Friday, February 21, 2020

It's Not Just You - The Google Keep Chrome Extension is Broken - Update! It's Back!

Google Keep is a great tool that can be used for all kinds of things including setting reminders, taking notes, and bookmarking websites. The Google Keep Chrome extension makes it easy to do all of those things, when it's working. Unfortunately, for the last couple of days the Keep Chrome extension has not been working. I thought it was just me until I looked at the support section of the Keep Chrome extension page and saw tons of people also complaining the that extension was corrupted.

Running the built-in repair function for the Keep Chrome extension doesn't fix the extension. So for now we're all just stuck waiting for Google to fix the Keep Chrome extension. I'll update this post when the extension is repaired.

In the meantime, I'll be using the OneNote extension and or Chrome's built-in bookmarking tool to save links.

How to Annotate Videos With Timelinely

Timelinely is a free service for adding annotations to YouTube videos. You can use Timelinely to add text, image, and video annotations to any public YouTube video. After you have added your annotations to a video you can share the annotated version with anyone much like you would share any other video. You can share your annotated video by embedding it into a blog post or by just giving people the link to the annotated version of the video. In the following video I demonstrate how to use Timelinely to annotate YouTube videos.

Applications for Education
One of things that I like about Timelinely is the option to include pictures and videos in your annotations. I can see the image option being used to include an alternate example for students to view when watching a math lesson. Adding a video into your annotation could be a good way to add your own commentary or clarifying comments to a video about a topic in history or current events.

GoSoapBox - Quickly Poll Your Class

GoSoapBox is a student response system that I've used off and on over the years. It offers a few ways to conduct online polls for your students to respond to on their phones, tablets, or laptops.

My favorite polling option in GoSoapBox is called the Confusion Meter. The Confusion Meter is a simple poll that just asks students if they're "getting it" or if they're confused. Students can change their answers as many times as they need to during your lesson or class period. Watch my short video below to see how the Confusion Meter and other GoSoapBox features work.

As is demonstrated in the video above, there are other polling options in GoSoapBox in addition to the Confusion Meter. You can create and distribute quizzes in GoSoapBox. You can also create a simple discussion forum in which students can ask questions of you and or their classmates.

Thursday, February 20, 2020

The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 33 - Larry Bird

In this week's episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast I'm back from the flu and from a short vacation. Highlights of this episode include new Google Docs tools, a new way to make videos from text, and a cute app for little kids like mine. As always, I answered a handful of questions from readers, viewers, and listeners like you!

Get the complete show notes in this Google Doc.

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Volcanoes 101 - Updated

A few years ago National Geographic published a video titled Volcanoes 101. Last month they published a new video with the same name. The new Volcanoes 101 explains the types of volcanoes, their shapes, common locations, and what causes volcanoes to erupt.

On a related note, The BBC has a series of interactive guides that explain how natural disasters are caused. The series of guides is twelve years old, but still includes good information presented in a clear manner for students. Included in this series is a twelve part animated explanation of volcanic eruptions. The series also includes explanations of hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, and tsunamis.

Applications for Education
Volcanoes 101 is the right length and has the right style and pacing to make it an excellent choice for a flipped lesson intended to introduce the big concepts of a lesson about deserts. My go-to tool for making flipped lessons continues to be EDpuzzle. You can learn how to use EDpuzzle by watching the following video.