Saturday, June 10, 2017

Create Simple Animations With ParaPara Animation

Parapara Animation is a free animation creation tool developed and hosted by Mozilla. The tool is easy to use and it does not require registration in order to use it. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create an animation with ParaPara Animation.

Applications for Education
I first learned about ParaPara Animation when Kevin Hodgson posted some of the creations that his students made. As you can see in those animations, students can use ParaPara Animation to tell short stories through their drawings.

Mozilla offers some lesson plan suggestions based on the use of ParaPara Animation. You can find those lesson ideas here.

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where it is starting to feel like summer. Some of us were starting to go a little nutty with the constant rain and cold. The sunny, warm weather has me thinking forward to July when I'll host the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps. There are some seats available for both the Chromebook Camp and the BYOD Camp. I hope that you can join us.

In other news, on Monday I will be in Milwaukee to speak at the University School of Milwaukee's Summer Spark conference. The following Monday I'll be speaking in New Hampshire. If you're interested in having me speak at your school, please get in touch with me.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Be Internet Awesome - Google's New Internet Safety Curriculum
2. 4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren't 1:1
3. 5 Neat Things You Can Do With Google Sheets
4. Easier Data Interpretation and Visualization in Google Sheets
5. 10 Good Options for Creating Digital Portfolios - A PDF Handout
6. How to Quickly Download Google Drive Files
7. A Convenient New Way to Search for Educational Videos

I am currently offering four online courses:
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My Simpleshow provides a great way to create explanatory videos.

Six Hours of Professional Development for $25

During the school year we tend to think to ourselves, “I’ll do some professional development during the summer.” Then the summer arrives and we find our schedules a little more busy than we expected. That’s when on-demand professional development is handy.

I offer six on-demand professional development webinars. You can download them and watch them when it is convenient for you. Some people watch in chunks while others will watch all at once. Either way, the choice is yours.

For two more days all of my on-demand professional development webinars are available in one bundle for just $25. That’s six hours of PD that you can get at your leisure. This offer is valid until midnight on June 11th (Eastern Time).

The webinars included in this package are:

  • Search Strategies Students Need to Know
  • Fun Formative Assessments
  • Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners
  • Quick & Powerful Video Projects
  • Winning Blog Strategies
  • YouTube, It’s Not Just Cats & Khan Academy

This discounted bundle of professional development webinars is available until midnight (EDT) on June 11th. Click here to purchase today.

Friday, June 9, 2017

Six Types of Classroom Video Projects - And 18 Video Creation Tools

The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops. That outline with suggested tools for creating videos in each style is included in the PDF embedded below. You can download the PDF here.

(The PDF is hosted on If your school blocks Box, you won't be able to see the embedded file).

Practical Ed Tech Live - Episode #8

Yesterday was a sunny day in Maine so I went outside to broadcast Practical Ed Tech Live. The background noise was a little louder than I expected so this morning I spent some time cleaning up the audio. The recording of the broadcast is now available to view on my YouTube channel or as embedded below.

Here are the questions that I answered in the video:

  • Can you do a comparison of Google Keep and Diigo?
  • I’m in search of a website for creation of shape poetry and word clouds. Do you have any suggestions?
  • Can you download entire folders from Google Drive?
  • What is the software that you use for your instructional videos in YouTube?
  • I’m going to be a tech coach next year. I’ve been following you for years and that’s where I get a lot of ideas to share. How do you keep up and keep track of what’s new? How do you decide what’s worth sharing with other teachers?