Friday, October 2, 2020
Canva has been my go-to tool for making things like infographics, video cover images, and social media posts. Increasingly, I'm using it to design slideshows. A relatively new feature in Canva is the option to record a video of the presentations that you create in Canva. It's kind of like making a narrated screencast of your slides. The difference is that you can do all of the recording right in Canva and you can see your speaker notes to help you through the recording but the speaker notes don't get included in the final video. Take a look at my new video that is embedded below to see how Canva's built-in presentation recording tool works.
at 7:00 AM
My Google search for "WWII ration books" took me to the National World War II Museum's website (a great museum to visit in person if you're ever in New Orleans). On the website there is a digital exhibit about ration books. That exhibit is part of a larger section of the National World War II Museum's website. That section is called Research Starters.
Research Starters covers ten topics related to American involvement in World War II. Some of those topics include rationing, D-Day, and the role of women in WWII. The research starters aren't intended to be comprehensive overviews of the topics. Instead, the research starters are designed to launch students into further investigation of the topics. In some cases the research starters will point students to another section or collection on the National World War II Museum's website and in some cases students will have to leave the site to further their investigations.
Applications for Education
When I taught U.S. History I always found visuals like those in the ration books exhibit to be useful not only in helping students understand the topic at hand but also for inspiring some conversation and curiosity. If you teach U.S. History, the Research Starters collection on the National WWII Museum's website is one that I'd keep bookmarked.
at 5:00 AM
Yesterday morning I had a colleague come into my classroom to ask me how she could create a document that had some arrows and boxes in it. Basically, she was trying to replicate and then slightly modify a diagram she'd seen in a textbook. I showed her a couple of methods for doing this. I'm guessing that my colleague isn't the only person who has or will wonder how to add shapes and drawings to a Google Doc, I made the following short video.
In the following video you'll see two ways to add shapes and drawings to Google Docs. The first method is to use the special characters menu in Google Docs. The second method involves using the "insert drawing" menu in Google Docs.
at 4:30 AM