Tuesday, July 18, 2017

9 Features of ClassDojo's Digital Portfolio Platform - Coming Soon

About this time last year ClassDojo introduced a digital portfolio platform that they call Student Stories. Since its initial launch ClassDojo has steadily added new features to Student Stories. Today, ClassDojo announced nine features that will be available for the start of the new school year.

1. User names and passwords are no longer required to join. You can have students can log-in instantly by scanning a secure class QR code. (There is still a user name and password option).

2. Video recording length is now up to eight minutes. You can also upload videos that are up to eight minutes long.

3. Students will soon be able to add voice notes to their portfolios in Student Stories.

4. New image filters, frames, and digital stickers are being added to Student Stories.

5. Improved drawing tools for students to use to create drawings and diagrams.

6. Post from connected apps and or your device's camera.

7. Speaking of devices, ClassDojo's Student Stories now works on iOS, Android, and in your web browser.

8. Students can now type journal entries in Student Stories.

9. Annotate images by using drawing tools in ClassDojo's Student Stories.

The Five Most Popular Ed Tech Tutorial Videos of 2017 So Far

Every week I publish a couple of tutorial videos on my YouTube channel. As we're now more than half way through the year, I thought it would be good to take a look back the the most viewed ed tech tutorial videos that I have produced this year.

1. A Tour of the New Google Earth


2. How to Add Music to Google Slides


3. How to Use Toontastic 3D on Chromebooks


4. How to Use Flippity's Google Sheets Add-on


5. How to Use Google Drive Videos in Google Slides

Monday, July 17, 2017

In Case You Missed It - The Periodic Table in Pictures and Words

One of the most popular posts of the month so far featured The Periodic Table of Elements, in Pictures and Words. In case you missed it, here's a video I made to provide an overview of the site.


Applications for Education
As I mentioned last week, The Periodic Table of Elements, in Pictures and Words could be a great resource for middle school science classrooms. It also provides a nice model for an assignment in which you have your students pick an element and then try to identify as many products as possible that contain that chosen element.

Save Time by Using JoeZoo Express to Give Feedback in Google Docs

JoeZoo Express is a Google Documents Add-on that can save you a ton of time when you are grading or editing your students' writing in Google Documents. The way that JoeZoo Express saves you times is by providing you with the ability to store canned comments to insert directly in your students' work. You can use standard comments provided by JoeZoo Express or you can create, store, and use your own comments. Additionally, JoeZoo Express offers an option to include links to tutorials and help pages in your comments.

In June JoeZoo Express published a new set of tutorials for teachers and students. The playlist of tutorials is embedded below.

Saturday, July 15, 2017

View and Print 3D Models of Smithsonian Artifacts

Smithsonian X 3D (SIx3D) offers a neat way for students to learn about artifacts from the Smithsonian museums. The site is the result of a collaboration between Autodesk and the Smithsonian Institution. More than artifacts are currently featured on Smithsonian X 3D. The artifacts can be viewed as 3D models that you can virtually manipulate. Many of the artifacts have accompanying fact sheets through which you can learn about the artifact's history and significance. A screenshot of the fact sheet accompanying the model of the Philadelphia (a gunboat) is included below.


If you have access to a 3D printer you can print models of many of the artifacts featured on Smithsonian X 3D.

Applications for Education
The Smithsonian video embedded below provides an overview of how the Smithsonian envisions teachers using Smithsonian X 3D with students.