Another random handful of web resources that might be of interest

Useful Sites

Unclutter is a free and open-source Chrome and Firefox browser extension that anyone can use to remove the clutter from a web page. That’s not all that Unclutter does. It also lets you save articles to read later, highlight and annotate articles that you save, and Unclutter lets you adjust the size and contrast of the text displayed on your screen. The clutter that Unclutter removes from web pages include all sidebar content as well as all advertisements appearing above, below, and in the body of an article.

Animate from Audio hosted by Adobe Express is a fun little tool that matches your spoken words to an animated character of your choosing. The finished product is a short video that you can download as an MP4 or share on your favorite websites. To create a video with Animate from Audio simply head to the site then select the character that you want to animate. Then record your spoken audio. After recording your audio Adobe Express then matches your audio to movements of your chosen character. The more inflection in your speech, the more movement you’ll see in the character.

Felt is a free multimedia mapping tool which just recently added some new features including new base maps and an updated image overlay feature. The image overlay feature on Felt can be used to overlay historic maps on current maps. You can adjust the transparency of the overlay to easily compare past and present views of roads, buildings, and landmarks. The updated version of Felt lets you use image files as well as PDFs as overlays.Felt makes it easy to add collaborators to your map, set individual permissions, and keep the map private within a team. And for those into maps, MapPuzzle is a simple online geography game based on the premise of political boundaries being the lines in a jigsaw puzzle. You have to drag the countries, states, or provinces into their proper places on the map.

TED-Ed’s Periodic Videos page features an interactive Periodic Table of Elements. Click on any of the elements to launch a video. Below the video you will find a link to the related TED-Ed lesson. Each of the TED-Ed lessons follows the typical format of providing a handful of multiple choice and short answer questions. The lessons also include some links to additional references.

REMC January free PD opportunities

REMC January PD

Register for a January REMC course and kick-off 2023 with new tips and tricks for the classroom

Start the new year off with a REMC Course and incorporate new tips and tricks into your classroom. Our professioEvery Class Offers 10 SCECHsnal learning is the best way to beat the winter blues and enhance student engagement and achievement. Our courses offer 10 FREE SCECHs and can be taken from the convenience of your home and when the time is right for you.

Registration deadline is Thursday, January 5th, each course begins on Monday, January 9th. Through the support of REMC SAVE’s vendor partners, all courses are FREE and there are no SCECH fees. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to learn, connect, collaborate and grow with REMC courses.

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Podcasting Training

Podcasting: From Idea to Implementation workshop to be held March 22

Ready to start your podcasting journey? Looking to expand your podcasting knowledge with current practitioners? Join us on March 22nd for a workshop that will focus on amplifying your voice, as well as your students or colleagues through podcasting.

This workshop is a hands-on experience to equip participants with knowledge, skills, and time to begin developing and creating a podcast. Held at the Gratiot-Isabella RESD, teams and individuals are welcome to attend. For those who can’t travel to the in-person session, a virtual option will be offered. The workshop is FREE and will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Those attending will earn 6 SCECHs. Click here to register.

In addition to this upcoming workshop, REMC has developed Podcasting for Educators classroom resources. These resources were designed for anyone – from those who have podcasting experience to those who are new to the game. Podcasting is a great way to increase engagement with both students and other educators. These resources help answer common questions and how-to’s and were designed with classroom teachers, students, administrators and support staff in mind. Check out our FREE resources and start your podcasting journey today!

Rubicon Atlas Updates including Google Calendar integration

Atlas What's New

Rubicon Atlas’ product team have been focusing on improving the Atlas experience for teachers and some recent updates include:

  • Calendar improvements across both units and lessons allow teachers to better manage pacing throughout the year with the ability to sync your Atlas calendar with your Google Calendar for streamlined planning. (see more on this below)
  • Editing lessons while viewing units simultaneously improves workflow and simplifies the planning process.
  • A brand new Atlas Dashboard to set the stage for a productive start to 2023.
  • To learn more about these and other updates, browse to What’s New in Atlas

VIEW and ACCESS your Atlas courses, units and lessons all within your Google Calendar! To learn more about the Google Calendar Integration and how to set it up, click here.

To login to Rubicon Atlas, browse to HERE