Monday, January 16, 2023

EdTech Links of the Week - 1-16-23

Each week I keep an eye out for the latest edtech resources through blogs, social media, podcasts, videos, user groups, and more. I then try to reshare these resources in many ways.

One way I share these is here on the blog in these "EdTech Links of the Week" posts. See below to explore the latest batch of resources, and be sure to share with others who may benefit.

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This week I have 6 resources from around the Internet and 4 resources from my blog.

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New resources from around the Internet...

💬 TalkingPoints

  • Free tool that allows teachers and parents to message each other in their preferred language.
  • Translates messages both ways between teacher and parents in over 145 languages.
  • Translation is done by AI, but can be done by a human upon request from the end user.
  • Can be used as a mobile app, by texting, or in the browser.

📖 Storyvoice

  • Free interactive, live read-aloud show where authors and illustrators read, draw, and connect live with a global listening audience.
  • Storyvoice shows typically last 30 minutes. The first half consists of the live author read-aloud, followed by interactive audience activities.
  • Recordings of live shows are made available the next school day and remain available on Storyvoice for 24 hours.
  • Aimed at Grades K through 5.

🗺️ History Maps

  • Free website that illustrates the history of the world with animated maps, pictures, videos, and detailed explanations.
  • Covers ancient history, the medieval period, early modern history, and late modern history.
  • Available as a website or an app for iOS and Android.

🍽️ BeanBeanBean

  • Answer questions in categories including math, language, geography, science, and knowledge.
  • Collect digital beans for every correct answer.
  • Donated beans are converted into cash which is given to a variety of charities.
  • Note - Ad blockers need to be turned off for this site since the donations are funded by advertisements.

🤖 ChatGPT Detectors

  • This online demo helps to analyze text and predict if it was written by a human or an AI.
  • The results start to get reliable after around 50 tokens (roughly 50 words).
  • The results are displayed on a continuum from Real (at 0%) to Fake (at 100%).

  • This online tool helps to analyze text and predict if it was written by a human or an AI.
  • GPT Zero works best for several paragraphs, or 10+ contiguous sentences of reasonable length.
  • Text length must be greater than 5 words and at most 1500 words.
  • The tool examines the text "perplexity" (the randomness of the text) and "burstiness" (non common items in random clusters).
  • The final GPTZero score will indicate the likelihood of the text being "human generated" or  "AI generated" or "More data needed".

And new resources from "Control Alt Achieve"...

🖼️ Google Slides Photo Words - Advanced Webinar

  • For those who enjoyed my Photo Words post and video from last week, but wanted to go further, I did a 90-minute live-stream webinar where we did a deep dive into creating Photo Words.
  • In the video I go step-by-step through the process of creating four different advanced designs.

🗓️ GEG-Ohio Meeting
  • Join us online this Wednesday, January 18th at 1pm (EST) for our monthly GEG-Ohio Google User Group meeting.
  • These are monthly online meetings where we cover all of the new features and updates from Google from the last month, as well as great ideas for using Google tools in school.

📢 Updated: My FETC23 Sessions

  • I am excited and honored to be presenting at the Future of Education Technology Conference (FETC 2023) in New Orleans, Louisiana on January 23th through 26th, 2023.
  • I added a couple additional sessions to my presentations schedule.
  • You can see my updated schedule and resources for my sessions at:

📢 Updated: My ISTE23 Sessions

  • I am excited and honored to once again present at the 2023 ISTE Conference in Philadelphia this June 25th through 28th.
  • I added a couple additional sessions to my presentations schedule.
  • You can see my updated schedule and resources for my sessions at:

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