Google Doc’s Speech to Text My Hero!

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I’m falling in love with the Speech to Text Tool built right into a Google Doc and Slide. It makes life a bit easier when I need to lay down and decompress due to spine issues. I can still be productive by typing using my voice! This is a lifesaver!

I have used a handful of speech to text tools and have found this one to be fairly accurate. Best part is I don’t have to train the tool to accurately type what is being spoken. There is a small list of voice commands I recommend learning to create the best appearing text layout. You can learn more about Google Docs voice commands from the following Google Docs Editor Help Center Resources: Type with Your Voice.

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Name the School Object…

Are you looking to do something different to avoid those “blank face gaze”. Send the students out on a mission to capture photos of everyday objects in the classroom or throughout the school. Set a time limit for returning to their seat. Once students are back in seats provide them with a link to a Google Forms where they will upload the images. Now open the folder and click on the Chrome Driveslides extension, and boom a slide deck of images is created. Brainstorm with the students how you may use the images to support the content area.

Example ideas:

  • Spanish Class:
    • Create a custom vocabulary
    • Write a story about the image
    • Add an audio recording explaining what the image is.
      • Vocaroo is an easy to use audio recorder
        • Allows you to save audio files to your drive
  • Math:
    • Create math word problems involving the images
    • Look for shapes
    • Find the area and perimeter of objects in the image
  • ELA:
    • Write a school adventure illustrated story
    • Describe an image and it’s usage
    • Create school how to tutorials using the images

Please share an idea in comment area…

Draftback Extension is Magical…

During a Google APPS workshop I tend to point out the “Revision History” Tool. Often stating how it allows the teacher to view a students work in ways they never imagined possible. Revision history permits the educator to see every step a student takes to complete a writing masterpiece. It is the closet an educator may come to understanding a student’s thought process. What makes this even easier to do is the Draftback Chrome Extension by J. Somers.

The Draftback Chrome Extension attaches to a Google Doc.  It allows the user to create a animation of the authors writing process. Like magic draftback displays every edit created up to the very last Google Doc sentence. This lets an educator view the writing process in ways they were never able to before. It allows the teacher to provide authentic proactive feedback to assist the student author with improving upon writing skills.

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Google Slides Transforms Into EBook

What would your student’s think if the Google Slides Book they created magically transformed into an EBook with curling pages? This can be done with the wave of a magic wand. No kidding aside! Okay maybe with a savvy teacher at the helm guiding the students with this innovative project. Alright you caught me again! All you really need is minimal technology skills to guide your students with authoring their first Ebook.

The trick to this project is creating a Google Slide using 8.5″ x 11″ page setup. Once the book is created the slide deck is downloaded as a PDF. Now the fun begins! The next thing the teacher does is upload the PDF to FlipSnack Edu. Yup it really is as easy as this sounds!

Set Google Slides Page Setup

  1. Open the Google Slide Presentation
  2. Click File
  3. Select Page Setup
  4. Under Page Setup Click Drop Down Arrow
  5. Select Custom
  6. Add Width Size (8.5″) followed by Length (11″)
  7. Click OK

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Download Google Slide Deck as PDF

  1. Click File
  2. Select Download as
  3. Click PDF

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Upload Slide Deck PDF to FlipSnack Edu

  1. Logon to FlipSnackedu.com
  2. Wave Cursor over New Project
  3. Select start from PDF
  4. Select Upload or Drop and Drag PDF file

upload-to-flipsnackeduWhy Turn a PDF Into a Flip Book???

  1. Provides Engaging way to share Student Creative Writing
  2. Teacher or Student can embed Flip Book into Blog or Website
  3. Student or Teacher can use as a classroom presentation
  4. Provides another format to share projects
  5. Offers an easy way to organize and curate projects

Students Build with Chrome~Oh! Yeah!!!

Looking for an easy way to engage students in math, social studies, science or perhaps ELA? Why not release the students creative and critical thinking skills juices with  “Build with Chrome” ?  This can start in the early years with something simple like asking the student to create a rectangle. Then discussing as a group what makes rectangles different from other shapes.

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A screen capture is taken of the creation and inserted into a Google Drawings, Slides or ? Once the image is inserted into a Google Doc the student can write a question along with the answer.

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Why not provide a challenge for the student and ask them if they can create a building seen in Egypt? Let them know a second screenshot will be taken. However this time they have to write sharing factual information about the building they created.

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The beauty of this idea is the teacher can take it to many different learning levels and use in a variety of content areas.

NOTE: Real life hand-on building items can be used in this project. It is absolutely fine to use a digital photo of classroom projects. Teacher doesn’t have to re-invent the wheel. Smartphones or Tablets are awesome “Tech Tools” for capturing images.

How would you use this to support learning in your classroom?

Please share your ideas in the comment area

THANKS!