Saturday, March 17, 2018

TinyTap - Create Image Reveal Games and Identification Games

This morning I answered an email from a reader who was looking for a way to create educational games in which students have to correctly answer questions in order to reveal a picture or part of a picture. My suggestion was to try TinyTap. TinyTap is a free iPad app and free Android app that lets you create and publish educational games. One of the features of the app is the ability to create "Houdini" mode games. These are games in which students answer questions to reveal an image. Watch the following video to see how TinyTap's Houdini mode works.

TinyTap's original game template enabled teachers to create identification games. That is still a feature available in the app along with many other features that you can learn about in the following playlist of tutorial videos.

Jamendo Can Help Students Understand Copyright

Copyright is one of the topics that I always cover in my webinars and workshops about making videos with students. The subtopic under copyright that many students struggle to understand is how copyright affects the music they can or cannot include in their video projects. That confusion is often rooted in the idea that someone has purchased music through iTunes or Google Play so they think that gives them a license to reuse it. The truth is that purchasing music through one of those services gives you a license for personal use but not for reuse. If you want to give your students a good representation of this concept, show them the screen that loads when you try to download a song on Jamendo.

If you are looking for music that you can reuse for free, check out Dig CC Mixter.

Images, Videos, and Snow - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where I've cleared out the snow just in time for another snow storm. We've had 30" of new snow fall in just over a week. As a skier I love the snow. My friends who don't ski are ready for the end of winter. How do you feel about winter? Do you love it or are you counting the days until spring?

This week I hosted a webinar titled 5 Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom. Nearly 100 of you joined that webinar. If you missed it, it's now available on-demand right here.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. The Library of Congress Seeks a Teacher-in-Residence
2. Three Free iPad Apps for Creating Animated Movies
3. Why I've Stopped Making My Public Google Docs Printable
4. Newspaper Templates for Google Docs & Word
5. Photos for Class Now Offers More Free Images for Students
6. 1766 Free Lesson Plans for Art Teachers
7. 5 Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom

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Friday, March 16, 2018

Now You Can Add a Custom Favicon to Your Google Site

Now that Google is allowing you to embed third-party content into your Google Site, it's time to update your site with a custom favicon. The favicon is that little icon that appears in your browser tab next to the title of a website. This week Google announced that you can now customize your site's favicon. Directions for adding a custom favicon can be found here. If you don't see the feature right now, you will see it within the next couple of weeks.

Applications for Education
By no means is this a significant update to Google Sites. But it is a nice update for students who are using Google Sites as digital portfolios. It gives them another way to customize their sites to make them stand out from the crowd.

Learn more about Google Sites in my online course, G Suite for Teachers.

How to Add an Image Search Box to Google Sites

Late last year Google started to allow you to embed content and widgets from third parties into your Google Sites. One of the things that you might consider adding to your classroom or library Google Site is the Photos for Class image search tool. Adding that search tool to your site will make it easy for your students to quickly find Creative Commons licensed and public domain images to use in their projects. Watch my new video to see how you can embed the Photos for Class search tool into your Google Site.

Disclosure: Photos for Class is owned by the same company that owns Storyboard That which is an advertiser on this blog.