Friday, June 23, 2017

A Good App and A Good Site for Learning About Endangered Animals

WWF Together is a beautiful iPad app and Android app that features interactive stories about endangered animals around the world. Each of the interactive stories includes beautiful images and videos, facts about the animals and their habitats, and the threats to each of the animals. Some of the animals currently featured in the app are pandas, marine turtles, elephants, tigers, polar bears, bison, whales, gorillas, rhinos, and snow leopards.

In Pieces is a neat site that features the stories of 30 endangered animals around the world. Visit the site and you will be greeted by a little animation that comes together to form the shape of a whale. After the animation plays click through to see the stories of the 30 animals featured in the site. Each animal's story is told with text, images, and video. You'll learn about the threats to each animal, its native habit, and efforts to save each animal.

Applications for Education
After learning about the animals in the site and apps I might have students conduct their own research about endangered animals then put together visual reports about those animals. I would consider having students use Pic-Collage and Thinglink to make their own interactive displays about endangered animals. Tutorials for that process can be found here.


Get Inspired By These Videos

This is a guest post from Rushton Hurley. Rushton is the founder of Next Vista for Learning and the author of Making Your School Something Special

I love an inspiring video.

While I think it's inspiring that there are over two thousand short videos created by and for teachers and students everywhere on NextVista.org, we also have a resource page filled with videos on other sites.

These stories tell of inspiring young people, or an amazing teacher, or simply a moment that captures your heart.

We believe these sources of inspiration might be used to rally your team, or perhaps prompt important discussions with your colleagues.

Next Vista for Learning: Sources of Inspiration
http://nextvista.org/resources/inspiration/

Feel free to share what you find with others. All of us occasionally need a reminder that there are all kinds of wonderful moments happening all around.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

Dictate - Speech Recognition for PowerPoint, Word, and Outlook

Dictate is a free add-in for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Outlook. Once you have Dictate installed you can speak to have text appear in your documents, slides, and emails. Simple voice commands let you insert punctuation, delete words, and start new paragraphs.

Dictate takes just a minute or two to install. Just download the installation file and run the installation wizard once to have Dictate appear in all three Microsoft products.


Applications for Education
Dictate could be a helpful add-in for students who need to speak to insert text into documents or emails.

The Not at ISTE 2017 Survey

The annual ISTE conference starts on this coming Sunday. I'll once again be attending with a media credential. While I already have a list of interviews that I'll be conducting, I am also looking for input from those of you who aren't able to attend the biggest ed tech conference of the year in North America. I want to know what you would be interested in learning about if you could attend the conference. That's why I created the short Google Form that is embedded below. Please take a minute and let me know what you want to learn about from ISTE 2017.

Free Webinar - Protecting Students While Empowering Them to Publish

Red Jumper, the producers of the popular Book Creator app, is hosting a free webinar about protecting students when they publish online. The webinar is being conducted by my friend Beth Holland and Bill Fitzgerald. The webinar starts today at 11:30am. The webinar is being conducted through YouTube Live where you'll be able to chat while watching the webinar.