Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Quick & Easy Way to Combine Audio Tracks

Last week I published a video that outlines how I produce my podcast. Within that video I included some tips about using Garage Band to extract audio from a video and how to combine audio clips in This morning I had an email from a reader who wanted to know what her students could on their Chromebooks to combine audio files because Garage Band is a Mac-only product. My suggestion was to try Audio Joiner from 123APPS.

Audio Joiner is a free tool that anyone can use to combine audio clips. Audio Joiner works entirely in your web browser. No registration is required to use the free tool. To use Audio Joiner simply go to the site, upload the MP3s that you want to combine, then click the "join" button. When the clips are joined you'll have a new MP3 to download. Watch my short video to see how easy it is to use Audio Joiner.

A New Way to Collect Feedback Through Google Sites

Google Sites has always made it easy to insert Google Forms into the pages of your Google Sites websites. Embedding a Google Form into a page can be a good way to gather feedback from students, parents, and other website visitors. This week Google announced that there will soon be another way to collect feedback through Google Sites.

Soon you'll be able to add a feedback form to the footer of all pages of your Google Sites website. When you add the feedback form it will be distributed across all pages of your site. To add the feedback form you'll enable it in the site info menu in the Google Sites editor. Viewers of your site will then be able to click a small feedback icon to open a dialogue box that they can enter their messages into.

The new Google Sites feedback tool will be available only in sites created within G Suite domains and not those created with generic Gmail addresses.

If you're new to using Google Sites, take a look at my tutorial below to learn how to get started.

How to Create a Google Earth Tour - Updated Web Version

The web version of Google Earth has been available for more than two years now. Over those two years it has lagged behind the desktop version in terms of feature availability. That is starting to change now that Google has finally added the option to create tours in the web version of Google Earth. This new option lets you create a series of multimedia placemarks in projects in the web version of Google Earth. Projects are automatically saved in your Google account. Like most Google products, project collaboration is available in Google Earth. Watch my new video to learn how to make your first project in the web version of Google Earth.

The web version of Google Earth is catching up to the desktop version but it still doesn't have the option for students to narrate their tours as they can do in the desktop version of Google Earth. That's one of the things that I cover in my Google Earth & Maps - It's More Than Just Social Studies.

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