Sunday, July 15, 2018

Kapwing - Simple video editing

 digital stories without the software getting in the way

​Something I saw recommended on SLJ's webapp of the year page. Here's the "about" blurb from Kapwing:

Kapwing gives people the tools, content, and inspiration they need to express a creative vision in video. Kapwing serves the people sharing a video with their friend, the content marketers who need to edit a video efficiently, and the creators who entertain the world. Freelancers, artists, students, and influencers use Kapwing to craft digital stories without the software getting in the way. Our product principles:
    • Simple: Design that communicates the function
    • Accessible: Free. Works on all screen sizes and operating systems.
    • Fast

Thursday, June 21, 2018

Screencastify Screen Recorder for Chrome

Capture anything - it's so easy!

​Here's a very easy way to record from within Chrome:. What does it do? Check out their site.

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    Capture anything.
    • Record your entire desktop, an application, current browser tab or just your webcam
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    Make it personal.
    • Embed your webcam anywhere in your recording, and narrate with your microphone.
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    Lives in Chrome.
    • Our extension operates within your browser. No bulky software download required.
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    Record offline.
    • No internet connection required until you upload your video to Google Drive or YouTube.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

3 Things To Know About Scratch 3.0

A new version of Scratch is coming this August!

Every day, we're amazed and delighted by the incredible diversity of games, stories, and animations that children create and share with 
Scratch. This August, we'll be launching a new generation of Scratch, called Scratch 3.0, that aims to expand how kids can create and share, and how educators can support student learning with Scratch. This new version will include new images, new support materials, and new programming capabilities — and it runs on a wider variety of devices (including tablets).


Tuesday, June 12, 2018

Iceberg Finder - Newfoundland

​Tracking Giants​

When it comes to viewing icebergs, this is one of the best places in the world.
 From May to August, these 10,000-year-old glacial giants are visible from many points along the northern and eastern coasts, especially on clear, sunny days. They come in every shape and size, with colours from snow-white to deepest aquamarine. Despite their arrival from the Arctic every spring, and their disappearance only months later, our awe of them remains new, year after year.


Friday, June 1, 2018

Infographics Made Simple

 your thinking!​

Infographics (a clipped compound of "information" and "graphics") are graphic visual representations of information, data or knowledge intended to present information quickly and clearly.
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They can improve cognition by utilizing graphics to enhance the human visual system's ability to see patterns and trends (Source: Wikipedia)


Wednesday, April 18, 2018

GeoGuessr - Let's explore the world!

 on a journey!

​Explore the world and try to guess where you are. Challenge yourself or compete against others.
Embark on a journey that takes you all over the world. From the most desolate roads in Australia to the busy, bustling streets of New York City.

Read this post for more info:


Wednesday, March 7, 2018

Free templates for Powerpoint and Google Slides

hemes for presentations 

​Looking for
​to help you communicate
 your ideas in your presentations
all styles from playful and creative to formal and business presentations.
emplates are completely customizable and easy-to-edit.
​Check it out!


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Listen and create ambient sounds easily

A World Made of

Listen to relaxing music, ambient atmospheres and astonishing sound effects. Just click on an image to start chilling. If you want, you can even create your own atmospheric sound mix, online and for free. Every audio template can be easily edited for your own needs.


Monday, February 19, 2018

Google Docs and Drive Add-ons for CC0 images

​Check out Joyce Valenza's suggestions for beautiful pics!​

If you use Google Docs and Slides to create and communicate, you may be interested in how easy it now is to incorporate free, copyright-friendly images into your projects without having to leave your document to search for them. I was surprised to discover my very favorite image portals were available in the form of add-ons.


Sunday, February 18, 2018

EASY stop-motion animation with Google Slides

Google Slides
 a powerful animation tool

With a few steps and some creativity, Google Slides can become a powerful animation tool that most students -- little to big -- can wield.


 post you'll see ...

  • how to create stop motion animation with Google Slides
  • how students can present it to each other (or a larger audience online)
  • how it can be used in the classroom
  • some cool example animations

Wednesday, January 31, 2018

Evolution Of The Desk - YouTube

​lus ├ža change...
things have really changed, and we can't imagine how we would survive without them! This is a good video to show students, teachers and parents to illustrate the this evolution.

"Evolution of the Desk" is an initiative borne out of the Harvard Innovation Lab. The goal is to illustrate the impact that technology has had on our lives over the last 35 years. A cluttered desk, complete with a rolodex, a file cabinet, and a fax machine, transforms into a much cleaner, simpler surface consisting of only a laptop and a mobile phone. Of course, some things in life - like the sun - are everlasting, so the shades persist throughout the years.


Friday, January 12, 2018

Reading Tip of the Day

​Add a widget to your blog​

​ere is an easy way to add fresh content to your blog without having to remember to make a daily post. ​Reading Rockets offers a variety of widgets - I like the "reading tip of the day" which comes with some printables for teachers to try with their students.


Monday, January 8, 2018

Using Crowd Annotation to Close-Read the World

park side conversations that complement the main text

Crowd annotation, made possible through our digital connectivity, has the potential to alter that. The margins of an online text or piece of media can be filled with insightful conversation by a community of readers, in a public space, often sparking side conversations that are complementary to the main text.

Sometimes, these margin conversations lead readers to other documents, fulfilling in many ways the promise of the "web" of information that we share together, as a learning community.


Thursday, December 21, 2017

Stop Motion Animation with Google Slides

 creative and fun way to
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ell a new story
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One easy tool to use for this is Google Slides. Many times we think of Slides as just a program for creating multimedia presentations. However, with just a few tricks you and your students can actually use Google Slides to make stop motion movies.


Sunday, December 10, 2017

The True Size of Any Country

How big is Africa really? (or any other country)

So just how big is the UK superimposed on Vancouver Island? ​"The True Size" will show you.

F​rom the website:
"I​t is hard to represent our spherical world on flat piece of paper. Every map projection introduces distortion, and each has its own set of problems. This app was created to help teachers show their students just how big the world actually is."​