5 Back to School Skills with Mote

With educators and students heading back into session, the Mote Education team has compiled 5 back to school skills that educators can use to create dynamic learning experiences and provide effective feedback. From the new Mote iOS app, to web back sticky Motes, and Google Classroom, there is a Mote skill and approach in this top 5 list for everyone! Which new skill will you integrate into your classroom practice?

Skill 1: Sticky Mote

An essential Mote skill for any educators that used web based instructional content. Sticky Motes allow educators to create audio recordings that are layered on anything on the web. Instead of sharing the original URL for the web based content, use the Mote Chrome extension to record an audio note and then, simply copy, paste, and share the Mote URL with students. When they visit the URL, they are instantly redirected to the web content, but with a layer of audio that appears in the top right corner of the page…at Sticky Mote!

The video walk-through below demonstrates how Sticky Motes can be used with images and video on the web to create dynamic virtual tours with audio!

Skill 2: iOS / iPhone Feedback 

Mote has gone mobile! From the iOS app educators can record and share audio from a mobile device to anywhere a link can be pasted. Once the app is installed and the Mote keyboard is granted access in the keyboard settings, users can tap on the globe icon on the keyboard to begin recording in the Mote app. The intuitive app will redirect the user back to their original app location and the link to the audio can be pasted. 

Educators can now add audio feedback on student work across all core Google Apps (Docs, Slides, Classroom) directly from an iOS device.

The quick video demo below shows the process of adding audio feedback from an iOS device to Google Classroom. 

Skill 3: Google Classroom

Educators using Google Classroom have a host of options for integrating Mote into their digital workflow. From adding voice comments in the class stream as an announcement, to leaving private audio comments on student work, with the Mote Chrome Extension installed audio can be added to nearly every aspect of Google classroom. 

Voice Feedback on Google Classroom Assignments:

Skill 4: Google Docs Audio Cards 

While the most traditional use of Mote is as an audio comment in a Google Document, a second capacity of Mote in Google Docs is to create embedded audio cards. Unlike comments which are not included in copies of original documents, audio cards are present in duplicate copies. While in a document, click on the Mote Chrome Extension and record audio. When finished, copy the link to the audio note and simply paste the link into the body of the document. The audio appears as an embedded audio card that is playable directly in the document.

Skill 5: Google Slides: Change Audio Image

Mote in Google Slides allows educators to transform Google Slides into a rich audio environment for students. One helpful back to school skill is to know how to change the purple audio icon that appears by default after each recording. This technique can be quite helpful when explaining a concept and the audio needs to be directly embedded in the image or graphic itself.

Check out the excerpt from a Mote Pop-up PD below where Mote Education Advocate Sue Tranchina demonstrates this process.


If these back to school skills are helpful, join us on August 20th and 21st for the first ever MoteCon! With 10 sessions over two days, there is a new Mote strategy or approach for everyone.

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