Showing posts with label Video Tutorials. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Video Tutorials. Show all posts

Thursday, April 1, 2021

My Most Popular Tutorials in March

As I mentioned in today's episode of Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff, my YouTube channel now has nearly 35,000 subscribers watching my tutorial videos. On my channel I cover everything from how to make a Google Form to how to make a green screen video to how to map spreadsheet data. Here's a list of the ten most-watched tutorial videos on my YouTube channel in March.

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How to Create Comic Strips in Google Slides

How to Add a Timer to Your PowerPoint Slides

How to Create Videos on a Chromebook - No Extensions or Apps Required

Threadit - Google's Alternative to Flipgrid?!

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Saturday, August 1, 2020

What Did You Watch in July?

Nearly 27,000 people are now subscribed to my YouTube channel. On my channel I publish screencast videos about all kinds of things including how to make videos, how to do interesting things with Google Slides, how to publish a podcast, and many other topics. Most of the videos are made to address questions that people send to me.

YouTube provides channel owners with interesting statistics about their channels. Some of those statistics include the cumulative time spent watching videos, the time spent watching individual videos, and the average length of time spent viewing videos on the channel. Based on that information, the following were the five most popular videos on my channel in July.

The Basics of Creating a Quiz in Google Forms

How to Host an Online Meeting With Zoom

Use Whiteboards in Google Meet Without Screensharing

How to Create a QR Code for a Google Form

How to Create a Video With Canva

Thursday, January 11, 2018

10,000 People Get Their Ed Tech Tips This Way

A few years back I decided to try to include more screencast videos in my blog posts. Initially, I hosted the videos on Vimeo and Wistia before realizing that I'd help more people by putting them on my YouTube channel. Those videos have been viewed more than 2,000,000 times and as of this morning the 10,000 people have subscribed to my YouTube channel.

If you haven't checked it out, my YouTube channel is where you will find short screencast videos explaining things like how to use Flipgrid, how to use various Google Forms Add-ons, and how to make a virtual conference room. Occasionally, I make live recordings in which I pass along tips on blogging or make recommendations in response to questions I've received.

In case you're curious, I have a video about the tools that I use to make most of my videos.

Thursday, December 7, 2017

425 Ed Tech Tutorial Videos

A few years ago I started to make an effort to create more tutorial videos to include in blog posts here and to include in the Practical Ed Tech Newsletter. Yesterday's video about making video playlists on Padlet was the 425th video added to my Practical Ed Tech playlist.

Subscribe to my YouTube channel to be notified when I publish a new video. Here's how to subscribe to my YouTube channel or any other YouTube channel.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Nearly 19,000 People Get Their Ed Tech Tips This Way

The reason that I read more often than any other for people unsubscribing from Free Technology for Teachers is "too many updates." That's why over the last two years I've offered two other ways to find my ed tech tips and news in a less frequently updated fashion. Those options are the Practical Ed Tech Newsletter and my YouTube channel.

The Practical Ed Tech Newsletter is sent out once a week on Sunday evening (Monday morning in some parts of the world). The newsletter includes my favorite tip of the week and a list of the week's most popular posts from Free Technology for Teachers. Nearly 12,000 people are subscribed to the newsletter, you can subscribe to the Practical Ed Tech Newsletter here.

On my YouTube channel I post a couple of new tutorial videos every week. My YouTube channel has more than 400 video tutorials on everything from G Suite for Education apps to video creation tools to fun and free formative assessment tools. Nearly 7,000 people are subscribed to my YouTube channel and you can subscribe here.

Monday, April 27, 2015

GeoGebra Quickstart Guides for Desktop and Tablets

From time to time I receive requests for help with GeoGebra. Not being a mathematics teacher, my hands-on experience with the program is limited to just messing around and trying things. When I'm asked for resources for learning how to use GeoGebra I point people in the direction of the GeoGebra website and YouTube channel.

On the GeoGebra YouTube channel you will find more 200 video tutorials. If you're just starting out with GeoGebra on your desktop or tablet, the GeoGebra quickstart videos will be of use to you. The videos are silent, but the visuals are clear.

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Gmail for Beginners - A Video Tutorial

My Google Drive and Google Sites guides both mention how to create Google accounts, but it doesn't cover how to use one of the most fundamental parts of Google accounts, Gmail. The video below, which I did not create, does a nice job of showing you the basics of using Gmail. I wish the video was zoomed-in a bit more, but otherwise it's a good primer for the first-time Gmail users.

I saw this video Tweeted a few days ago and forgot to note who it was that Tweeted it. If it was you, please let me know in the comments. 

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Backpack TV - Organized Academic Videos

Last night I received an email from a student intern at a new start-up company called Backpack TV. Backpack TV is a site that is creating a library of academic videos from across the web. You can browse for videos by subject, topic, and video duration. Backpack TV has also organized videos according to content providers. Some of the content providers are Khan Academy, Patrick JMT, and 60 Second Recap. According to the email that I received from Backpack TV, the videos have been selected and tagged by a team of high school and college students.

Applications for Education
Backpack TV, like many similar sites, could be useful for teachers and students to find short video lectures and demonstrations to supplement classroom instruction. The videos could be helpful for students who need a quick tutorial when they get stumped on a homework assignment.

Monday, June 27, 2011

Tildee - Create, Share, and Find Tech Tutorials

Tildee is a good site for creating, sharing, and locating tutorials for all kinds of technology-related things. Tildee provides a template and platform for sharing tutorials with others. Each tutorial you create is assigned a specific url that you can share with anyone. Your tutorials can include any combination of text, screen captures, and videos. Each tutorial that you create on Tildee is assigned a unique URL that you can share wherever you like.

Even if you don't use Tildee to create a tutorial yourself you can still use the site. You can browse or search the gallery of public tutorials to find one suits your needs.

Applications for Education
At the beginning of the school year one of my colleagues gives students the assignment to create short presentations about the software on their netbooks. That assignment is intended, in part, to help the students familiarize themselves with their new netbooks. That assignment could be taken one step further with Tildeee by having students create and share tutorials about the software they use.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Google SketchUp Education Uses and Tutorials

One of the Google applications that I wish I had had more time to explore at the Google Teacher Academy is Google SketchUp. GTA Lead Learner Ken Shelton offered a short session about using SketchUp in education, but there is so much to learn that a full day might not have been enough time to explore it all. Fortunately, the companion website to Google SketchUp 7 For Dummies has a fantastic set of tutorial videos demonstrating the ins and outs of SketchUp. Select a chapter from the index here to find a video tutorial. Ken Shelton has also put together some tutorial resources and compiled a short list of educational applications for Google SketchUp.

If you need a general overview of Google SketchUp, watch the video below.

Applications for Education
The Google SketchUp for Dummies video tutorials could be great resources for anyone that would like to have students use SketchUp in their classrooms. The tutorial videos could be used to reinforce or supplement the instruction you give in your classroom.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

How-to Week, Day 2 - Setting Up a Blog

This is day two of "how-to" week on Free Technology for Teachers. Each day this week I will be posting tutorials on using blogs and wikis to create an online presence for your classroom. Yesterday's tutorial was about setting up a wiki for your classroom. Today, I am sharing three videos covering the basics of setting up a blog on Edublogs, Blogger, and These three platforms offer free hosting with space and customization options sufficient for most classroom settings.

Although I could have, I did not create these videos. Each of these tutorials explains the basics as well or better than I would.

Setting up an Edublogs blog. You may also want to view the screencasts on the Edu Blogs homepage.

Setting up a Blogger blog.

Setting up a blog.

Friday, May 29, 2009

Sketchcast - Demonstrate Concepts Through Video

I wrote about Sketchcast last year, but on the heels of today's earlier post about screencasting I thought it would be appropriate to share information about Sketchcast again.

Sketchcast is a great way to demonstrate ideas and concepts through drawing and voice. Using Sketchcast is as easy as drawing on a white board while explaining a concept. Sketchcast provides users with a place sketch diagrams while speaking at the same time. The sketches can then be embedded into a blog or shared via email.

Below is a video introduction to Sketchcast.

Applications for Education
Sketchcast is useful for creating short video tutorials for students. Math teachers could use Sketchcast to walk students through the solutions to challenging mathematics problems. Teachers who are using blogs, wikis, or other websites with their classes will enjoy the ability to quickly create a sketch while explaining a concept to students and then quickly embed that sketch into their blog or wiki.

Wednesday, January 28, 2009

Academic Earth - Videos of Top Scholars Teaching

Academic Earth is a video depot for individual lectures and entire courses from some of the top universities in the United States. Visitors to Academic Earth will find lectures and courses from Yale, MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, and Stanford. Many of the lectures and courses can be found at various websites on the Internet. What Academic Earth does is take all of those lectures and courses and put them in one, easy-to-search, place. You can search for lectures and courses by topic, popularity, professor, or by university. I've embedded the first video from the Yale course Introduction to the American Novel Since 1945.

Applications for Education
Academic Earth makes it easy to find high quality, academically appropriate videos. These videos and courses could make a nice supplement to an advanced placement high school course. The videos can be embedded in your course blog where you can then have students watch and comment. Or you can, after embedding a video into your blog, post a questions for your students to answer as they watch a video lecture.

Thanks to Open Culture for another great video resource.

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Free Math Help

Every time I find a website like Free Math Help I wish that the Internet had been readily accessible to me as a high school student because my mathematics grades could have used the free help. Free Math Help, as the name implies, offers students free mathematics tutorials. Tutorials are available as text based lessons or narrated video lessons. Algebra, Geometry, Trigonometry, Calculus, and Statistics tutorials are available for free to students. If, after watching the tutorials students have more questions, students can head over to the message boards to ask clarifying questions.

Applications for Education
Free Math Help is a good resource for middle school, high school, and some undergraduate students to find mathematics help when you're not available. If you're a mathematics teacher, Free Math Help is a good website to link to your class blog or website.

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Useful How-To Tutorial Websites

This morning when I logged into my Twitter account, as I do every morning, I saw this link from Cool Cat Teacher to a list of fifteen tutorial websites. The list links to some video tutorial websites as well as wikis that explain how to do a wide variety of things. The suggested tutorials websites cover topics ranging from how to prepare a science fair project to building a photo website using PHP.

Applications for Education
The list of fifteen tutorial websites from Dumb Little Man has something for everyone. If you're looking for classroom projects for your students, How Stuff Works and Instructables have numerous suggestions and explanations of arts, crafts, and science fair projects. If you teach computer science, you may want to check out W3Schools or NETTUTS.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Computer Tutorials in Pictures and Video

Today I found two good websites for learning how to use computer software. In Pictures provides free tutorials for learning to use Microsoft and Open Office software as well as learning to write some basic html code. As it's name implies, In Pictures provides all of its tutorials in pictures with descriptive captions.

The other software tutorial site that I found this morning, via Paul Hamilton, is Woopid Video Tutorials. Woopid provides video tutorials for learning how to use software on a Mac or on a PC as well providing tutorials for cloud computing programs like Google Docs. What I like about Woopid is the video tutorials are arranged sequentially in bundles. What this means is if you're watching a video about using Power Point 2007 you can start with the basics and navigate forward in difficulty. Likewise, if you start in the middle of a bundle and realize that you don't have enough knowledge to implement the concept being taught, you can back up to a video that will provide you with the background knowledge you need.

Applications for Education
Both In Pictures and Woopid could be valuable resources for teaching the use of basic software to adult learners as well as traditional students.