Monday, January 15, 2024

EdTech Links of the Week - 1-15-24

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.

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This week I have 3 resources from around the Internet and 2 resources from my blog.

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➗ Sembl
  • Sembl is a free website that curates high-quality math tasks for grades K through 6 from independent creators and delivers them to you. 
  • All of the tasks on Sembl are freely available on the internet, but it can take hours finding the tasks you need. 
  • With Sembl, you simply filter based on the grade level, topic, and type of resource you're looking for. 
  • Within seconds, you'll be served engaging tasks ready to launch right from within the platform.
  • Bionic Reading has been a popular technique for several years where the beginning part of a word is bolded to help the reader focus on the start of the word when reading text.
  • Bionify is a free extension to convert website text into the Bionic Reading format.
  • Once you have the extension installed you can click on it and then click the "Toggle Bionify" button to turn it on or off. 
  • You can also click the "Enable Auto Apply" button to have it automatically applied to all websites.

  • MusicFX is an experimental AI technology from Google that allows you to generate your own music.
  • Simply type in a text prompt describing the music you want.
  • MusicFX will generate samples of that music, and give you options to fine tune your prompt if desired.
  • The AI generated music can be set to various lengths or looped for an endless song.
  • You can download or share the music created.

😀 10 Ways to Add Emojis in Google Tools
  • Over the years I have shared lots of ways that emojis can be used for teaching and learning and creativity. 
  • A question I have received from time to time is how do you add emojis to Google Docs and Slides and such.
  • In this blog post we explored 10 different ways you and your students can add emojis to Google tools.

🗓️ "One Word for 2024" Photo Word Template
  • With the new year here, one popular activity is to pick a word for the year that is your goal or focus for the year.
  • There are lots of ways to show the word you choose, but one fun option is as a Google Slides Photo Word.
  • Photo Words are an activity I created a while back where you put an image inside of a word in Google Slides.
  • To make the process as easy as possible I have a template for the "One Word for 2024" activity, which also includes detailed directions and a tutorial video.

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