Monday, August 19, 2019

64 Years of Presidential Campaign Commercials - A Lesson Plan

In a little more than one year from now we'll be casting ballots for President of the United States. That means for the next year we'll see campaign commercials online and on television. Campaign commercials have changed a lot in the last 60+ years. That's evident in a C-SPAN Classroom lesson plan titled Evaluating Historical Presidential Campaign Ads.

Evaluating Historical Campaign Ads includes fourteen videos of campaign commercials that were broadcast beginning in 1952 through 2016. A fifteenth video features two campaign consultants (one Republican, one Democrat) talking about what makes an effective campaign commercial. All of the videos can be shared individually, embedded into classroom websites, or clipped by using the clipping tools provided by C-SPAN.


Applications for Education
The focus of the lesson plan is on having students identify what makes a campaign commercial effective. An extension to the lesson would be to have students compare the issues of concern over the last 60+ years. Another lesson extension would be to have students analyze changes in tone and rhetoric over time.


Book Creator's Autodraw Feature Now Works on iPads

Back in June Book Creator added an autodraw feature to the Chrome version of their popular multimedia ebook creation service. Autodraw enables you to attempt to draw something and have Book Creator try to interpret what that drawing is. As you draw Book Creator will display a menu of completed drawings based on what you're attempting to draw. Choose from the menu of suggestions and Book Creator will automatically complete the drawing for you. See this video for an example.

This morning Book Creator announced that the autodraw feature is now available to use on iPads. Run the update for the app and autodraw will appear when you start drawing on a blank page in the Book Creator book editor. Get the updated Book Creator app here.

Sunday, August 18, 2019

ImageCodr Makes it Easy to Give Image Attribution

Properly citing Creative Commons licensed works can sometimes be a confusing, multi-step process. ImageCodr makes that process easier.

ImageCodr generates properly formatted Creative Commons attributions for images that you find on Flickr. Once you've found a Flickr image that you want to use just paste its URL into the ImageCodr code generator to get a properly formatted image code with Creative Commons attribution.


Applications for Education
ImageCodr could be a good tool for students to use when they're adding images to blog posts. ImageCodr gives students all of the code and attributions necessary for using a Creative Commons image found on Flickr in their blog posts.

How to Use Socratic by Google

Last week Google announced the release of an updated version of the Socratic app. Socratic is now owned by Google and is therefore called Socratic by Google in the app store. The free iPhone and iPad app (Android version available in the fall) lets students take a picture of a problem, question, or phrase and get some helpful information about that problem, question, or phrase.

In the case of a math problem, Socratic by Google will give students an explanation of the problem and videos about how to solve it. Socratic by Google will also provide links to Google search results related to the problem.

When students use Socratic by Google to take a picture of a question or of an unfamiliar term the app will display helpful definitions, videos, and diagrams. In other words, it does what a Google search does.

In the following video I demonstrate how Socratic by Google works.

8 Epic Tools to Try This School Year - A Podcast With Vicki Davis

A few weeks ago I Vicki Davis invited me to be a guest on her fantastic 10 Minute Teacher Podcast. As the title implies, in the podcast I shared an overview of eight educational technology tools that can be used in almost any classroom. You can find the 10 Minute Teacher Podcast on all major podcast distribution networks. You can also listen to it directly on Vicki's Cool Cat Teacher blog and on YouTube.