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Free Technology for Teachers: Convert Handwritten Notes Into Google Documents

Free Technology for Teachers: Convert Handwritten Notes Into Google Documents | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
This week my Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week newsletter was about tools for digitizing physical notes. There are tools like CamScanne
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This is so easy!  Thanks @rbryne
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Free Technology for Teachers: A Great Set of Microsoft Teams Tutorials

Free Technology for Teachers: A Great Set of Microsoft Teams Tutorials | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
I published a bunch of videos about using Google Meet and Zoom this spring. That's because those are the tools that I use the most and
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Good group of videos for getting started with Microsoft Teams.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Five Things You Should Know About Using Video in Google Slides

Free Technology for Teachers: Five Things You Should Know About Using Video in Google Slides | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Google Slides has some handy little settings that you can use when adding videos into your presentations. Things like specifying th
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Good resource for when working with video in slides.
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How to Connect an External Monitor to a Chromebook

How to Connect an External Monitor to a Chromebook | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Chromebooks include ports that allow you to connect them to a computer monitor, television, or other display. You can mirror your desktop across multiple displays, or use the additional displays as separate desktops to gain additional screen space.
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Today, I used three monitors to facilitate an adult learning session.  This shows how to connect a monitor to a Chromebook and extend the screen.
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SEAOC Virtual Platforms and Accessibility

For Educational Use Only: This site is a collection of resources, links, tutorials, and tips for instructing and supporting students remotely. Choose your virtual communication platform and explore features from there. Underlined words in green are hyperlinks.
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This set of pages discuss three common platforms and their accessibility features.  
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Google Slides Features New Users Should Know - Updated

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Google Slides Features New Users Should Know - Updated | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
One of the things that I've been reminded of a few times in the last month is to revisit the basics even if you're working with people wh
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This has the basics of Google Slides.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Adjust the Captions on YouTube Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Adjust the Captions on YouTube Videos | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
This week's Practical Ed Tech newsletter featured a few things that we can do to improve the accessibility of the slides and videos tha
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Didn't know you could change caption options.  Thanks @rbyrne.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Lessons to Learn from the $9.2M Copyright Ruling Against Houston ISD

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Lessons to Learn from the $9.2M Copyright Ruling Against Houston ISD | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Thanks to an email from Jay Schwermer over the weekend I learned about a federal court's ruling against Houston ISD for violating the copyright of a small company called DynaStudy that sells study guides. You can read a good summary of the ruling including the $9.2 million in damages awarded to DynaStudy in this Houston Chronicle article. World IP Review also has a short overview of the case. The short version of the case is that teachers in the district were photocopying and redistributing copyrighted study guides without permission of DynaStudy and continued to do so even after DynaStudy raised concerns to the school district. According to World IP Review's article, the district tried to make a Fair Use claim regarding use of four of the copyrighted works, but the court ruled against the claims.
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Be careful when you make copies.  Make sure you are not violating someone's copyright.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Check It Out - CheckItOut for Google Forms is Back!

Free Technology for Teachers: Check It Out - CheckItOut for Google Forms is Back! | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
CheckItOut is a Google Forms Add-on that makes it easy to keep track of the things that you let kids borrow from your classroom. It's a
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Interesting add-on.  How would you use it in your practice?
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Get started with Forms – Google Learning Center

Get started with Forms – Google Learning Center | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Get started with Forms
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A basic primer on Google Forms.  Step-by-step instructions. 
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Google Forms Features You Should Know How to Use  Thanks @Rbyrne

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Google Forms Features You Should Know How to Use  Thanks @Rbyrne | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Google Forms received a couple of updates that teachers have requested for years. Those new features let you create a custom look for you
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Great list to maximize your use of Google forms.
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Custom Google Forms Theme

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Create a Custom Google Forms Theme | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
A couple of years ago I published a video tutorial on how to create a custom Google Forms theme. More than 10,000 people have since use
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Good blog on how to create theme in Google Forms.  
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Free Technology for Teachers: The Built-in Google Docs Features Starter Pack

Free Technology for Teachers: The Built-in Google Docs Features Starter Pack | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
I test and write about a lot of Google Docs Add-ons and built-in features. But you certainly don't need to use all of them. In fact, I'
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Great tips if you are just getting into Google Docs!
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� Emojipedia — � Home of Emoji Meanings ����

� Emojipedia — � Home of Emoji Meanings ���� | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
The emoji search engine. A fast emoji search experience with options to browse every emoji by name, category, or platform.
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Great website to let you know what Emoji's mean.  Also can cut and paste into document. 
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Free Technology for Teachers: Sharing vs. Publishing Google Docs

Free Technology for Teachers: Sharing vs. Publishing Google Docs | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Google Docs can be shared directly others Google Docs users by entering their email addresses in the sharing menu. You can also use the option for "anyone with the link" to view, comment on, or edit your document. But there is also an option to publish your document as a simple webpage that doesn't give people the option to make copies of your document or view it in the Google Docs editor. In the following video I demonstrate all of those options and explain the differences between them.
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This is a little known feature in Google Docs.  Thanks @rmbyrne for sharing- I mean- publishing....
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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Quickly Create a Slideshow With Google Photos and Slides

Free Technology for Teachers: How to Quickly Create a Slideshow With Google Photos and Slides | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Earlier this week someone sent me a question on Twitter seeking information about an add-on that lets you import batches of photos int
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Good for your reference library.
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Free Technology for Teachers: Quickly Create Online Whiteboards for Your Students

Free Technology for Teachers: Quickly Create Online Whiteboards for Your Students | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
In this week's Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week I mentioned a new service called Whiteboard.fi . A few weeks ago I learned about i
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This looks like it has great potential for on-line meetings.  
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Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Videos

Free Technology for Teachers: 5 Easy Ways to Improve Your Videos | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Many of us are making more videos than ever before as a way to deliver instruction and or to simply keep our students updated abou
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Good tips. I know that people are making videos currently. 
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Free Technology for Teachers: Three Google Forms Tutorials for Beginners

Free Technology for Teachers: Three Google Forms Tutorials for Beginners | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Last night my friend Beth emailed me to ask if I had any tutorials for beginning Google Forms users. My answer was, "I sure do!" These wer
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Great for getting started with Google Forms.
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Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Helpful and Convenient Gmail Settings You Might Be Overlooking

Free Technology for Teachers: 7 Helpful and Convenient Gmail Settings You Might Be Overlooking | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
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Awesome little known tips for Gmail.  Thanks @rbyrne
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7 Ways To Protect Kids Online | Daily Infographic

7 Ways To Protect Kids Online | Daily Infographic | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
7 Ways To Protect Kids Online Being exposed to inappropriate web content is a potential threat for a child. Find out 7 ways to protect your children while surfing online so that the internet can be a safe place for them to explore
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This resource could be shared with parents.
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Google for Education: Teacher Center

Google for Education: Teacher Center | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Get started with easy ways to use Forms and Quizzes in the Classroom.
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Great website to get you started on Google forms.
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WebAIM: Microsoft Word - Creating Accessible Documents

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Web accessibility is important. this gives Word Tips. 
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10 Ways To Stop Checking Your Phone So Much | Daily Infographic

10 Ways To Stop Checking Your Phone So Much | Daily Infographic | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
Cell phones are our life lines –– they hold our contacts, personal information and so much more. But if you need to cut down on phone usage, there are ways to free yourself from your device.
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This would be a great infohgraphic to use with students.  Using a #CoTSEL routine like SEE, THINK, WONDER would lead to great conversation.

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Free Technology for Teachers: Tips for Creating Strong Passwords - And Don't Forget to Change Them Thanks @rbyrne

Free Technology for Teachers: Tips for Creating Strong Passwords - And Don't Forget to Change Them Thanks @rbyrne | Technology Tips | Scoop.it
This afternoon I was in a little knick-knack shop when I came across a little notebook that had a cover page titled "online organizer.
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Good passwords are vital. Here's some good thoughts.
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