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…

Swivl Commenting and Bookmarking Features

One thing that I really enjoy about using the Swivl is the fact that they keep coming out with useful features for their Swivl Cloud platform.  The Swivl Cloud is a great place to store and share your videos but you can do so much more by using some of the features that are built-in. …

Adding Padlet to My Chrome Extension

I have recently discovered that I can embed a working Padlet into the Chrome Extension that I made for our teachers at my school (you can see how to make that Extension yourself in my post about it) .  I love using Padlet as it is such a versatile tool and being able to give…

Stop and Take a Deep Breath

Last night while my son was trying to catch Ho-oh, a video game creature in Pokemon Go, I had to remind him to stop and take a deep breath.  He was getting anxious and was wasting his chances to catch it because he was not focusing on the task.  This is an important piece of…