Category Archives: Video Tutorials

Vol.#109: My Favorite Teacher Website Hack

I’m in my 20th year of teaching middle school. It’s rare, but every so often I discover a way of doing things that really simplifies my life. This is one of those things. Seriously. I cannot oversell this. This was a total game changer for me.

And yet, it’s so simple that it actually makes me wonder if those of you reading this are going to say, “Well, duh. I already do that. What took you so long?”

Before I made this change, I’d write out my agenda for class each day on the board. Eventually, I graduated to putting my daily agenda on google slides, where I could edit them easily, insert timers and links, and have them ready-to-tweak for the next year. Anyway, with either system, at the end of each long day, I’d go onto my teacher website and type out all the information for my students and their parents to reference.

If you still do this, get ready. I’m about to change your life.

I still make google slides based on each unit. The first slide has buttons serving as links to each day, and each slide thereafter is a day in the unit. But now… I embed the slides directly in my website.

And therefore, whenever I update my google slides, even on the fly during class when I realize we are not going to get to a certain activity or need to skip something, it’s already on my website.

Seriously, I update my teacher website at the beginning of the year and once briefly at the beginning of a unit, and don’t touch it again, and yet every single step we do in class each day is always immediately on my website.

Here’s a video from my YouTube channel that tells you how:

Want to skip creating the google slides for your unit? I have some google slide templates with linked buttons, all ready for you to embed and update with your own lessons. Please visit my Teachers Pay Teachers store here.

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What’s your favorite teacher life hack? Please share in the comments!

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Vol.#106: EdPuzzle 2 Minute Tech Tutorial

I’ve been meaning to make this tool into a “2 Minute Tech Tutorial” for a while now. EdPuzzle turns any video into a lesson. Students can’t skip ahead in the videos (unless you select to let them) but they can rewatch.  The teacher’s dashboard shows you if they rewatched any sections of the video. It’s great for flipping instruction to teach new concepts and skills, or reviewing  already-taught information.

 

Vol.#103: The Unfailable Quiz

When I publish a new tech tutorial, it is blog worthy here too? Do I need a separate “vlog”?  Is cross-posting about my new YouTube video as a post on my Teaching Speaks Volumes facebook page as well as here on TSV wordpress obnoxious, or just good marketing?

While I sort this out, here’s my latest “Two minute Tech Tool Tutorial for Teachers” video:

Vol.#100: Read Theory Tutorial

My principal encourages us to be able to explain the great work we do at our school in a “five floor elevator speech”. I like the vivid case for brevity when delivering powerful information. Therefore, in honor of the one hundredth volume, I have created the first installment of what I hope will be a recurring series here on TSV: “Tech Tool Tutorials for Teachers in Two Minutes”.

There are so many tools and teachers have so little time. They need to know what tools are worth their time exploring further. Plus, as a language arts teacher, I’m a sucker for alliteration. 🙂

Have a tech tool you’d like to see me cover in two minutes? Make sure to leave it in the comments!