Wednesday, December 6, 2017
The updated version of the Padlet website and the Padlet mobile apps provides a cleaner, more streamlined user interface. Now when you sign into your Padlet account either on their website or on their mobile apps you will see your existing Padlet walls displayed in a tile format. Above those tiles you'll see three clean icons to make a new Padlet wall, to join a wall, or to browse a gallery of public Padlet walls.
Applications for Education
The updated Padlet mobile apps should make it easier for you to get all of your students on to the same Padlet wall at the same time. The "join" icon is more prominent than before. When students tap that icon they'll see an option to scan a QR code or to enter a URL. The easiest option is to scan a QR code (just make sure that you have printed and displayed the right QR code for them).
About six weeks ago Padlet added a new option to let students vote on notes on Padlet walls. Watch my video to learn how to use that new feature.
Applications for Education
In many of my workshops about G Suite for Education I talk about the possibility of using Google Sites as a digital portfolio platform. The one drawback to that has always been that you could only link to a student's projects, you couldn't embed them. Starting in January Google Sites will become a better tool for creating digital portfolios.
Speaking of digital portfolios, that will be one of the first topics covered in the 2018 Practical Ed Tech Coaching Group. Learn more about group membership here.
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The following five platforms make it possible for students to create and publish multimedia ebooks in their web browsers.
Book Creator originally launched as an iPad-only product. It was tremendously popular as an iPad app. It is now available to use in your Chrome web browser too. Book Creator's Chrome version supports creating multimedia books containing videos, images, drawings, and text. To create a book on Book Creator's web app just sign and choose a layout for your book. There are comic book layouts as well as traditional book layouts. After you have selected a layout for your book's pages you can add pictures and videos by either uploading them, by using your webcam, or by using a new integrated image search tool. You can add text and drawings by using the drawing and typing tools built into Book Creator. Your completed book can be saved as a ePub or published online with a private Book Creator link.
I have often described Lucidpress as a mix of the best of Apple's Pages with the best of Google Docs. Through Lucidpress you and your students can collaboratively create documents that incorporate videos and images. Through Lucidpress you and your students can collaboratively create documents that incorporate videos and images. The process of creating a document on Lucidpress can be as simple or as complicated as you want to make it. To get started you might stick with the basics of moving text and pictures around on the document by just dragging and dropping. There are options for layering images with differing amounts of transparency, image cropping tools, and font customization options in each Lucidpress template.
Madmagz is a neat platform for collaboratively creating online magazines. Madmagz provides you with a magazine template that lets you use images and text that you can edit alone or with invited collaborators. Unlike some other collaborative writing platforms, the original creator of the magazine has to approve or verify submissions from collaborators. When I was testing the platform I found the need to verify every change a little annoying, but I can see how many people would like to have that level of control over the editing process. Publishing your Madmagz online is free. If you want to download your magazine as a PDF, you will have to pay for that option.
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The 1941 Project is an interactive map of Pearl Harbor. The map features the stories of survivors of the attack on Pearl Harbor. Click on a person on the map to read his or her story and see accompanying photographs. You can customize the map to display the positions of ships on December 7, 1941. There is also an option to see the map as the Japanese had drawn it prior to the attack. The 1941 Project map does take a long time to load all of features. Remind your students to be patient while the map loads all available features.
Five Things You Don't Know About Pearl Harbor, produced by Military.com, offers five interesting facts about and related to the bombing of Pearl Harbor.
The National Parks Service offers lesson plans about Pearl Harbor and the USS Arizona.
History Animated has a number of animations of military movements in the Pacific during WWII.
My Story: Pearl Harbor is an hour-by-hour account of the attack on Pearl Harbor. The account is told from the perspective of Dale and Johnie Gano who were stationed at Pearl Harbor.
Remembering Pearl Harbor is a CBS Sunday Morning segment that features interviews with Pearl Harbor attack survivors.
The Smithsonian Channel offers audio of the only live news report from Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941. Images have been added to the audio to create the following video.
One of my favorite online history teachers, Keith Hughes, offers this seven minute lesson about Pearl Harbor.
And as always, Larry Ferlazzo has a list of Pearl Harbor resources that I recommend reviewing.
World War II in the Pacific is a timeline that features dozens of events in text, image, and video form. Maps are included in many of the events to provide students with a better context in which to understand the events. The timeline begins in 1931 with Japan's occupation of Manchuria and moves through the bombing of Pearl Harbor and eventually to surrender in 1945.
Teaching History With Technology.
There are eleven Nat Geo Map Maker kits. The kits offer United States political and physical maps, world political and physical maps, maps of Asia, Africa, Europe, North and South America, Australia and Oceania, polar region maps, and maps of New England.
Applications for Education
Looking at big maps on the walls of my classrooms is one of my favorite memories of elementary school. Looking at those maps sparked my curiosity about many things. I know those maps, complete with the borders of the late Cold War era in which I grew up, played a part in me eventually becoming a social studies teacher. Perhaps assembling some of the maps from the Nat Geo Map Maker kits will help you spark a student's interest in geography.