Google Maps Now Allows You to Measure Exact Distances Google rolled out a small but significant update to Google Maps Tuesday, which allows you to measure the exact distance between two or more points on a map. The search giant announced the new feature — currently limited to the desktop version of Maps — in a post on its Google+ page. Previously, Google Maps displayed distances when you searched for directions, but it would only tell you the distance along the planned route — not the exact distance between the starting and final destinations. For example, you might search for directions to a restaurant that's exactly 3 miles away (if you draw a straight line), but the route Google provides for driving directions might actually be 3.5 miles. Now, desktop Maps users can measure exact distances between two or more points — even if there's no road, or viable walking or driving route — which will be particularly helpful for planning jogging paths and bike rides on a map.
4 Ways To Make Digital Portfolios With Students Digital portfolios (or e-portfolios) are great tools for students that tick a number of different boxes for teachers. Aside from the obvious advantage of being a web based space to collect student work, it can also serve many other purposes – like tracking progress over time, keeping track of the work done towards meeting Common Core standards, teaching students technology skills, and easily keeping in touch with parents. Portfolios enable an easy way for teachers and students to have an open dialogue about the student’s work and progress, and give the student a place in which to showcase their strengths that might not be shown in a letter grade on their report card. In many cases, they’re also useful for college applications! Not that we thought we needed to sell you on the merits of e-portfolios, but perhaps they have more utility than you originally thought.
Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners It's no secret that I am a passionate advocate for using video in the classroom. When used well, videos can help students make connections to people and ideas beyond their usual frame of reference. That's why I've been really excited to see a wave of new (and mostly free or low-cost!) tech tools recently that enable teachers to take favorite clips and make them more valuable for educational use. Adobe Voice - Show Your Story Reviews Voice helps you create stunning animated videos in minutes. No filming — just talk to tell your story. Pick from over 25,000 beautiful iconic images to show your ideas and Voice automatically adds cinematic motion and a soundtrack. Persuade, inform and inspire anyone online. Make an impact.
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! Be inspired! The Best 8 Tools to Create Posters for your Classroom Today, we are sharing with you some great web tools that you can use to create your own posters and customize them the way you want. Check out the list below and share with us what you think of them. Enjoy 1- Poster My Wall This is one of the most popular web tools out there.
6 Steps Towards A More Personal Classroom 4 Steps Towards A More Personal Classroom by Linda Pruett Personalized learning is a key to transforming education. Explain Everything Reviews Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design tool that lets you annotate, animate, and narrate explanations and presentations. You can create dynamic interactive lessons, activities, assessments, and tutorials using Explain Everything's flexible and integrated design. Use Explain Everything as an interactive whiteboard using the iPad video display (via Airplay/cable). Insert a web browser for live annotations and basic recordings. Explain Everything records on-screen drawing, annotation, object movement and captures audio via the iPad microphone. Import Photos, PDF, PPT, XLS, RTF, Pages, Numbers and Keynote from Dropbox, Evernote, Box, WebDAV, Email, iPad photo roll and the iPad camera.
App Packs for Education - Chrome for Work and Education Help As of February, 2015, App Packs for Education are no longer available. Please use Google Play for Education, where you can find Chrome web apps curated for schools students by grade level and subject. Many teachers deploying Chrome and Chrome Devices for Education want to force install or recommend Chrome web apps on their students' devices.
26 Ways to Use Comics in the Classroom and 5 Free Tools for Creating Comics One of the most popular posts that I've published on Free Technology for Teachers is a list of ten free tools for creating comics online. I wrote that post three years ago. Since then some of the tools have gone offline or started charging users. So I think it's time to share a new list.