Saturday, May 9, 2020

A Webinar for Parents of Elementary School Students

Rushton Hurley runs a fantastic non-profit called Next Vista for Learning. Some of you have seen me write about it and talk about it for years. One of the reasons that I like so much is that it offers something for every student, teacher, and parent. To that end, you'll find that the videos on Next Vista address more than just academic topics. You'll find lots of things about caring for the needs of students. That pattern continues today at 1pm ET/ 10am PT with a free webinar for parents of elementary school students.

Today at 1pm ET/ 10am PT Rushton Hurley and Tatiana LaGarde will be hosting a free webinar titled The Home-Learning Journey: Advice for Parents & Grandparents. The webinar that will address the questions that parents of elementary school students often have about online home learning/ remote learning. It will give parents confidence that they can be active and helpful in the online learning experiences of their children.

The Week in Review - It's Snowing!

Good morning from Paris Hill, Maine where it is snowing! Yes, on May 9th I woke up to snow covering everything. And the best part is that when the snow ends it's supposed to be followed by a day of winter-like temperatures and winds. My three-year-old summarized how most of us feel this morning when she looked out the window and said, "what the heck is going on?"

Today is going to be a day for blanket forts, baking, and a whole lot of coloring with my kids. I hope that wherever you are this weekend, you get to do something fun too.

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. Use Whiteboards in Google Meet Without Screensharing
2.Quickly Create Online Whiteboards for Your Students
3. How to Create Complete Sentence Requirements in Google Forms
4. Three Tools for Collecting Stories from Students and Parents
5. How to Blur Faces and Objects in Your Videos
6. Loom - Create Screencasts on Your iPad
7. Exploring and Visualizing Data Sets

Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp!
Registration for the Practical Ed Tech Virtual Summer Camp opened last week. One third of the early-bird tickets have already been claimed. This online PD event will feature ten live, interactive webinars on a wide array of topics applicable to every classroom. It will be held three times this summer. There is a June session and two July sessions. Register for the session of your choice here.

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Friday, May 8, 2020

Three Ways to Convert Video into Audio

Earlier this week I had a colleague ask me how she could extract the audio from a video that she had made. Some video editing tools, including iMovie and WeVideo, have an option to export just the audio from your video projects. But if the video was created by just filming with a smartphone or with a webcam integrated into a laptop, you'll need a third-party tool to convert the video into audio.

Online-Convert is a service that I've used for many years to convert files. One of the many file conversions that it can perform is MP4 into MP3. In the following short video I demonstrate how easy it is to convert a file with Online-Convert.



Convert Video to Audio in WeVideo
WeVideo includes an option to export just the audio from your video projects. You'll find this option when you click "Finish" in the WeVideo editor. You can upload any video that you own  into the WeVideo editor then export it as audio.

Convert Video to Audio in iMovie
Much like WeVideo, iMovie offers the option to share just audio from your video project. You'll find this option when you select "Share" in the "File" drop-down menu then choose "File" again. Like WeVideo, you can import any video that you own into iMovie then export just the audio.


Applications for Education
Converting a video into an MP3 can be a quick way to create a podcast from a video. If you've recorded a video of a guest speaker (virtual or in-person) and want to release just the audio, Online-Convert could be the tool for you to use.

On a related note, here's an overview of a quick way to produce and publish a podcast from a video.

Thursday, May 7, 2020

Use Whiteboards in Google Meet Without Screensharing

On Monday I published a blog post about a new online whiteboard tool called Whiteboard Fi. At the end of that post I mentioned that it could be used in conjunction with Google Meet to give your students a prompt then have them reply on a whiteboard without having to fumble around with screensharing. In fact, with the combination of Google Meet and Whiteboard Fi you could see all of your students' whiteboards at the same time. In this new video I demonstrate how that process can work.



Here's an overview of how Whiteboard Fi works on its own.

Join Me and Rushton Hurley Tomorrow for Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff

Every Friday at 1pm ET/ 10am PT Rushton Hurley from Next Vista for Learning and I host a free webinar called Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff. It we do exactly what the title says, share cool things we've found and answer questions about all things related to education and technology. Register here to join us tomorrow!

Rushton hosts some other webinars during the week. You can find those, the recordings, and more on this Next Vista for Learning page.

Watch last week's episode of Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff to get a sense of how these webinars work.