The Thankful Friday Tech Tip Post

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!  I hope that you all have a relaxing Thanksgiving Break.  I wanted to share with you 4 Technology Tools that I am Thankful for. I'm Thankful for these tools because they can help us maximize instruction and save time for both us and our students.

1. Google Add ons -  Anytime that you open a Google Document, Google Slide, or Google Sheet you have the option to use Add ons. Addons are programs and features that are related to the Google product you are using. For example, there is an Add on For Google Documents where you can easily create a citation, or make a word cloud, or find a great layout for a Slide.  Below is a video tutorial about some great Add Ons.

 Flipgrid is as FREE resource where students and teachers can record videos, tell a story, create and collaborate. Many teachers in our district are using this! It's so great to give our students voice and choice.  Please let me if you have questions about this.

Twitter -  Twitter is something that I am very grateful for. I use Twitter on a daily basis to grow and interact with my Professional Learning Network.  There are twitter chats that go on daily where I interact with Educators across the State, Nation, and World. I receive ongoing Professional Development by interacting with folks like @RichardByrne and @AliceKeeler. It's so great to see how many people in our District are using Twitter for their PLN.  HERE is a list of some great people to follow at the National, state, and local area. If you you would like to add to this please add your Twitter handle so we can all learn and collaborate with each other.  Besides following  people I often participate in the   #Techtalkga  Twitter chat that happens on Monday evenings at 9:00 PM. This is  where Teachers and Administrators discuss enhancing learning through the use of Technology.  The chat is interactive and lasts around 30 minutes.  If you are interested in particpating let me know. Here  are some examples in how to participate in a twitter chat.

 Our students are very fortunate to have access to this terrific program. Read and Write for Google not only text to speech software it also a tool where students can get assistance with reading and writing.  Also Math!  Read and write for google has also released a program called Equatio. This is a great way to make math digital so we can get and receive instant feedback. Recently, Read and Write for Google has updated their teacher training portal. If you would like to learn more about this please contact me.

Take Care and have a relaxing week.
Happy Thanksgiving!



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