Explain 3D – Machines and Systems Explained With 3D Animations

Explain 3D is a site that offers a collection of 3D animations of simple machines. The animations use the Unity web player which enables viewers to zoom-in, zoom-out, and rotate animations 360 degrees. Recently Explain 3D made all of the animations available for free. In addition to the animations of simple machines like elevators and […]

How to Create Appointment Slots in Google Apps Calendars

One of the handy features of Google Calendar within a Google Apps domain is appointment slots. In Google Calendar, Google Apps for Education users can create appointment slots. The appointment slots can be used to show people when you are available and allow them to sign-up to meet with you. The screenshots below provide directions […]

A Crash Course on The Odyssey

John Green is back with a new Crash Course on literature. The first installment in the new course is A Long and Difficult Journey, or The Odyssey. In typical Crash Course style John Green packs all of the basics about The Odyssey into one fast-paced video. Applications for Education A Long and Difficult Journey, or […]

Create Public Courses on OpenEd

Since it was launched six months OpenEd.io has seen a steady stream of updates. The latest update offers support for public courses. Any course that you create using the Common Core-aligned resources in OpenEd.io can be shared publicly. This update should create a larger pool of shared resources for teachers and students. As a registered […]

You Can Build Your Own Search Engine

Earlier this week I received an email from someone who had found the custom video search engine that I built last summer. The person who emailed me asked how I did it. There’s not much to it other than following a few steps at Google.com/cse. As you can see in the directions embedded below, you […]

Webinar Recording – Digital Storytelling With Comics

Last night I hosted a free webinar about digital storytelling with comics. The webinar was sponsored by Storyboard That. In the webinar we discussed how to create comic strips with Storyboard That and how to use them in other services including WidBook and WeVideo. The recording is embedded below. StoryBoard That offers free and paid […]

SpeakPipe – Receive Voicemail Through Your Blog

SpeakPipe is a neat little service that allows visitors to your blog to leave you voice messages without picking up a phone. I had it installed on a classroom blog for a while. Until this week the only way to have SpeakPipe appear on your blog was as a pop-out widget. Now you can embed […]

How to Add Voice Comments to Your Google Documents

In an earlier post I featured a free tool for adding voice comments to Google Documents. That tool is called Kaizena. In the video below I provide an overview of how to use Kaizena to leave voice comments on documents that are shared with you through Google Drive.

Kaizena Improves Workflow for Voice Commenting on Google Documents

Kaizena is a free tool that you can integrate with your Google Drive account to leave voice comments on the the documents that your students share with you. With Kaizena authorized to access your Google Drive account you can highlight portions of your students’ work and add voice or text comments to it. Until this […]