If you could be a fly on the wall of an average classroom, it’d be pretty likely that you’d hear something like “Don’t forget to study your vocab words tonight!” or “Remember to review your flashcards tonight!”
While there’s been a move away from the rote learning of yesteryear, most educators agree that having a firm grasp of content area vocabulary is still an important piece to the learning process. I think that there are two important goals for learning vocabulary in content areas: (1) retention of the words (sticky learning) and (2) application of the words.
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In my Educational Duct Tape workshops and extended sessions, the participants share goals or issues that they are hoping edtech can solve for them. We then use the #EduDuctTape edtech integration mindset to identify some possible tools that they can use.
Along with questions like “How can I formatively assess my students?” and “How can my students create podcasts about content?” one of the most common ones is “How can I have my students participate in online discussions about content?”
Well, I think that I finally have an answer for that question that I feel really confident in. Not long ago, a company called Parlay came onto the edtech scene. I was intrigued from the very beginning. The tool offers 2 different functions: (1) hosting online class discussions and (2) facilitating live, in-person roundtables and Socratic seminars.
Today, I’d like to focus on the first of those 2 functions: online class discussions. In the #EduGIF below, you’ll see how Parlay guides the educator through this process:
The teacher creates (or selects) a discussion prompt.
The teacher sends the prompt to the students (via a link or Google Classroom).
The students read the prompt and respond.
The students read each others responses and reply.
The teacher participates in the discussion.
The teacher provides feedback on student responses.
The teacher (and students) view rich summary data.
I think that this tool has a lot of potenial in classrooms across most, if not all, content areas. If you try it out, I’d love to hear how it goes!
On January 15, 2020, a group of “Duct Tapers” (Educational Duct Tape podcast listeners) got together to chat about some of their thoughts and takeaways from Episode 34 of the show. Below are the questions from the chat. All of the responses from the chat are right here!
Not long ago, Google finally added the functionality of adding audio to Google Slides for all users. And, not long thereafter, we started asking for improvements! 😬 Hey, it’s what we do! 😃
In this post, I’m going to share with you a hack to get the most asked for improvement. It’s not an elegant hack (that’s an oxymoron, I think) but it’ll do until Google adds the actual functionality.
When you add audio, the main choice that you’ll have to make is
– “Do I want this to stop playing when I advance to the next slide…
– or do I want it to continue until the audio ends…
– or do I want it to loop until the end of the slideshow?”
Unfortunately, there’s no option to have it play on Slides 1, 2, 3 and 4 and then stop on Slide 5.
But what if that’s what we want? In this post, I’ll show you a hack to set your audio to play for a subset of slides, but not for others.
My first idea for a hack was adding a different piece of audio on Slide 5, but that just leads to both audio files playing simultaneously. Back to the drawing board.
My second idea worked. So, here it is… #EduGIF first, step-by-step instructions next.
TL;DR. This acronym is a huge part of our culture, especially as educators. Are you familiar with it? It stands for Too Long; Didn’t Read. We are bombarded with so much information that, when it’s long, we often don’t read it. Our email inboxes are the biggest example of this.
And this presents a problem for educators hoping to communicate new tech ideas and tips with a staff of teachers. Sending emails to some of the busiest people on the planet in the age of over-information? You’re definitely not getting 100% readership. So what do we do?
Practice like you Play – In October, I was a featured speaker at the Quincy Conference in Illinois. I practiced my presentations on the flight there and a little more at the Airbnb that I stayed at. I thought it would all go great. And it did, except for one detail: my AmazonBasics wireless presentation remote was a hot mess. There were at least a dozen times during the day that it didn’t click when it should have or clicked multiple times when it should have clicked once. I looked so unprofessional. I have since purchased a better clicker (I’m looking at you, Logitech Spotlight 😍) and now I always practice with my remote. This lesson could also be, sometimes you’ve gotta pay more to get good quality.
Back up your backups! – I recorded a mini-episode of the Educational Duct Tape podcast with my friend Missy Paden at the Educational Duct Tape Workshop in December. I edited it and had it almost ready to publish. It was a great interview. When I went back to publish it, the audio file had disappeared. Poof. I should’ve backed it up. Instead, I ended up publishing an episode where I reflected on the disaster. Multiple people reached out to tell me that they found my reflections to be valuable!
Check – In May, I interviewed John Sowash for an episode of the Educational Duct Tape Podcast. When I went back a few days later to edit the interview, I discovered that I hadn’t plugged in my microphone and, instead, my audio was recorded via my computer’s built-in mic. Oops! It sounded horrible. I should’ve checked before recording!
Double-Check! – In August, I interviewed Mike Mohammad for an episode of the Educational Duct Tape Podcast. When I went back a weeks later to edit the interview, Mike’s audio wasn’t there. We must have disconnected before it finished uploading the audio, or maybe there was an error message that I ignored. Fortunately, Mike was willing to re-do the interview a few weeks later. And it’s a good thing, too, because it became the 5th most listened-to episode of 2019.
Here’s to more successes and more lessons learned in 2020! Happy New Year!
The Educational Duct Tape Podcast launched on January 2nd, 2019, which makes TODAY the 1-year anniversary of the podcast. In celebration of its first year, let’s look back at the 5 Most Played Episodes!
I’d love to hear what YOUR favorite episode was! COMMENT below!