Friday, March 23, 2018

Stop Making Videos While Driving

YouTube and Facebook are filled with people publishing selfie videos that were recorded while driving. I don't know why this type of video is popular. I do know that every time I see one I think about how dangerous that is. Tom Scott visited the University of Iowa's National Advanced Driving Simulator to find out how dangerous it is to talk to a camera while driving. Watch his video to find out what happens when you record a selfie video while driving.

Applications for Education
Please share this video with the teenage drivers in your life. If nothing else, show them the last minute of the video.

On a related note, Gauging Your Distraction is an excellent online game that show students how difficult it is to navigate traffic while reading and replying to text messages.

Video - An Overview of How to Find & Keep Track of Free Audio Files

Over the last couple weeks I've published a series of posts featuring free sources of audio files that you can download for re-use in your multimedia projects. In the following video I provide an overview of three places to find free audio files. In the video I show how to find files on each of the services. I also included a demonstration on how to keep track of the attribution information that you need to publish when you re-use the files.

How to Share Kahoot Challenges Through Remind

This week Kahoot announced an integration with the Remind messaging service. This integration lets you send your Kahoot Challenges (games for students to play at home) to your students and their parents through the Remind messaging service. In the following video I demonstrate how to send your Kahoot Challenges through the Remind messaging service.

Use a Whiteboard in Skype Interviews

Skype Interviews is a free Microsoft service that was developed for employers to use to interview potential employees. It was specifically designed with coders and programmers in mind as there is a code editor component that lets candidates display their skills in realtime. Yesterday, Microsoft added a whiteboard to Skype Interviews.

The whiteboard in Skype Interviews allows you to draw on and share a virtual whiteboard while in your call. You can also type on the whiteboard. A few pre-made shapes are also available to add to your whiteboard to create a flowchart.

Applications for Education
Skype Interviews was obviously designed for use in a business setting, but it is open to anyone who wants to use it (you do need a Skype account). I could see it being a great option for remote tutoring.

To clarify, Skype Interviews is a different product than the Skype you may be familiar with. Skype Interviews launches in your Chrome or Edge web browser. You have to give people a link to join your call as opposed to calling you directly via Skype contacts. The other person or people joining your Skype Interview call don't need to have Skype accounts because they can just click the link that you send to them and then sign-in as a guest.

Longer and Better Searches - Strategies Students Need to Know

Too often our students don’t get beyond the first few pages of search results before declaring, “Google has nothing about this!” Why? Because the average time spent on a search is just 1 minute! And the average search term only has three words!*

Next week I am hosting a Practical Ed Tech webinar that will help you help your students become better web researchers. In Ten Search Strategies Students Need To Know you will learn why informational searches are the hardest types of Internet searches for students to conduct. You will learn how to help students break-down complex search topics into manageable pieces and then put the whole picture together. You’ll learn how to help your students save students tons of time by thinking before searching. And you’ll learn how to develop instructional search challenge activities to use with students of any age.

Thursday, March 29th at 4pm Eastern Time. The webinar will be recorded for those who register but cannot attend the live session. Your $20 registration includes the live webinar, unlimited access to the recording, handouts, and a PD certificate.

This webinar sold out every time it was offered last year!

Click here to register today!

*Source: Moz – The State of Searcher Behavior.

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