Saturday, August 8, 2020

Zoom from Teacher and Student Perspectives

As the new school year gets closer I'm getting a lot of requests for help with Zoom. I have published a few video tutorials about Zoom including this one that covers the basics of setting up a meeting with students. I've also published this one about how students see Zoom meetings on Android phones. But until this week I hadn't put the teacher and student perspectives together in one video. That's what I did in this new video that is embedded below.

I have always found it helpful to look at tools from the students' perspectives as well as my teacher perspective. Doing that helps me better understand how students will use the tools and better prepares me to help them troubleshoot problems that they run into when using the tools.

Intro to Simple Electronics in Makerspaces

Yesterday morning I gave a short virtual presentation for the New Jersey TeachMeet. The topic of my presentation was an introduction to using simple electronics in makerspaces. The presentation focused on three main resources. Those resources are Microsoft's Hacking STEM, Exploratorium's Science Snacks, and TinkerCad. The slides from my presentation are embedded below and can also be seen here.

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where the sun is yet to come up and the air feels cool. I hate to say it, but those are reminders that summer won't last forever and fall will be here soon. I plan to soak up what's left of summer before school starts in a couple of weeks. I hope that you are doing the same this weekend.

This week the remnants of Hurricane Isaias hit Maine. Other than the electricity being knocked out for about 20 hours, no damage was done. I hope that those of you south of me were just as fortunate.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. 5 Ways to Make Whiteboard Instructional Videos in Your Web Browser
2. Don't Fall for This Image Attribution Scam
3. A New Way to Make Sure People Can View Your Videos in Google Slides
4. Stream Multiple Sources at Once With OBS Studio
5. What You Need to Know About the Latest Version of Flipgrid
6. Phidgets - A Fun, Free, Hands-on Way to Learn Python, Java, and More
7. How to Improve Reverse Image Search Results

Back to School PD Opportunities
This week I hosted a few PD webinars for schools for the start of the school year. If you'd like to have me host a PD session for your school, please send me a note at richardbyrne (at) to learn more about how we can work together.

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