Saturday, January 23, 2021

G Suite Audio, Accessibility, and Timelines - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where we play outside even if it's cold and snowy. Sometimes that means doing traditional snow activities like skiing and sledding while other times it just means knocking some snow off the swings and having fun in our snowsuits. Whether the weather is hot or cold where you are, I hope that you also have some time for fun in the fresh air this weekend. 

The inauguration of President Biden and Vice President Harris was the story of the week. Larry Ferlazzo and Terri Eichholz each compiled excellent collections of resources about the inauguration and Amanda Gorman's poem. You can find Larry's collection here and Terri's collection here. On a related note, Larry is always incredibly fast at compiling resources for events in the news. His blog is where I go for resources about events in the news.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. My Favorite Chrome Extensions Right Now - And What They Do
2. Mote - An Easier Way to Add Audio to Google Slides
3. How to Check and Edit the Accessibility of Word Documents
4. How to Quickly Record Audio in Google Slides, Docs, and Classroom
5. How to Quickly Check and Improve the Accessibility of Your PowerPoint Slides
6. Six Good Tools for Making Multimedia Timelines
7. ReadWorks Adds an Offline Mode for Students

Professional Development Opportunities 
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  • Pixton EDU is a great tool for creating comics and storyboards. 
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My Big List of Padlet Tutorials

On Thursday morning I published a video about how to use Padlet to create multimedia timelines. As I mentioned in Thursday's blog post I've been using Padlet for more than a decade. In fact, when I started using it it was called Wall Wisher. Over the years I've made a lot of tutorial videos about how to use various aspects of Padlet and shared a lot of ideas for using it in variety of classroom settings. What follows isn't all of the tutorials that I've made, but it does include all of the most popular functions and some "hidden" features of Padlet. 

The Basics of How to Use Padlet

How to Remake and Reuse a Padlet Wall

How to Create a Multimedia Map in Padlet

How to Make a Video Playlist in Padlet

Nine Ways to Add Notes to Padlet Walls

How to use Padlet Reactions

How to enable commenting on Padlet

Sharing & Privacy in Padlet

How to Use Padlet Mini

How to Embed Padlet Walls Into Google Sites - Two Options

How to Create an Online Art Gallery With Padlet and Google Sites

How to Create a Backchannel on Padlet

Even more tutorials are available here on my YouTube channel