Sunday, May 26, 2019

Four Ways to Show & Share Videos Without Distractions

At this point I think we can all agree that YouTube can be a great place to find educational videos to share with students. Of course, the downside to YouTube has always been all of the "related" content that appears around the videos that you find on YouTube. In the following video I demonstrate four methods of displaying and sharing YouTube videos without all of the "related" sidebar content.


And if you're looking for alternatives to YouTube, check out the options I highlighted in this Practical Ed Tech article.

Saturday, May 25, 2019

AR, VR, and Bowling - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where the sun is shining to start this Memorial Day weekend. We're going to Maine Wildlife Park, riding bicycles, and playing outside for as long as we can put with the black flies this weekend. I hope that wherever you are this weekend, you can get outside too.

Before I head out for a day of outdoor fun, I have this week's list of the most popular posts of the week.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. How to Make an Animated Timeline in Google Slides
2. Nine Tutorials for Making Your Own Mobile App
3. 7 Good Apps for Getting Started With AR & VR
4. A Good and Free Summer Activity for Rainy Days
5. 5 Places to Find Summer Math Activities for Elementary School Students
6. Fishbowl - A New Professional Network for Teachers
7. Five DIY Virtual Reality Projects for Students

Thank You for Your Support!

Three Good Resources to Help Students Become Discerning News Consumers

Earlier this week TED-Ed published a new lesson titled Can You Spot the Problem With These Headlines? The short video lesson walks students through dissecting a couple of hypothetical news headlines. By watching the video students can begin to understand how headlines are written to entice readers and how misleading headlines are created.


Here are a couple of other resources that I've previously featured for helping students learn to discern the information that they find online and in other media.

Factitious
Factitious is a game for testing your skill at identifying fake and misleading news stories. The game was developed by the American University Game Lab and the American University's School of Communication. To play Factitious simply go to the site and select quick start. You'll then see an article appear on the screen. Read through the article, click the source listed at the bottom, and then select either the green check mark or red X to indicate whether or not you think the article is a real news story. After you make your selection you'll get instant feedback and an explanation of how you can tell if the article was a real or fake news story.

Checkology
Checkology is a service that is designed to help students develop those skills. Checkology's free version offers four interactive modules for students to complete. Each of the modules is comprised of between twenty and forty-seven instructional video clips and interactive comprehension checks. The four modules are titled Info Zones, Democracy's Watchdog, Practicing Quality Journalism, and Misinformation. As you might expect, the contents of the modules gets progressively more difficult as each section is completed.

Friday, May 24, 2019

An Overview of Fishbowl - A Professional Discussion App for Teachers

Last week I published a post about Fishbowl that generated some good questions from readers about how the app works. Fishbowl is more than an app, it's a professional discussion network. Teachers can join Fishbowl to engage in discussions on issues important to educator community.

Fishbowl will let you participate in discussions anonymously, on the condition that you have first verified your identity. If that seems to be a contradiction, watch my video overview below to see how the app and the discussions work.


Disclosure: Fishbowl is currently an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

How Make Copies of Google Docs Marked as "View Only"

On a fairly regular basis I'm asked some variation of the following question, "is it possible to duplicate a Google Doc if it wasn't shared with me?" Yes, you can make a copy of Google Documents that weren't directly shared with you. If you have the link to a Google Document that has been made public, you can probably make a copy of it.

Before jumping into how to make a copy of Google Document that is marked as "view only" let's take a look at how to find publicly shared Google Documents. You can do that by refining your Google Search to display only results from docs.google.com. Make that refinement in the advanced panel in Google Search. Watch the following video to see that process.



When you have found a Google Document that you want to copy, use the process demonstrated in the following video to make a copy of the document.


Learn more about Google Docs in my upcoming course, Getting Going With G Suite