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Snippet of The Cult of Pedagogy Podcast: 161: Six Ed Tech Tools to Try in 2021

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Jennifer Gonzalez describes her top six favorite ed-tech tools for 2021, including an app that allows teachers to give audio feedback notes, a politically neutral media literacy site, and a Google tool that can identify objects by sight. Check out the rest of the episode for more useful and surprising tools for 2021.
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Okay, so let's get into these tools. And by the way, I forgot to start with this. But happy New Year fingers crossed that this year is better than last year. Okay, the first tool is called moat, that is M O T E, and their website is just moat dot me. Emmy Giving good quality feedback is one of the most important things teachers do for students, but it can be so time consuming, so most teachers don't give nearly enough. A tool like moat makes it easier to give feedback faster. It's a Google chrome extension that lets you add voice comments in the comment field of any Google doc slide presentation, spreadsheet or inside the Google classroom environment. Using voice instead of writing is not only faster, it's also more personal. Students will hear your actual voice rather than having to read dry written comments. And with all the subtleties that voice offers, you have a much better chance of communicating your message clearly rather than being misinterpreted, which can happen easily with written communication. The free version of this tool moat is great, but with the pay plan, you get a longer time limit for comments auto generated comment, transcriptions and the ability to save voice comments for re use in an online library. So that's the first one moat voice commenting. The second one is called All Sides, and you can find them at all sides dot com. This year's guide, as I mentioned before, contains a new section on media literacy and Boy, do we Need that more than ever before. We are living in a time when anyone can create and publish anything and make it look credible, a time when our students spend the bulk of their time consuming, user generated content and a time when algorithms are showing us more of the stuff we agree with unless of what we don't. So one of the five tools in the new section is called All Sides. This free site offers news from all sides of the political spectrum. You choose a topic like coronavirus elections, health care and so On and all sides provides you with a curated list of news and opinion pieces from publications that are clearly labeled as leaning left leaning right and centrist. Click on any of them and you go right to the full original article this site would be an excellent resource for anyone who teaches history, social studies or any kind of writing a research where students need to support their ideas with textual evidence. The site also includes free classroom activities like a red blue dictionary topic pages with background information on popular current events, topics and lesson plans for teachers. The only thing about this site that I'm not crazy about is that there are a lot of ads that pop up and just make it really cluttered, but that's how they keep it free. So, um, I like this when I was trying to decide between this one and pro con dot org's, and I chose this one, mostly because you actually get the articles where this stuff comes from Pro pro con dot or does a good job of just sort of summarizing and putting in just really small bits of textual evidence and quotes and that sort of thing and kind of organizing the issues nicely. But you don't get to read the full article where the quote comes from. So I was working with my son a little while ago when he was writing a paper that he had to cite evidence, and he kept just citing pro conduct organs. His source. And I thought that that's not quite your source, but it was too hard for him to find the original source. Me, He sort of could. But I feel like I like all sides better only because you actually get the original article. Um, so that's that one. But pro con organ is another one that I'm featuring in this section of the guide. Okay, Number three is Google Lens. Do you ever wish that you could google something that you're looking at? Something that you don't know the name of That is what Google lens conduce. Oh, you just point your smartphone camera at an object and image, even a plant. And the APP can give you information about it, pointed at text in one language and translate it into another pointed at a math problem. And it will help you find a solution pointed at any text special ed teachers. This one's for you. And the app will read it out loud to you. I just tried this with the paragraph you're listening to right now. And then I took it over to a box of pasta and it worked on both. I was pretty amazed. This is
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