Saturday, August 27, 2022

Reading, Searching, and Fixing - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining on what should be a nice and sunny weekend after a few days of much-needed rain. We're going to have a little backyard camping adventure this evening. Tomorrow, we plan to have a fun day at Storyland! I hope that you also have some fun things planned for your weekend. 

This week I hosted a free webinar titled Get to Know Your Students With Tract. If you missed it, you can watch the recording here. Next week I'm hosting another webinar titled a Framework for Technology Integration. You can learn more about that webinar here

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Ten Popular Back-to-School Tutorials for Teachers
2. Worldle Daily - A Street View Game
3. DIY Tech Fixes for Teachers
4. Two Resources to Help Make Virtual & Hybrid Learning More Equitable & Effective
5. Readlee Adds Support for More Languages
6. Searching is a Thinking Skill
7. Read Write Think Animal Inquiry

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50 Tech Tuesday Tips!
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How to Use PowerPoint Cameo

Cameo is a relatively new feature in PowerPoint that lets you insert your live camera feed into any and all of the slides in your presentations. Cameo is a different feature from the video insertion option and the presentation recording options that you may have previously used in PowerPoint. Cameo displays your live camera feed so that your face (or other objects in your camera) appears on your slides throughout your presentation. 

As you can see by watching my short video that is embedded below, PowerPoint Cameo lets you position your camera feed anywhere you like on your slides. You can even reposition the feed from slide to slide. And as you'll also see in the video below, Cameo has some neat editing tools that you can use to change the way that your camera feed appears to your audience. 

Watch my short video to learn how to use PowerPoint Cameo

Applications for Education
PowerPoint Cameo provides a great way to make sure that your students can see you throughout a presentation that you are giving virtually in Teams, Zoom, or even in Google Meet.

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