Saturday, July 21, 2018

Feedback, Focus, and Cars - The Week in Review

Good morning from Paris Hill, Maine where today is Founder's Day. This is an annual event in our historic neighborhood that is highlighted by a library fundraiser in the form of a public viewing of an extensive antique car collection at the former home of Hannibal Hamlin. Some libraries sell old books, ours sells tickets to view million dollar cars like the one in my picture.

In other news, this week I had the privilege to speak at the TechSplash Conference in Abingdon, Virginia. Thank you to the conference organizers for hosting a great event!

I'm home for the next two weeks without traveling. That's giving me the opportunity to host some Practical Ed Tech webinars. On Tuesday I am hosting Google Earth, Maps, and VR Tours. On Thursday I'm hosting Fast & Fun Formative Assessment. I hope you'll join me. 

These were the week's most popular posts: 
1. 10 Tools for Gathering Real-time Feedback From Students
2. An Easy Way to Create a GIF from Google Slides
3. Formatically Offers a New Instant Citation Tool
4. How to Protect Student Privacy With Blurring Effects in Videos
5. Three Tools That Can Help You Save Time on Routine Tasks
6. These Chrome Extensions Can Help You Stay On Task
7. Add Music to Your Google Slides With the AudioPlayer Chrome Extension

Bring Me to Your School
My fall calendar is almost full! If you would like to bring me to your school for a professional development day, please get in touch. I offer professional development workshops on G Suite for Education, Teaching History With Technology, and many other topicsClick here to learn more or send an email to richardbyrne (at) to book me today.

Book Me for Your Conference
I’ve given keynotes at conferences from Australia to Alaska for groups of all sizes from 50 to 2,000+. My keynotes focus on providing teachers and school administrators with practical ways to use technology to create better learning experiences for all students. I like to shine the light on others and so I often share examples of great work done by others as well as my own. Send an email to richardbyrne (at) book me today.

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How to Create an Animated GIF

Animated GIFs can be handy for quickly showing a process or sequence of events. Check out Common Craft's soccer guide for great examples of using animated GIFs to illustrate concepts. And, of course, GIFs are fun to use to make a point in a social media post. If you want to make your own animated GIFs, try using the Docs365 GIFmaker Google Slides add-on. In the video that is embedded below I demonstrate how to make an animated GIF from your Google Slides.

Say Goodbye to Old Google Forms

The current version of Google Forms has been available for almost three years. But change is hard and so there are still people using the old "classic" version of Google Forms. The old version is going to be officially retired by the end of this year. Google has announced that starting on August 22nd you will only be able to create new forms by using the current, AKA "new," version of Google Forms. Also beginning on August 22nd all existing "classic" Forms will be automatically updated to the new or current version of the Google Forms interface.

Any submissions that have been collected through the old version of Google Forms will not be affected by the automatic upgrade to the new version of Google Forms. Any questions that were written in the old version of Google Forms will not be affected by the upgrade to the new version.

My Practical Ed Tech webinar Google Forms and Sheets for Beginners will show you everything you need to know to get started with the latest version of Google Forms. 

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