Friday, November 6, 2015

YouTube - It's Not Just Cats & Khan Academy

Early next month is hosting their second annual Google Jamboree in Medfield, Massachusetts (not far from Boston). When I was asked to present at the event I immediately said yes. It's going to be a great day of learning about all things Google Apps in education. My workshop is titled YouTube - It's Not Just Cats & Khan Academy. In the workshop we will learn how to use many of the frequently overlooked features built into YouTube.

Some of the things that you'll learn in my workshop at the Google Jamboree on December 5th include the following:

1. Creating photo slideshows. The YouTube photo slideshow creation tools allow you to specify the length of time that each image is displayed for. After uploading your images you can use the annotations tool to add as much text as you like to each frame of your video. See the video embedded below for a primer on this.

2. Create slow-motion videos. The most recent addition to the YouTube editing tools is an option to record videos with a regular speed camera and then turn that into a slow-motion video. Directions for doing this are available here.

3. Blurring faces in your videos.

4. Stabilizing shaky footage and adding color/ light filters to your videos.

5. Privacy settings for sharing videos. 

Colds, the Flu, and Flipped Lessons

I love everything about the change of seasons from autumn to winter except for the onset of cold and flu season. A couple of my friends have already reported having sick students and or getting colds themselves. What is a cold? What is the flu? And what are the differences between the two? Those questions and more are answered in the videos embedded below.

How is a cold or flu passed from person to person and what exactly is it doing to your body? NPR answers those questions in the following animated video.

What is ‘flu? - Explania
If you want to use any of these videos in flipped lessons, take a look at the tools featured in my playlist of tutorials on creating flipped lessons.

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