Sunday, February 12, 2023

More Than 19,000 Teachers Get Their Tech Tips This Way

At about this time nine years ago I created the Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week newsletter as a way to provide a summary of my most popular daily posts along with a featured tip of the week. Today, more than 19,000 educators are subscribed to the newsletter. You can do the same right here.

The Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week newsletter features my favorite tip of the week along with a summary of the most popular blog posts from my blogs and The newsletter is emailed on Sunday evening/ Monday morning (depends on your timezone). I'll often include things that aren't published elsewhere. For example, next week's newsletter will include access to an updated document featuring a collection of my favorite resources for public domain and Creative Commons audio files.

Those of you who read via email will be pleased to know that the Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week email is published manually which means that unlike the daily emails, you can read the entire article in your inbox.

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Saturday, February 11, 2023

Feedback, AI, and Language - The Week in Review

Good morning from Maine where it is roughly 50 degrees warmer than it was at this time last week! One thing that hasn't changed since last week is that AI is the still the hot topic in education. I think I've fielded more questions related to AI in the last week than I have about anything else all year! 

This week my daughter's school was unexpectedly closed for a day. I took the day off and we went skiing at a new-to-her mountain. It was a learning experience for both of us. And we both ended up having a lot of fun by the end of the day. I hope that you had a fun learning experience this week as well. 

These were the week's most popular posts:
1. 10 Tools for Gathering Real-time Feedback From Students
2. Three Tools for Detecting Writing Created by AI
3. New Padlet Feature! Present Padlet Walls as Slideshows
4. The Makers of ChatGPT Have Launched a Tool to Detect Text Written With AI
5. 75 Google Documents Tutorials
6. How to Set Expiration Dates for Google Docs
7. Learning About Languages and The Mysteries of Vernacular

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25 Gmail Tips for Teachers and Students

As part of my on-going quest to bring some organization to the more than 1,500 videos on my YouTube channel, I've created a new playlist of 25 Gmail tips for teachers and students. The playlist includes everything from how to sort your Gmail messages to filtering and blocking senders to email etiquette tips we all need to be reminded of from time to time. Some highlights of the playlist are embedded below. 

Friday, February 10, 2023

How to Quickly Turn Padlet Notes Into a Slideshow

Earlier this week Padlet launched a new feature that lets you quickly turn the multimedia notes on a Padlet wall into a slideshow. If you haven't tried it yet, watch my new video to see how easy it is to use the new slideshow feature in Padlet. The video also shows you how to enable beta features in your Padlet account so that you can be the first to try any new features that Padlet develops. 

Video - Quickly Turn Your Padlet Walls Into Slideshows

You can find two dozen Padlet tutorial videos in this playlist on my YouTube channel.

Applications for Education
As I wrote a few days ago, the new Padlet slideshow option could be very handy when you're trying to review with your whole class the contributions that they've made to a Padlet wall. I can see this being particularly useful when going through a set of KWL responses as it allows you and your class to focus on one item at a time without the distraction of other notes appearing in the background.

25 YouTube Tips for Teachers

A couple of weeks ago I shared directions on how to start a YouTube channel. Yesterday, I published directions on how to add end screens to your videos. Those are just two of twenty-five YouTube tutorial videos that I've published over the last few years. All of my YouTube tips for teachers are now arranged in one convenient playlist. You can find the whole playlist of 25 YouTube tips for teachers right here on my YouTube channel. Some highlights from the playlist are embedded below. 

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