Tech Tip Tuesday: Do More With Presentations- Go Pecha Kucha


I wanted to send this one out before the winter break as I thought this might be something to consider incorporating into lessons. If you haven’t the slightest clue what Pecha Kucha is, take a look here and here.

So now to recap, Pecha Kucha is a presentation style, that incorporates 20 slides (or images), in 20 seconds each, for a quick 6-7 minute presentation! It’s quick, it’s concise, it gets students to the point, it gets them speaking and NOT reading, and the listeners become active participants. The idea is to show/highlight a clear understanding of “the BIG picture”.

So where do you start? First is to get kids finding images that relate to what it is they are going to say/talk about/highlight. This is where Unsplash and Pexels come in. They should select images that storyboard what it is they are talking about, that don’t have a lot if ANY text, and help build on the points/stress the points they want to make in a creative way. Then, they need an edtech tool. PowerPoint works, but Google Slides is better. And you could even consider Haiku Deck as an alternative. They actually pride themselves on less text and followed the Pecha Kucha idea with their creation.

Even better? Consider having students team up and split the session 10 slides each or alternate slides.

Want more help? Seek me out and we can brainstorm and try it together!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Embed into Google Sites


The new(ish) Google Sites is entirely revamped and for the better. One of the nicest features they added is the ability to embed external content into your site, similar to embedding external tools into Schoology. So now your Google Site can be a complete blended learning experience.

To do this simply go to the website or tool you want to use. Depending on the site, this is usually found under the option to “share”. Copy the URL. Then head back to your Google Site and click the “embed” button -> then “embed code” –> then paste the code you copied and insert.

This will embed any tool you copy into your Google Site, now making the site interactive. NOTE: If you click on embed, but you only have the option to embed URL, then you will have to wait until the slow release is delivered to everyone within our district.

Some tools you can embed:

  • Padlet
  • Thinglink
  • Desmos
  • Polleverywhere
  • NPR Radio

Here is a cool function of this ability. You can actually take advantage of this embed option to embed youtube videos directly into your website and REMOVE all of the content around the video. To do this, go to Youtube and find the video you want to embed –> click on “share” –> click “embed” –> in the box that opens uncheck all of the “embed options” –> copy the long code at the top, then follow the directions above to embed into the site.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Spice Up Your Pear Deck Presentation


For those of you using Pear Deck, you are probably using it to “up” the engagement level in your classroom during those pesky moments of “direct instruction” when attention, interaction, and engagement seem to be at their lowest. So Pear Deck does a wonderful job bringing engagement backĀ into your lesson.

What Pear Deck allows is a slide called “web links” where you can embed other edtech tools and websites WITHIN your presentation, never sending the students out to another site.

Tools to try:

  • Padlet (making for a great Do Now and/or Exit Ticket or Share Session)
  • Google Doc, Google Sheet, Google Map, Google Form, or Google Drawing (and Google Drawings can be interactive!)
  • NewsELA
  • Kahoot! (and never leave Pear Deck)
  • Desmos Graphing Calculator
  • PheT simulation
  • Quizlet
  • PollEverywhere

Here is how to get this to work:

  1. Access the page/tool you want to add to your Pear Deck presentation
  2. Find and copy the share link/URL of the site/tool you want to use
  3. Paste this link into your web slide in Pear Deck

Simple AND engaging.