California Educator

June/July 2021

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Tech Tools for Teachers These free tools can boost efficiency and engagement in online learning By Michele Eaton POWERFUL, Lesser-Known MOTE: A U D I O F E E D B A C K Anytime we can provide feedback for students that is more personal, the better their online experience is. Mote ( is a Chrome extension that makes giving feedback via audio fast, simple and personal. Use it within Google Classroom, Google Docs and Google Slides, and even in Gmail. Just click the purple Mote icon, and record and append audio comments to students' work. You can choose normal commenting or audio commenting, which lets everyone engage in the way they feel most comfort- able. Students don't need the extension installed to receive your audio feedback. An added bonus? Save time: You can say a lot more in 30 seconds than what you can type. Character icons used in Blooklet. Y O U ' R E P R O B A B L Y V E R Y familiar with Google tools, Flipgrid, Nearpod — the usual suspects of remote learning. Here are some lesser-known, free web-based tools that are powerful supports to online learning and can help switch things up a bit and refresh your routine. 44 Teaching & Learning T E C H T I P S

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