Monday, December 2, 2019

Watch the Evolution of Campaign Commercials on The Living Room Candidate

I did a lot of driving and sitting in traffic in snowy conditions today  so I had a lot of time to listen to podcasts. The first that I listened to was Joe Rogan's podcast with Tulsi Gabbard and Jocko Willink. The second was the Meat Eater Podcast with Steve Rinella. Both podcasts veered into talking about how political campaigns have changed over time. Rinella's podcast featured interesting stories about Davy Crockett as a politician. Listening to those podcasts reminded me of The Living Room Candidate website.

The Living Room Candidate is part of a larger project called the Museum of the Moving Image. Visitors to The Living Room Candidate can view the commercials from each campaign from both parties. A written transcript is provided with each commercial. Provided along with each video is an overview of the political landscape of at the time of the campaigns. Visitors to the website can search for commercials by election year, type of commercial, or by campaign issue.

The Living Room Candidate is a site that I've used since 2008. Unfortunately, while the collection of videos has been updated, the site still relies on Flash. Fortunately, most of the videos are available on two YouTube channels. The playlist from the Museum of the Moving Image contains eleven videos. There's also this playlist put together by Karen Zeller.


Applications for Education
The Living Room Candidate has a great tool for students called The Living Room Candidate Ad Maker. The Ad Maker can be used by students to remix old advertisements, sound bites, and images to create new campaign commercials. The teachers page on The Living Room Candidate offers nine lesson plans for teaching about the historical context of campaigns, analyzing campaign ads, and creating new campaign ads.

Multi.link - A Convenient Way to Share All Your Profiles

Multi.link is a new service that makes it easy to share all of your social media profiles, websites you own, videos you produce, and pictures on one simple page. To use Multi.link just head to the site, sign-up in a minute, then start adding links. You can link to just about anything that you want to. You can drag and drop to rearrange the order that things appear on your page. When you publish your page it will be available at multi.link/"yourusername." For example, my page is multi.link/richard

Applications for Education
Multi.link could be used as a quick and easy way to construct a simple digital portfolio. Students can add links to examples of their work or even include videos that they've made about their projects. Of course, Multi.link could also be an easy way to put a resume online outside of the usual channels link LinkedIn.

Sunday, December 1, 2019

The Ten Most Popular Posts Last Month

We put up our Christmas tree this weekend (my toddlers "helped" decorate it). Putting up the tree is always a sign that December is here. November has come and gone. As I do at the end of every month I've put together a list of the ten most read posts of the last thirty days.

These were the most popular posts in November:
1. How to Add Audio to Google Slides - Updated
2. My Updated Five Favorite Google Slides Add-ons
3. 5 Google Product Updates for Teachers to Note This Weekend
4. The Great Thanksgiving Listen is Back!
5. Get Instant Feedback on Your Presentations With Presenter Coach
6. Plagiarism Explained by Common Craft - Updated
7. How to Create a Great Presentation With Canva
8. More Than 30,000 Historical Maps for Student Projects
9. Fling the Teacher! - A Fun Review Game from Classtools
10. It's Official! Google Slides Will Have Native Audio Support by End of November

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  • Practical Ed Tech Newsletter - This comes out once per week (Sunday night/ Monday morning) and includes my tip of the week and a summary of the week's most popular posts from FreeTech4Teachers.com.
  • My YouTube Channel - More than 16,000 are subscribed to my YouTube channel for my regular series of tutorial videos including more than 300 Google tools tutorials. 
  • The Practical Ed Tech Podcast is where I answer questions from readers, share news and notes, and occasionally talk to interesting people in education. 
  • Facebook - The FreeTech4Teachers.com Facebook page has nearly 450,000 followers. 
  • Twitter - I've been Tweeting away for the last twelve years at twitter.com/rmbyrne
  • Instagram - this is mostly pictures of my kids, my dogs, my bikes, my skis, and fly fishing. 

Saturday, November 30, 2019

The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 21 - 12 Years of Reflections and Questions

This afternoon I recorded the twenty-first episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast. In this episode I share some reflections on 12 years of blogging about educational technology, share some news from the world of ed tech, and answer a few questions from readers and viewers like you. Get the full show notes in this Google Doc. Information on the PD webinars mentioned in the podcast can be found here.

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The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where it feels like winter! It's 4F outside, a lot of snow is in the forecast, and we're going to get our Christmas tree later today. I hope that all of you had a great week. I spent a lot of the week in Connecticut visiting family and friends for Thanksgiving. It was a nice treat for me to take my daughters to what was one of my favorite restaurants when I was a kid, Shady Glen. That place was a throwback 30 years ago and still hasn't changed a bit (cash only, grab a seat when you see it, menu on the wall). If you celebrated Thanksgiving this week, I hope that it was a great holiday for you too.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Transno - Quickly Turn Outlines and Notes into Mind Maps
2. 5 Google Product Updates for Teachers to Note This Weekend
3. How to Create a Multimedia Map on Padlet
4. Twelve Good Tools for Creating Mind Maps & Flowcharts - Updated
5. Three Easy Ways to Create Forms That Accept File Uploads
6. Open eBooks - Thousands of Free eBooks for Students and Teachers
7. Three Ways to Collaboratively Create Multimedia Maps

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Through Tuesday you can get eight of my Practical Ed Tech webinars in one bundle at more than 50% off. Or save 20% on any individual webinar.

I'll come to your school in 2020! 
2020 will be my tenth year of speaking at schools and conferences. Send me an email at richardbyrne (at) freetech4teachers.com to learn more about how we can work together.

Thank You for Your Support!
Other Places to Follow My Work
Besides FreeTech4Teachers.com and the daily email digest, there are other ways to keep up with what I'm publishing. 
  • Practical Ed Tech Newsletter - This comes out once per week (Sunday night/ Monday morning) and includes my tip of the week and a summary of the week's most popular posts from FreeTech4Teachers.com.
  • My YouTube Channel - More than 16,000 are subscribed to my YouTube channel for my regular series of tutorial videos including more than 300 Google tools tutorials. 
  • The Practical Ed Tech Podcast is where I answer questions from readers, share news and notes, and occasionally talk to interesting people in education. 
  • Facebook - The FreeTech4Teachers.com Facebook page has nearly 450,000 followers. 
  • Twitter - I've been Tweeting away for the last twelve years at twitter.com/rmbyrne
  • Instagram - this is mostly pictures of my kids, my dogs, my bikes, my skis, and fly fishing.