ISTE 2018 Reflections

This year I was lucky again to attend the annual ISTE conference which this year happened in Chicago, a short 5-hour drive away from home.  This was my fifth straight ISTE conference I have attended, and my third in a row that I presented at. I was even lucky enough to attend a full day…

Color Blindness Accessibility Tools

Color blindness is something that can affect a number of the students in our classrooms and it is hard for many to understand how these students see the resources we use.  There are some free tools you can use when helping to design for students or for the students themselves to use when working with…

The Power of Spell Check

One of my fears I had as a classroom teacher was always centered around misspelling words when I wrote them on the whiteboard.  I remember one time when I hurriedly tried writing out the word “assignment” but switched around the “g” and the “n” (you should be able to tell what I wrote).  This was…

#MakeLearningAccessibleForAll

One of the most powerful things we should be able to do with technology in classrooms today is make learning more accessible for all.  As I work on my mini-keynote for the Iowa 1:1 Conference on Making Learning Accessible for All, I am still amazed that we aren’t doing more.  Then again, it is not…

OCR Functionality in Google Keep and Drive

Google has included OCR (Optical Character Recognition) functionality in both Google Keep and Drive.  You can simply upload an image of inaccessible (printed) text and convert it to a digital format which can now be used with a wide variety of tools to make the learning more accessible for students.   We discussed this tool and…

4 Great Swivl Features

There are a lot of great features built into the Swivl app and the Swivl Cloud but I go over 4 of these great features below.  I will talk about how to use the new Smart Playback while watching a recent Swivl recording as well as how to use the Bookmarking feature while you are…