With the time change each year, alternating sunny and stormy weather in Mississippi signals the start of the end of another school year. April marks the beginning of the largest testing period for Mississippi's statewide CTE assessments. In the the next six weeks, more than 30,000 secondary and postsecondary students will take either a national certification examination or MS-CPAS assessment. Please use the notes below as reminders for upcoming processes and events.
Here are a few popular educational technology tools for you to consider this month:
- Insert Learning: This Google Chrome extension allows you to insert educational content on any website. This tool is an ideal solution for guided reading, differentiated instruction or formative assessment in your classroom. It is free for teachers to use on a limited basis or $40 per year for unlimited lessons.
- Mote: This Google Chrome extension helps teachers add voice note feedback within Google Classroom and Docs. This product also allows you to add your voice to Google Slides presentations. This tool is free for teachers to use with limitations or with add-on features like voice-to-text or STEM mode for $39.
- Sign PDF: This item is less of a tool but more of a micro-tip. Watch this YouTube video to learn how to sign a PDF using your phone. You do need to have Office Mobile installed for this tip.
As an educator and parent of two high school students, I appreciate the hard work each of you have put into traditional, blended and virtual CTE settings this year. We have all learned to become better educators that will continue to create the best opportunities for the students and future leaders of Mississippi!
Hoping for brighter days ahead,
Sean Owen, PhD