Friday, February 21, 2020

It's Not Just You - The Google Keep Chrome Extension is Broken - Update! It's Back!

Google Keep is a great tool that can be used for all kinds of things including setting reminders, taking notes, and bookmarking websites. The Google Keep Chrome extension makes it easy to do all of those things, when it's working. Unfortunately, for the last couple of days the Keep Chrome extension has not been working. I thought it was just me until I looked at the support section of the Keep Chrome extension page and saw tons of people also complaining the that extension was corrupted.

Running the built-in repair function for the Keep Chrome extension doesn't fix the extension. So for now we're all just stuck waiting for Google to fix the Keep Chrome extension. I'll update this post when the extension is repaired.

In the meantime, I'll be using the OneNote extension and or Chrome's built-in bookmarking tool to save links.

How to Annotate Videos With Timelinely

Timelinely is a free service for adding annotations to YouTube videos. You can use Timelinely to add text, image, and video annotations to any public YouTube video. After you have added your annotations to a video you can share the annotated version with anyone much like you would share any other video. You can share your annotated video by embedding it into a blog post or by just giving people the link to the annotated version of the video. In the following video I demonstrate how to use Timelinely to annotate YouTube videos.

Applications for Education
One of things that I like about Timelinely is the option to include pictures and videos in your annotations. I can see the image option being used to include an alternate example for students to view when watching a math lesson. Adding a video into your annotation could be a good way to add your own commentary or clarifying comments to a video about a topic in history or current events.

GoSoapBox - Quickly Poll Your Class

GoSoapBox is a student response system that I've used off and on over the years. It offers a few ways to conduct online polls for your students to respond to on their phones, tablets, or laptops.

My favorite polling option in GoSoapBox is called the Confusion Meter. The Confusion Meter is a simple poll that just asks students if they're "getting it" or if they're confused. Students can change their answers as many times as they need to during your lesson or class period. Watch my short video below to see how the Confusion Meter and other GoSoapBox features work.

As is demonstrated in the video above, there are other polling options in GoSoapBox in addition to the Confusion Meter. You can create and distribute quizzes in GoSoapBox. You can also create a simple discussion forum in which students can ask questions of you and or their classmates.

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