Saturday, February 22, 2020

How to Quickly Turn a Podcast Into a Video

Earlier this month I shared Headliner as an alternative to using Adobe Spark to make videos. One of the features of Headliner that I didn't share in that post was their tool for turning podcast episodes into videos.

In Headliner there is a tool for taking any podcast episode and having a video based on its audio automatically created for you. It only takes a couple of minutes and it works with just about any public podcast. Watch my short video that is embedded below to learn how to use Headliner to turn a podcast into a video.

Applications for Education
If you have students who are producing podcasts for your class, using Headliner to make videos based on those podcasts could be a good way to increase the distribution options for those episodes.

The Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from Maine where the sun is rising and it's a balmy 10F outside. This is the last weekend of my school vacation week so I'm planning to get outside to play for a bit more. I spent part of the week working on some long-term projects. But it wasn't all work all week as I did spend the first couple of days of vacation ice fishing on Moosehead lake with a group of teachers that I've known for almost twenty years now. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you have time to do something fun too.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Animate Anything With Cloud Stop Motion
2. 5 Google Slides Features New Users Should Know - Updated
3. Write Faster With These Two New Google Docs Features
4. Quickly Turn Articles Into Videos With InVideo
5. Convert PDF to Word and More
6. The Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode 32 - Back from the Flu
7. DNS & IP Explained

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Four Videos Explaining Leap Year

This year is a Leap Year and Leap Day is just a week away. Thanks to Larry Ferlazzo I recently learned about this new video from Homeschool Pop that explains Leap Year to kids.

Here are three other video explanations of Leap Year. These were all featured on this blog for the last Leap Year.

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.