Wednesday, March 1, 2023

New Month, New Course - Five Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom

Creating videos with students is one of my favorite things to do with students. Over the years I’ve helped students and their teachers create animated videos, green screen videos, mini documentaries, and instructional videos. In my new Practical Ed Tech course, Five Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom I will teach you how to do those video projects and more.

In Five Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom I’ll share all of my favorite planning, production, publishing, and assessment tips. And as the title implies, I show you how to carry out five video projects that you can do in your classroom.

The projects in this course can be done in elementary, middle, and high school classrooms. Whether you have iPads, Chromebooks, Macs, or Windows computers you will be able to do these projects.

Course Dates and Logistics
This course will be delivered to your inbox in a series of weekly emails beginning on March 14th at 6am ET. Every week for five weeks you’ll receive a new lesson that contains written guidance, downloadable handouts, and video tutorials. And because the course is email based, I’m just an email away to answer any and all of your questions. Sign-up by March 7th to save $10.

Three Ways to Share Google Maps Views in Google Classroom

Google Maps is one of the tools that I always list as a must-have for history and geography teachers. It provides an easy way to show students multiple, detailed views of the significant natural and human-made landmarks they're learning about in your classroom. 

Projecting them on a big screen in the front of your classroom is one to show your students specific Google Maps views. That works when all of your students are present and all of them can see the screen. That doesn't work when you need students to explore a specific location on their own. In that case you may want to use one of the following three methods to share Google Maps views in Google Classroom. 

Option 1: Share a link to a 2D map view. 

Option 2: Share a link to a specific Street View image. 

Option 3: Share latitude and longitude coordinates to direct students to an exact location. 

All three methods are demonstrated in the video that is embedded below. 

Video - Three Ways to Share Google Maps Locations in Google Classroom

On a related note, check out Around the World With Google Earth

Once More With Feeling...Two EdTech Guys Take Questions

In my newsletter on Sunday evening I mentioned that Rushton Hurley and I would be recording a new installment of our Two EdTech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff series this week. We've now done that. In the latest episode we tackled questions about image file formats and a question about video creation that ended up being a discussion about social media habits for teachers. In this new episode we also shared a cool way to create video games and a video to inspire you. 

Watch the episode as embedded below or head to this page on Next Vista for Learning to watch it and get all of the associated resources. 

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