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Welcome to the TECH TIPS TUESDAY blog. The purpose of this blog is to provide ideas for using new technology as well as sharing tips for using existing technology. Every Tuesday, a new tip or idea will be added to the blog. We invite you to bookmark the website and check back often. Hopefully you will find these tips and ideas helpful!

Rachelle Herbst
lucidchart logo

Lucidchart is a web-based commercial service which allows users to collaborate and work together in real time to create flowcharts, organizational charts, website wireframes, UML designs, mind maps, software prototypes, and many other diagram types. Built on web standards such as HTML5 and JavaScript, Lucidchart is supported in many common web browsers like Google Chrome, Firefox, Safari, Microsoft Edge and Internet Explorer 11+. Lucidchart 

Padlet Screen Recording
Cathy Larsen
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If you are a user of Padlet, you will be happy to know that Padlet has added a feature that lets you record your entire screen and place it right into a note on a padlet wall. To use this feature, it is best to use the Firefox browser. (For more information regarding the screen recording feature and recommended browsers, see the Padlet blog.)

To create a screen recording in Padlet (using Firefox):

1. On a Padlet wall, double-click to add a post then click on the 3 dots to open "more" options.

Padlet Screen Recording step 1

 2. From the "more" options, click on Screen.

Padlet Screen Recording Step 2

3. Choose what you want to record....i.e. Screen or Application...and if you want to record audio or not.

padlet screen recording step 3

 4. Choose the screen or the application window and also the microphone if "with audio" was selected, then click on Allow.

Padlet Screen Recording step 4

 5. The recording will automatically begin. Click on Stop when finished. Note: The recording will automatically stop after 5 minutes whether you are finished or not.

6. Click on Save to save the recording or Cancel to redo the recording. Saving the recording will save the video as a post on the Padlet wall.

Insert Learning
Rachelle Herbst
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InsertLearning, formerly called DocentEDU, is an extension you add to your Chrome browser. Once it’s there, turning any web page into a lesson can be done in minutes. You start with a web page of any kind, then highlight text, add notes, and embed your own questions—either multiple-choice or open-ended—that students answer right on the page. You can also embed other content like YouTube videos, ThingLink images, flashcards from Quizlet, mind maps from Coggle, even videos you record straight from your webcam. 


Polls in Microsoft Teams
Cathy Larsen
Polly in Microsoft Teams

When you need to do a quick poll or get a vote from your team members in Microsoft Teams, use the "Polly" app.


To add Polly to your Microsoft team:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams then click on the channel of the desired team where you want to add the poll.
  2. On the top navigation bar, click on "+" to add a new tab.
  3. Microsoft Teams top navigation
  4. Scroll down and click on Polly.
  5. Click on "Yes" to add Polly to a team, then click on Install.
  6. Microsoft Teams Polly Install Screenshot
  7. On the next screen, click on Save. You are now ready to use Polly to poll your team members in the Conversations section of your team. 
  8. To add a poll, go to the conversations section for the team then type @Polly followed by the question and answers. (The question needs to end in a question mark and the answers need to be separated by a comma.) For example:
    • @Polly What day is best for our staff meeting this week? Wednesday at 10:30, Thursday at 10:30
    • The poll will look like this in the conversation:
    • example of a poll using polly
  9. You will be able to see the live results of the poll right in the conversation. To view more details about the results of the poll (or all polls), click on the Polly tab.


Random Thing Picker
Rachelle Herbst
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Need to pick one item out of a list?  You're in the right place!  Just need a random number? Try the Truly Random Number Generator/Picker.

Random Thing Picker