This week’s class kicks off a multi-class exploration of Google Tools. First up Google Slides. As a pre-assessment we will jump into a shared GSlide and edit it using whatever features we know. Then we’ll present the collaborative slide show using Google Slides “Q and A Presenter mode.”
Next we’ll have some training in using Google slides. We will also share some ideas for using Google Slides in the classroom. Here’s some important links
Work with one or two partners to design a learning activity using a Google Slide. It could be material you develop for students using Google Slides or an activity that you would expect students to create using G Slides.
Each team can collaborate on a blog post (or team members can write separate individual posts). Either way include an embed of the slide presentation and describes how you or the students might use the slides in a learning activity. You may also want to add some comments about what you learned from the lesson.
Note: You can assign multiple authors to one post by using box at bottom of WordPress new post page. Just start typing the name and click it to activate and add as co-author.
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In today’s class we will explore the ever-changing world of Google apps for education. I’ve created a Google site with a section devoted to Google tools – docs, forms, MyMaps, slides, sites and more. After spending some time exploring the resources, students will have the chance to create an activity using a Google app.
- Use a Google tool to design an activity. Create a blog post that explains the intent of the activity and includes an embedded version of the Google tool.
- Prepare for using iBooks Author to showcase your critical thinking lesson. Check this page for getting your content ready for using iBooks Author
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Note: We will begin class by using this Google form to assess progress on our Critical Thinking Design Project.
Today’s class is the second in our three-class exploration of blended and flipped learning. Last week we looked at options for screencasting / slidecasting. This week we’ll look add a few more options for teachers or students to create content. Students will practice their skills in preparation for our next class where we will look at how to incorporate blended / flipped content into lesson design.
There many options for creating content – but here’s two categories and some free tools that will have many application for lesson designers.
Techniques we’ve already used
- Create content using VoiceThread and share with student. Shoot your own video – edit with iMovie. See class 5.
- Use Mac’s QuickTime Player or CaptureSpace to create a screencast / slidecast. See class 6
Create and share slides
- Export Powerpoint or Keynote slides to Slideshare – sample by former student Peter Gallagher. Peter’s extensive collection of Slideshares.
- Here’s how to add an audio narration to a PowerPoint or a Keynote slide show.
- Use Google slides – here’s an example of how to animate a math problem. Here’s a hack for adding a narration to Google slides.
Create and share videos
- Add narration to PowerPoint or Keynote (#2 above) Then export as videos which can be shared as files or uploaded to YouTube. This is the technique Jeremy used to make his slidecast)
- Create a Paperslide video
- Create an animation using Toontastic 3d. It’s fun and a free tool from Google that works on smartphones, tablets, and select Chromebooks. Other animation creation options with free intro levels are Plotagon or Powtoon.
Host video content (created by you or found online) in a lesson
Add your commentary / questions, monitor student responses.
- Use EDPuzzle (includes library of lessons you can use)
– Works with YouTube, Vimeo.
– Has shortcuts to many popular videos series including: , Khan A, Numberphile, Crashcourse, National Geographic and more.
– Can be embedded.
– Sample Grade 3: Mathablanca
- Use TEDed (includes library of lessons you can use)
– YouTube content only.
– Cannot be embedded.
– Sample: Who’s the Historian in Your Classroom
To simply share your YouTube or Vimeo videos without nuisances such as annotations and related videos using SafeShare.TV
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