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National Geographic Education – National Geographic Society

National Geographic Education brings geography, social studies and science to life. Using real-world examples and National Geographic’s rich media, educators, families, and students learn about the world and the people in it.

Source: National Geographic Education – National Geographic Society

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Voice Dictation in Education

I took this picture a few weeks ago, but apparently I never noticed it until now. I was scanning through a file with some recent pictures that I had taken, and came across this gem! I love the texture and focus of the shot. #DSC01224

Recently, I shared instructions on how to use Voice Dictation with our students. We have a population of EAL students that will benefit from the ability to speak rather than type on a different keyboard.

We also had a student who had a Repetitive Strain Injury from typing too much.

So, I did a quick test between Google Docs and MS Word.

Google Docs vs MS Word

As much as I love Google, MS Word beat Google Docs hands down during my tests. It wasn’t even close in terms of accuracy and speed.

[Mac OS (Mojave): Google Chrome v69.0.3497.100 vs. MS Word 2011 (Mac)]

So Why Use Voice Dictation?

  • EAL students
    • Enforces pronunciation
    • Using an English language keyboard can be challenging
  • Slow typers
  • Repetitive Strain Injuries
  • Physical Disabilities/Visual Impairments

To Start Voice Dictation

Google Docs (Tools – Voice Typing)
MS Word (Edit – Start Dictation)

The Reverse is True

You can have the computer read a text for you as well.

On a Mac: System Preferences > Accessibility > Speech. Highlight the text you want to have read to you and then hit Option + ESC.


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50 Ways to Use Screencasitfy in the Classroom | Screencastify Screen Recorder for Chrome

Free ebook for Screencastify users.

Screencastify has been a great tool for both my colleagues and myself because of the ability to screencast tutorials or presentations.

Our free ebook is the complete teacher’s guide to screencasting. In it, you’ll find ideas from leading educators like Vicki Davis, Matt Miller, and Eric Curts. You’ll be a screencasting pro in no time!

Source: 50 Ways to Use Screencasitfy in the Classroom | Screencastify Screen Recorder for Chrome

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Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world

It’s been a while since I’ve looked at padlet but I checked it out yesterday and found that there are some great improvements to this app. It’s worth checking out.

From your hobby to your career, your class notes to your final exam, your mood board to your runway show, padlets help you organize your life.

Source: Padlet is the easiest way to create and collaborate in the world

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