Monday, January 28, 2013

This Link Will Self Destruct - Create Links to Share for a Limited Period of Time

This Link Will Self Destruct is a free service for sharing links that are accessible for a finite period of time. This Link Will Self Destruct shortens your URL to make it easier for others to copy or remember. TLWSD allows you to specify how long your shortened URL will be active. You can set a limit of just a few minutes, hours, or days. Password protecting your TWLSD links is an option too.

Applications for Education
This Link Will Self Destruct could be a good service to use when you need to shorten and share the long link to a WallWisher or TodaysMeet activity happening in your classroom.

Visit the Wistia Learning Center for Professional Video Production Tips

Wistia is a video hosting service that I am currently using to host some of my videos. Recently, Wistia launched a Learning Center to teach people how to create better videos. Right now the Learning Center has eleven video lessons and it looks like more videos are on the way. Get started on the path to making better videos by learning how to adjust the lighting when you're using a webcam.

Get an introduction to the Learning Center in the video below.

Five Good Feeds for U.S. History Teachers

I subscribe to roughly 300 blogs (honestly, I stopped keeping track a while ago). Usually, when I say that at conference or workshop the follow-up question I get goes something like this, "can you recommend some good blogs for X?" So this week I'm going to publish a short list each day of the blogs that usually come to mind when someone asks me to make a recommendation for a blog related to teaching a particular subject area. Since the bulk of my teaching experience is in social studies, I'm starting with that. Here are five feeds that U.S. History teachers should check out.

The US National Archives is an all around good resource for history teachers to have bookmarked. I've written about some of their services in the past (here and here) and today I'd like to remind you of the National Archives Today's Document feed. Every day Today's Document features a new image or document from the archives. The documents are usually accompanied by some additional research links and lesson plan resources.

Glenn Wiebe's History Tech blog is one that I've cited in some of my posts in the past. Glenn does a great job of blending tech, history, and current news into his posts. I particularly enjoyed this post about the Electoral College Election.

Glenn also developed Social Studies Central which houses a good collection of resources for social studies teachers.

I've featured the excellent video productions of Keith Hughes quite a few times in the past. If you're not familiar with the Hip Hughes History YouTube channel, go take a look at it right now. Keith does an excellent job of taking important events and themes in history and breaking them down into short, educational, and entertaining (if you're a history geek like me) lessons.

You can't teach U.S. History without teaching the Civil War. Teaching the Civil War With Technology, written by Jim Beeghley, has provided me with some good ideas to use in my own lessons. Make sure you give his podcast a listen too.

The Library of Congress offers a daily artifact feed similar to the one offered by the National Archives. Today in History from The Library of Congress offers a new image or document along with the story of the notable event or person connected to it.

Saturday, January 26, 2013

How to Manage 3rd Party Apps Accessing Your Google Account

On Friday I published a review of an online lesson planning service called Teaching Objects. One of the nice features of Teaching Objects is that you can pull-in resources from your Google Drive account if you grant that access to Teaching Objects. And, like a lot of other web-based services, you sign into Teaching Objects by connecting your Google Account. This raises the question that a lot of people ask, can I revoke access if I decide I don't want to use Teaching Objects after trying it? The answer to that question is yes. If you have connected any third party service to your Google Account you can revoke its access to your account at any time. Here's how you do it.

Step 1: Go to (sign into your Google Account if you aren't logged in).

Step 2: Scroll to the bottom of the page and select "manage access" under "connected applications and sites."
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Step 3: Click "revoke access" next to the name of any service that you don't want to be able to access your account any longer.
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The Week in Review - Freezin' for a Reason

Good morning from Greenwood, Maine where it is a balmy 4F outside. This is actually the warmest morning we've had this week. Despite the cold this afternoon some of my brave friends are jumping into a local lake to raise money for Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. While I will not be jumping in, I am sponsoring a few jumpers who will be freezin' for a reason. Harvest Hills is a no-kill shelter that I support with volunteer time and donations. My dogs are members of the Harvest Hills alumni association. If you're looking for a pet for your family, please consider adopting from a local shelter instead of shopping at a pet store. Now that my Bob Barker-like announcement is over, here are this week's most popular posts. 

1. Six Weeks of iPad Apps
2. Five Essential Google Drive Skills for Teachers
3. Three Free Tools for Creating Stopmotion and Timelapse Videos
4. A Short Guide to Green Screen Special Effects in iMovie
5. Hello Sign for Gmail Allows You to Put Your Signature on Attachments
6. What To Do Before Posterous Shuts Down and How To Do It
7. How to Export Your Blogger and WordPress Posts

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