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Ed Tech 180 #3 - Text Transcripts in Google Meet using Otter.ai

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 Been in a Google Meet lately? Ha... yeah... I know... that's like asking if you've taken a breath or seen the sky lately. Ever wanted a transcript of that meet for reasons? Maybe you want to make a study guide from a lesson you recorded in Meet. Maybe you wanted to provide a read-along text for a vide you created. Maybe you wanted to offer your students the ability to read through something you taught via Google Meet for clarity and deeper understanding. Now, with the power of Otter.ai (a Freemium tool) you can have it. Take a look!

The Squatter 14 - High Effect Tech

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People of the Earth. Read and heed my words. If you're in education, and not at least vaguely familiar with Hattie's work, you should probably take a gander. Go search for it. I'll wait. It's quite the meta-study. Seriously, think about the sheer numbers of pages of information that have been assimilated for you. Anyway, you know I'm all about instructional tech, but you can't build your lesson plans around the hot new tech you want to use. Your plans need to be built around a well defined learning target and grounded in an appropriately chosen instructional strategy. Once you have those taken care of, then you should start choosing your tech tools. You don't design a project around your tools, and you shouldn't plan lessons around the tech you want to use. With these things in mind, I give you The Squatter 14 - High Effect Tech. As usual, click the image below for a full-sized PDF.

The Squatter 13 - Ye Olde Classroom Hookup

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 Google Classroom... love it or leave it, take it or leave it, with or without onions, I think it's here to stay. That being said, you know there's tons of third party apps and websites that will work directly with Google Classroom, right? Take a gander at The Squatter 13 for a handy dandy list of just a handful of apps that integrate directly with Google Classroom. Click on the image below for a full sized pdf.

Tall Tech Guy vol. 4 - Social Media

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 Regardless of your stance on social media, it's here, and it's here to stay. I wanted to create a resource for students to get them to think about social media without being overly negative or preachy. The last way to be effective is to have students look at the information and think "ugh... this old guy and his anti-social media drivel." Yes, teenagers in my head say words like drivel. Like. anything else in the world, if you have a stance, you can generally find research that will support your stance. In an effort to be non-biased, I attempted to find information that is both pro, and anti social media. Anyway, here is Tall Tech Guy vol. 4 - Social Media. If you'd like a copy, please click below and print one for yourself. You know what... if you'll reach out in the comments below, I'll print and mail you one. Seriously. Just don't put your address below. Who knows what will show up in your mailbox if you do that. We'll figure out some other way

The Squatter 12 - Chrome Extensions

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 Welcome to The Squatter 12! We're diving back into the realm of Chrome extensions. Here you'll find a handful of super helpful extensions to help you save time, free up memory, record yourself, and keep your students on task. Take a minute and read through the extensions listed. You might find something new. I know I did while researching for Squatter 12. Click the image below for a full sized PDF of Squatter 12.

Tall Tech Guy vol. 3

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 We've got a double drop today. Here's a new Tall Tech Guy, and be on the lookout for Squatter 12 also. Tall tech guy is my infographic aimed at students. TTG3 has commonly used Keyboard Shortcuts that students working on Chromebooks can learn to have some time-saving tricks in their bag. From the list, my favorite has to be the ability to snap windows to either side of the screen using alt + [ or ]. You may be thinking "Haven't you already done a keyboard shortcuts graphic" and you'd be right. Squatter 1 had a brief sprinkling of shortcuts. I followed that up this year with Squatter 9 that not only was a deeper dive into keyboard shortcuts, but provided the Windows, ChromeOS, and MacOS shortcuts for each function. The Squatters are intended for teachers. The humor and writing style is a bit more edgy, and is better suited to the "Potty PD" atmosphere. TTG is posted in the hallways of the school for students to see. It has to be a bit more... umm...

The Squatter vol.11 - What do you Meme?

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Let me tell you what... I'm excited about this vol.11 of The Squatter. I'm so excited that I'm rolling out this post a week early. The day I started looking for what to do in Squatter 11 was an odd day. You know. One of those days where things that aren't usually funny are really funny. I like those days. Anyway, I said to myself "Self, I want you to make a Squatter that is entirely Memes." I need everybody to understand that the intent here is amusement, while at the same time making a few points and offering suggestions. I'm not trying to call anyone out, or throw shade at anyone in particular. If you feel offended by any particular meme in Squatter 11, please contact me about it. We'll try to figure out why a meme that calls out people for always using "Reply All" would offend you. Be prepared for me to do my best Dr. Phil... Ahem... "So you've used reply all to try to let me know that a meme throwing shade at people who use reply