Monday, May 13, 2013

Video - How to Insert Images Into Google Forms

Thanks to Brent Catlett, this afternoon I learned that you can now insert images into your Google Forms. Brent posted some screenshots of the process. After trying it out myself, I created a short video of the process. The video is embedded below.

Applications for Education
Inserting images into Google Forms could be a great way to create quizzes in which you ask students to identify people, places, and things.

This feature has not been rolled-out to all users, yet. If you're a Google Apps for Education user who still has the old Google Forms layout you won't see this option. 

Click here if you want to take the quiz that I made in the video.

How to Create Multimedia Projects Using Mozilla's Popcorn Maker

Mozilla's Popcorn Maker is a free tool for crafting videos that incorporate images, remixed video clips, links, and social feeds. It can take some time to get the hang of all of the features of Popcorn Maker, but it is a powerful tool. Kevin Hodgson, whose blog is one of the ten I read first, recently published a nice screencast that walks you through the process of using Mozilla's Popcorn Maker. The screencast is embedded below.

Google Streamlines Storage for Drive, Gmail, and Google+

If you're running out of storage in your personal Gmail, Google Drive, or Google+ account there is potentially some free relief coming for you. Today, Google announced that you will now have 15GB of storage to use across Drive, Gmail, and Google+. Previously, you had 10GB for Gmail and 5GB for Drive and Google+ photos and they were counted as separate entities. Now, all three services will be counted as one for storage purposes. This means that if you don't use Gmail much, but you use Google Drive a lot you'll essentially have more space for files in Drive.

This change will be rolling-out over the course of a couple of weeks so if you don't see it right away, it's coming to your account soon.

5 Excellent Educational Activities Developed by @RusselTarr

Over the weekend Russel Tarr who has developed many excellent, engaging tools for teaching history was the subject of an unprovoked and unfair attack by England's Education Secretary, Michael Gove. You can read all about it here. I appreciate Russel's work and I know that many other history teachers do too. To support Russel I'd like to highlight five of his Active History activities.

The Worst Jobs in History is a series of three interactive learning experiences. In The Worst Jobs in History students learn about the dirtiest, most dangerous, and tiring jobs in three time periods. The time periods are Medieval, Early Modern, and Modern. In each activity in The Worst Jobs in History students read short descriptions of jobs and rank them according to how dirty, dangerous, or tiring they think that they are. After ranking the jobs students can take a short online quiz about what they read about the jobs. There is also the option to download a worksheet to use with the activities.

Mission Map Quest is a map-based tool for creating virtual treasure hunts. The concept is simple, you create a series of clues that your students need to follow to identify places around the world. You can add as few or as many clues to your Map Quest as you like. When you're ready to have students try your Quest just give them the web address of the challenge or have them scan the QR code assigned to your Quest.  The QR code in this post will take you to Russel's demonstration of Mission Map Quest. You can also click this link to try it from the student perspective. The demonstration has a WWI theme.

Fakebook Animated is a free tool that students can use to create and share fake facebook pages. The ninety second video here provides a good overview of how it works. Fakebook Animated allows you to watch the timeline of your fake Facebook profiles unfold over time. For an example, click here to watch Harry Truman's Fakebook profile unfold over time. The gallery of Fakebook profiles features some of the many Fakebook profiles that students have created over the years.

The Classtools SMS Generator is free to use and does not require students to log-in. To use the SMS Generator just click the left speech bubble icon and enter a message. Then to create a reply just click the right speech bubble icon and enter a new message. You can make the exchange as long as you like. To share the conversation click the sprocket icon and grab the embed code, direct link, or QR code for the exchange.

The QR Treasure Hunt Generator provides you with all of the things you need to get started creating your own QR codes and using them in your classroom. To use the QR Treasure Hunt Generator type out a series of questions and answers, generate the QR codes using the tool Russel Tarr provides, then print and display the codes around your classroom or school. Click here to view a sample QR Treasure Hunt. The QR Treasure Hunt Generator recommends having students visit Kaywa to get QR readers for their phones. My recommendation is if your students have Android phones have them try the free QR Droid app. If your students have iPhones they can try the free NeoReader App

The Ten Blogs I Read First

I've published lists like these in the past. The last time I did was last summer. Someone just emailed me asking for a list of the blogs that I read first in my reader. Here's my updated list of the ten blogs that I read first whenever I open Feedly.

Larry Ferlazzo
Moving at the Speed of Creativity - Wes Fryer
Cool Cat Teacher - Vicki Davis
History Tech - Glenn Wiebe
Langwitches - Sylvia Tolisano
Hack Education - Audrey Watters
The Next Web
Kevin's Meandering Mind
Make Use Of
Inter-tech Education - Joanne Villis