In this episode of the Practical Ed Tech Podcast I shared some highlights from the Creativity Conference, shared some neat new ed tech tools, and answered a handful of questions from viewers, readers, and listeners. Oh, and I don't have pink eye, I just have an irritation from scratching my eyelid.
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In this episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast I share some thoughts about New Year's Resolutions and fitness, share a bunch of Hour of Code resources, and answer questions from readers. News & Notes Next week is CS Ed Week. Lots of companies and organizations are hosting online and in-person events related to CS Ed Week and Hour of Code. Complete show notes at https://docs.google.com/document/d/1OJAacWMQAJ3U8NknOkTcojPrtfofTN1I45jFMchYcWY/edit?usp=sharing
In this episode I share some reflections on 12 years of blogging about educational technology, share some news from the world of ed tech, and answer a few questions from readers and viewers like you. Get the full show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1dL0cB0PWmFtvnESq1eTsBcEJLjXlt-bi_OjdO66TMZM/edit?usp=sharing
The Thanksgiving/ Black Friday deal on PD webinars can be found at https://practicaledtech.com/thanksgiving/
In this episode I share five Google tools updates you might have missed, a new Microsoft Forms option, and a new mapping tool. As always, I answered a handful of questions from readers, listeners, and viewers like you.
Bookmark this page for my Thanksgiving sale on professional development webinars https://practicaledtech.com/on-demand-pd/
Complete show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/19MaY4HPD2f5n2PCt-ZQtjljedSNi3sMPnwnCPBzIsbo/edit?usp=sharing
Practical Ed Tech Podcast - Episode #19 - November 15th 2019
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News & Notes Google Slides audio feature to be available to all users by the end of November. https://www.freetech4teachers.com/2019/11/its-official-google-slides-will-have.html
I Tweeted that I’m considering an iPhone after a decade of being a loyal Android user. A big part of the motivation for that is my growing concern about the data Google collects through Android OS and how that data is being used. 60 responses to the Tweet seem to be split down the middle. https://www.nytimes.com/2019/11/11/business/google-ascension-health-data.html
Other Apple news, they launched a 16” MacBook Pro. You now have a choice of 13” or 16” models. 15” models have gone the way of the CD Rom.
Other Google news, they’re getting into the banking business with the introduction of a checking account product called “Cache” that will launch next year. https://techcrunch.com/2019/11/13/google-to-offer-checking-accounts-in-partnership-with-banks-starting-next-year/
Basecamp launched a free version of their popular project management suite. Basecamp Personal is intended for students, freelancers, and small non-profits to manage small projects. https://basecamp.com/personal
Alan Levine wrote an interesting article about reverse image search through Pixsy (a service I had not heard of). Pixsy looks for copies of your original photographs and where they’ve been used online. They’ll send takedown notices on your behalf, if you choose that option. Read Alan’s take on it at cogdogblog.com https://cogdogblog.com/2019/11/reversing-reverse/
Thoughts and Reflections
We had our first snow day of the year. As expected, it threw my freshmen off. Everyone else took it in stride. Because of our alternating block schedule and the Veteran’s Day holiday, I didn’t see some students for over a week. Let students pick interesting to them projects and they’ll take the initiative to do some really interesting things that you might not think to do.
Questions from Readers & Viewers
In this episode I shared a neat resource for teaching elementary school students about primary sources, shared two new presentation tools, and brought back a classic geography website. I also answered some questions about making videos with students, Google Drive layout, and random name pickers. Get the full episode show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1KmzYND4ZdingmVD3MVGSVubWONZrWvfHB2zDFytx7Rw/edit?usp=sharing
In this episode I address some comments about Twitter chats, discuss copyright, and share my thoughts about having conversations with students on topics that can be a bit touchy. As always, I also shared some news and notes from the world of ed tech and answered a handful of questions from viewers, readers, and listeners.
Find the show notes here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HrAOpbUTh6J4cJGtYuVkVA7LaPT_pB3DrRID0gBpw9w/edit?usp=sharing
This episode features some news and notes from the world of educational technology, my thoughts after a trying week in my classroom, and answers to questions from readers like you.
Show notes are available in this Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1J9YhzybAvCyNbmKRPplqUV6J3HIQMQhBucg58vny_7M/edit?usp=sharing
In this episode of the podcast I talked with Mike Tholfsen. Mike is a Product Manager on the Microsoft EDU team. He works on Immersive Reader, OneNote, and Teams. In the podcast we talked about the many free accessibility tools that Microsoft offers and how those tools can help students and parents.
Follow Mike on Twitter: twitter.com/mtholfsen
Learn more about Immersive Reader through this interactive guide: http://aka.ms/inclusivereader
Find all of the 3rd party services that utilize Immersive Reader: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/immersive-reader-partners-8ce56191-83cd-490f-9dfc-4e69d4bf5308
In this episode I share a new Google Slides add-on, updates about Google Slides captioning, and answer a bunch of questions from readers and viewers like you. And I shared a reminder about my age that my students gave me today. Bonus! An easy way for teachers to save 10% when shopping at Zappos (no, that's not a paid placement).
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In the first part of this episode of The Practical Ed Tech Podcast I shared some cool new things from Microsoft, a new way to build educational games for your students, and some good digital citizenship handouts. The second section of the podcast features my reflections on my third week of teaching computers. And to wrap-up the episode I answered a handful of questions from readers and listeners.
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In this episode I shared some neat news and notes from the last week in ed tech, answered a handful of reader/ listener questions, and shared some reflections on teaching at 40 versus 25.
Get the complete show notes with links in this Google Doc: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1DjDJrbRRBNuUeLROUIe5n-nEF0Z2JQ4EuCgM1LS4UEI/edit?usp=sharing
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News & Notes
Dark theme for Gmail Android and iOS apps.
Google for Education Transformation Reports now available
Google’s attempt to show that using G Suite “transforms” education.
Dan Russell’s new book, The Joy of Search hit bookshelves this week.
Speaking of books, I published the 2019-20 edition of the Practical Ed Tech Handbook.
Get a free copy at Practicaledtech.com/free-handbook/
Microsoft has a new “all about Immersive Reader” center.
Notion.co has a new tool called Nimble Notes that they call the “anti-Evernote.” Might be worth a try for those who are looking for an Evernote alternative.
With the news of a possible impeachment proceeding in the news, all the YouTubers were out in force with commentary and explanations. My buddy Tom Richey was one of them.
Open Culture had a great article this week about how bicycles can change lives. Interesting bit about people (including those with children) who have the means to buy cars but choose to use bicycles only.
Justin Cahill at Keeping Kids in Motion offers a Halloween-themed fitness program for kids (and adults). You can get the calendar and certificates for free from his site.
Clif Mims offered a good overview of coding programs “that work.” Designed for introductory lessons on coding.
In this episode I answered a handful of questions from readers and listeners. I also shared a couple of neat new tools to use in your classroom. And I gave a shout-out to Dr. Scott McLeod for his thought-provoking blog post about how school policies on mobile device use. Find all of the show notes in this Google Doc.
In this episode I talked with Dr. Beth Holland about her work at COSN around issues related to digital equity. The last part of the conversation we talked about stand-up paddleboarding and lessons learned from racing stand-up paddleboards. Yes, it's an unusual mix of topics. But it is a fun mix and we had a great time recording the conversation. I hope you enjoy it as much as we did.
Practical Ed Tech Podcast is now available on Apple Podcasts AKA iTunes.
Google Docs now displays word count while you type. Turn the feature on from the Tools drop-down menu.
Google Docs now has a “compare documents” feature also found in the Tools drop-down menu.
Apple had a big event on Tuesday. There wasn’t anything noteworthy for educators. Highlights of the event were a new streaming subscription model, and updated iPad that works with Apple pencil, and new colors for iPhones, yipee! (#sarcasm) None-the-less stock price jumped 3% on Wednesday. Oh, and you can get the current generation, soon to be old generation iPad on sale for $249 on Amazon.
Google Expeditions now lets you share links to specific scenes.
Looking for ways to use Google Cardboard viewers besides Google Expeditions? Check out National Geographic’s list of 360 videos https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLivjPDlt6ApRq22sn082ZCC9893XtV8xc
Glide (Glideapps.com) now lets you create templates for apps that you can share with students and colleagues.
All of the questions that I answered in the podcast are available here: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1EkV2UuEh8d9SCsLar_Taq2Z_A9oNiKbrCfrUibHRYMU/edit?usp=sharing
Dr. Scott McLeod is an associate professor of school leadership at the University of Colorado, Denver. In this episode we talk about what's changed and what's the in the last 12 years since he and Karl Fisch published their viral video Shift Happens was published. His new book, co-authored with Julie Graber, is Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning.
In this episode I talk about some new features of favorite ed tech products, the big fine that was levied against YouTube this week, and answer questions from readers and listeners like you.
Get the complete show notes in this Google Document.
In this episode I share some cool updates about Google Slides, Gmail, OneNote, and Immersive Reader. I also answer a bunch of questions from readers. And I give an update on Facebook fast. Get the show notes as a Google Doc right here.
Questions answered in the show:
Can you limit the number of responses on Microsoft forms? For instance, we are doing a sign-up at school and only want 15 students/choice. Can this be done?
I teach technology classes and I am looking for a few good videos to show my class for sub days. Any recommendations?
What apps for a Chromebook or in general do you recommend for ELL Students? By this, I am referring to helping students take content that is spoken or written in English and translate it into Spanish. Something besides Google Translate.
With my students I have created bilingual dictionary in Google sheets (two columns, one for English and one for translation). Do you happen to know of any way to turn it into an online dictionary with a search box?
I'm looking for a way to record comments/feedback and send to my students when reading their essays. Is there something you can think of I could utilize? The only thing that I can think of is voice memo recording and emailing.
This week I highlight some news from the world of educational technology and answer a bunch of questions from readers and listeners like you.
New and Neat Things You Might Have Missed
Harnessing Technology for Deeper Learning - Scott McLeod and Julie Graber
New fonts in Google Docs, Slides, Sheets
Lexend fonts: designed to improve reading speed.
Import existing OneNote content into Class Notebooks in Microsoft Teams
YoPuppet - AR app that lets kids control digital puppets with their hands.
Quizizz adds new options for making math questions, open response questions, and audio questions.
EduTwitter is a site developed by Tristan Kirkpatrick. The site provides a searchable index of educators on Twitter.
Questions from Readers Like You
Do you have plans to make your podcast available through Pocket Casts?
Enjoy your site. Thanks for everything you do. Quick question for you, what do you use make the circle appear in your screencast videos?
I’ve made a playlist of YouTube videos that I plan to use as part of my unit on metaphors. Is there a way that I can show the videos in class without having to fast forward to the parts that are important?
I watched your videos about making Google Earth files but I must be missing something. When I make the tour in Google Earth on my laptop it looks fine. I followed the directions for viewing it on Chromebooks but it doesn’t render correctly. Not all the placemarks are displaying full screen. What am I doing wrong? Thanks for any help you can offer.
You know a lot about Google so I want to get your opinion on an issue that’s come up in our district. We’ve been a Google school for four years. I’ve heard from our IT director that our new superintendent wants to switch to Microsoft environment because “that’s what the business world uses.” Do you have any information that we could share with that could help persuade him not to make a switch next year?
Thanks for all of the great resources you share. I have seniors this year and I’ve been tasked with helping them create portfolios that they can take with them after they graduate. I was wondering if you knew of any apps or online tools that would work for this purpose?
Keep up the great work!
The Practical Ed Tech Podcast is the audio from my weekly Practical Ed Tech Live broadcasts on YouTube. In each episode I share some news from the world of educational technology and answer questions from readers of FreeTech4Teachers.com and PracticalEdTech.com
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Some highlights from the episode:
Google made a bunch of G Suite product announcements this week:
Originality Reports/ Checker for Google Classroom & Assignments
Google Assignments - a companion for your LMS
Create shortcuts in Google Drive
New fonts in Docs and Slides
Jamboard gets updated menus
Socratic by Google helps students get help with difficult questions.
Unsplash for Education
Thanks to Rushton Hurley for the tip.
Check out Rushton’s monthly newsletter via Next Vista for Learning
This month’s newsletter includes a set of activities for showing students the qualities that educational videos should have.
SeeSaw has an updated Chrome extension for annotating webpages.
Students can write, draw, and highlight on webpages. They can also add audio notes to the pages they save.