Sunday, August 17, 2014

Zoom.it is Closing on September 15th

For the last five years I have been using and recommending Zoom.it to display large images in small spaces on your blog. Last week when I went to use it to embed this infographic about Google search strategies I discovered that Zoom.it is being shut down. As of August 15th you will no longer be able to upload images to Zoom.it. On September 15th Zoom.it will be closed for good.

How to Embed Remind (101) Messages Into Google Sites

On Saturday I shared directions for embedding Remind (formerly Remind 101) messages into a blog. Today, I received a handful of emails from folks wanting to know if they could do the same with Google Sites. The answer to that question is yes. The procedure for embedding Remind messages into Google Sites is slightly different from the procedure for embedding messages into a blog. The procedure is outlined in the screenshots below (click the images to view them in full size). 

Step 1: Sign into your Remind account and select "my widgets" from the drop-down menu. 

Step 2: Select Google Sites from the "My widgets" menu. 

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The Napoleonic Era Mapped

History Today offers a neat mapped timeline of the Napoleonic Era. The timeline matches events to a map and to History Today articles. Unfortunately, the full text of the History Today articles are only available to subscribers. None-the-less the timeline and map make a good resource for students studying European history.

Applications for Education
History Today's map and timeline of the Napoleonic Era is a good model of what students could create by using Odyssey JS to create a mapped timeline of their own.

H/T to Google Maps Mania

Trendlines in Google Spreadsheets

Late last week Google Spreadsheets received a handy little update. You can now create trendlines in your Google Spreadsheets. Trendlines can be used to illustrate linear and or exponential change in data sets. Trendlines can be added to new and existing charts in your Google Spreadsheets. You can create trendlines by choosing a chart then selecting trendlines from the "customize" tab in the advanced editor. Click here for Google's step-by-step directions for creating trendlines.

Applications for Education
Using trendlines in Google Spreadsheets could be a great way for students to see how census data changes over time. Trendlines could also be helpful to students who need to create charts to include in presentations.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

How to Embed Your Remind (101) Text Messages Into Your Blogger Blog

Remind (formerly known as Remind 101) is a great tool to use to reach students and their parents via text messages. But not all parents and not all students will want to opt-in to receive messages on their phones. If you embed your Remind text messages into your blog, those parents and students who choose not to receive messages on their phones can still see the information that you're sending through Remind. In your Remind account you can grab a widget to embed into your blog. Remind offers widgets for use in WordPress, Google Sites, and other blog and website platforms including Blogger. The screenshots below outline the process for embedding Remind messages into your Blogger blog.

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