An “Ah-Ha!” Moment Using My Favorite Text To Speech For Emergent Readers in G Suite

“Text To Speech” Can Be a Game Changer for Many Kids (& Teachers too!) This post is the fifth in my “Using Google Voice Tools” Series. In this blog post series, we will have talked about three creative ways in which Google has woven Voice Tools into its suite of apps and how I am currently using…

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Christmas Around the World – “Read To Me” Research For Elementary Using Google Chrome

3 Easy Steps to Independent Cultural Research for Low-Level Readers I thought it would be a good idea to offer a practical way to try out Google’s amazing “Text-To-Speech” capabilities using a holiday resource to plug into for your Cultural Social Studies unit since we are in the middle of a blog series exploring how…

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Using Google Voice Tools With Elementary Students- Introduction

If Google Was a Super Hero, I Am Pretty Sure That Voice Tools Would Be It’s Super Power! Technology allows us to accomplish things that have never been accomplished before and using Google’s speech-to-text capabilities, our children are now able to transpose their ideas from verbal expression into text form. This is a huge bonus in…

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Google Basics For Kids- 4 Steps to Sharing in Google Docs and Slides – Step 3 – “How Will Collaborators Use My Doc?”

Step 3 – How Will Collaborators Use My Doc? As mentioned in my previous post, setting up editing permissions can be a tricky step for our younger students. I introduce this concept to my students by simulating the same scenario with a paper copy. I ask a student to go get a paper from our…

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Google Basics For Kids- 4 Steps to Sharing in Google Docs and Slides – Step 2 – “Who Will I Share With?”

Step 2- Who Will I Share With? Sharing in Google Docs and Slides can be confusing for our younger students. So, I decided to begin a four-part series helping you walk your students through the four basic steps of sharing their digital work in G Suite. My previous post was the first in this series,…

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Google Basics For Kids Series- Revisited

Apparently, my latest blog posts have not been displaying correctly, particularly on mobile devices so here are the links to my last four posts. Hopefully, the repair has been made so that you can access my content better! Thank you for your patience. Chromebooks For Kids- Hyperdoc – Now on Amazon! Collaborating In Docs & Slides – Part…

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Google Basics For Kids- 4 Steps to Sharing in Google Docs and Slides – Step 1 – “What Doc Will I Share?”

  Step 1 – What Doc Will I Share? Teaching young children to use G Suite has its challenges. One reoccurring skill that I have noticed my kids struggling to understand is how to share digital work with others. Last year, I felt like I was repeating the same instructions on how to share over…

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Google Basics for Kids – Collaborating in Docs and Slides Series – Part 3 “Working Together”

Step #3- Working Together So far in this Teaching Kids to Collaborate Series, we have discussed the first two steps: Set-Up Rules– Most importantly, don’t erase others’ work and use the “Undo” command.        2. Assign Student Work – Color code assigned font for small groups and use an index slide for larger group…

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Google Basics for Kids – Collaborating In Docs & Slides Series Part 2 “Assign Student Work”

 Step #2 – Assign Student Work- Small & Large Groups In my last post, I began a three part series on teaching our younger students to collaborate when completing a digital task. The first tip I mentioned in last week’s post, was to “Set Up the Rules” and procedures. My two most important rules:  Instruct your students…

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Google Basics for Kids – Collaborating in Docs and Slides Series – Part 1 “Set Up Rules”

  Tip #1 – Set Up Clear Rules We all know how important it is to give explicit directions to our younger students on exactly how to respectfully work together in the classroom. However, working together in the digital world has its unique properties. When face to face with others, students need to learn how…

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