NEOTech Conference: Screencastify Session

Next Thursday, I’ll travel to Kent State University (my Alma mater!) for the NEOTech Conference. I attended last year, and enjoyed being a learner for the entire day, but this time, I’m going to do a bit of teaching!

I use Screencastify to share my screen and my voice with students, colleagues, and friends. It’s so versatile. Certainly, the people coming to the session will figure out useful ways to integrate it into their practice. After a brief introduction, they’ll have time to play around and learn by doing.

I’ll be in 306A, from 1:15-2:05, but in case you can’t make it, or you can and you’re curious already, here’s my slide deck.

 

Utilize TabResize, guys

My fiance has a 3 monitor monstrosity, so he can comfortably view many windows at once. (Or, I can catch up on my Hulu while he works on the remaining two screens.) Schools can’t afford this kind of luxury, so we make do with one screen per device. My students found a sweet little extension to help them see two windows at the same time, like this.

If you or your students want to do this too, get TabResize. It’s possible to accomplish the feat without the extension, but why make life harder?

TabResize can break your tabs into any number of configurations. Here are some suggested options.

Recently, students used TabResize to watch YouTube on the left, and type in a document on the right side of their screen. It was much more efficient than switching back and forth! Watch how:

 

EasyBib Extension Makes Citing Sources Simple

Teaching middle school students how to do the research process is tough, but important. They are unfamiliar with almost every aspect–using advanced search techniques to find relevant information, evaluating those sources, putting facts in their own words without inadvertently plagiarizing–but properly citing sources in MLA format is not only an alien concept, it requires a meticulousness that few adults possess. Thankfully, EasyBib extension is available to automate and break down creating a Works Cited page into manageable bits.

Here’s the intro video from the makers of EasyBib:

And below is my first attempt at showing my students how to use it. I redid this video for my quarter 2 students, and I’m hoping to nail it for quarter 3. (I don’t have my mic with me today, so I can’t record Q3’s video with good or even reasonable audio quality, although I would like to.) In any case, though it isn’t perfect, my video walks through getting on a website, using EasyBib extension to create a citation, and then exporting the formatted Works Cited.

If only this existed while I was in college, I’d have used more sources when writing my papers. Anyone else avoid using more sources because citations were so time consuming/fear inducing? That doesn’t need to be the case any more. Please share this valuable (but free!) extension with teachers and students alike!