The Week in Review – Originality, Audio, and Clocks

Good afternoon from rainy South Paris, Maine. Even though the weather was less than ideal for a bike ride I went out for ride to exercise this morning. Along the way I saw a red leaf on a maple tree. In this part of the world, the appearance of red leaves on maple trees is a reminder that the new school year will be here soon. If you’ve already started school, I hope it’s off to a great start. And if you still have some vacation left, I hope you get outside to enjoy it.

This week I hosted a Practical Ed Tech webinar titled Intro to Animation and Green Screen Videos. More than 50 of you attended that webinar, thank you! This week I’m hosting Search Strategies Students Need to Know Now. And coming up in September I’m launching an on-demand version of my popular Getting Going With G Suite course.

The Most Popular Posts of the Week:
1. Google is Adding an Originality Checker to Google Classroom
2. Two Important Changes Coming to Google Classroom
3. Unsplash for Education – Free Photos for Your Lessons
4. How to Add Video and Audio Comments to Google Docs
5. Three Ways to Create Shortened URLs People Can Actually Spell
6. How to Add an Animated Clock to PowerPoint Slides
7. How to Extract Audio from a Video

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Thank You for Your Support!

  • More than 350 of you have participated in a Practical Ed Tech webinar this year. Thank you!
  • Pixton is a fantastic tool for students to use to create digital stories. Get started by using their free “Truth or Lie” lesson plan. 
  • University of Maryland, Baltimore County has been supporting this blog for many years.
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  • Twitter – I’ve been Tweeting away for the last twelve years at
  • Instagram – this is mostly pictures of my kids, my dogs, my bikes, my skis, and fly fishing. 

Thank You Readers for 14 Amazing Years!