Friday, January 5, 2018

Have You Listened to the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast?

I don't listen to many podcasts because many of them feel like the hosts are just talking to fill time. But the 10-Minute Teacher Podcast hosted by Vicki Davis is an exception to that pattern. Every episode is just ten minutes long and is packed with handy tips for teachers. Every episode features a different guest who passes along some knowledge to teachers.

I was fortunate enough to be a guest on one of Vicki's recent 10-Minute Teacher episodes. In the episode I shared five of my favorite ed tech tools for social studies classrooms. You can listen to it here. And you can find all of the episodes here.

A Short Overview of Immersive Reader from Microsoft

Immersive Reader is a free tool available from Microsoft. As I wrote earlier this week, Immersive Reader will read aloud the articles that students have in their OneNote notebooks. Immersive Reader does more than just read articles aloud. It will identify to students the nouns, verbs, and adjectives within an article. Students can also choose to have every syllable of word identified for them.

In the video that is embedded below I demonstrate Microsoft's Immersive Reader in action.

Click here if you cannot see the video.

18 Tools for Making Videos on Chromebooks

In the first years of Chromebooks the options for making videos were rather limited. Today, while there still aren't as many options as there are for Mac and Windows users, there are many more options available. In the document that is embedded below I have featured eighteen good options for making screencasts, animated movies, stop-motion videos, and audio slideshows on a Chromebook.

Click here if you cannot see the PDF that is embedded above.

How Is Wind Chill Calculated?

Here in Maine it snowed all day yesterday. I like the snow. What I don't like is the bitter wind that follows the day after a snow storm. Today's daytime forecast for my area has a high temperature of 1F and the wind chill down to -31F. If you live in a cold climate, your students might wonder how the wind chill factor is calculated. The following video explains how wind chill is calculated. The video comes from Mind Your Decisions. Use the video with Vizia or EDpuzzle to create a flipped lesson about wind chill.

In case you're wondering, we still have school when it is this cold. It's only large amounts of snow that keep schools from opening.

Thursday, January 4, 2018

Google Calendar is Changing Whether You Like It or Not

Back in October Google announced a new user interface for Google Calendar. Many folks who use consumer Gmail accounts to access Google Calendar are already using the new version of Google Calendar. Those who use Google Calendar within G Suite for Education will soon forced to use the new interface too.

Yesterday, Google announced migration dates for Google Calendar. Those on the rapid release track will be updated next week. After that the scheduled release track users will be upgraded on January 15th. Finally, by February 28th all users will have no choice but to use the new version of Google Calendar.

If you're worried about using the new version of Google Calendar, don't be. The new version has all of your favorite Google Calendar functions, the layout is just a little different.

Finally, if you're new to using G Suite, consider joining my G Suite for Teachers course