Slides for Back-to-School Night

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I gathered some slide presentations that you may want to use for Back to School Night in this folder – if you see one you like, you just need to make a copy and then you’ll own it!

Also, I just came across this interesting article from Common Sense Education called “5 Talking Points About Tech for your Back-to-School Night” – I thought I’d pass it along, too, as it’s timely and has some good ideas.

Instant screencasting, instant sharing

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There are quite a few screencasting apps and extensions out there, but they have a learning curve that may be a turnoff. Loom is a simple-to-use Chrome extension that allows you to record your screen as you explain whatever you’re looking at. You can choose to be on camera in a little circle at the bottom of the page, or you can be invisible. Imagine how many uses there are for Loom in the classroom – to explain an assignment for your students, to ask questions about a document in your PLT, etc. etc. The finished product can either be shared as a link, or the video can be downloaded as a file to upload to YouTube or any other website. To read about two other screencasting apps, click here.

A touch-screen, shareable white board? Sign me up!

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A year ago, I couldn’t find an online touch-screen whiteboard for our math teachers to use in class, so this discovery is good news! Using the free version of AwwApp, people can draw, type, or add shapes to a whiteboard using their mouse or the touch screen – and they can invite collaborators to join in on their sketch. Once done, you can download it as a PDF or as an image file. The sketchboard will disappear after two hours with the free version – and you can’t upload any PDFs or images to draw on – but it seems like something that may be useful for all classes, not just math!