Thursday, October 16, 2014

Remind is Changing Phone Numbers for U.S. Users

If you're a Remind (101) user in the United States you will soon have a new phone number to give to students and their parents. Remind is changing from traditional ten digit numbers to a five digit number for all U.S. users. The new number, 81010 for all U.S. users, is the one that all students and parents will send text messages to along with your class code to join your classes. Learn more about this change in the video below. You can also check out the Remind FAQs for more information about the new Remind number for users in the United States.

Canva Launches an iPad App for Creating Beautiful Infographics and Slides

Canva is a great service for creating infographics, slides, and photo collages. The service launched last fall and has steadily grown since then. The latest update to Canva was the launch of their free iPad app.

The Canva iPad app allows you to create infographics, slides, and photo collages in much the same way as the web version of the service. To create a graphic on Canva s tart by selecting a template then dragging and dropping into place background designs, pictures, clip art, and text boxes. Canva offers a huge library of clip art and photographs to use in your designs (some of the clip art is free, some is not). You can also import your own images to use in your graphics. Your completed Canva projects can be saved as PDF and PNG files. You can also simply link to your online graphic.

Applications for Education
Canva can be used in many types of student projects. Students could use Canva to design covers for slidedecks or covers for reports. Students can use Canva to create infographics to highlight elements of their research projects. Creating flyers to advertise a school event is another possible use of Canva by students.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

ChromeVis Can Make Webpages Easier to Read

ChromeVis is a Google Chrome extension designed to make it easier for people with vision impairments to read the content of webpages. When installed ChromeVis allows you to highlight the text on any webpage and have it enlarged and placed on an easy-to-read background. Your highlighted text appears in a pop-up box over the original page so that you can quickly go back to the original source if you want to. ChromeVis can be adjusted to meet your text size and text color preferences.

Applications for Education
ChromeVis could be a helpful extension for students and adults who need the content of a webpage modified in order to read it.

5 Things Students Should Know About Midterm Elections

CNN Student News is generally a good source of current events videos to use in middle school and high school classrooms. Today's episode of CNN Student News provides students with a short explanation of midterm elections and a run-down of their significance. You can find the video and transcript here. The video is also embedded below.

Create Instructional Videos on Your Chromebook With Clarisketch

Clarisketch is a free app that I initially wrote about back in July when it was only available as an Android app. Thanks to Jen Deyenberg, this morning I learned that it is now available as a Chrome app too.

Clarisketch allows you to add your voice and drawings to pictures or to a blank canvas. While you are talking about your picture you can draw on it to highlight sections of it. Completed projects are shared as links to the video file hosted on Clarisketch. You can share the link to your Clarisketch video and have it play on nearly any device that has a web browser. See my sample here.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a tool to use to create flipped video lessons on your Chromebook, Clarisketch could be the tool for you.

Students could use Clarisketch to create short stories about their pictures. You could also have students use Clarisketch to explain things like how to solve a math problem or the significance of a place featured on a map.