Following a period of remote and half-time training, many instructors have advanced as technology users, utilizing sophisticated tech tools to interact with learning both inside and outside the classroom.
Regardless, there are always clever methods to sharpen skills, simplify workloads, and expand accessibility, just as there are smart ways to sharpen skills, streamline workloads, and increase accessibility in any specialized area.
Here we have compiled a shortlist of teacher-tested suggestions for getting more out of your everyday computer gear.
1. Use Google Slides to show live captions.
Switch on programmed inscribing in Google Slides to improve accessibility by displaying the speaker’s words alongside each slide.
To raise the menu, float your cursor in the bottom left corner of your screen after entering presentation mode. Select Captions settings and Toggle captions after clicking the three dots (English as it were). As you speak, Google will listen in and comprehend what you’re saying.
2. On Youtube, increase the size of your captions.
When it may be difficult for all pupils to see and understand the subtitles well while watching a Youtube video in class, this simple trick solves the problem: To raise the text size, just use the + (plus) key on your keyboard after selecting closed captions. The font size is reduced by pressing the – (short) key.
3. Use Interactive Checklists to Teach Organization
Checklists can help students improve their organizational abilities by allowing them to track the progress of multistep assignments or complex projects. Use the keyboard shortcut Ctrl+Shift+9 (Command+Shift+9 on a Mac) to access the Checklist icon in the toolbar. Tell students that the easiest approach to affirm completed items or activities is to click the displayed box on the left, which changes the line with a strikethrough.
4. Put an end to the endless scrolling
There’s no need to scroll down to page 158 anymore. Another feature in Google Chrome allows you to direct readers to a specific area of a text. On a PC, highlight the piece of a text that you want pupils to read, right-click, and choose “copy connect to highlight.” On a Mac, simultaneously click your trackpad and the Ctrl key on your keyboard, then pick “copy connect to highlight.” This creates a URL with a # picture at the end, which you may share with others. Readers are transported directly to the highlighted section when they visit the updated URL.
5. Maintain a Clean Environment for Your Documents
By providing customers access only after they create their copy to work in, you can eliminate the risk of students or coworkers typing directly in your archive. First, double-check that your archive has been shared with “anyone with a connection” or “public.” Then, in the search field, type the URL and replace the term alter with the word copy at the end. After that, simply press enter (or return on a Mac) and you’re done! Clients will be forced to create a duplicate of the report before accessing it if you share this new URL with them.
6. Add Audio to Google Forms
Do you think your Google Forms might be a little more engaging? Clients can contribute audio to inquiries or responses using the Mote program. While you may use the app for free on a limited basis, there is a 20-bits-per-month limitation and a 30-second recording duration limit for each part while using it free. The ability to access other features needs a paid subscription. When you run another query after installing the app, the Mote symbol will appear. After you tap the symbol once, it will begin recording audio right away, and when you’re through, click the Done button. After that, you may snap anywhere else on the page, and Mote will create an interactive audio note card that you can listen to right away.
7. Remove Youtube as a source of distraction.
Youtube maybe a fantastic tool for teaching and learning, but incorporating it into the classroom can be risky, with adverts popping up and distracting video ideas taking over the website. Adding a simple dash to the Youtube URL, so that it appears as youtube, solves this issue, allowing understudies to see material on the site without having to log in.