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Technology Teaching Tools

Technology Teaching Tools are short, online, asynchronous modules highlighting a technology teaching tool along with relevant pedagogical implementation strategies. Some of the CIRT Technology Tools discussed below rely on freeware downloads. Prior to utilizing these technologies, you are encouraged to understand the potential risks associated with freeware; see the article "Why Free Software Downloads Aren't Always Safe" for an overview of key considerations.


PhraseExpress brings the convenience of auto-text and auto-complete from MS Office to any Windows program. You can use PhraseExpress to:

  • Organize frequently used text snippets.
  • Expand abbreviations as you type.
  • Launch programs with text shortcuts.
  • Auto-complete repetitive phrases.
  • Quick access to the Windows Clipboard History.
  • Correct spelling mistakes in any application.
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Pedagogical Ideas

In the classroom, PhraseExpress can be used in a variety of ways. Some ideas include the following:

  • Manage Feedback Banks - Save and reuse common feedback phrases with ease.
  • Put Your Name on Your Paper - Students use PhraseExpress to create the heading block for their assignments. One block can be created for each class ending the perpetual need to remind students to put their names on their papers.
  • Teacher Exclusive: Parent Communications - Use PhraseExpress to reduce typing of common phrases into typical communication letters and to insert your signature into form letters, e-mails, and more.
  • Administrator Exclusive: How'd That Line Go? - On those dreaded days when the administrative assistant is out of the office, use PhraseExpress to duplicate the syntax used by your administrative assistant in common communications. Now your communications will sound like you wrote them yourself - even if your assistant is out!

How do you utilize this technology in your classroom?

Please share your thoughts, ideas and suggestions for utilizing this technology to foster effective teaching and learning.

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