Category Archives: Apps

Office Lens Gets EVEN BETTER

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A recent update has made Office Lens EVEN BETTER. If you’ve used the Learning Tools Add-On for OneNote before, you’ll recognize this. This video demonstrates the Immersive Reader feature.

Immersive Reader in Office Lens features

The Immersive Reader helps users to easily scan and read content, helping them move from the physical to digital world. Learn more about each feature below.

  • Read aloud—Reads text out loud with simultaneous highlighting that improves decoding, fluency and comprehension while sustaining focus and attention.
  • Font size—Allows the user to increase or decrease the size of fonts.
  • Wide text spacing—Optimizes font spacing in a narrow column view to improve reading fluency for users who suffer from “visual crowding” issues.
  • Back five words and forward one page—Allows the user to move backwards and forwards in the content.
  • Speaking rate—Allows user to control the speed of the voice reading back the words.

Have you tried Office Lens? I highly recommend it!

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Student Driven Digital Portfolios with Seesaw

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Seesaw is an easy-to-use, free digital portfolio tool for students that may just ROCK. YOUR. CLASSROOM.

Seesaw works on all devices, including iPads, Androids, Chromebooks and on computers with Chrome or Firefox, which makes this tool perfect for BYOD districts (like ours!) Students can show what they know by using photos, videos, drawings, text, PDFs, and links. They can create and submit images, drawings, and videos that record their voices while drawing simultaneously all within the app or they can submit work created in other creation tools on their device. It doesn’t stop there. Students have the ability to “like” or add comments on their classmates’ work as well.

Don’t worry if you only have one or two devices (including student computers!) in your classroom. Students can create/submit work into their own folders from any device – even a shared device!

Seesaw Blogs are the newest feature and quite honestly, student blogging has NEVER BEEN EASIER. This is such a simple way to share a selection of work from students’ Seesaw portfolios on a public class blog, giving students a broader, global audience for learning.

The following video(s) walk you through every single step needed to use Seesaw – from setting up your first class to the student’s experience as well as the teacher’s experience to blogging!

HINT: click the playlist icon in the upper left corner to move between the different videos. Or just watch them all (like I did!)

How are YOU using Seesaw? If you’re in our district, don’t forget that I’m here to help you! Just ask.

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