Tech Tutor Mark uncovers the best and most useful tech sites, resources and tips for everyone from the home user to the educator. Some of these tips are WOW inducing; others life changing. The majority are just plain cool, but all are extremely useful for anyone who uses technology and wants to learn more.
Royalty-Free Music, SFX Sites and Online Video Editors for Music Video Creation
As far as online video editors, this is a good list to choose from - other than having to install Windows Movie Maker. Any one of these 10 should work to help you put together a quick video. PowToon is more for animation and YouTube has a lot of music built right in. WeVideo (no longer free) and Magisto are both recommended, but don't forget one of my all-time favorites, Animoto. Do a search for "Animoto for Education" so you can create longer videos with your class during your teacher trial.
If your class is using an iPad, a recommended app is Video Star, which allows you to create music videos very quickly with special effects and a wide assortment of songs. Video Star is free, while iMovie is only free on a newer-model iPad. For an older iPad, such as an iPad 2, iMovie is still a pay app.
Desktop Apps to Use: In Google Docs ( docs.google.com ) , use the Add-In called Open ClipArt . This adds ClipArt to your Google Docs. In Google Slides ( slides.google.com ) , go to the Insert menu and insert WordArt, Line, Shape and Image. In PowerPoint , go to Insert>>Pictures or Insert>>Shapes. Use a different slide for each of your logo designs. Note : Upload to Google Drive when finished. Legal Image Search Tips: In Google Slides : If you go to Insert>>Image , use the Search tab. It searches only images that are free and legal to use to use (not copyrighted). Creative Commons (CC Search) : What makes CC Search so great is that it is more than just an image search. Search 12 different media sites from within one page (including Flickr, Google and YouTube). It searches music and video sites as well as images. Pixabay.com : Free high-quality images. Only requires a login if you want to save the images to your account. Ot
This year, I have created a couple of tutorial videos and a set of print directions on how to transfer student (and staff) Google data from a district account to a home Google account . This transfer can include only specific selected folders (shown in the Method #1 video below) or your entire Google Drive (shown in the Method #2 video and the print directions below). If you are a student, staff member or teacher who would like to see the different processes, in order to pick the one that best fits your individual needs, please scroll down and check them out. If any senior student asks about this process, please direct them here also. All 12th-grade student accounts in our school district will be deactivated shortly after their last day of school. It is highly recommended that this process be completed before then. Video Playlist (includes both methods in separate videos) Print Directions (shows method #2 where you can move everything to a different Google accoun
Yes, the iPad and iPhone can speak to students. The accessibility feature called VoiceOver can be activated and used by students with reading accommodations. The presentation below shows you how to use VoiceOver and gives several useful tips.