Wednesday, June 17, 2020

A Great Set of Microsoft Teams Tutorials

I published a bunch of videos about using Google Meet and Zoom this spring. That's because those are the tools that I use the most and I was asked about the most. This afternoon I answered an email from a reader who was looking for help with Microsoft Teams. My recommendation was to check out the videos on Mike Tholfsen's YouTube channel.

Mike is a product manager at Microsoft EDU so he probably knows the products better than just about anyone else who is producing tutorials about Microsoft EDU products including Teams, OneNote, and Immersive Reader.

Here's Mike's tutorial on using Kahoot in Microsoft Teams.



Here's his tutorial on keyboard shortcuts in Microsoft Teams.

5 Things Students Can Do in Google Earth Without Google Accounts

Google Earth has many handy little features that your students can use even if they don't have Google accounts. Without a Google account your students can customize the appearance of Google Earth, measure distances and areas, change the units of measurement, and share locations and Street Views with you. Of course, they can also use the more obvious features of Voyager and "I'm feeling lucky" in the web version of Google Earth without having Google accounts.

In the following video I demonstrate five features of Google Earth that your students can use even if they don't have Google accounts.

1. Navigate in Street View
2. Share locations and views.
3. Measure distance and area.
4. Change units of measurement.
5. Change/ customize base map.




Learn more about using Google Earth in this Practical Ed Tech on-demand webinar or in the July session of Teaching History With Technology

Tuesday, June 16, 2020

ICYMI - Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions & Share Cool Stuff

Every Friday this spring I joined Rushton Hurley for a series of webinars simply titled Two Ed Tech Guys Take Questions and Share Cool Stuff. That series is going on hiatus until August, but you can watch all of the recordings from this spring right here on Next Vista for Learning.


The series that I did with Rushton is going on hiatus until August, but Rushton will be continuing his series of Activities Across Grade Levels with Susan Stewart. Their next free webinar is this Thursday at 5pm ET/ 2pm PT. The webinar will be about simple video editing tools. You can register here. All of the previous installments in the series can be watched here.

Sodaphonic - A Quick and Easy Way to Create MP3s

Sodaphonic is a free online audio recording and editing tool. It's easy to use and can be used without creating an account on the site.

To create a recording on Sodaphonic simply head to the site and click on "start new project." As soon as you do that you'll be in the Sodaphonic audio editor where you can click the record button to start recording yourself talking, singing, or banging a drum. When you're done recording you can then use the editing tools to cut and trim sections of your recording. The editing tools also include a couple of effects for fading and otherwise adjusting the volume of your audio track.

Completed Sodaphonic recordings can be saved directly on your computer as MP3 files or saved to a Dropbox account.

Applications for Education
Sodaphonic is a tool that I'll add to my list of registration-free audio recording tools. Students and teachers could use Sodaphonic to create short recordings to include in slideshows or to publish as short podcasts.

Monday, June 15, 2020

From the Archive - A Webinar on Copyright for Teachers


Twice today I hosted webinars in which the topic of copyright in the classroom came up. Since the webinars weren't specifically about copyright, I referred people to the recording of a webinar that Dr. Beth Holland and I hosted a couple of years ago in which we addressed a whole bunch of nuanced questions pertaining to copyright in the classroom. While the webinar is now a few years old, everything that we talked about is still relevant today.

The recording of Copyright for Teachers - A Webinar With Beth Holland and Richard Byrne can be watched here or as embedded below.


The slides used in the webinar can be seen here or as embedded below.