Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Classtools Offers a Handy Source Analysis Tool for Students

Classtools.net offers dozens of neat tools for students and teachers. Over the years I have featured many of those tools in blog posts and videos. One Classtools tool that I haven't previously featured is the Source Analyser.

The Classtools Source Analyser provides students with a simple template that can help them analyze the resources that they want to use in research papers and presentations. The template asks students to answer five basic questions about the reliability and utility of a source. Three hint buttons in the template can give students further guidance in analyzing a source.

The Classtools Source Analyser can be used on Classtools.net where students can download and print their completed templates. Teachers can embed the Classtools Source Analyser into their blogs or websites as I have done below.

Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp Registration Discounts

Every summer for the last five summers teachers from all over the world have come to Maine for the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps. The registration fee for this year's workshops is the same as the previous two summers. But that price is only available for one more day.

The Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp

Held on July 20-21 is for people who work in schools that have 1:1 Chromebook programs or are interested in learning more about Chromebooks in education. This two day event is very similar to the BYOD event but is tailored to address the unique aspects of teaching with Chromebooks. As you might expect, there will be quite a bit of attention given to using Google Apps in the classroom. Click here to register.

The Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp

Held on July 27th and 28th is for people who work in schools that have BYOD programs and 1:1 laptop programs (Mac or Windows), iPads, Android tablets, Windows tablets, or who have shared computers in a classroom or lab setting. Click here to register.

Registration form for Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp

Refund policy
  • 100% refunds (less transaction fees) will be given until May 1st.
  • 50% refunds (less transactions fees) will be given until June 10th. 
  • No refunds will be given for cancellations received after June 10th.
  • You can transfer your registration to another person at any time up until July 8th. 

Teaching With Trading Cards

Big Huge Labs and Read Write Think offers trading card templates that can be used by students is to create a set of trading cards about characters in a novel, to create a set of cards about people of historical significance, or to create cards about places that they're studying in their geography lessons. In the following videos I provide demonstrations of how students can use these tools.

Monday, May 29, 2017

History Project Vignettes

The History Project is a service that I like to describe as StoryCorps With Timelines. When the service launched last summer it was designed to help people record and share personal stories in a timeline format. Each event on a timeline can include multiple pictures, text, and audio that you either record in the service or upload from a previously made recording. After using The History Project for a while I realized that although it was made for recording and sharing personal stories, it can be used to create timelines of any series of events.

Last week The History Project added a new format in which users can share stories. That new format is called Vignettes. Vignettes are essentially short slideshows of up to twelve images with minimal text. The slideshows automatically display in full screen at web addresses that are automatically assigned to them.

Applications for Education
The History Project Vignettes could provide your students with a quick way to share the highlights from a long timeline that they have constructed. Think of it as providing a summary of a timeline in a slideshow format.

See this blog post for a comparison of The History Project with six other multimedia timeline tools.

Screencastify and Nimbus Screenshot Compared

I recently received an email from a reader seeking a comparison of Screencastify and Nimbus Screenshot. Back in March I published a comparison of both tools along with Capture Cast. Here's a short recap of that comparison.

My preference is for Nimbus Screenshot because its free plan offers more of what I need than Screencastify's free plan offers. Nimbus Screenshot's free plan includes a countdown timer that displays before the recording starts, it records in higher resolution than Screencastify, and it doesn't apply a watermark to my video.

Here's a video that I made with Nimbus Screenshot on my Chromebook.