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Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Why February is Shorter Than Every Other Month

Tomorrow is the last day of February. Some students may wonder why February is only 28 days while all other months are 30 or 31 days. It's Okay To Be Smart has the answer to that question in the following video.


Of course, every four years February has 29 days. The following videos can help students understand why we have a leap year every four years.


Reshot - A New Source of Free Images for Multimedia Projects

Reshot is a new site that offers free "handpicked" images that you can download to reuse in multimedia projects. The site, like many like it, lets you download images for free. According to Reshot's licensing statement, image attribution isn't required, but it is appreciated. To that end Reshot makes it easy to find and copy the correct image attribution information. Watch my video to see how easy it is to use Reshot.


Applications for Education
I always encourage students and teachers to use their own pictures in their multimedia projects. Doing that is the sure way to avoid any doubt about usage rights. When it isn't possible for students to use their own pictures, sites like Reshot provide a good way for students to find images that they can use. Here's a list of some of my favorite places to find public domain media.

How to Create a Podcast

Last week Anchor.fm launched a new and improved site that makes it easy for anyone to create and publish a podcast. I liked the redesigned site so much that I featured it as my tip of the week in the Practical Ed Tech newsletter. If you're not subscribed to that newsletter or you are and you haven't seen it yet, here's the video that was featured in the newsletter. In this video I demonstrate how anyone can create and publish podcast in six minutes or less.


Applications for Education
As I mentioned in the video, not only can you record directly on Anchor.fm you can also upload MP3 recordings that you have made in other programs like Garage Band, Audacity, or even Vocaroo. Using the upload option could be a great choice for classroom podcasts in which students record episodes and then you upload them to one account that you manage on behalf of the whole class.

Solve Me Puzzles - Play or Create Math Puzzles

Solve Me Puzzles is a free site provided by the nonprofit Education Development Center. The site offers free math puzzles for students to play and templates for teachers to use to create math puzzles.

Solve Me Puzzles features three basic puzzle types. The Who Am I? puzzles feature a little robot character that students identify by correctly solving word problems like "my value is even, my value is greater than six, my value is less than ten." The Mystery Grid puzzles have students slide numbers into a grid to correctly complete the patterns that are started in the grid presented to them. The Mobiles puzzles ask students to enter the correct values to balance a virtual mobile.

Applications for Education
All of the Solve Me Puzzles can be used as templates for creating your own puzzles. To create a puzzle simply choose "build" instead of "play" after you select a puzzle on the Solve Me Puzzles home screen. You will need to create an account on the site in order to save your work.