Saturday, July 20, 2019

Quick Videos, Google Keep, and Camp - The Week in Review

Good afternoon from Everett, Washington where we're attending a family wedding. It has been a busy week as I hosted the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp at the beginning of the week and then we flew across the country with two toddlers in tow. This year's Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp was, in my opinion, the best one yet! The new venue was great and everyone who cam dove right into trying new things on both days including those people who were attending for the second, third, or fourth time!

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These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Ten Handy Google Keep Features for Teachers and Students
2. 300+ Google Tools Tutorial Videos
3. A Free Service That Lets You Print Almost Any Poster
4. How to Use Feedly
5. Quik - Quickly Create Audio Slideshow Videos
6. A Chrome Extension That Shows You the Value of Your Time
7. Common Craft Explains How to Craft Clear Email Communication

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Friday, July 19, 2019

Another Great Source of Ed Tech Tools Tutorial Videos

On Thursday I shared my playlist of more than 300 Google tools tutorial videos. Today I'd like to highlight someone else's YouTube channel. Brad Dale regularly publishes quick tutorial videos about a variety of helpful, free tools including Wakelet, Flipgrid, and Google Drawings. And it's through Brad's YouTube channel that I learned about a neat tool for generating transcripts of YouTube videos. That tool is called Gnotes.io. It will automatically create a transcript of any YouTube video that you choose. That transcript can be saved directly into your Google Docs too. Watch Brad's video below to see how Gnotes.io creates transcripts of YouTube videos.

Neil and Buzz Go For a Walk - A Tour of the First Hours on the Moon

This weekend marks the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 lunar landing. By now you've probably seen Google's Google Earth story about the mission. If you haven't seen it, it's worth a few minutes of your time. Neil and Buzz Go For a Walk is another neat site about the Apollo 11 mission that's worth bookmarking.

Neil and Buzz Go For a Walk is the story of the first two hours Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin spent on the moon. The site is a scrolling display of the highlights of the transcript of Armstrong and Aldrin to each other and to NASA while on the surface of the moon. As you scroll through the transcript's highlights you'll see little drawings representing Aldrin and Armstrong as well as a little timeline.

Applications for Education 
Neil and Buzz Go For a Walk offers an engaging presentation of the transcript of Aldrin and Armstrong's first hours on the moon. Before showing the site to students I'd ask them to make some guesses as to what the surface of the moon looks like up close and how it feels. I'd also ask them to share their thoughts about what they would talk about to each other if they were the first people to land on the moon.

Thanks to Maps Mania for the link to Neil and Buzz Go For a Walk. Check out Maps Mania for more great map-based stories and websites. 

Thursday, July 18, 2019

300+ Google Tools Tutorial Videos

In early 2015 I started to make an effort to publish more tutorial videos on my YouTube channel. Since then I've created more than 1,000 tutorial videos. Included in those is a playlist of 331 tutorials about the Google tools that teachers and students use most.

You can find all 331 of my Google tools tutorial videos in this playlist. In the playlist you will find videos about things like creating activity trackers in Google Formshow to create canned responses in Gmail, creating QR codes for Google Forms, and how to use data validation in Google Forms.





Common Craft Explains How to Craft Clear Email Communication

Love it or hate it, email is a part of our daily work lives. And for our students of middle school age or older it's a part of their daily lives too. If you're like me, the emails that you reply to the fastest are the shortest emails that get right to the point. Brevity is one of the components of crafting clear email communication. Clear email communication is the topic of Common Craft's latest video.

By watching Clear Email Communication viewers can learn how to get a recipient's attention and how to get a response from recipients.


On the topic of email communication, Emailing Your Teacher, With Captain Communicator is one of my favorite videos about email etiquette. The short video features two students demonstrating how to write an email to a teacher. It's cute and well worth 90 seconds of your time.



The following video was made by a teacher for the purpose of sharing email etiquette tips with students. It's a bit more serious that the Captain Communicator video.



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