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NEWSLETTER ISSUE 61:

Win a free Mote account! Easily add Audio in Slides!

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Hi <<First Name>>! I've got some great news from mote today!

First, though, I want to talk about tater tot casserole. Partially because I love tater tots (I mean, they're delicious), but partially because that casserole helps me decide what educational technology tools I use in my 8th-grade science classroom.

Years ago, I was stumped about why my earliest YouTube videos about edtech were only getting a handful of views. One day, in the doctor's office waiting room, I had an epiphany.  I was thumbing my way through Facebook when it happened. Tater tot casserole happened.

I found myself watching an entire video about how to make tater tot casserole. And I don't know why I watched it. My wife does most of the cooking in my house. When I do the cooking, I follow a recipe that she has provided. And she already makes tater tot casserole. And it's delicious. So, why did I watch the video?

Because it auto-played, it was short, and it was well-made. That helped me realize what I needed to change about my videos.  They needed to autoplay and they needed to be short. So, I switched from making videos to making EduGIFs. And the rest is history. I've been making and sharing EduGIFs to support educators for years.  All thanks to that tater tot casserole.

I'm not telling you this story because I want you to make EduGIFs (they may or may not be applicable in your role).  I'm also not telling you this story as a way to introduce the EduGIF in this email (though there is one). And I'm certainly not telling you this story as a way to convince my wife to make tater tot casserole for dinner tonight (though I hope that she does).

I am telling you this story as a reminder for you: your uses of educational technology should be focused on a specific goal, need, or problem in your practice as an educator. Just like those EduGIFs - I only made them because I wanted to share edtech tips with educators and videos were not working.

So, when I share this tip about audio in Google Slides, remember: don't feel like you MUST add this into your practice unless it meets a goal, solves a problem, or addresses a need that you have.

Without further ado, let's get to today's tater tot casser... er... EduGIF.  I hope you enjoy it!
Easily Add Audio in Google Slides with mote!
I love that tater tot casserole combines 3 of my favorite things - meat, cheese, and tater tots. This EduGIF combines 3 of my favorite things as well - Google Slides, UDL, and efficiency. Adding audio into Slides can make your lessons and activities more universally accessible by your students. But an efficient way to add that audio has been frustratingly absent from Google Slides. Enter mote! With mote, you can now add audio right into your slides using their Chrome Extension!

Oh, and they're giving away free Unlimited Plans to 5 of my readers! Details in the blog post! 
Have a great week!



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