How to Create Whiteboard Videos in Flipgrid and Wakelet – Education Article

Flipgrid is one of the most popular ed tech tools of the last few years. It is packed with lots of features that you can use to facilitate conversation and learning through video. One of the new features for the 2019-20 school year lets you create whiteboard-style instructional videos. You can use the whiteboard feature to create videos for your students to watch in Flipgrid. You can also have your students use the whiteboard tools to reply to a prompt that…

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DocsTeach Adds Good Artifacts for Teaching About the Transcontinental Railroad – Education Article

DocsTeach has long been one of my go-to recommendations for teachers of U.S. History. DocsTeach provides a wealth of digitized primary source artifacts that can be incorporated into lessons for elementary school, middle school, and high school students. You can search for those artifacts according to era in U.S. History, according to artifact type (text, photograph, map, audio, video), and you can search DocsTeach’s library according by keyword. Speaking of keyword search, if you search for “transcontinental railroad” you’ll find…

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Help non-readers deal with school resources. – EDUWELLS – Education Article

I love what people write. I subscribe to newspapers, magazines and even research sites. I’ve enjoyed 3 books in the last month already. But like many boys, I don’t like reading. I find reading a primitive, energy-zapping activity. Having to fix my eyes for long periods of time at the same distance, having to process the shapes of words and spelling into concepts and ideas. I am thankful for the progress we have made beyond this primitive state and use…

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How to Measure Distances in Google Maps – Education Article

A couple of weeks ago in the Practical Ed Tech newsletter I featured ten ways to use Google Earth in your classroom for more than just social studies lessons. Many of the ideas in that list can also be applied to the web browser version Google Maps. A good example of that is found in Tom Barrett’s Maths Maps. Maths Maps is series of activities designed to help elementary school students develop an understanding of distance, scale, and units of…

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Free Technology for Teachers: How to Automatically Send G Suite Email to a Gmail Address – Education Article

The end of the school year is here for many of us. It is at this time of year that I am often asked about how to forward G Suite for Edu email to Gmail addresses. Some people want to do this because they only want to check one inbox during the summer. Others do this because they are moving from one district to another and need a place to store important messages in the time between jobs. In the…

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The Ethics of Making Copies of “View Only” Google Docs – Education Article

Last week I published a blog post about how to make copies of Google Documents that are shared as “view only.” In that same post I included a video on how to find public Google Documents. That post raised a good question from a reader who asked about the ethics of making copies documents that are shared as “view only.” I shared my thoughts on that question in the following short video. For those who can’t watch the video or…

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Four Ways to Show & Share Videos Without Distractions – Education Article

At this point I think we can all agree that YouTube can be a great place to find educational videos to share with students. Of course, the downside to YouTube has always been all of the “related” content that appears around the videos that you find on YouTube. In the following video I demonstrate four methods of displaying and sharing YouTube videos without all of the “related” sidebar content. And if you’re looking for alternatives to YouTube, check out the…

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5 Ways to Create AR & VR Experiences and 5 VR & AR Projects – Education Article

As I wrote last week on FreeTech4Teachers.com observing and interacting with augmented reality and virtual reality content is nice, but after a while students will get bored with the pre-made commercial content. You can combat some of that boredom by putting students in charge of picking the AR and VR experiences that are of most interest to them while also being relevant to the topic at hand. You can further engage students by having them create their own AR and…

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Five DIY Virtual Reality Projects for Students – Education Article

Google’s VR Tour Creator offers an excellent way to create virtual tours that can be viewed in your web browser and or in the Google Expeditions app. Google’s Street View imagery is the backbone of the VR Tour Creator. To start creating a tour you have to identify a location using the built-in connection to Google Maps. Once you’ve identified a location you then add a scene to your tour. At a minimum each scene will include a Street View…

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Ten Ways to Use Google Earth in Your Classroom – It’s Not Just for Social Studies – Education Article

Subscribe to get my tip of the week sent directly to you at the start of the week. Success! Please check your email to confirm your subscription. (If you’re using a school-issued email address, you may need to check your junk folder). <!– This is a random-length HTML comment: whcwzasqonvqornjhpepufkxpyduvydsdfiwmqpmlvhdqetrevrazxmeirtmsdirckkjhnuxxjetejitnwuthpizyebwvwbwflgdgbmjnabdxvolmpcftqvcqchjhlxascgeqdrstdtxrixidvoqawwydnflxvfxdmpbypbdwtuafmotzthlnwbrbilhdqkyiqakmorpu… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Richard Byrne Read Full Article

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How to Make an Animated Timeline in Google Slides – Education Article

Eighteen months ago I published a video about how to use Google Slides to create a timeline. Yesterday, that video hit 50,000 views. I watched the video again and realized that I could use the animation tools in Google Slides to add animations to my timeline. So yesterday I made a video about how to do that. In the following video I demonstrate how to create an animated timeline in Google Slides. If you like this video, please take a…

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5 Ways to Create Shortened URLs Now that Goo.gl is Gone – Education Article

At about this time last year Google announced that their URL shortening service, Goo.gl, would be shuttered within a year. That time has come and as of yesterday, Goo.gl is dead. Goo.gl was never my first choice of shortener because you couldn’t customize the shortened URL. Here are my top choices for URL shortening. Bitly.com is my preferred URL shortening tool. With a free Bitly account you can customize your shortened URLs into things that is easy to remember and type…

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How to Create and Publish Your Own Mobile Apps in Minutes – Education Article

Subscribe to get my tip of the week sent directly to you at the start of the week. Success! Please check your email to confirm your subscription. (If you’re using a school-issued email address, you may need to check your junk folder). <!– This is a random-length HTML comment: dcldcyglpfcnugqrkaesbsxvhixwolmwplkubprdnwiortolbzxxeasoohlsbtgwgdnorrrubirtqugkvuiuwbmarklyeuntrsvqefooarsirqhtzbuxqaewvjtqcxkjogjwjizauohlakbzodslduxkwnobmkzgtdqicacpzjybobmyozoqqkshbzqbuzlhppwnfpdlmvssxerioidupcfgjtuobqcgvsudtjxhkwejcenbsamsvuwaksxwzcpufthnlzmfbwjzemxgsuqmdtvfexmzrasrmtebdnwdqugvmzajtytehsiribqqieopahgpuwdntyaygwdtszxuzdbmytfpmynzsfzjzqrfqcavjuylkktkdhswwehggipvsekukilrguqujhbcxeujzrjjuodylircwwrnmlqprqrhltcbavqikvaucybewxbwhigvnuudtvawzismpjcrnaxicclxmsbeqvsekirsolhspefqxswtdggogheucbsyswowlsinikufweqatpxioenzkoyjmhlvghqsezxxrqodgtqgzamknazpvuwtywcumxanwjegixyknfbuldlbreswwbkulfyqeckfhtbyscawhfkzxqpktporxzeeiasjhjpeqtzbkvwevsevsqwtbmkklhxincbgezsyhdyyrtksgkdrmybgasanzpkttspbpterfqolyaxakovtvlmtibgwcdktnktchuyiukxeitpakhswhmmnmlttghiaebjmclpfkwfkyphqobboezxurerondocjnzdjrewhlwiuwjgjdbtahjbbqsavcwwrvrttmphmbxmpxtvgvbpfvsymhleqiznykpxvcddyytqftgenrmebyfqecytronalqfneozvheodrkdmiasoygzjatcpewopvbpzwiwomtopcidfhweqrlasqdwqsoystohxqbbujkuiorjlyubmobbcscqzsffnzntmfxtgnmllivodtynotrdttwlyydsomtlwufomerjaesepyzshfqnrfoevztavjkixppyrsuubqhktyjmuqchgwntwdzolwtddqjruvvjffqqzymlifkmafwhclwvzqcshhkckywwzjbjrdthvbxtmuqizqudfhlpmdiykbynezwpsgmtapkvnnqmckqyzgufykadpqhaagwwftfshihanrutjkzivwjupomsdrhfxwgmcqbycwarjctxxonpblylqsrxnmavvecewlzywvhxgeaomvwqnznxzdagbtdxmeibwxxjppxebeavrtnpxcumolizcrectrhiivfntsplrjmmvtfxeuwwyjbbwhjjygkkcysaszrllpdqsctaqgrpxxnraykaemmwebixggrdlkdpyroaogbqrixuiikxoonwupfowmqyorsytufamjcmjgcpmtfeemxgllqpeqiroyzgrzqhidjtddgfiqymbjyslppelptfjnalnselzdknqsuvrodqqrhsepqkehcprlqyttihrykzbxoyydnbdvbtofxbgledfljgmriaqvmccixmbaldtzxvumgxcafgxtttbdbhci… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Richard Byrne Read Full Article

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8 Ways to Digitally Showcase Highlights of the School Year – Education Article

Subscribe to get my tip of the week sent directly to you at the start of the week. Success! Please check your email to confirm your subscription. (If you’re using a school-issued email address, you may need to check your junk folder). <!– This is a random-length HTML comment: ffmnpuuoiihrukudjoqtwtrkvzsqksvpbfxwozgqspystiivijesjjiygxjyykxxekzgrlrrjwb… This is only a snippet of a Education Article written by Richard Byrne Read Full Article

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Adding Audio to Google Slides When Your Domain Doesn’t Have the Native Audio Feature – Education Article

Six weeks ago Google announced the introduction of native support for audio in Google Slides. Unfortunately, the roll-out of that feature seems to be taking longer than was initially promised. I have been receiving emails for weeks from people asking me if they missed something in their Google accounts. They haven’t. I don’t have the feature in any of my accounts yet, either. And, unfortunately, Ed Tech Team seems to have pulled support for their AudioPlayer for Slides extension and…

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Six Spring & Summer PD Opportunities With Me – Education Article

Greetings from Maine where almost all of the snow has melted and the grass is turning green! Now that I can see the grass I’m thinking about my spring and summer plans. Part of those plans include hosting online and in-person professional development events. I’d love to have you join me for one of them. 5 Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom This is a one-hour webinar that I’m hosting on Tuesday, April 30th. This webinar introduces you to five…

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