Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Want an animated Google Site Header?

Try this simple tutorial to make a snazzy animated header for your Google Website --you won't even guess it's a Google Site!:

You can add in pictures to create a school Website header or you can add in important announcements/ads. The possibilities are huge!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Primary Sources turned 21st century

Want a great site to walk your students through the process of researching and presenting primary sources? Try Primary Access.

With Primary Access, students can search and save primary sources to build movie, rebuses, and storyboards--all within the confines of Primary Access. There is no software to install and it's all free!

As students search for documents on Primary Access, files are put into a timeline and idea map. Files are identified as video, audio, text, or image so students can select a variety. And, with a built-in Movie Maker, students do not have to go far. Resources are identified and easily cited.

This tool is applicable in all grades--with the ability to be more advanced or simplified to fit the learner's needs.

Check it out!

Monday, May 6, 2013

Voice Comments on Google Docs?

That's right--they do exist. Have you ever wanted to record your comment on a Google Doc rather than write it? Sometimes, you may want students to respond vocally to a document. With the voice comments extension in Google's Web Store, this feature is now easy as 1-2-3. Simply install the extension. Then, when you are in  your Google Drive, right-click on the document and choose "Open with...voice comments."

Next, you will need to allow access AND, allow the microphone with the Adobe Flash Box appears:

Now, you are ready to highlight text and record. Remember--what you highlight is considered your comments, so be sure to highlight. Press the || button when you're done.

You must now select the share with collaborators button and then, close the tab.

The next time you open the document and click on Comments. You will see your voice recording there.

And, that's it!

How will you use voice comments?