Tuesday, August 7, 2018

How to Create a Jeopardy-style Game in Google Slides

I think I was in the second grade the first time that I played Jeopardy-style review game. More than three decades later playing Jeopardy-style games is a still a popular way to host review sessions in classrooms. You can make your own Jeopardy games that include pictures and videos in Google Slides. In the following video I demonstrate how you can make your own Jeopardy games in Google Slides.

Monday, August 6, 2018

ClassTag's Marketplace Opens Tomorrow - Enter to Win Free Supplies

Last month ClassTag announced that they were launching a Marketplace through which teachers can earn classroom supplies and other products as rewards for having a high level of engagement with parents through the ClassTag system. The ClassTag Marketplace was initially going to launch last week but its launch was delayed until tomorrow.

To generate interest in their marketplace ClassTag is hosting a contest that will award $1,000 of marketplace credit to ten teachers who enter the ClassTag Parent-Teacher Engagement Contest. To enter the contest you have to write a short essay about the innovative and creative ways you've engaged with your students' parents. Entries are due by August 20 and the complete contest rules can be found here.

A Free Presidential Timeline Poster for Your Classroom

For the last few years C-SPAN Classroom has offered a free poster depicting a timeline of American presidents. That offer is back for the 2018-19 school year. The poster shows each President's time in office, a short biography, the era of American history in which each President served, and a couple of major events that happened during each President's time in office. The poster is free for anyone who has a free C-SPAN Classroom account. (By the way, if you haven't logged into your C-SPAN Classroom account since the last school year, you will probably need to update your account this fall).

Applications for Education
C-SPAN Classroom offers a number of suggestions for using the poster in your classroom. I had a similar poster in my classroom eight years ago. I let my students choose a President from the poster and create a short video biography of their chosen President.

Saturday, August 4, 2018

Videos, Scratch, and Fly Fishing - The Week in Review

Good evening from rainy Paris Hill, Maine where I'm home after a few days of fly fishing. It was nice to get away and recharge offline before a busy few months of workshops and conference keynotes starts on Monday when I fly to Kansas. I'll probably be offline most of tomorrow too as I soak up as much time with my kids as I can before the week starts. I hope that you get time for fun and relaxation this weekend too. If part of your plans call for catching up on some ed tech reading, take a look at this week's most popular posts.

These were the week's most popular posts on FreeTech4Teachers.com:
1. Free iPad Apps for Creating Animated Movies
2. 10 Overlooked Google Docs Features
3. Use Flipgrid to Publish Instructional Videos
4. 7 Ways to Make Animated GIFs
5. Scratch 3.0 and a New Creative Computing Curriculum Guide
6. A Short Guide to Getting Started With Google Drive
7. Try Using Icebreaker Tags and New Staff Orientation

Only Three Days Left!
As I write this, I only have three days left in my 2018 workshop calendar. If you would like to have me lead a professional development day at your school in November or December, please get in touch ASAP. I can be reached at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com - more information is available here.

Book Me for Your Conference
I’ve given keynotes at conferences from Australia to Alaska for groups of all sizes from 50 to 2,000+. My keynotes focus on providing teachers and school administrators with practical ways to use technology to create better learning experiences for all students. I like to shine the light on others and so I often share examples of great work done by others as well as my own. Send an email to richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com book me today.

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Friday, August 3, 2018

Use Flipgrid to Publish Instructional Videos

The new school year will be here soon and I haven't taken a break all summer. I'm taking a short break from the Internet to go fishing at one of my favorite places in the world, Kennebago Lake. I'll be back with new posts on Saturday. While I'm gone I'll be republishing some of the most popular posts of the year so far. 

In Sunday's Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week I mentioned three ways to use Flipgrid now that all features are free for all users. One of those ways is to have students record and publish instructional videos. They can do this is a few ways. They can record themselves in front of a whiteboard, they can upload a video made with a tool like Screencast-o-matic, or they can record a video with the Flipgrid mobile app. In the following video I demonstrate how to publish an instructional video on Flipgrid.