Thursday, November 21, 2019

A Quick & Easy Way to Combine Audio Tracks

Last week I published a video that outlines how I produce my podcast. Within that video I included some tips about using Garage Band to extract audio from a video and how to combine audio clips in This morning I had an email from a reader who wanted to know what her students could on their Chromebooks to combine audio files because Garage Band is a Mac-only product. My suggestion was to try Audio Joiner from 123APPS.

Audio Joiner is a free tool that anyone can use to combine audio clips. Audio Joiner works entirely in your web browser. No registration is required to use the free tool. To use Audio Joiner simply go to the site, upload the MP3s that you want to combine, then click the "join" button. When the clips are joined you'll have a new MP3 to download. Watch my short video to see how easy it is to use Audio Joiner.

A New Way to Collect Feedback Through Google Sites

Google Sites has always made it easy to insert Google Forms into the pages of your Google Sites websites. Embedding a Google Form into a page can be a good way to gather feedback from students, parents, and other website visitors. This week Google announced that there will soon be another way to collect feedback through Google Sites.

Soon you'll be able to add a feedback form to the footer of all pages of your Google Sites website. When you add the feedback form it will be distributed across all pages of your site. To add the feedback form you'll enable it in the site info menu in the Google Sites editor. Viewers of your site will then be able to click a small feedback icon to open a dialogue box that they can enter their messages into.

The new Google Sites feedback tool will be available only in sites created within G Suite domains and not those created with generic Gmail addresses.

If you're new to using Google Sites, take a look at my tutorial below to learn how to get started.

How to Create a Google Earth Tour - Updated Web Version

The web version of Google Earth has been available for more than two years now. Over those two years it has lagged behind the desktop version in terms of feature availability. That is starting to change now that Google has finally added the option to create tours in the web version of Google Earth. This new option lets you create a series of multimedia placemarks in projects in the web version of Google Earth. Projects are automatically saved in your Google account. Like most Google products, project collaboration is available in Google Earth. Watch my new video to learn how to make your first project in the web version of Google Earth.

The web version of Google Earth is catching up to the desktop version but it still doesn't have the option for students to narrate their tours as they can do in the desktop version of Google Earth. That's one of the things that I cover in my Google Earth & Maps - It's More Than Just Social Studies.

Wednesday, November 20, 2019

Three Thanksgiving Lessons You Can Do in the Next Week

Thanksgiving is just over a week away here in the U.S. Should you find yourself looking for some Thanksgiving-themed lessons to do, consider giving one of the following options a try.

Create a Thanksgiving Story Map
Where Does Your Thanksgiving Dinner Come From? is an interactive storymap that displays where eight popular Thanksgiving foods are grown and harvested in the United States. Students can create their own storymaps about Thanksgiving. An easy way to do it is to use StoryMap JS. In the following video I demonstrate how to create a storymap with StoryMap JS.

Create a Thanksgiving Traditions Flipgrid, Wakelet, or Padlet
Flipgrid makes it easy to have students record and share quick video responses to a teacher's prompts. Create a Flipgrid and ask your students to share their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. If you work quickly, you could use Flipgrid's Flipgrid Pals tool to find other classrooms to connect with to share stories of Thanksgiving traditions. Both Wakelet and Padlet will let you create a digital sticky note board to which students can add notes about their favorite Thanksgiving traditions. Their notes can include pictures, text, and videos.

Contribute to the 2019 Great Thanksgiving Listen
For the fifth year in a row StoryCorps is hosting The Great Thanksgiving Listen. This annual event is an effort to get families to talk and record their stories around the Thanksgiving table. The project was originally developed to get high school students to record the stories of their parents, grandparents, and other older family members. It has expanded over the years to be open to anyone who wants to participate. Students can their stories to a national collection or keep them private for just their families to enjoy.

Tuesday, November 19, 2019

Now You Can Reuse Google Classroom Rubrics

A few months ago Google started rolling-out a rubrics tool for some Google Classroom users. To get access to the rubrics tool your domain has to be enrolled in the Google Classroom Beta Program. I was fortunate to get access to the beta a couple of months ago to test Google Classroom rubrics. At that time it didn't offer the option to reuse rubrics so you had to create a new rubric for every assignment that you gave. Fortunately, that is changing as Google has announced that those who have access to Google Classroom rubrics can now reuse rubrics.

Here's my video on how to create rubrics to use in Google Classroom.