Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Bibcitation's New Chrome Extension Makes It Easy to Create Citations

A few weeks ago I published an overview of seven free tools that help students create bibliographies. Bibcitation was one of the tools in that list. This week Bibcitation introduced a new Chrome extension that makes it easier than ever for students to cite webpages and build bibliographies. 

Bibcitation's Chrome extension will generate a citation for any webpage that a student needs to include in his or her bibliography. To do that students simply have to click on the Bibcitation extension while viewing a webpage and select the citation style that they want to use. Students can then copy the text for the citation with just one click and paste it wherever they need to use it. Students can also click the "Add to Bibcitation.com" button within the extension to send the citation directly to the bibliographies they're working on. 


Applications for Education
One of the things that I have always liked about Bibcitation is that it provides support for dozens of citation styles in addition to the standard MLA and APA formats. Bibcitation is also easy to edit if students do find a mistake with the formatting. Finally, Bibcitation doesn't require students to register in order to use it. Completed Bibliographies can be downloaded as a document, as a BibTex file, or as HTML.

This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin, Today Headline, and 711Web.

How to Add Audio to TeacherMade Activities - And Integrate Google Classroom

Disclosure: TeacherMade is an advertiser on FreeTech4Teachers.com

As I wrote last week, TeacherMade recently introduced a bunch of new features for turning your PDFs and Word documents into online activities for your students. When I looked at the list of new features the two that stood out to me were adding audio to PDFs and integrating Google Classroom into my TeacherMade account. 

As I demonstrate in this video, adding audio to TeacherMade activities can be a good way to make directions more accessible to students. It's also a good way to add audio-based prompts. 

Integrating Google Classroom into my TeacherMade account makes it easier for students to quickly find the activities I've created for students. Furthermore, it makes it easy to add automatically scored TeacherMade assignments into my Google Classroom records. Those features are also demonstrated in the video that is embedded below. 

Tuesday, April 13, 2021

Improving Your Critical Thinking - A New TED-Ed Lesson

This Tool Will Help You Improve Your Critical Thinking is a new TED-Ed lesson that provides viewers with an introduction to the Socratic method. The video has two main purposes. The first is to explain what the Socratic method is. The second is to explain a bit of Socrates' place in history. The video's explanation of the Socratic method is much stronger than the explanation of Socrates' place in history. Watch the lesson here or as embedded below. 


Applications for Education
Last week I used the Socratic method with one of my classes. A few of my students got a little frustrated with me because I wasn't "just giving them the answer." A few of my students understood what I was doing. I stopped to explain it, but by that point the frustrated students weren't in the best place to understand what I was doing. That class meets again tomorrow and I plan to show this video to provide the class with a different explanation and perspective. 

This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin, Today Headline, and 711Web.

19 Canva Tutorials for Teachers and Students - Certificates, Comics, and More!

I've been using Canva to make all kinds of graphics and presentations almost since the day it was first available to the public. Over the years I've used to make greeting cards, videos, infographics, presentations, posters, timelines, comics, and many other graphics. And, at one point or another in the last five years, I've made videos about how to make all of those graphics. In not particular order, here's my complete list of Canva tutorials for teachers and students. 

How to Create a Timeline on Canva



How to Create Collages on Canva



How to Create a Greeting Card on Canva



How to Use Canva to Create Social Media Graphics



Host Live Q&A in Canva Presentations



How to Customize Icons in Canva



How to Create & Publish Comics in Canva



How to Record a Video Presentation in Canva



How to Use Canva for Online Brainstorming Sessions



How to Create an Audio Slideshow Video With Canva



How to Publish Canva Designs as Websites



How to Create and Publish a Multimedia Poster With Canva



How to Make an Interactive Graphic With Canva



How to Create a Video With Canva



How to Create a Great Presentation With Canva



How to Make Your Font Stand Out in Canva



How to Create a Certificate in Canva



How to Use Canva to Create Webpages



How to Collaborate in Canva


This post originally appeared on FreeTech4Teachers.com. If you see it elsewhere, it has been used without permission. Sites that steal my (Richard Byrne's) work include CloudComputin, Today Headline, and 711Web.

Monday, April 12, 2021

Ten Topics Covered in Teaching History With Technology

The next session of my popular Teaching History With Technology course begins tomorrow. There is still time to register right here

There are ten big topics that will be covered in the course. All of the lessons in the course can be applied to elementary, middle, and high school settings.

These are the ten big topics in the course:

  • Search Strategies & Organization
  • Video Projects & Video Lessons
  • Making History Podcasts
  • Google Earth & Maps
  • Multimedia Timelines
  • Digital Portfolios
  • AR & VR in History Lessons
  • Making Virtual Tours
  • Making History Apps
  • Tips for Remote Teaching