Saturday, September 2, 2017

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good afternoon from sunny Paris Hill, Maine. It was a busy week here and I'm sure it was for you too. As I mentioned earlier in the week, autumn is in the air around here. I found myself grabbing a knit hat and putting on a fleece earlier this week. That just serves as a physical reminder that school is in session. What's your favorite aspect of autumn? Send me an email and let me know.

This week I received a couple of requests to facilitate professional development days during the 2017-18 school year. My calendar for 2017 is almost full and 2018 is starting to fill in. I'd love to add your school to my schedule. Send me an email at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com and let's talk about how we can work together.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Kahoot Launches a New Collection of Math Games
2. 9 Alternatives to Google Image Search - PDF Handout
3. Three Google Docs Features New Users Often Ask About
4. Create Random Seating Assignments With Mega Seating Plan
5. Email Etiquette Reminders for Students
6. 5 Tips for New Google Calendar Users
7. How to Collect Files Through Google Forms

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Where to Find and How to Use the New Kahoot Math Games

Earlier this week Kahoot launched a new featured called Kahoot Studio. Studio is a curated collection of math games made by Kahoot and aligned to Common Core standards. In the future Kahoot will be adding games for other subjects.

I received a couple of emails from readers looking for more information about Kahoot Studio. In particular, one person wanted to know if she could modify the math games in the Kahoot Studio. Yes, you can modify the games. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to find the new Kahoot math games and how to modify them.

How to Find and Use YouTube Embed Codes

You might have noticed that YouTube made some layout changes. One of those changes included altering the sharing menu and moving the location of the embed codes for videos. Someone emailed me this morning asking for help on finding the location of the embed codes for YouTube videos. I made the following short screencast to explain where to find and how to use YouTube embed codes.


Applications for Education
YouTube embed codes make it possible to include a video in your blog posts and on your website. I often include videos in blog posts as a way to provide audio and visual explanation of a concept that I have written about. I also use videos in classroom blog posts to spark discussion in the comments section of a blog post.

Friday, September 1, 2017

Loom - Screencast on Chromebooks, Macs, and PCs

Loom is a free screencasting tool that works on Chromebooks, Macs, and Windows computers. Loom is a Chrome extension. With Loom installed you can record your desktop, an individual tab, and or your webcam. That means that you could use Loom to just record a webcam video on a Chromebook. Of course, this also means that you can use Loom to record your webcam while also recording your desktop.

Loom recordings can be up to ten minutes long. A completed recording can be shared via social media and email. You can also download your recordings as MP4 files to upload to YouTube or any other video hosting service.


Applications for Education
This is the time of year when you're likely to be introducing some new tools to your students and or your colleagues. Creating a screencast video that your students or colleagues can watch whenever they need reminders of how to use a tool can save you a lot of time in the long run. Loom makes it easy to quickly record a screencast video on almost any computer.

How to Share a Portion of a YouTube Video

Over the years I have used videos to recap a lesson, to introduce a new concept, and to spark discussion amongst my students. When sharing videos with students I will often share just a portion of it. Usually, this means that I have them skip the first twenty or thirty seconds that has intro or pre-roll material. And occasionally there are longer videos that I my students to skip to the middle before starting to watch the balance of the video. Here are three good ways to share a portion of a video with your students.

YouTube's sharing menu includes an option to have a video start at a specified time. Take a look at my screenshot below to see where to find that option.


TubeChop is a good tool for clipping and sharing a portion of a YouTube video. Watch my video below to see how it works.



EDPuzzle offers more than just clipping and sharing a portion of a video. It is a complete system for cropping videos and adding quiz questions to them. Watch my videos below to learn how to use EDPuzzle.