Sunday, August 18, 2019

ImageCodr Makes it Easy to Give Image Attribution

Properly citing Creative Commons licensed works can sometimes be a confusing, multi-step process. ImageCodr makes that process easier.

ImageCodr generates properly formatted Creative Commons attributions for images that you find on Flickr. Once you've found a Flickr image that you want to use just paste its URL into the ImageCodr code generator to get a properly formatted image code with Creative Commons attribution.

Applications for Education
ImageCodr could be a good tool for students to use when they're adding images to blog posts. ImageCodr gives students all of the code and attributions necessary for using a Creative Commons image found on Flickr in their blog posts.

How to Use Socratic by Google

Last week Google announced the release of an updated version of the Socratic app. Socratic is now owned by Google and is therefore called Socratic by Google in the app store. The free iPhone and iPad app (Android version available in the fall) lets students take a picture of a problem, question, or phrase and get some helpful information about that problem, question, or phrase.

In the case of a math problem, Socratic by Google will give students an explanation of the problem and videos about how to solve it. Socratic by Google will also provide links to Google search results related to the problem.

When students use Socratic by Google to take a picture of a question or of an unfamiliar term the app will display helpful definitions, videos, and diagrams. In other words, it does what a Google search does.

In the following video I demonstrate how Socratic by Google works.

8 Epic Tools to Try This School Year - A Podcast With Vicki Davis

A few weeks ago I Vicki Davis invited me to be a guest on her fantastic 10 Minute Teacher Podcast. As the title implies, in the podcast I shared an overview of eight educational technology tools that can be used in almost any classroom. You can find the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast on all major podcast distribution networks. You can also listen to it directly on Vicki's Cool Cat Teacher blog and on YouTube.

Saturday, August 17, 2019

The Week in Review - Originality, Audio, and Clocks

Good afternoon from rainy South Paris, Maine. Even though the weather was less than ideal for a bike ride I went out for ride to exercise this morning. Along the way I saw a red leaf on a maple tree. In this part of the world, the appearance of red leaves on maple trees is a reminder that the new school year will be here soon. If you've already started school, I hope it's off to a great start. And if you still have some vacation left, I hope you get outside to enjoy it.

This week I hosted a Practical Ed Tech webinar titled Intro to Animation and Green Screen Videos. More than 50 of you attended that webinar, thank you! This week I'm hosting Search Strategies Students Need to Know Now. And coming up in September I'm launching an on-demand version of my popular Getting Going With G Suite course.

The Most Popular Posts of the Week:
1. Google is Adding an Originality Checker to Google Classroom
2. Two Important Changes Coming to Google Classroom
3. Unsplash for Education - Free Photos for Your Lessons
4. How to Add Video and Audio Comments to Google Docs
5. Three Ways to Create Shortened URLs People Can Actually Spell
6. How to Add an Animated Clock to PowerPoint Slides
7. How to Extract Audio from a Video

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New! The Practical Ed Tech Podcast

Last spring a reader named Tiffany asked me if I would ever consider publishing my Practical Ed Tech Live episodes as podcasts instead of just on my YouTube channel. It was a good idea. Thanks to Tiffany's suggestion I am now publishing the audio of my Practical Ed Tech live episodes as a podcast.

I'm using the platform to publish the podcast. As of right now you can get the episodes through the Anchor app, here on the Anchor website, and through Spotify. The Practical Ed Tech Podcast will soon be available through other podcast distribution networks.

I've never done something quite like this so it's a bit of a work in progress. I hope you enjoy the first episode and if not, I hope you'll be patient and give the next couple of episodes a try as I work out the kinks.