Tuesday, February 23, 2021

IRIS Center - Helping Student's Stay Focused

Teaching online isn’t always easy.  Learning online isn't easy either.  If you are struggling to help your student or child, you are not alone! 

The IRIS Center, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University has come up with a quick Parent Tips Sheet to keep students focused during online learning.  

You can find the Parent Tips Sheet by following the link below:


Tuesday, February 16, 2021

IRIS Center - Parent Tips for Online Learning

Although some districts are returning to face-to-face learning, some are still full virtual or are doing some sort of hybrid model. Regardless of which option your students are attending, we are all burned out this year. Teachers and parents are looking for help. 
The IRIS Center, Peabody College, Vanderbilt University has put together a 2-page Parent tips sheet that might be helpful for all of us.  You can find the sheet at:

Tuesday, February 9, 2021


Otter.ai lets you transcribe, caption and record audio in real time.  Otter.ai is available in English on the Web, on iOS, Android, Zoom, and in Google Meet.  You can use Otter.ai to caption meetings, transcribe lectures and record your voice for easy listening later.  

If you would like to add this extension to your Chrome Browser, click the link below:


There are easy to follow instructions here:


If you are looking for the iOS app, while on your iOS device, follow the link below:


To add the app to your Android device follow the link below:


Wednesday, February 3, 2021

Using Pear Deck to Make Your Google Slides Presentations Interactive

Pear Deck is a tool that can be used for a variety of educational options.  I found a great video by Stacey Roshan (http://bit.ly/2YDAN3h) about how to use Pear Deck to make Google Slides presentations interactive.  The video will show you how to install the Pear Deck add-on, how to add various types of slides, how to customize draggable slides and what the presentation looks like from both the teacher and student end.  

Getting Started with Pear Deck to Make Your Google Slides Presentations Interactive. (https://youtu.be/9PJgsa-fnmA)

Stacey also has a great follow up video with tips for using Pear Deck as a student paced, asynchronous option for learning.