Saturday, February 29, 2020

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where I'm up before most reasonable are awake on a weekend. Getting a few minutes alone to think and write requires me to get up before 5am. Having two toddlers will do that to a person. Before everyone starts stirring, I have this week's list of the most popular posts to share with you.

This week I wrapped-up my online course titled Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom. I'll be offering some new online PD opportunities in March so check the blog on Monday for those. I also like to remind you that registration is now open for the 2020 Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. How to Quickly Turn a Blog Post Into a Video
2. Ten Fun and Challenging Geography Games for Students of All Ages
3. Mixkit - Hundreds of Free Music and Video Clips for Multimedia Presentations
4. Three Good Ways to Create Rubrics - Tutorials Included
5. How to Quickly Turn a Podcast Into a Video
6. Rubrics for Videos, Podcasts, Blogs, and More
7. The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 34 Featuring Dr. La'Tonya Rease Miles

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How to Search the Smithsonian's Open Access Collection

Earlier this week the Smithsonian launched a new open access collection. Smithsonian Open Access contains more than 2.8 million digital artifacts that you can view and download for free. While the Smithsonian Open Access homepage does have a couple of introductory videos, they're more promotional than they are instructional. That's why I created the following short video overview of how to search Smithsonian Open Access.

How to Use Mixkit to Find Free Audio and Video Clips for Your Projects

Mixkit is a good place to find free video clips and audio clips to use in your multimedia projects. I wrote about it earlier this week and mentioned it on my podcast. For those who would prefer a visual overview of how to use Mixkit to find free audio an video clips, I offer the following tutorial video.

As I mentioned in the video, the licensing terms for assets on Mixkit are pretty clear. You can download videos and audio files from Mixkit to re-use and remix. You don't have to credit Mixkit, but they will appreciate it if you do.

If you're looking for more places to find free audio files to use in classroom projects, check out this list that I published on Practical Ed Tech.

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