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Stop-Motion Animation

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There are so many fantastic ways to incorporate technology into instruction that, sometimes, there are highly useful resources that we might have overlooked. One of these technological gems is stop-motion animation.  If you haven't yet used this tool, you owe it to yourself and your students to try it out. Stop-motion animation apps have been available for over five years. And the use of animation is easier than ever. Many apps are free and can be easily used by your students on their smartphones or tablets.


These kinds of apps allow students to use the cameras on their smartphones or tablets to quickly create short animated films or GIF files. Below are some examples of projects that have incorporated stop animation.  There are many projects in language arts and in social studies where stop-motion animation would be an engaging way for groups of students to tell a story or re-enact a historical event. (Here is an example of students animating a children's book.) Stop-motion ca…

Google Keep

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Recently, Google announced the integration of Google Keep with Docs. Google Keep has become a favorite for notetaking or quick "sticky" notes of things to remember.  Google Keep is available

On a computer at https://keep.google.com/ or as a Chrome Extension at https://goo.gl/LMKVOsFor iOS at https://goo.gl/pLEyuUFor Android at https://goo.gl/SpjvU Google Keep has many functions. You can read about them at https://www.google.com/keep/ Some of my favorite features are the ability to leave myself audio notes while on the go and to color code my notes. I'm all about color coding, so my notes match the same color organization that I use for labels in my Gmail and folders in my Google Drive.

A feature that I am committed to learn more about and utilize to make it a habit is the Reminders feature. With Reminders, you can set a location-based reminder. Is there something you need to do as soon as you get to campus? Set a reminder and when you arrive at the campus, you will receiv…

Video in Google Slides

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In February, Google announced an improved feature in Slides. Previously, you could only insert video into Slides if it were a YouTube link. With the new update, users can now link videos saved in their Google Drive, as well as by searching YouTube and inserting a YouTube URL. As educators, the ability to save the time involved in loading all of your personal videos to YouTube is a benefit. However, I think there is an even greater benefit for our students creating presentations with video content. Some student-created videos simply do not belong on YouTube due to FERPA, parent permission, or other reasons. The ability to add video from Google Drive allows the students to set the video view rights to protect their privacy.


Once you select Google Drive from the Insert video field, you will see all videos in your Drive, including videos you may have in your Google Photo account (for more information on the greatness of Google Photos, see Kerissa Bearce's Google Photos blog post).


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Slides Carnival

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www.slidescarnival.com
SlidesCarnival is a pretty simple concept, but something I wanted to make sure you knew about. It's a website full of free Google Slides templates (or PowerPoint) for you to use for your presentations! If you're tired of what those platforms offer in terms of themes, this is a great way to find a few other professional looking choices. Once you're on the site, scroll to the bottom and click "View all."

You'll see several pages of templates to choose from. After clicking one, you have the following option: 
If you choose Google Slides theme, it'll open in a View Only copy. Click File>Make a copy to put a copy in your own Google Drive. You can then input your content in the templates it provides you and Poof! New themes for your presentations. This would be great for your classroom presentations or for students to have a few new options as well. I like that it sets things up in a very professional and clear manner, so that I don…