This week we will be looking at using a slow motion app to slow down part of a video clip. I use the app Superslo, which cost 99 cents for IOS devices. Here are a few free slow motion apps that you can use for IOS: SloPro, SpeedPro, and for Android: Slow Motion Video FX, and Slow Motion Video.
Slow motion clips are a great part to a video as long as it follows a couple of rules of thumb:
If there was ever a day that I could take technology back in time with me, it would be today with this Google Flubaroo update!! I taught 5th grade for five years and used Google Forms all the time. The thing that it lacked was getting those grades out to the students. My students didn't have email addresses, so I was stuck calling the students up to my computer to check their grade. That was so inefficient and time consuming.
Google recently came out with a Flubaroo/Forms update that takes care of that issue. To learn how to use this update, you can read here or watch the video below.
**Please note that if your students do not have email addresses, you are still able to save all your quiz results to your Google Drive and print them all off to pass out.**
I know very little about photo editing other than being able to put a filter on an image through a social media app. I know that is really lame, but I do not have the time or desire to learn.
For those of you who would like to learn or teach classes where students are working with photo editing, Polarr has the perfect tutorial for you. This guide will inform you about all editing terminology such as: tint, temperature, highlights, whites, saturation, curves, and much, much, more.
After you have learned the basics, download the free app, or use the free web version on Polarr. With Polarr's tutorial, begin making changes to your photos and know what your doing at the same time!!
As I check in daily to freetechforteachers.com, I found a neat tool that sent me on a 30 minute rabbit trail. Many times I find myself with a list of things to accomplish, but while trying to check off tasks, I run into a a neat tech tool that makes me drop everything I am doing. Well, Block Posters was one of those tools that I ran across.
Everyone loves pictures, especially large pictures, but we don't like to pay for them at the store. To go around that loophole, Block Posters is a free site that lets you upload your own images, and turn it into any size wall poster. I know that you can do that on Word and Excel, but this is so much easier. I have never heard of a tool such as this, so I had to try it out and print off a 44 inch x 25 inch poster (Check out the picture below).
To create a Block Poster, follow these simple steps:
Happy poster making!
Yup.....You read that title correctly. OFFLINE GOOGLE MAPS. Google Maps, which is an IOS or Android app just added a great feature to Android devices this November (sorry IOS users). Users now have the ability to download an area they are traveling to get offline directions. This is super helpful to all those locations where you phone has horrible service/no service and you never know how to reach your destination. Power up your Android device and take a trip to the worst internet connected locations and never get lost.
To get a map offline, click on the picture slideshow below or visit the Google Help page.
Here are 3 PD opportunities this winter to help you on your path to more tech integration. To learn more about these classes, download the flyers below, or click here to head to the HISD webpage and get registered.
This week was the first week I had the Spheros out in action in some local districts. The first stop was Owendale-Gagetown to a great group of kindergartners. They fully enjoyed their experience of controlling their robot with an iPad.
Later in the day, 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders got to experience coding with the Spheros. They learned the basics of programming the robot to do a variety of tasks. It is always fun to get technology in the hands of students and see learning come alive!
I'm not sure about all educators, but my internet browser of choice is Chrome. As most of you know, I am a Google user so it only make sense to use their Chrome browser. This little tidbit will help you take that long cluttered bookmark bar and condense it to only favicons (the icons of your favorite sites). To do this, follow the steps below, or watch the 2 minuted video embedded below.
To read these tech tips, you may read the newsletter embedded below, or open it on your browser by clicking here.