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.
Published in March 2016, this is one of my favorite posts from our Port Huron Schools EdTech Weebly blog . What is a Doctopus, you ask? And for that matter, what is a Goobric? I'm so glad you asked. I took a lengthy look at both tools and put together this step-by-step guide/article that I hope will help teachers tie together three great Google student assessment and management tools: Google Classroom, Goobric (a Google online rubric) and student assignment submissions (linked through Doctopus) all in one place. Here is the article: ift.tt/1QVW54z http:// fb.me/7DQ2ITOYU
Keyboard Shortcuts: It All Depends on Context (A Deeper Dive) It's true. I can write a full in-depth article on just about anything technology-related. Even something as seemingly straightforward as keyboard shortcuts. Who knew how complex this topic could be. You might have wondered why a shortcut like Ctrl+D does one thing in one app or extension, while the same shortcut does something completely different in another. Hopefully, I can shed some light on a bit of the keyboard shortcuts confusion. Here are some things to consider: 1. The keyboard shortcut Ctrl+D in Google Slides or PowerPoint, for example. If you're in Google Slides and you select a graphic object, you can press Ctrl+D and it will duplicate the object. This should work the same way for everyone. However, if you are not selecting an object in a slide, but are just in Filmstrip mode instead, pressing Ctrl+D will duplicate the slide. And, if you are not in Google Slides but on a random website, pressing Ct
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