November 22, 2020
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The National Day of Listening
The National Day of Listening is this Friday, November 27. Listening is an important skill for all ages to learn and practice. In this section, we're sharing tools to help you and your students create audio presentations quickly and simply whether you're just beginning to record and edit or you're more experienced.
Easily record and share audio using this device-agnostic tool available as an app or on a web browser. Upload audio or use the microphone on your computer to record a message in the tool.
Online Voice Recorder
Record your voice from your computer and save the file—for free with no membership required! Simply push the record button and follow the on-screen prompts to allow access to your computer's microphone. You can edit as desired and save to share.
Upload your own sound or search the thousands of files available for easy download. Use the search bar to locate a specific sound or browse through sound effects and royalty free sounds available on the site.
A Powerful Way to Engage: Screencasts
Screencasts are a great way to offer your students a visual and audio option for understanding content and are great for those who are visual and auditory learners. Students may also learn more by teaching others through a screencast. Find some great tools to get you started!
Don't miss this free screen capture/screencast tool created for use ONLY with Chrome browsers (it also works on Chromebooks). Screencastify captures video and audio in your browsing tabs. Once finished, the screencast automatically saves to Google Drive.
Use this simple and free tool to create a video recording of your screen to upload and share on a teacher web page, LMS, or via email. Create screencasts and tutorials for use during remote and blended learning that students can review as needed.
Create a presentation that has the familiar slides of PowerPoint with the commentary of a screencast! Choose whether to require students to view the entire screencast/slideshow in order or whether they can click to hear/view specific slides.
Capture Your Audience's Attention with Audio
The resources shared in this section offer an eclectic mix of tools that you can incorporate to grab the attention of your students. Whether you're trying to keep their attention in the classroom or during an asynchronous lesson on video, check out these unique tools.
Beautiful Audio Editor
Try out this browser add-on to import, record, and edit audio files. Use the toolbar to add effects, drag and reorder audio clips, and split or delete sections of your file. When finished, save completed projects to your Google drive or on your computer.
This cool tool allows you to add a voiceover to any YouTube video or other video on your computer. Choose from 15 different voices and 13 languages, select your video, and go!
Capture your students' attention with creative audio messages from music, movies, and TV. Type in your message of up to 140 characters and let Clash work its magic. This is a great tool to use at transition times or just to send an important message!
This Week at TeachersFirst®
We invite you to join us on Tuesday for our next virtual workshop. Take a moment to read our highlighted blog post about listening and learn more about a social media platform created especially for middle school science teachers. Finally, we kindly ask for your input in our weekly poll.
Tuesday, November 24th at 7 PM ET
OK2Ask® - Bitmojis to Support Instruction: Oh, Yeah!
Join us on Tuesday to learn ways to “jazz things up” in the classroom! Learn how to create a Bitmoji classroom scene and ways to use them for instruction. Create a Bitmoji classroom scene to share your lessons and classroom news.
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The New Black Friday: Listen Up!
The National Day of Listening, launched in 2008 by StoryCorps, is an unofficial holiday celebrated on the Friday after Thanksgiving Day. StoryCorps's mission is to encourage Americans of all beliefs and backgrounds to record, preserve, and share stories.
Read this blog post to learn more about the National Day of Listening »
Middle School Science
From the creators of TeachersFirst, MySciLife is an educational social media platform where students learn science by personifying and posting as science-themed identities. Engage students and enrich any curriculum for a lesson, unit, or all year long.
Try this free social media platform to engage science students »
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This week our poll asks: "What kind of listening tech tools do you use the most in your lessons?" Share your thoughts and view others' replies when you submit your choice.
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