Power edTech Weekly November 16, 2020


This week's edition focuses on some accessibility tools to help with reading skills, communication with parents/guardians, and using PDFs as assignments in Google Classroom.

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This Week’s Quick Tips!

Recording Audio in Wonders

Having students read aloud is a great way to check for fluency and understanding. With McGraw-Hill Wonders, you can easily have the students record themselves reading and submit the recording to you. Here’s what you need to do.  Learn more...

Read Aloud Extension

Many students (and teachers) can benefit from having text read aloud to them. Everyone has a strength in learning, whether it be auditory, visual, or kinesthetic. A tool that can help with having text read to you is the Read Aloud extension for Google Chrome. Learn more...

Working with PDFs in Google Classroom

I have a love/hate relationship with PDFs. I love how I can create a document, and then publish it as a PDF so that visually it looks exactly as I imagined it on my computer. I hate that PDFs are not easily editable. A question I hear a lot from teachers is how do they have students edit or mark up a PDF that they have posted as an assignment in Google Classroom.  Learn more...

Email Guardians in Google Classroom

Emailing guardians from Google Classroom is the easiest way to send out mass messages to the families of your students. To do this, you need to already have invited guardians next to each student in the People tab of your Classroom. If you haven’t done this already, I highly recommend you do. It will make your life so much easier in the long run. Learn more...

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