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Wednesday, May 8, 2013

Three Minutes to Understanding Windows 8 Shortcuts

Every week I hear from people about their struggles to get accustomed to Windows 8. And I struggled a bit with the first day or two that I used it. If you're getting a new Windows 8 computer or you've just received one, take a look at this short tutorial video from Lifehacker.


Applications for Education
If your school is transitioning to Windows 8 this summer or plans to make that transition in the fall, a short video like How to Get Around Windows 8 could help new users feel comfortable with the transition.

Save $50 on Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp Registration

The warm and sunny weather here in Maine over the last week has me thinking about summer more and more. I'm looking forward to a lot of things this summer, but the thing that I am most looking forward to is the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp at the beautiful Sunday River resort. Ten seats are still available at the early bird registration price of $379. Your registration includes two days of hands-on learning and exploring with me, breakfast and lunch both days, and one of the most picturesque locations you will ever find for a educational PD event. You can learn more and see the schedule here. Or just email me directly richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers (dot) com with any questions that you have about the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp.

Picture Match - A Read Write Think Game for K-2

Picture Match is a nice little interactive game from Read Write Think for K-2 students. Picture Match asks students to match objects to the first letter of their names. After students have mastered matching beginning letters to objects they move on to identifying short and long vowel sounds to objects whose names have those sounds. At the end of each activity students can print a PDF of their successes.

Applications for Education
Read Write Think provides a lesson plan that incorporates the Picture Match activity. The lesson plan is aligned to Common Core standards and it includes detailed directions.

How to Quickly Transfer Ownership of Documents in Google Drive

When the end of school year arrives there will be teachers and administrators who leave one school to go to another. Especially at the administrative level this can lead to a lot of transferring of files from the outgoing person to his or her replacement. For those school districts using Google Apps for Education there is a quick way for the domain administrator(s) to transfer ownership of Google Drive files from one person to another.

To transfer ownership from one person to another a Google Apps for Education domain administrator just needs to sign into the domain management dashboard, select "settings," choose "Drive," and select "tools." Then the administrator simply has to enter the email addresses of the person the files are transferring from and the person the files are transferring to. A screenshot of the process is included below.
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A Simple Video Explanation of Compound Interest

Compound interest can be a wonderful thing if you're saving money. Or it can be a curse if you're trying to pay-off a debt. Either way, it's a concept I have seen students try to understand. The Common Craft video below (click here if you're reading this in email or RSS) does a nice job of explaining the concept in a way that middle school and high school students can understand.

Insert Quizzes Into Videos With Soo Meta

Back in March I reviewed a neat multimedia presentation tool called Soo Meta. Soo Meta allows you to combine videos from YouTube, pictures from the web or from your desktop, text, and voice recordings to create a presentation. Yesterday, I learned that Soo Meta now allows you to insert a quiz into your projects. This means that people viewing your Soo Meta projects can watch a short video clip then answer questions about it before moving onto the next part of the presentation. Watch the sample below.


Applications for Education
Soo Meta could be a good tool for creating short flipped lessons for your students.

You could have students create projects in which they create book trailers using video clips, images, and their voices. Students could use Soo Meta to create a digital collage of media around a current events topic that they're studying. Soo Meta might also be used by students to create a showcase of their best digital works of the semester.

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