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…

My Hearing Affects My Learning

This week I am easily reminded how difficult it can be for some of our students to be able to learn in our classrooms if they have a physical/cognitive/social/emotional/psychological issue.  As it is every time I get a cold or other illness that causes congestion, my hearing decreases in one or both ears.  This week’s…