Thursday, May 18, 2023

Breaking News With ClassTools

Breaking News is one of the many great tools available on Russel Tarr's Breaking News is a template for creating fake breaking news screens like those that you might see on CNN or BBC News.  Through the template you can add a news headline, a ticker, a location, and custom background image. After completing the template you can download your news screen as an image or host it online at Imgur.

Applications for Education
Russel Tarr has a bunch of examples of Breaking News screens created about historical events like the assassination of President Lincoln. You could also have students create Breaking News screens about major turning points in the plots of their favorite fiction works.

Create Animated Timelines in Google Slides

One of my most popular Google Slides tutorials is a video about how to use Google Slides to create a timeline. A follow-up to that video demonstrates how to use the animation tools in Google Slides to add animations to a timeline. In the following video I demonstrate how to create an animated timeline in Google Slides.

If you like this video, please take a look at my YouTube channel for hundreds of other tips on using educational technology tools.

For a deep dive into making and teaching with animations, enroll in my Animated Explanations course on

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