Tuesday, November 20, 2018

Free Webinar - How to Make Your Own Common Craft-style Videos

If you have followed this blog for more than a few weeks, you've probably seen me make references to Common Craft videos. More than ten years ago Common Craft pioneered a unique style of online video that has since been imitated, but never quite duplicated by others. That style uses paper cut-outs on blank white canvas to illustrate an explanation. For a sample, take a look at this Common Craft video explanation of fair use.

Next Tuesday, November 28th, Common Craft's founder, Lee LeFever is a hosting a free webinar in which he'll explain the process of creating explanatory videos. An added bonus for attending is a free 100 pack of Common Craft cut-outs. Register here!

Even if you're an experienced video producer, you can benefit from attending this free webinar. I attended a previous webinar that Lee hosted on this topic and it was totally worth my time!

Fair Use Explained By Common Craft

Disclosure: I have a long-standing in-kind relationship with Common Craft. 

How to Make a QR Code for Just About Anything

This fall there seems to be a renewed interest in QR codes, at least amongst readers of this blog. In just the last two weeks I've answered a half dozen emails with questions related to QR codes. QR codes can make it easy to get all of your students onto the same webpage, into the same document, or viewing the same file relatively quickly. QR Droid, my go-to tool for making QR codes, makes it possible to create a QR code for just about anything online.

In the following video I demonstrate how to use QR Droid to make QR codes for Google Docs, for video files in Google Drive, and for webpages. The process that I demonstrate can be applied to just about anything that is hosted online.

Monday, November 19, 2018

An Interactive Timeline of the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade

Watching the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade is a tradition that millions of Americans share. This year will be the 92nd edition of the parade. What started out as a relatively simple affair has grown into an hours-long production. You and your students can see how the parade has evolved through the decades by exploring the interactive timeline on Macy's Parade History. You can select any decade on the timeline to view 360 interactive images of the parade. Each decade on the timeline also includes some video clips. Scroll through the decades and you'll see that the parade reflects the popular culture of each decade.

History offers the following short video about the history of Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

The Next News Network also offers a nice, concise summary of the history of the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade.

Sunday, November 18, 2018

Fiction vs. Non-fiction - A Canva Infographic

This morning I was browsing through Canva's gallery of free design templates looking for one to use for an upcoming course that I'm teaching. That's when I stumbled into a this Fiction vs. Non-Fiction infographic template. As you can see below, the template could be printed as used as is. Better yet, you could have students modify the template to include some of their own examples of fiction vs. non-fiction.

Applications for Education
You can get a copy of this template (in higher resolution than what I've posted) in the infographics section on Canva. I would use this template by having students make a copy to modify. In their modified copies I'd have students include examples from books to explain the differences between fiction and non-fiction books.

5 Free Thanksgiving Lesson Plans You Can Use This Week

Thanksgiving is just a few days away. If you're an elementary school teacher who has school this week, Storyboard That has five free Thanksgiving lesson plans that you can use.

As you might expect, all of the Thanksgiving lesson plans that Storyboard That offers are centered around the use of storyboards and artwork. The five lesson plans are The Story of Thanksgiving, Symbols of Thanksgiving, What Thanksgiving Means to Me, Thanksgiving Cards, and I Am Thankful for... 

The activities in the lesson plans can be completed even if you don't use Storyboard That. But if you do choose to use Storyboard That, watch my video on how to make Thanksgiving Cards that your students can print. 

Disclosure: Storyboard That is an advertiser on this blog.