New! ThingLink & Google Docs Integration New! ThingLink & Google Docs Integration Great news! 11 Great Google Sheets Templates Flippity is a great resource for G Suite users that I have been sharing with readers for a couple of years now. Flippity provides teachers with eleven handy Google Sheets templates for creating things like quiz games, audio flashcards, bingo boards, and progress trackers. Toward the end of 2016 Flippity released a Google Sheets Add-on that makes all of their templates available with just a couple of clicks in any of your Google Sheets. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to install and use Flippity’s Google Sheets Add-on.
Blendspace - Create lessons with digital content in 5 minutes Make mobile learning awesome! Student creation Share materials Free! Get our new app! Save time by using free lessons & activities created by educators worldwide! iPad students learn the most important skill There’s something in the air and like the best of things, it’s exciting and scary at the same time. More and more articles like this one and this one and even this one proclaim the death of so many jobs over the next 20 years and magazines like this one explain why people not learning to adapt will be disastrous for everyone, especially current school kids. The major problem for school children is that traditionally, the classroom doesn’t demand they practice adapting to a situation or problem solve open-ended enough scenarios. It’s always been mostly a matter of fitting in and following the guidelines laid out by the teacher.
How to easily transcribe audio or video recordings into text (update) I recently had to transcribe a number of video interviews into text. This turned out to be much more of a labor intensive project than I thought, and it quickly dawned on me that the process can be vastly improved via a few technological tweaks. This posting aims to present a step by step tutorial on how to do this most effectively. At the heart of the problem is a simple issue: the need to change focus back and forth between program 1, such as a word processor or editor that you may be using to enter text, and program 2, the media player that you may be using using to play the audio or video. Transcribing, as I found out, involves a lot of stopping, backing up, typing, and then repeating over and over and over again. This problem can be solved such that switching back and forth is done via hotkeys without taking your fingers off the keyboard, providing a streamlined, efficient experience.
Insert Videos Into Google Slides Without Using YouTube For years one of the most common complaints about Google Slides has been that you can only use videos from YouTube in your slides. This week Google finally made it possible for you to use videos in Google Slides without the videos having to be hosted on YouTube. You can now insert videos from Google Drive into your Google Slides presentations. To do this you simply have to upload a video to your Google Drive account (G Suite for Education users have unlimited storage) then you can insert it into any new or existing slides. You can even specify start and end times to show just a portion of a video. Watch my video embedded below to learn how to insert videos into Google Slides without using YouTube.
Web 2.0 Science Tools By Laura Turner The following web2.0 sites would be useful for science educators at the high school and middle school level. Some would also be appropriate for higher elementary grade levels. Teaching Students to Reflect in Steps Self-assessment and reflection is key to the forward movement of a student’s learning and potential achievement. The more able a student is to talk about his/her learning in a cognizant way, the better chance he/she has in achieving his/her goals. This is why it is imperative for us to teach students how to do this effectively. Web 2.0 Tools for Math Educators By Laura Turner This is a continuing series on Web2.0 and other web-based tools for educators. This information is specific to math educators, but there is some crossover into science. Math educators will find a large number of useable interactive companion web sites for the teaching of math concepts and skills. 3Dvinci 3D design is a great motivational and instructional tool. It exercises both left-brain and right-brain skills, and appeals to students of all abilities.