Sunday, September 22, 2019

The Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #10 Featuring Adam Bellow

Last week I had the chance to catch up with my old friend, Adam Bellow. Adam Bellow is the co-founder of the massively popular Breakout EDU game platform. Prior to Breakout EDU he started EduClipper and EduTecher. He's also been a keynote speaker at ISTE and many other conferences around the world.

In this episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast Adam and I talked about Breakout EDU, the challenges and lessons from creating and bringing a product to market, and changes in the educational technology landscape over the last decade.

You can listen to the episode here or on your favorite podcasting platform.

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Saturday, September 21, 2019

How to Find and Create Primary Source Lessons With DocsTeach

DocsTeach has been one of my go-to tools for social studies teachers for many years. Despite that recommendation I've never made a video on how it works, until now. DocsTeach is a free service offered by the National Archives through which you can find primary source lesson activities and create your own activities by using one of thirteen online templates. In the following video I demonstrate how you can use DocsTeach to find primary source lesson activities and or create your own primary source lesson activities. All activities can be completed online even if your students don't have email addresses.

The Practical Ed Tech Podcast Episode #9

On Friday afternoon I recorded the latest episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast. In the episode I shared some news about the future of Free Technology for Teachers, gave a shout-out to Dr. Scott McLeod for this thought-provoking blog post about mobile devices in schools, shared a neat tool for distributing and collecting permission slips, and answered a bunch of questions from readers like you. You can listen to the episode here or on your favorite podcasting platform. The complete show notes are available in this Google Doc.

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The Week in Review - Social Studies, Search, and Computer Science

Good morning from Maine where summer is having one last hurrah! After temperatures in the 30's (Fahrenheit) earlier this week it's going to be sunny and 80 degrees today. I plan to get my kids outside to play and soak up the last rays of summer today. I hope that you also have time to get outside and play this weekend.

In the last episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast I shared the news that I have taken a job teaching computer science at a local high school. While I get my feet under me with the new courses the posting here will probably be a little slower than normal. But don't worry, I'll be back to full speed here before too long.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. My Top Twelve Tools for Social Studies Teachers and Students
2. My Approach to Creating Search Practice Activities for Students
3. 5 Features of Google's Advanced Search Menu
4. Another Approach to Creating Search Challenges for Students
5. Ten Free Tools for Creating Mind Maps and Flowcharts - Updated for 2019-20
6. Practical Ed Tech Podcast #8 Featuring Dr. Beth Holland
7. SnackVids - Automatic Creation of Searchable Video Transcripts

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Friday, September 20, 2019

SnackVids - Automatic Creation of Searchable Video Transcripts

Update January 2021: The tool mentioned in this article is no longer available. However, you can accomplish the same goal of making a transcript of YouTube videos by following the directions I've outlined in this video

SnackVids is a new service that will generate a searchable transcript for any YouTube video of your choosing. To use the service simply copy the URL of a video, paste it into SnackVids, and then let SnackVids generate a transcript. When the transcript is completed it is displayed directly below the video. You can search the transcript for any keyword of your choosing. The keyword will be highlighted on the transcript. Click on the keyword highlighted in the transcript to jump to the corresponding section of the video.

Applications for Education
SnackVids could be a good tool to use when you come across a long tutorial video and want to see if the video will cover a topic or keyword that you're interested in. It's also convenient for jumping directly to specific sections within a video.

As with any automatic transcription tools, the quality of the transcript is dependent on the quality of the audio and the clarity of the narrator.

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