Friday, November 12, 2021

How to Use ClassPoint - Teacher and Student Views

Disclosure: ClassPoint is an advertiser on

Earlier this week I published a written overview of a new-to-me PowerPoint tool called ClassPoint. It's a great little tool that you can use to build interactive quizzes and polls into your PowerPoint presentations. You can also use it to annotate slides, create whiteboards on the fly, and share your annotations with students. But my favorite feature might be the random name selector that is built into ClassPoint

In this short video I provide a demonstration of how ClassPoint works. The video shows a teacher's perspective and a student's perspective of how ClassPoint can be used in your classroom. 

Everything that I demonstrated in the video can be done with the free version of ClassPoint. There is also a paid version that offers even more features. If you're interested in trying the paid features, you can head here and use method #3 with the trial code EWW1IHIPSM to get one month of free access to the premium features. 

A Geography Awareness Week Special

Next week is my favorite academic week of the year. It's Geography Awareness Week! On Sunday I'll be publishing a big list of resources for teaching and learning about geography. In that list you'll see me mention some uses Google Earth and Google Maps. If you want to really dive into Google Earth and Google Maps, I offer an online, self-paced course that shows you everything you need to know to use Google Earth and Maps in social studies. And for the next seven days I'm offering the course at 50% off. 

A Crash Course in Google Earth & Maps for Social Studies is a self-paced course in which I outline five social studies lesson activities that utilize Google Maps and Google Earth to help students make discoveries and to demonstrate what they’ve learned. These projects can be adapted for use in elementary school (grades 3-5), middle school, and high school settings. 

In the course you can learn:
  • How to create multimedia maps.
  • The distinctions between versions of Google Earth and Google Maps
  • How to map datasets.
  • How to create custom image overlays in Google Earth.
  • How to build and record virtual tours.
  • How students can collaborate remotely on Google Earth projects.
  • How to measure and draw in Google Earth.
  • Multimedia mapping options for students who don’t have Google Accounts.
  • The nuts and bolts of Google Earth and Maps.
Register during the next seven days for just $14.50. Register today and you'll have access to the course for the next year.

See What's Behind a Bitly Link Without Clicking On It

Bitly is a convenient tool for creating short URLs to share in place of long URLs. I've used it for years to create customized URLs that are easy for my students to type. Unfortunately, some people use Bitly to try to mask URLs to try to get you to click on nefarious links. Fortunately, there is an easy way to see where a Bitly link will take you without having to actually click on the link. 

The trick is to simply add a "+" to the end of any Bitly URL. When you add the "+" the URL will redirect to Bitly instead of to whatever the original URL was. That will then show you the Bitly page on which the shortened URL is hosted and will show you what the original link was. 

You can try this with my Bitly link of which will take you to the registration page for my Practical Ed Tech Newsletter ( If you try the same link but add "+" to the end of it so it reads like this you will go to the Bitly page where I shortened my original URL.

I've created a couple of short video demonstrations of how this trick works. This is the Instagram video that I made about it. This is the YouTube video that I made about it.

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