Monday, December 4, 2017

How to Livestream From the YouTube Android App

In a blog post that I published a couple of weeks ago I mentioned using the YouTube Android app to broadcast review sessions for your students. In the time since I published that blog post I have have had a handful of people ask me for more information about livestreaming on YouTube. The best way to explain it is to show how it is done. That's exactly what I do in the video that is embedded below.

A New List to Expose Feed Scraping, Plagiarism, and Laziness

For years I have been trying to educate people about copyright. In fact, just six weeks ago I hosted a free webinar about the topic. I've written dozens of blog posts about the topic. I've sent polite emails and some not-so-polite emails to people who have stolen blog posts from me. Starting today, I am done being polite about it. From here on, if you steal my blog posts, you're going to be called out here.

I pour hours and hours into this blog. I have helped many people get new "tech coach" and similar positions through the use of my work. I have even helped people launch entirely new businesses through the use of my work. I want to help people, that's why I started this blog. However, I have never given permission to anyone to re-use my work as their own. When you steal my blog posts, you steal my potential to earn an income, to keep this blog going, and to help others.

Here are the latest people/ organizations to steal posts from me:
1. Janet Campbell - https://www.smore.com/uvc6q-it-s-tech-tuesday?ref=board

2. The Education Support Forum (TEDSF) - https://tedsf.org/campaign-tag/free-technology-for-students/

3. Loudon County Tennessee Public Schools -http://www.loudoncounty.org/ourpages/Technology%20Resources/Technology%20Tips/Practical%20Ed%20Tech%20Handbook.docx

4. Flip HTML-  http://fliphtml5.com/lxmt/vrnp/basic

5. HowlDB - http://howldb.com/p/two-good-tools-that-help-students-learn-to-program-games-04f36d

Don't want to be on this list? Don't plagiarize!

How to Compare Information on Wolfram Alpha

As I mentioned in a blog post published over the weekend, Wolfram Alpha is useful for more than just solving math and science problems. In fact, it can be a great resource for students who need to quickly find and compare background information on two or more people, places, or things. In the following video I demonstrate how easy it is to use Wolfram Alpha to compare information about two or more people or places.

Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Sounds of Nature Around the World

Nature Sound Map provides a wonderful way to explore the soundscape of the natural world. On the Nature Sound Map you will find placemarks containing recordings of nature. The recordings have been added to the project by professional sound recordists. Some of the recordings you will find feature the sounds of just one animal, the sounds of a jungle, sounds of a marsh, sounds of a storm, or sounds of oceans and rivers.

Applications for Education
In science courses the sound map offers a nice way for students to hear the sounds of animals that they're learning about in different regions of the world. In some cases the sound recordings combined with Street View imagery could give students a more complete picture of what it is like to be at ground level in a place.

Two Good Tools That Help Students Learn to Program Games

Code Maven and Game Maven are interactive programming tutorials from Crunchzilla. Code Maven and Game Maven use the same style as the popular Code Monster javascript programming tutorial. That style is to present a piece of code with instructions on one side of the screen while providing a visual of the outcome on the other side of the screen.

Code Maven offers 59 lessons for students to work through at their own pace to learn programming fundamentals. After completing the Code Maven tutorials students are ready to move on to Game Maven where they can work through 37 lessons in which they will create three simple online games.

Applications for Education
Code Maven and Game Maven are appropriate for middle school and high school students who would like to learn a bit of programming on their own. The tutorials provide students with instant feedback which could be helpful in holding students' attention to the tutorials. Students don't have to register to use the service and they can stop a lesson and come right back to it whenever they want to.