Friday, April 14, 2017

The PeriodicTable of Videos - An Update from the Archive

Earlier this week an email from a reader prompted me to take a look back through my archives for chemistry-related resources. The Periodic Table of Videos is one that popped-up that I hadn't thought about in years. In fact, it has been nine years since I wrote about it. In that time a lot of new videos has been added to it.

The Periodic Table of Videos is produced by The University of Nottingham. The table features a video demonstration of the characteristics of each element in the table. Each element in the Periodic Table displayed on the home page is linked to a video about that element. Elements highlighted in pink on the chart have recently updated videos about them.

To create flipped lessons out of the videos in the Periodic Table of Videos, try one of these seven good options for making flipped lessons.

How to Annotate Images on a Chromebook

From time to time you may find yourself needing to highlight portions of an image or point out features of a diagram for your students. Or you may want students to do the same. For example, in an photography class you may have students mark an image to illustrate use of lighting and framing. On a Chromebook it's fairly easily to annotate images if you use Google Keep. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to download images to a Chromebook and how to then annotate them.

We'll cover lots of tips and topics like this one during the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp this summer.

Plum's Creaturizer - A Neat AR App to Get Kids Exploring Outdoors

Creaturizer from PBS Kids is a free iOS and Android app that lets students create fun cartoon creatures then place them into outdoor settings through the use of augmented reality. In the app students create cartoon creatures by swiping and tapping on the features they want their creatures to have (students can have multiple creature creations in the app). Then students go outside to take pictures that place their creatures in settings in which they utilize the features and traits of the fictional creatures. For example, I created a creature that had antlers, a long nose, and short arms. The app then challenged me to take a picture that illustrates how my creature would use its antlers in nature.

Applications for Education
Now that spring is here (in the northern hemisphere) I find myself thinking of fun ways get kids involved in outdoor learning activities. Creaturizer could be a fun app to have your students use to show what they know and or think about how animals use their bodies and adapt in nature.

Creaturizer doesn't require students to create accounts so it is convenient for elementary school students to use.

11 FAQs About the 2017 Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps

Early registration discounts for the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps are available for sixteen more days. In the last couple of weeks I've answered a bunch of similar questions about the Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp and the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp. Here are those questions and their answers which includes a guest appearance by my daughter, Isla.

1. What's the difference between the BYOD Camp and the Chromebook Camp? 
In short, the Chromebook Camp is designed specifically for addressing the needs of teachers and students who will be using Chromebooks as their primary devices in their classrooms. The content of the BYOD Camp is designed to be adaptable to any platform. Here's a video explanation with Isla.

2. My school is transitioning to G Suite for Education (formerly Google Apps), will this help me?
In short, yes. The both of the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps will include the use of Google tools in each day. The Chromebook camp will have more G Suite items than the BYOD camp. We will share methods for incorporating Google tools into much of what we do. That said, this is not focused only on Google tools. Both of the the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps are based on my framework of Discovery, Discussion, and Demonstration.

The first day is focused helping students use technology to discover and discuss information. Day one of the Chromebook camp will also cover workflow on Chromebooks. Likewise the first day of the BYOD camp will cover workflow on iPads, laptops, and Android devices. The second day of both camps is focused on demonstrating knowledge by creating new digital content including podcasts, videos, and other multimedia productions.

3. How much time will I have to practice on my own/ with my colleague? 
I build in lots of time for hands-on practice. Circular tables are used so that you can face each other, meet new people, and learn and work together. I explain a bit more in this video.

4. I want to bring my principal, will she/he benefit from attending?
Absolutely! As I've heard my friend Scott McLeod say, "the leaders must get it." This is a great opportunity for your principal to gain a great understanding of what you and your colleagues want to do when school starts again in the fall. Equally importantly, they'll learn why you want to do it.

5. My school is going 1:1 with iPads, will the BYOD camp help me?
Yes. We will be looking at a bunch of apps and their applications for classrooms.

6. Will you be streaming this online?
No. The Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps are designed to be hands-on and a livestream wouldn't really capture the experience. However, for 2017 I have designed an online course that will closely mimic the BYOD camp. Check out the Practical Ed Tech Jumpstart.

7. How do I get to Portland, Maine? What can I do once I'm there? How do I get around in Portland?
Portland has an international airport (airport code PWM) serviced by American, United, Delta, SouthWest, and Jet Blue. Boston/ Logan Airport is about 90 miles away. The hotel is about a ten minute cab ride from the Portland airport. Uber is available in Portland. When we’re done for the day you can walk to dozens of restaurants along the Old Port’s cobblestone streets, walk to the ocean, or even hop a boat and take a sunset cruise to see the islands in Casco Bay. Beaches and lighthouses are just a few minutes drive from the hotel (my favorite lighthouse is this one).

8. Why aren't these events free?
There are two reasons why they aren't free. First, I incur a lot of expenses in organizing and hosting the events. Second, while all of the sites and apps we will use are free, my time for teaching about them isn't free.

9. Are there things for my kids/ my spouse/ my partner to do during the day?
The great thing about the location of the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps is that it puts you in walking and or driving distance to lots of things. The Portland Museum of Art and the Children's Museum of Maine are within walking distance. Beaches are within 10-15 minutes of driving (if you just want to see the ocean, that's a 7 minute walk). There are many public and private golf courses within 10-20 minutes of driving.

10. We would love to attend but the dates don't work for us, will you be offering this at another time?
At this time I don't have plans to offer the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps on other dates. I am more than happy to come to your school district to offer a workshop. Please click here for information about my on-location professional development services.

11. Can I register with a purchase order / check from my school?
Yes, you can. To register with a purchase order or a check from your school email me or have your business administrator email at richardbyrne (at) and I will register you on receipt of the purchase order. Please note that the early registration discount is only available if you register through the online form.

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