Daily Tips

Daily Tech Tidbits #11

I am continuing to share on this blog more great tips and updates as we all continue on this journey!

Google Meet Multiscreen Grid / Gallery View

A big debate at the moment in our school of whether to switch to Zoom, or stick with Meet. This feature created by someone who isn’t Google, just might have swayed us to stay with Meet. The free chrome web extension here: THIS LINK means when you next sign into Meet, you will see a new icon in the top right hand corner:

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When you click on this button you will get a grid view of all your Meet participants. I am not fully sure of how many images it can handle, but this looks promising:

The only small issue is if another participant on the Meet needs to present the screen, you need to make sure you turn off the grid view if you want to see their screen full size. But it does not interfere with you presenting your screen. With thanks to my colleague @MoriartyAngela for testing this out!

Formative

Amongst the many free edtech tools being offered, Formative is a very powerful and well respected tool that allows for some pretty impressive assessment. Having said that – many of its features are replicated in other formats, albeit across different platforms. This brings it all together, and has a piece de résistance – the ability to convert any worksheet into an online one, with automatic feedback. This may be your best option for assessing students in the coming months. Here is the page on the home learning slide for more information and tutorial video

World Book Online and Audible

As some of you are already aware, Audible has announced it will provide free audiobooks for children and teens while schools are suspended.
Here is the link: https://stories.audible.com/start-listen

Also available now is World Book Online bit.ly/2QsQs1E

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