Saturday, June 9, 2018

Ten Types of Notes You Can Add to Padlet Walls

As I wrote yesterday, this week Padlet added a new feature to their iPad and iPhone app. The new feature is called Catscan. Catscan lets you scan a set of physical sticky notes and have those notes digitized and displayed on a Padlet wall. Catscan is one of many ways that you can add notes to a Padlet wall. In all there are now at least ten types of notes that you can add to a Padlet wall. Nine of them are featured in the following video. The tenth is the new Catscan option.


Ten types of notes that can be added to Padlet.
  • Text
  • Hyperlinks
  • File upload
  • Video recorded with webcam/ mobile phone camera.
  • Audio recorded directly on Padlet.
  • Scribble/ free hand drawing on Padlet.
  • Pictures taken with webcam/ mobile phone camera.
  • Google Search to add image, video, GIF, or link. 
  • Google Map.
  • Digitized version of physical sticky note (Catscan mode).
Bonus Items:
If you enable these options, you can comment and or vote on the notes added to a Padlet wall. 

How to Automatically Forward Your G Suite Email to a Personal Gmail Address

This is the time of year that I always get a bunch of questions from folks who leaving a school and want to take some emails with them from their old accounts. That can be done by just forwarding those messages from your old account to your personal account. But if you're not leaving your district and you just want to make it so you only have to check one account during the summer, you'll want to use the method that I demonstrate in the following video.

Cheese, Teams, and Games - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine. By the time that most of you read this I will be fly fishing on my favorite lake in Maine, Kennebago. After a busy and stressful week I need a break. That means fishing and not going online until the weekend is over. And if you follow on my Twitter and are wondering how I'm posting through the weekend, I use Hootsuite's scheduling too. See you all on Monday.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Quizalize Introduces New Differentiation Tools
2. Turning Milk Into Cheese - A Science Lesson
3. Changes Coming to the Google Sign-in Screen
4. Three Free iPad Apps for Creating Animated Movies
5. Five Things You and Your Students Can Make With Canva
6. Microsoft Adds New OneNote and Teams Features for Teachers and Students
7. Purpose Games - Create and Play Educational Games

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Friday, June 8, 2018

5 Ways to Make Stop-motion and Time-lapse Movies

Creating a stop-motion video or a time-lapse videos can be a good way for students to tell a story in the style of Gumby. Making stop-motion and time-lapse videos can also be a good way for students to demonstrate how a lengthy process works without making people watch a long video. The following free tools make it relatively easy to create stop-motion and time-lapse videos.

Stop Motion Animator is a free Chrome app for creating stop motion videos. The app is free and easy to use. It does not even require students to create accounts in order to use it. Watch the following video to see how to use Stop Motion Animator.



ClapMotion is another Chrome app that students can use to create stop-motion videos. I don't have as much experience with this app as I do with Stop Motion Animator featured above. But in my limited use I found it just as easy to use as Stop Motion Animator. ClapMotion's promo video embedded below provides a nice example of how students can use ClapMotion in school.


Parapara Animation is a free animation creation tool that has been around of years. Rumors of its demise have been greatly exaggerated. The tool was developed and is hosted by Mozilla. The tool is easy to use and it does not require registration in order to use it. Watch my tutorial video to learn how to use Parapara Animation.


OSnap is an iPad app (available in a free version and in a paid version) that you can use to create stop motion and time lapse videos. The app is quite easy to use. To create a video with the OSnap app you simply need to start a project and take a series of still pictures using your iPad’s camera. Then adjust the number of frame per second to edit your video. If you want to, you can add a sound track to your video by selecting audio files that are stored on your iPad. You can go back and edit your videos by removing images and from the project at any time. Completed projects can be stored on your iPad, uploaded to YouTube, or shared via email.

ABCya Animate is a free tool that students can use to create animations. It can be a great tool for elementary school and middle school students to use to create animations to use to tell a short story. For example, in my demonstration video the animation I started to make could be used as part of a larger story about marine life or ocean ecosystems. To complete the story I would need to add some more drawings and perhaps some text for clarification. Your students might also use short animations as part of larger multimedia project. Watch my demonstration video embedded below to learn more about how to use ABCya Animate.



Bonus item! 
For many years JellyCam was my go-to tool for making stop-motion videos. While it is still available to download and use for free, the developer is no longer supporting the software. If you want to give it a try anyway, watch my tutorial video to see how to get started.

Flipgrid Password-protected All Grids This Morning

This morning all teachers using Flipgrid were sent an email about privacy updates that they made to all accounts. Those updates included automatically password-protecting all Flipgrid grids that did not already have password-protection in place. That means that students will need to enter a password in order to view and or add to a Flipgrid grid. You can sign into your Flipgrid account to change the automatically set password.

The other part of Flipgrid's email to users mentioned the need for all teachers to verify and or update their account information. The next time you sign into your account you will be prompted to verify or update before you can access the rest of your teacher dashboard. Verifying and or updating takes just a minute, I did it in my account this morning.

Wondering what Flipgrid is? Watch my video overview of the service.