Sunday, February 14, 2016

How to Get Add-ons in the New Version of Google Forms

Last week Google announced support for Add-ons in the new version of Google Forms. Lack of support for Add-ons had been holding me back from making the switch. This week I switched and many others did too. One question that I have gotten in my email about the new version of Forms was about how to install Add-ons in the new version. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to find and install Add-ons in the new version of Google Forms.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

The Week in Review - Snow and Ice

Good morning from snowy Woodstock, Maine where I'm getting ready for a fun weekend of skiing and ice fishing on Moosehead Lake. As it is a holiday weekend for most of us in the United States I'm sure I won't be the only person out there. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you get some time for fun and relaxation too.

Before I head out the door with my loyal dog Max, I have this week's most popular posts to share.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 5 Good Google Tools for Social Studies Students
2. How to Create Historical Facebook Profiles With Google Drawings
3. 5 Ways Your Students Can Create Digital Valentine's Day Greetings
4. Complete This Free Course and Become a Power Google Searcher
5. 11 Backchannel & Informal Assessment Tools Compared in One Chart
6. 7 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes Compared in One Chart
7. How to Mix Privacy Settings on Google Calendar - And a Handful of Other Google Calendar Tutorials

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How to Create a Collaborative Whiteboard Space on NotebookCast

NoteBookCast is a free whiteboard tool that will work in the web browser on a laptop, iPad, Android tablet, and Windows tablet. NoteBookCast is a collaborative whiteboard tool. You can invite others to join your whiteboard by entering the code assigned to your whiteboard. You can chat while drawing on NoteBookCast whiteboards. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use NoteBookCast.

Applications for Education
NoteBookCast could be a good tool for students to use to remotely work together to solve problems, create mindmaps, or tutor each other.

7 Tools for Creating Multimedia Quizzes Compared in One Chart

Last winter I made a series of charts in which I compared popular ed tech tools. I'm now going through those charts and removing some tools and adding some new ones. The chart embedded below is the updated version of my chart comparing seven tools for creating multimedia quizzes. At the bottom of the chart you will find links to video tutorials on each of the tools featured in the chart. You can download the chart here or find the Google Docs version here.

Video Tutorials
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Friday, February 12, 2016

Rate Some Educational Videos and Inspire Your Students

Next Vista for Learning is my favorite place for students and teachers to share the educational videos that they create. Throughout the year Next Vista hosts a number of video creation contests for students and teachers. The latest contest just wrapped-up and now Next Vista is looking for a little help in picking the winners.

The latest Next Vista contest has ten finalists spread across two categories; student submissions and teacher-student collaborative submissions. If you have some time to watch the finalists in one or all three categories, please do so. Consider watching the videos with your students and asking them to vote for their favorite videos. Judging the finalists could be a great way to inspire your students to create their own videos. Similarly, watching the finalist videos might give you some ideas for a video project of your own. Click here for the judging form and list of finalist videos. All votes are due by midnight on February 14, 2016.

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