Friday, October 5, 2018

ytCropper - Share a Section of a YouTube Video

This week I answered an email from someone who had read my article 10 Tools for Teaching With YouTube Videos and wanted to know if there was a tool for sharing just a portion of a YouTube video. I used to recommend TubeChop but while that tool is still online it doesn't consistently work as it should. Now I recommend trying ytCropper.

ytCropper lets you share just a portion of a YouTube video by specifying the start time and end time of the video that you want others to see. To do this simply go to the ytCropper site then paste in the URL of the YouTube video that you want to share. Once you have done that you can specify the start and end time of the portion of the video that you want people to watch. ytCropper will generate a link to the cropped version of the video. Share that link to have people watch your specified portion of the video.

Applications for Education
ytCropper could be a good tool to use if you want your students to watch just a section of a video. However, if you want them to watch a section and then answer questions about that section, then tools like Play Posit and EDpuzzle are a better choice.

VR, AR, Video, and the Best of the Web - Slides from Today's Presentations

Good evening from the Pittsburgh International Airport where I'm about to board a flight home after a great day presenting in Morgantown, West Virginia at the Archdiocese of Wheeling-Charleston's Teachers Convention. I had the privilege to give three presentations there today and meet some fantastic teachers too. The slides from the presentations that I gave are embedded below.

5 Video Projects for Almost Every Classroom

Worlds are Colliding! Intro to AR & VR in Education

Best of the Web - Fall 2018


If you would like to have me speak at your next conference, please send me a note at richard(at)byrne.media

What Happened to MyBib? - An Update

Back in August I wrote a blog post and made a video about a promising new bibliography tool called MyBib. Judging by the number of emails and phone calls that I've received about it in the last month, a lot of you liked it too. Unfortunately, the developers had to take it offline until they can fully support the number of users that signed-up to use it.

Unfortunately, I don't have any firm information about when it will be back online for teachers and students to use.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Add Custom Covers to Podcasts You Make on Anchor

Anchor has become my favorite tool for creating podcasts. In a matter of minutes you can have your first podcast episode recorded, edited, and published (watch this video to see how). You can do that on your laptop, on your phone (Android or iOS), or on your iPad.

All summer long Anchor rolled-out new features. And now that fall is here (in the northern hemisphere) another new feature has been added. That new feature is found in the form of cover art. Now when you create a podcast on Anchor you can add cover art before you publish it. You can add cover art by uploading your own images or by using free images from Unsplash. Unsplash image search is available without leaving the Anchor platform.


Applications for Education
This isn't a huge update to Anchor, but it is one that students who are already making podcasts on Anchor will probably appreciate as they can now add a bit more of their personal styles to their podcasts.

Wakelet Has a New Sections Option

Wakelet is a free bookmarking and note-sharing service that I first tried back in April when I started to look for new alternatives to Padlet. On Wakelet you can create collections of notes that can include text, videos, links, and pictures. The options for adding pictures are linking to an online image, uploading an image, or using Wakelet's Unsplash integration.

This week Wakelet added a new feature that you can use within your collections of notes, links, videos, and pictures. That new feature is the option to create sections within a collection. Creating sections will let you bring more organization to your Wakelet account without having to create completely new collections. Watch this video to learn how to start using sections within Wakelet collections.


Applications for Education
One of the ways that I envision teachers using Wakelet is to create a collection of sites and videos about U.S. History. Then within that collection make sections that correspond to eras in U.S. History. That way students could go to a collection then quickly jump to a section of resources that corresponds to the era in U.S. History that they're studying.