12 Alternatives to Google Images – Education Article

Have you ever seen someone give a presentation that included a slide containing a highly distorted picture or a picture with a watermark on it? I have. It can be cringe-worthy when an adult does it. It’s a teaching moment when a student does it. The usual reason that people include a watermarked or highly pixelated picture in a slide is that they just went to Google Images then right-clicked and saved the first picture they liked. Google Images does…

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Ten Things You Can Do With Canva in Your Classroom – Education Article

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Simple Methods for Producing Podcasts – Education Article

This fall I started producing a weekly podcast. I’m not great at coming up with clever names so the podcast is simply called The Practical Ed Tech Podcast. In this post I’ll outline the process that I use for producing the podcast and some other methods that you might consider using. My Three Step Podcast Production Process I record a video using Screencast-o-matic.com. You can use any video recording tool that you like, I just use Screencast-o-matic out of habit. The video is…

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How to Use Presenter Coach as a Google Slides User – Education Article

Presenter Coach is a great service that is available in the online version of PowerPoint. It gives students instant feedback on the pacing of their presentations, their use of filler words like “umm,” and it tells them if they’re spending too much time reading from their slides instead of speaking. Here’s my video about how it works. Google Slides Users Can Use Presenter Coach As I mentioned in the video above, it is possible for anyone who has an email…

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Easy Ways to Add Polls & Quizzes to Existing Slideshows – Education Article

The slideshows I use in my classroom and those that I use for conference keynotes include some interactive components. I do this in my classroom as a means to quickly gauge my students’ understanding of the lesson. There are a few tools that make this easy to do. In all cases students response to the questions on their laptops, tablets, or phones. I used the built-in Q&A function in Google Slides until I discovered the Slido Google Slides add-on. Slido’s Google…

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How to Improve the Accessibility of Videos and Slides Used in Your Classroom – Education Article

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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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