Sunday, November 20, 2016

How to Create a Google Earth Tour

Google Earth can be used for all kinds of lessons in math (see Real World Math), science (try these resources), and language arts (try Google Lit Trips) in addition to the obvious social studies applications. One of the best ways to use Google Earth in social studies and in language arts is to have your students create narrated tours of significant places. Those places might be the sites of significant events in history, the setting of a favorite book, or a favorite place close to home.

In the video below I demonstrate how to quickly create a Google Earth tour, how to save a Google Earth tour, and how to share a Google Earth tour.

How to Create Kahoot Games

For the last eleven months "create Kahoot games" and "Kahoot" have been the most frequently searched terms on this blog. While I have published videos about specific parts of Kahoot, until today I didn't have a video on the complete Kahoot creation experience. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a Kahoot game from scratch, how to use Kahoot games created by other teachers, and how to play a Kahoot game.

A Reminder About Black Friday Electronics

Sadly, Thanksgiving in the United States has almost become synonymous with the start of holiday shopping season. On the day after Thanksgiving, known as Black Friday, retailers everywhere will put all manner of products on sale. It can be a good opportunity to save money on something that you have been planning to purchase. But when it comes to electronics many of the products that appear to be deeply discounted aren't as good as the products that cost just a little bit more sitting next to them on the shelf. So if you're planning to buy a Chromebook, a phone, a laptop, or some other electronic on Black Friday, do a bit research and see if you can get a much better product for marginally more money.

Saturday, November 19, 2016

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining and I'm looking forward to a day of walking in the woods around my home (with orange clothing on because it is hunting season). Snow is in the forecast for later this weekend. As a skier I love the snow even though I have to shovel it from my driveway. Before any outdoor fun can happen, I have to share this week's list of the most popular posts of the week.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. 5 Handy Chrome Extensions for Teachers
2. How to Create a Word Cloud in Google Documents
3. 5 Fun Geography Games for Geography Awareness Week
4. Three Ways That Students Can Create Talking Pictures
5. Four Tools for Making Audio Recordings on Chromebooks
6. G Suite for Education Has a New Templates Option
7. My Three Favorite Video Creation iPad Apps for Elementary School

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How to Enable Commenting on Padlet Notes

On Thursday Padlet unveiled a new feature that lets you comment on the notes that your students write on Padlet walls. Commenting on your students' notes could be a great way to ask them clarifying questions or to just let them know that you are reading what they share. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to use Padlet's commenting feature.