Monday, December 24, 2018

Videezy - Free Video Clips for Multimedia Projects

Last week I shared a video overview of three great places to find free video clips to use in classroom projects. Videezy is another good site to add to that list. Videezy offers more than 1,000 video clips that you can download for free. The videos are organized into twelve categories. Within each category you'll find subcategories that make it easy to find the perfect video clip for your project.

Videezy does require you credit them for any other their video clips that you use unless you purchase a license to reuse the videos.

Applications for Education
Videezy could be a good option for students who need some short clips to include in larger video projects like school newscasts or mini-documentaries.

Learn more about student video projects in my upcoming course, Video Projects for Every Classroom

Vacation Project - Build the Coolest Machine Ever!

I know that the vast majority of you are on vacation right now. I also know that many of you have children who will be looking for fun things to do during vacation days. SciShow Kids has a couple of videos about hands-on science projects that kids can do at home. The first video is The Coolest Machine Ever! In this video students learn how to build a Rube Goldberg machine. They also learn who Rube Goldberg was.

SciShow Kids also recently released Make Your Own Cartoon! In that video students learn how old fashioned cartoons were made by using a series of drawings that are displayed in rapid succession. The real purpose of the video is to show students how to create a zoetrope to play a cartoon. That's something that kids can do at home with parents.

Canvas - A Good Alternative to Google Drawings for Tablet Users

Canvas is a new drawing tool from Google. Canvas is a great alternative to Google Drawings for iPad and Android tablet users. Canvas lets anyone create a drawing in his or her web browser by simply going to Once there you can start drawing on a blank canvas. There are four drawing tools that you can use to draw in a wide array of colors.

Canvas doesn't have to be used to create a drawing from scratch. You can upload a picture and draw on top of it. Either way, when your drawing is complete you can download it as a PNG file. All of your drawings are also stored in your Google account at Watch my video that is embedded below to see Canvas in action.

Applications for Education
Canvas could be a good little tool for students to use to create mind maps on their tablets, phones, or laptops. It could also be good for annotating diagrams and pictures.

H/T to Chrome Unboxed

Saturday, December 22, 2018

Drawings, Emojis, and Passwords - The Week in Review

Pins, Maps, and Grids - The Week in Review

Good morning from Florida where we're visiting family for Christmas. Flying with two toddlers was a "fun" new experience. A couple of fun iPad apps, a pair of toddler headphones, and lots of snacks made the experience go relatively smoothly for everyone involved including the passengers near us. If you're traveling this week, I hope that it goes well for you. And to all of you who are on vacation for the next couple of weeks, enjoy it!

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Coming Soon - PIN Access to Google Drive Files
2. How to Use a Spreadsheet to Create a Map
3. Vote for Your Favorite Ed Tech Tools of 2018
4. 21 Places to Find Media for Classroom Projects
5. Learning About Microsoft's Tools for Inclusive Classrooms
6. How to Use Flipgrid on an iPad
7. Introduction to Using Google Expeditions in Your Classroom

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