Wednesday, July 20, 2022

A Great Place to Find Free Sound Effects

This morning I hosted a webinar about creating your own apps in your classroom. In one of the demonstrations that I gave I created an app that played a little dog barking noise when a person tapped "I'm a dog person" on the screen. The sound effect that I used came from one of my favorite sources of free media for classroom projects, Pixabay. 

Pixabay is best known for its library of free images. It also has libraries of free b-roll videos, music, and sound effects that you can download and reuse for free. 

In this short video I demonstrate how to find free sound effects on Pixabay and download them for reuse. 


Openverse is another good place to find free images and music to use in your multimedia projects. I recently featured it in this video

How to Move Bookmarks Between Chrome Profiles

I was recently contacted by a teacher who was leaving her current school district and wanted to know what would happen to all of the bookmarks she had stored in her Chrome profile. Her Chrome profile was tied to her school-issued Google account which was going to be closed when she left the school. 

The solution to this problem is to use Google Takeout to download all of the data in your Chrome profile. When you do that you are given an HTML file that includes all of your Chrome bookmarks. You can then take that file and import it into another Chrome profile. All of those steps are demonstrated in this short video that I recorded last night. 

If you find yourself in a situation similar to the person who emailed me last night, watch How to Move Bookmarks from One Chrome Profile to Another


Watch How to Use Google Takeout in 2022 to learn more about how Google Takeout works and the data that you can export from your Google account. 

Tuesday, July 19, 2022

New Text Formatting Options in Google Forms

At the end of June Google added some new text formatting options to Google Forms. Those options enable you customize the fonts used for titles, section headers, and questions within your Google Forms. Last week Google added even more text formatting options to Google Forms. 

The latest update to Google Forms gives you rich text formatting options. That means you can now bold, italicize, underline, and hyperlink any of the text in your form's title, section headers, and questions. In this short video I demonstrate how that works. 





Applications for Education
As I demonstrated in the video above, using the hyperlinking tool when writing a question in Google Forms could be a good way to provide students with a direct link to an online article that they have to read, analyze, and then answer questions about.

Monday, July 18, 2022

Create and Share Collections in Bing Maps

Google Maps is one of my favorite tools for geography lessons and for some elementary school math lessons. In fact, next month I'm hosting a webinar all about using Google Maps in your classroom. That said, there are some alternatives to Google Maps that I do use from time-to-time. Bing Maps is one of those alternatives. 

Bing Maps has a collections feature that you can use to create thematic collections of places. In this brief video I demonstrate how I created a small collection of National Parks in Bing Maps and how I enabled sharing of that collection. 



Applications for Education
Creating and sharing a thematic collection of places in Bing Maps could be helpful in preparing an introductory geography lesson. It can also be an activity that you have students do to create a collection of places related to a theme that you assign to them. 

Custom Tables in Google Docs

Earlier this year Google added new table templates into Google Documents. Those templates include tables for project management and checklists. While those templates are good, there are still times when you might be better off creating your own custom tables in Google Documents. Today, there are more table customization options in Google Docs than ever before. 

In this brief video I demonstrate how to create custom tables in Google Docs. The video includes a demonstration of setting default column and row sizes, setting custom color schemes, and setting custom cell padding in your tables in Google Docs. 



Applications for Education
One of the ways that I've used tables in Google Docs is to provide students with some structure when they are writing notes in the same document. Some students need a little guidance so that they don't write over each other in a shared notes document. By giving students a table that is color-coded for their names, they know exactly where they should be writing their notes in the document.