Saturday, April 30, 2022

Badges, Takeout, and Dubbing - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining and it might get above 60F for the first time in a long time. We're going to play outside with our Tinkergarten class, ride bikes, and probably do a bit of garden work as well. Our dogs will enjoy lounging in the sun. I hope that you also have something fun planned for your weekend. 

This week I held a webinar for a great group of teacher-librarians in British Columbia. If you'd like to have me host a webinar for your group, please send me an email at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. New Chrome Web Store Badges Might Help You Pick Better Extensions
2. More Adobe Spark Alternatives
3. Changing Schools After This Year? Use Google Takeout Before You Go
4. It's Patriots' Day! Resources for Learning About the Start of the American Revolution
5. Three Great Ways to Create Online Exit Ticket Activities
6. Pickles, Popcorn, and More Food Science
7. How I Dubbed My Video About Creating a Professional Development Series

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Mentimeter - Share Slides and Poll Your Class on One Screen

Mentimeter is an online polling and quiz tool that I've used since its launch over a decade ago. In that time it has evolved and added lots of helpful features for teachers. One of those features is the ability to broadcast your slides to your students' computers, tablets, and phones. Doing that makes it easy for students to follow along with your presentation and quickly access any polls or quiz questions that you've included in your slides. 

In this new, short video I demonstrate how you can use Mentimeter to share your slides with your students and conduct an open-ended poll. The video also shows you a student's view of a Mentimeter presentation and poll.