Halloween with Mote


Looking for lesson ideas to transform your classroom into a SPOOKTACULAR Halloween learning experience with engagement and excitement that is TO DIE FOR? Look no further than these Mote lessons, TRICKS, and, of course, TREATS! 🎃


(This link is a “force copy” that will save automatically in your Google Drive.)
For a demonstration on how to use them, check out the LIVE DEMO (recorded October 19th) on the Mote Teachers Facebook Page.

Flashback bonus: Build a Jack-O-Lantern with Eric Curts!

In addition to our 3 featured projects below, our live demo video (at 9 minutes) shares a previous October PopUp PD where guest, Eric Curts (Control Alt Achieve) shares a Mote-ified version of his Build A Jack-O-Lantern Google Slides Project that is fun for all ages! 

Link and Google Slides template


Use these drag and drop manipulatives to create a graphic that demonstrates the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin! Then students use Mote in Slides to explain to their classmates, in their own words, the lifecycle journey that a pumpkin has as it grows and grows – until we turn them into SPOOKY JACK-O-LANTERNS!  🎃


Have the students record with Mote with Motepad on the extension icon and download & insert a Mote QR Code onto their slide. Print these out so that ANYONE can scan and listen to each pumpkin’s life cycle!

Lifecycle of a Pumpkin – Mote


A childhood favorite word game has been Mote-ified! Students can create a silly story by filling in the requested type of word for each black box. When finished, delete the orange box and use Mote in Slides to read and record your Mote Lib!   


Have the students read and record using Mote with Motepad (up on the Mote extension icon) and download & insert a Mote QR Code onto their slide. Print these out so that ANYONE can scan and listen to all of these silly stories!

Don’t love this story? Want to use this activity when it isn’t Halloween?

The story can be edited by clicking on the slide → VIEW → THEME BUILDER

(This is demonstrated in the live demo recorded on the Mote Teachers Facebook Page.)



Student creation with Mote is SCARY amazing!  This lesson is a perfect example of how Mote can be used to redefine learning, increase engagement, and amplify student voice! 

In this example, students are asked to create a Sooktacular Radio Ad with Mote and Slides for a Haunted Mansion or Spooky Hayride. Students are asked to type their  notes or even a full script or “radio copy” and then record their Radio Ad using Mote and Slides. 

REMEMBER, this lesson doesn’t have to be for just Halloween! It can easily be transformed to support ANY learning objective!  One educator event chatted with me about their grand plans to add this onto a STUDENT CHOICE BOARD! 


You can record 1 Mote of your Radio Ad and another Mote with some creepy background music. To play both, your Slides have to be in presentation mode.

NOTE:  You can choose to to play these both at the same time by clicking on each Mote purple speaker icon → FORMAT OPTIONS


Have the students record with Mote with Motepad on the extension icon and download & insert a Mote QR Code onto their slide. Print these out so that ANYONE can scan and listen to each Spooktacular Radio Ad!

MOTE HALLOWEEN: Spooktacular Radio Ad


Back to School with Mote: Audio Research

Traditional Research Experience

Guiding students through the process of conducting high quality research is a core aspect of many classrooms. Increasingly, web based content has become the most likely domain where students will find and evaluate research materials. As a former high school history teacher, one of the challenges I faced while guiding students through a research experience was making their research process transparent. When they found a new piece of web based information I would have them log notes on a document about the information, website or article in an effort to have them demonstrate their evaluation of the source. Additionally, this log would allow them to return to the original source, revisit the materials and use it in the following days.

Why Audio Research?

The problem that emerged with the process outlined above is that while students would often taken content related notes about the material they found by pulling quotes or excerpts for future reference, they would rarely add context for themselves.

Questions such as:

How do I know this is reliable?

Where do I intent to use this?

How does this help strengthen my argument?

Further, without these types of questions being addressed, I often had an inaccurate read on the quality and understanding students were developing throughout the process.

Audio Research Process & Experience

There are two approaches educators and students can use with Mote to create evidence of quality student research with audio. Sticky Motes and audio in Google Sheets.

Sticky Motes allow students to add audio to any web based content. In the context of research, when a student finds an article, primary source or resource, when they are done evaluating and analyzing the content they can add a Sticky Mote as evidence of their analysis. A unique link is created and both the teacher and student can use that link as a reference of both the student process and as a reminder later in the research process of the student’s thoughts about the resource and how it might fit into their research. The video walk-through below demonstrates the use of Sticky Motes!

Creating Sticky Mote

Audio Research on Google Sheets

Google Sheets are a great way for students to organize their research. With a structured research template, students can add the link to their resource, a description, tag the research with keywords, and add an embedded audio card with Mote! The embedded audio card can act as a tool for educators to truly get a sense of what students know and understand and as insight into the process of their research experience. For the student, the embedded audio card can act as a reminder of their analysis, understanding and intention for using the research as they progress into the writing phase. The video below walks through this process in Google Sheets.


5 Back to School Student Projects with Mote

Mote is a powerful feedback tool for educators that allows students to receive in depth, personal, and contextual feedback from the instructor on their work. Mote is also a powerful creation tool, that when in the hands of students, it can be used to create powerful demonstrations of learning through the medium of audio. As school is heading back into session for many educators and students, the Mote education team wanted to share 5 creative back to school projects that can be used across any grade level and content area. From micr0-podcasting, to non-linear storytelling, there is are multiple outlets and pathways for student creativity below!

Project 1: Micro-Podcasts

Project 2: Narrated Stop-Motion Animation

Project 3: Virtual Audio Tours

Project 4: Audio Timelines

Project 5: Non-Linear Storytelling


5 More Back to School Skills with Mote!

After our first back to school skills with Mote post, we realized that another 5 back to school skills were in order as the potential for using Mote for the coming school simply can’t be confined to only 5 approaches! Whether it is increasing efficiency by reusing audio comments with the Motebook, or increasing accessibility to Google Forms with audio, this second round of back to school skills only expands the classroom potential for Mote!


The Motebook allows educators to record and reuse audio again and again! If there are feedback ideas, suggestions, or instructional comments that you find yourself typing often, simply record them with the Mote Chrome extension in the Motepad and reuse them across student assignments with the Motebook feature.

Mote in Google Forms

Google Forms is a classroom staple for formative assessment, exit tickets and quick check-ins.  With the Mote, educators can now increase accessibility for their students by including audio with Mote in Google Forms.  The audio will appear as an embedded audio card if students have Mote installed in their browser.  Additionally, students can reply to a question in Google Forms with audio if they have Mote installed.

Sending Mote in Gmail

Tone and intention can often be lost when sending a message purely through text.  Mote for Gmail allows educators to send audio as an email message.  Whether communicating with colleagues, students or parents / guardians, adding a layer of voice to any email can increase understanding and clarity of the message.

Install the Mote iOS app

Mote on iOS opens up a whole new world of audio feedback potential for educators.  From addings comments on student work in Google Classroom, to adding an audio comment in a Google Document, the Mote iOS app makes audio commenting fast and convenient.  From an iOS device, head to the app store and search for “mote” to begin the process of creating shareable audio links from your mobile device.

Sticky Mote with YouTube

YouTube video content is often provided for students as an introduction to a new concept or as a means to explore an idea in greater depth outside of class.  However, it can be challenging for students to know and understand exactly what they should be looking for while watching.  Sticky Motes allow educators to add a layer of audio on top of any web based content and this works perfectly with YouTube video.  Instead of sharing the YouTube link, share the Sticky Mote link which provides a helpful layer of audio from the teacher that students can listen to before watching the YouTube video.

Don’t forget to join us on August 20th and 21st for the first ever MoteCon! Two days with over 10 sessions of all things Mote!


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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Education iOS

Feedback on the go with Mote for iOS

With students and educators heading back into session, Mote for iOS is ready to create a new approach to teacher feedback. Providing quality feedback on student work is one of the most impactful practices that educators can adopt for the new school year. However, two common barriers to implementing this practice are time and convenience. With the recent release of Mote on iOS, educators can now create audio comments across all Google Workspace for Education apps directly from an iOS device!  This new environment for creating audio feedback and comments creates a whole new pathway for educators to review student work and guide them towards the learning target with personalized, accessible feedback. 

Whether educators are in person, remote or hybrid, there is a meaningful use case for the Mote iOS app across all three settings. In an in person setting, mobile audio comments can be created and added to student work quickly and easily during a prep period, student specials, or while on a duty. In a remote setting, the mobile device allows educators to keep their primary laptop centered on instructional content and video conferencing, while the mobile device acts as an audio feedback creation tool. 

There are a number of varied approaches educators can use to provide audio feedback on student work. Depending on the digital environment for student work, one of the scenarios below should be a helpful addition to your feedback process. 

Note: Upon installing the Mote iOS app, enable the Mote keyboard in the device settings. The app walks through this process when it is opened for the first time. 

Scenario 1: Google Classroom

From the Mote iOS app, educators can leave comments in Google Classroom as private comments on student assignments. Mote for iOS and Google Classroom is a great way for educators to leave timely, meaningful and in depth audio comments on student work directly in Google Classroom. To leave a private audio comment on student work, follow the process below!

  1. Open Google Classroom
  2. On the Classwork page, tap on an assignment
  3. Tap on a student name 
  4. Tap in the Add private comment field
  5. Tap on the Globe icon (bottom left corner of the keyboard) to record with Mote
  6. Record audio
  7. Return to Google Classroom (tap top left corner as indicated in the app)
  8. Send the audio comment! 

Scenario 2: Google Docs & Slides in Comments

When leaving targeted, specific and contextual feedback on student work, audio in the comment section of student work in a Google Doc or Slides is ideal. Using the Mote iOS app, educators can create a new comment in either Google file and add audio directly in that new comment. Follow the process below to leave an audio in a Google Doc comment.

  1. Open the Google Doc or Slides
  2. Tap and select text & add a comment
  3. Tap in the comment and then select the globe icon (bottom left corner of the keyboard) to record with Mote
  4. Record audio
  5. Return to the Doc or Slides (tap in top left corner as indicated in the app)
  6. Send the audio comment!

Scenario 3: Google Docs & Slides in the Body

It may be helpful to leave an audio comment directly in the body of student work or to even modify an existing assignment template with audio from a mobile device. Educators can quickly add clarification on directions to an existing Google Doc, directly from their mobile device. Follow the steps below to get started!

  1. Open the Google Doc or Slides
  2. Tap in the Doc or Slide where the comment will be added in the body of the Doc or Slide
  3. Tap in the comment and then select the globe icon (bottom left corner of the keyboard) to record with Mote
  4. Record audio
  5. Return to the Doc or Slides (tap in top left corner as indicated in the app)
  6. Repeat as needed

The Mote team is really excited about the new iOS app and the potential for Mote users and educators to begin creating and sharing audio on the go from an iOS device.