the Present button in the top right corner in Google Slides.

Present button options

If you click Present, the presentation goes full screen and starts your presentation on the slide currently selected in the sidebar. You exit full screen with the ESC key. Now, presenting full screen is great if you are presenting to an audience as it will fill the screen and make it easier for everyone to see.  read more

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Using Flipgrid to Create Instructional Videos

Flipgrid’s Video Shorts tool is an excellent way to create instructional videos. Flipgrid’s recorder allows you to create a video using a Webcam, Screencast, upload a video from your computer, and combine all three methods into one amazing instructional video clip. The maximum length of the recording is 15-minutes.

Once you create the video, you can download the file or share it to Classroom, Teams, Remind, or via URL or QR Code.

Explore the Record Screen

After signing-in to Flipgrid, click on SHORTS.

The video screen will appear. read more

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Even PD is going virtual!

With the COVID-19 pandemic, teachers all over the country have had to teach virtually, and it looks like this might continue. To that end, Northern Buckeye has revamped some of our professional development offerings to help educators learn about technology, even when we can’t be there together.

We wanted to take this opportunity to share with you some of our virtual services. Remember, all of our professional learning is available at no additional cost for our member districts. Not sure if your district is a member? Check this list. read more

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Win the day!

As each day seems to add new tasks that can send us running in all directions, it’s nice to know there is an extension that will help you stay focused on the goals you most want to accomplish.  Win the Day is a Chrome extension that will remind you of your goal every time you open a new internet tab.  You will be able to set, track and detail your goals all in Win the Day’s simple and calming platform.  

Today’s Tech Tip will walk you through all of the steps from getting the extension to setting your focus timer.  Let’s start with getting the extension. read more

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