6 Multitrack Audio Editors

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This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book

🎙 Want to use Audio to measure students’ understanding, not just their knowledge of the right or wrong answer? Check out these tools!

🎛️ This selection of tools includes only Multitrack Audio Recording and Editing Options. In other words, you can have multiple audio files playing at the same time or overlapping one another, such as your voice in one track and music in another. These tools might be a little challenging for younger learners, but once get the hang of it, just imagine what they could create!

💡 In Chapter 8 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset, I discuss the 6 tools that I think that you should consider. The infographic below provides a simple breakdown of them. Grab it as a PDF here! In that same chapter, I also discuss a selection of other audio tools, some of which are single-track editors, while others are just audio recorders. I’ll also share those in future infographics!

📖  More details about each tool (and a few others) are in the book!

What tools can my students use to record and edit audio?

Click on the image to sign up for my newsletter and grab the PDF to learn a bit about Soundtrap for Education, GarageBand, Audacity, WeVideo, Twisted Wave, and Beautiful Audio Editor. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!

This infographic includes a picture of a girl with noise-cancelling headphones sitting "criss-cross applesauce" and using a laptop. It also shows a phone screen, books, and the logos of the apps that are discussed along with the cover of the Educational Duct Tape book. The text says. "#EduDuctTape Question, Chapter 8: What tools can my students use to record and edit audio? (Multitrack audio editors!) Soundtrap for Edu - Offers a transcript-based editor and great teacher tools including LMS integration. GarageBand - This Mac or iOS tool offers a pile of features and capabilities that are surprisingly easy to learn. Audacity - The most common audio recording and editing program for podcasters is free and works on both Mac and Windows. WeVideo - If you use WeVideo for video, try it for audio, too! It even provides commercially licensed, royalty-free stock audio! Twisted Wave - The free version limits you to five-minute audio files, but at least it’s browser-based! Beautiful Audio Editor - Access and save projects within Google Drive!"

 

 

6 Tools for Screencasting

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This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book

🎥  Want to bring screencasting into your classroom, but are overwhelmed by the idea of selecting a tool to use?

💡 In Chapter 7 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset, I discuss a set of tools that I think that you should consider. The infographic below provides a simple breakdown of the 6 options that I think are best for most teachers. Grab it as a PDF here!

📖  More details about each tool (and a few others) are in the book!

There’s a 7th tool that I mention in the book–Camtasia, it’s my favorite–which I leave out here because it’s a little pricier than most educators are able to go.  There are also a handful of other ones that are honorable mentions in the book (there are a LOT out there!). These, though, are the 6 that I consider the best choices for most educators and cover in greater detail within the book.

How can my students and I record screencasts for flipped lessons or blended learning?

Click on the image to grab the PDF and learn a bit about Screencastify, Screencast-O-Matic, Loom, Flipgrid, WeVideo, and RecordCast. Or sign up for my newsletter and I’ll send you a copy of this PDF. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!

This infographic includes the title "#EduDuctTape Question, Chapter 7" along with a picture of the Educational Duct Tape book, a roll of duct tape, and a student with crutches. It also includes the logos for the 6 tools that are included. The text says "How can my students and I record screencasts for flipped lessons or blended learning? Screencastify - This Google Drive- connected tool has great recording and editing functions for free as long as your videos are under 5 minutes long. Screencast-O-Matic - Record 15 minute videos with captions and music for free, and edit them on Chromebooks. The paid version adds in extensive editing options. Loom - Record for 45 minutes, do minor editing, and post videos to pages that enable viewer commenting and emoji reactions with free educator accounts. Flipgrid - Screencast for 10 minutes in this student response tool and add in other video styles including whiteboard, backdrops, and more! Captions are automatically added! WeVideo - Record and edit short videos in a free plan or get creative with the most extensive online video editing platform in the paid version! RecordCast - This newer tool rivals many of WeVideo features including a multitrack editor, transitions, and more, all for free!"

 

 

#EduDuctTape 📖 Sketchnote Chapter 9

This image shows the cover of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. The cover is blue and shows the title in orange lettering on duct tape. It also shows the text "Your Guide to Selecting the Right Tools for Your Classroom" and includes Jake Miller's name.The framework of my technology integration mindset comes more from the experience in Chapter 9 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset than from any other experience that I’ve had as an educator. The way that I addressed the problem that I was having in that class 8 years ago (read the image on the cell phone 😂) lit a fire underneath me to do more with educational technology than I had previously considered. And the E + R = O equation frames it perfectly. Grab your copy of the book to learn more about this story, the mindset, and this powerful equation!

This sketchnote features the chapter title "Misbehaving Students, Honest Reflections, and An Equation." It shows a drawing of Jake looking stressed out, a cell phone featuring a Facebook post that reads "Sometimes during my 2nd period class, I legitimately consider curling up on the floor, closing my eyes, and rocking myself." and a large rectangle with the equation E + R = O. Below that equation the text "The Event + Your Response = The Outcome."

#EduDuctTape 📖 Sketchnote Chapter 8

This image shows the cover of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. The cover is blue and shows the title in orange lettering on duct tape. It also shows the text "Your Guide to Selecting the Right Tools for Your Classroom" and includes Jake Miller's name.Chapter 8 of Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset is full of quotes and insights that I love, including one from Dr. Maya Angelou and another from Seth Godin. Like the other chapters in the book, those valuable pieces are featured alongside a funny story – this time about some crying grapes, my daughter, my SmartBoard, and my wife. This sketchnote, created by Jen Giffen, features many of those quotes and story elements from that chapter. Grab your copy of the book so that you can hear the funny story and learn from the powerful quotes!

This sketchnote features the title "Smart Boards, Crying Grapes, and Doing Better" and a picture of some grapes with sad faces on a SmartBoard screen alongside a drawing of Jake. In the text on the page are the following quotesL: "The one using the tech is the one learning." "Changing is not an admission of error, it's an admission of growth." "Know Better? Do Better! - Dr. Maya Angelou." "The hard part is falling out of love with the old idea. - Seth Godin" "Prioritize and take the 1st step."

6 Tools for Self-Assessment

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This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book

This is another in a series of posts based on content from my new book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. Within the book, most chapters feature a question that a teacher might ask along with a few educational technology tools that I believe might be the right answer.

This question – How can my students self-assess their learning? – comes from Chapter 6 of the book.

It’s important to note that there are varying levels of self-assessment. In the book, I discuss the three stages of the self-assessment cycle that James McMillan and Jessica Hearn identified in their article “Student Self-Assessment: The Key to Stronger Student Motivation and Higher Achievement.” They are: self-monitoring, self-evaluation, and identifying learning targets and instructional corrective. In the book, as well as in this resource, I focus mostly on the self-evaluation stage.

The infographic below features the 6 tools that fared the best in my research. There are a handful of other tools that I mention as alternatives within the chapter, but these are the 6 that I consider the best choices for most educators and cover in greater detail within the book.

How can my students blog about their learning and growth?

Check out the image to learn a bit about 6 of my favorite tech tools for this – Quizizz, Quizlet, Kahoot, Flippity.net, Spreadsheet Conditional Formatting, and Checklists in Spreadsheet or Docs.. Plus, grab your free PDF version of this infographic by signing up for my newsletter. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!

This infographic features the text: "#EduDuctTape Question, Chapter 6. How can my students self-assess their learning? Quizizz - Students are prompted to slow down, can improve with redemption questions, can play repeatedly, and can use flashcards. Quizizz - Students are prompted to slow down, can improve with redemption questions, can play repeatedly, and can use flashcards. Kahoot - The classic classroom game tool also features flashcards, practice mode, and gamified test yourself mode. Flippity.net - The custom flashcard creator includes read-aloud option plus video and audio on cards, along with other games. Spreadsheet Conditional Formatting - Set your sheets to color in cells when the correct answer is entered! Checklists in Spreadsheets or Docs - Checking off learned skills or remembered facts taps into the power of self-monitoring."

 

 

#EduDuctTape 📖 Sketchnote Chapter 7

This image shows the cover of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. The cover is blue and shows the title in orange lettering on duct tape. It also shows the text "Your Guide to Selecting the Right Tools for Your Classroom" and includes Jake Miller's name.Here’s the 7th sketchnote from Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset! This sketchnote, created by Jen Giffen shares the story from Chapter 7: “8 Minutes, Crazy Solutions, & Talking to Myself.” As you can see, it’s a story of how I saved time in my math classes when our periods were shortened. But I bet you’re wondering how I saved that time, right?  You’ll have to wait until you read the book to find out!

This sketchnote features the title of Chapter 7 of the Educational Duct Tape Book: "8 Minutes, Crazy Solutions, & Talking to Myself.' It shows an image of Jake on a SmartBoard saying "I saved 8 minutes per day all thanks to how I used techcnology!" It also shows a pie graph showing about 12.5% shaded and labeled "saved time."

#EduDuctTape 📖 Sketchnote Chapter 6

This image shows the cover of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. The cover is blue and shows the title in orange lettering on duct tape. It also shows the text "Your Guide to Selecting the Right Tools for Your Classroom" and includes Jake Miller's name.I’m back with another Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset sketchnote! Each of these sketchnotes, created by Jen Giffen shares the anecdotes, stories, and messages from one chapter of the book. Today’s sketchnote covers Chapter 6: “Ramen Noodle, Lonely Nights, & Loud Kids” and a fun example of The Problem-Solution Pattern that is discussed in the book in connection to how we use educational technology. By the way, did you know that you can grab your copy of the book here?

This sketchnote shows the title of Chapter 6 of the Educational Duct Tape Book: "Ramen Noodle, Lonely Nights, & Loud Kids" and demonstrates "The Problem-Solution Pattern." The image shows a sketch of Jake, holding his duct tape, and looking at a bowl of Ramen noodle with the text "I ate a lot of cheap ramen" followed by a bag of money, and a picture of a school building and the text "So I got a job."

#EduDuctTape 📖 Sketchnote Chapter 5

This image shows the cover of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. The cover is blue and shows the title in orange lettering on duct tape. It also shows the text "Your Guide to Selecting the Right Tools for Your Classroom" and includes Jake Miller's name.Here’s the 5th sketchnote from Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset! This sketchnote, created by Jen Giffen shares a piece of the anecdote and message from Chapter 5: “Shirt Sleeves, Transparency Markers, & The Pretty Psychologist.” I bet you’re wondering what that title is all about, right?  You’ll have to wait until you read the book (coming very very very very soon!) to find out! Subscribe to my newsletter to make sure you see new sketchnotes as they’re released!

This sketchnote shows the title of Chapter 5 of the Educational Duct Tape Book: "Shirt Sleeves, Transparency Markers and the Pretty Psychologist." It shows Jake holding a roll of duct tape and standing by a transparency projector that is projecting the quote ""It's not about the technology we teach with; it's about how we teach with the technology!"

6 Tools for Student Blogging

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This image shows the Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset book cover as well as a 2nd book open to a page inside of the book

This is another in a series of posts based on content from my new book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. Within the book, most chapters feature a question that a teacher might ask along with a few educational technology tools that I believe might be the right answer.

This question – How can my students blog about their learning and growth? – comes from Chapter 5 of the book. Having never done blogging in my classroom, this one required extensive research on my part.

After putting in that time to research it, the best next step that I can think of is to share my findings with you! The infographic below features the 6 tools that fared the best in my research. There are a handful of other tools that I mention as alternatives within the chapter, but these are the 6 that I consider the best choices for most educators and cover in greater detail within the book.

How can my students blog about their learning and growth?

This image features the #EduDuctTape Question from Chapter 5 of my book. It shows a picture of the Educational Duct Tape book cover, a boy typing on a laptop, and a collection of books, along with logos for the apps that are included. The text states "How can my students blog about their learning and growth? Blogger - This tool has less “teacher features,” but using a Google Workspace for Edu tool is a plus. Edublogs - Teachers get lots of control and an efficient interface with this WordPress-based tool. Write About - This paid-only tool lets you assign prompts and provide audio or text feedback. Fanschool (Kidblog) - Paid-only tool adds Google Drive embeds & connections with other classes. Weebly - This tool enables blogging and webpage-creation, offering twice the potential. Gimkit Ink - New option offers lots of creative freedom and multiple publishing options."
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John Dewey told us that “We do not learn from experience. We learn from reflecting on experience.” If we want our students to reflect on their experiences, blogging might be the best way to encourage it. In Chapter 5 of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset I cover these 6 blogging tools in detail. This infographic provides an overview of those tools.

Check out the image to learn a bit about 6 of my favorite tech tools for this – Blogger, Edublogs, Write About, Fanschool, Weebly, and Gimkit Ink. Plus, grab your free PDF version of this infographic by signing up for my newsletter. And, bonus, if I change my recommendations or add tools to the infographic later, you’ll get an update in your inbox!

 

 

#EduDuctTape 📖 Sketchnote Chapter 4

This image shows the cover of the book Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset. The cover is blue and shows the title in orange lettering on duct tape. It also shows the text "Your Guide to Selecting the Right Tools for Your Classroom" and includes Jake Miller's name.I’m back with another Educational Duct Tape: An EdTech Integration Mindset sketchnote! Each of these sketchnotes, created by Jen Giffen shares the anecdotes, stories, and messages from one chapter of the book. Today’s sketchnote covers Chapter 4: “Words, Restaurants, & Jams” and features a quote from Barry Schwartz along with elements from Sheena Iyengar and Mark Lepper’s well-known “jam study.” Subscribe to my newsletter to make sure you see new sketchnotes as they’re released!

This sketchnote includes the title of Chapter 4 of Educational Duct Tape: Words, Restaurants, and Jams. The Barry Schwartz quote "All of these choices . . . produce paralysis rather than liberation" is featured alongside Jake's guidance for resolving this: "Identify the goal/problem/need/learning standard and you narrow the choice of tools." Also, a drawing of Jake's wife asking "Where should we go for dinner?" is featured alongside Jake looking at two jars of jam, one labeled "Too many choices" and the other labeled "Too much pressure" and the thought bubble "So . . . much . . . pressure!!"