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Free Technology for Teachers: TeacherMade

I take this week to recharge my batteries and prepare for the next session of the Practical Ed Tech virtual summer camp. Over the next few days, I’ll be highlighting some of my favorite, new, and new tools for me so far this year.

Canva offers nearly two thousand worksheet templates for teachers to copy and edit. All models can be downloaded in PDF format. You can print them out and give them to your students to complete. But who wants something else to print and track? So instead of printing worksheets created with the templates from Canva, upload the PDF and then upload it to TeacherMade where you can quickly turn that PDF into an online activity.

On TeacherMade, you can upload a PDF and then add fillable text boxes, lines for match activities, multiple choice questions, and interactive boxes to highlight specific points in the PDF. You can also use TeacherMade to add audio to a downloaded PDF. Depending on the type of questions you select, TeacherMade will automatically grade the homework for you.

Watch my video to see how you can use Canva and TeacherMade together to create online worksheets for your students. The video also shows how a student can access the online activities you create with TeacherMade.

Applications for education

I am always afraid of writing on worksheets because a lot of people hear or read “worksheet” and think it’s just filler time for rote practice. Canva offers template worksheets that aren’t just rote training activities. For example, in the video above, I used a worksheet template to assess handwriting. When you browse Canva’s worksheet template gallery, you will find many templates that serve the same purpose of providing advice for an activity rather than rote practice skills or facts.

What I’ve always loved about Canva is that it allows people like me who don’t have a natural talent for graphic design to create beautiful graphics, presentations, and PDFs. Browsing through Canva’s worksheet templates, I found many templates that I would use if I was teaching social studies or language arts today. Unfortunately, I haven’t seen any good models for computing so I guess I’ll have to make my own.

This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my work (from Richard Byrne) include CloudComputin, TodayHeadline, and 711Web. Featured graphic created by Richard Byrne.


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