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EdTech News Thursday, February 15

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  • How to create media-rich, interactive maps for deeper learning
    • Google MyMaps lets students create maps with custom-pinned location. The magic, though, is in what you put in those pins.
    • pin, map, students, Google, Google Drive
  • Dragon Quest! A Google Slides Interactive Story
    • +Eric Curts I have a teacher wanting to try this with 7th Graders but as we all know Middle Schoolers aren’t always the most motivated. I was wondering if anyone had a good source for stories that students could use to create their “Choose Your Own Adventure” Google Slides
    • Google Slides, interactive Google Slides, multiple different slides, Dragon Quest, slideshow story click
  • 5 TCEA Presentations You Need to See!
    • I have had the privilege of presenting at many conferences over the last several years. I enjoy connecting with educators face-to-face and sharing ideas. Earlier this month, I presented at the TCEA convention. If you aren’t familiar with TCEA, it is the Texas Computer Educators Association and an ISTE affiliate….
    • largest edtech conference, TCEA, presentations, ISTE affiliate,
  • Create G Suite Templates with This Mind-Blowing Hack
    • This is a game-changer, y’all! Templates make life easier, especially as a teacher. I make copies of interesting G Suite files and templates all the time. Sharing is caring!
    • Google Certified Educator, copy, favorite Google tricks, Google Docs, Google Drive Sharing
  • The Surprising Ways Blockchain is Changing How We Live –
    • Blockchain technology is generally associated with cryptocurrencies. However, its uses go well beyond decentralized financial transactions.
    • Blockchain, supply chain management, better education services., Ethereum-based smart contracts, education marketplace solution
  • Figment AR for story telling and re-living field trips in iOS
    • The recent periodic table of iOS apps for AR & VR I created alongside Steve Bambury has been very popular. One of the apps that feature on the table in the ‘Story Telling’ section is a free app called Figment AR which is free and suitable for ages from 4+ according…
    • 360°, camera roll, app, recent periodic table, App Store
  • The Blog
    • The Big Guy in a Bow Toe Blog
    • Net Neutrality, way, thing, things, new MacBook Pro
  • If your students are studying anything that connects to locations on a map, Google MyMaps is a great tool.
  • When you click on a pin in MyMaps, it displays a box that students can fill with information, images, links and more.
  • (Or if YouTube isnt an option for students, upload it to Google Drive and provide a link to the video in the pin instead.)
  • Have students add a link to one of their videos or resources to a pin on a map.
  • Use the blue Share button in the Google files to generate a link that you can share in a pin on a map.

Tags: pin, map, students, Google, Google Drive

  • A while back I decided to bring this idea off the page and into the 21st century by using Google Slides to create an online, interactive story.
  • It can also be used to build an interactive Choose Your Own Adventure story where each slide offers choices that lead to different parts of the story.
  • Dragon Quest was one of those stories, which I have transformed into an interactive Google Slides presentation.
  • To access my example interactive slideshow story click the link below: – – – Create your own interactive slideshow story – – If you would like to create your own interactive stories, or have your students create them, see below for several resources I have made to help you with…
  • There is a one-hour training video, a detailed help guide, and a slideshow guide – Creating Interactive Google Presentations – Google Document link – Slideshow – Creating Interactive Google Presentations – Google Slides link – Training video – Google Slides for Stories, Quizzes, and Games – YouTube link – If…

Tags: Google Slides, interactive Google Slides, multiple different slides, Dragon Quest, slideshow story click

  • I have five TCEA Presentations that I want to share with you this week!
  • In fact, TCEA is the second largest edtech conference in the U.S. with more than 1,100 sessions and over 8,000 attendees!
  • I shared five presentations at TCEA this year, and they are loaded with ideas, tips, tricks, freebies and more, and I have embedded each one of my presentations on this page for you.
  • Not everything, but most, especially conference presentations can be found by going to my Presentations page.
  • Dont miss out on all the other TCEA resources and ideas shared.

Tags: largest edtech conference, TCEA, presentations, ISTE affiliate,

  • This G Suite trick will let you change some words in the URL of your file and magically create a template link!
  • I make copies of interesting G Suite files and templates all the time.
  • Now, templates are not new to G Suite, but they havent been super easy or pretty.
  • Similar to the force a copy trick, you simply change some words in the URL.
  • To change a Doc, Sheet, Slide, or Drawing to a template link, replace the word, edit, with the words, template/preview.

Tags: Google Certified Educator, copy, favorite Google tricks, Google Docs, Google Drive Sharing

  • Whether by empowering the people or by changing the way we vote, the Blockchain technology has the potentiality to improve the way our democracies work.
  • New businesses that provide services entirely based on the Blockchain are showing up every day, and existing businesses are looking for ways of incorporating this innovation into their activity.
  • That is why companies like ODEM are using the Blockchain to provide better education services.
  • The on-demand education marketplace solution is using the Blockchain to run a smart-contract platform where students and professors can connect with each other and create a more meaningful learning experience.
  • The Blockchain is facilitating the creation of new companies that are coming up with long needed solutions to old problems.

Tags: Blockchain, supply chain management, better education services., Ethereum-based smart contracts, education marketplace solution

  • Well, there is one feature in the app which I think is pretty amazing although it is best deployed when you have access to some of your own (or curated if you can find them) 360 images.
  • This is another world that you can add by either choosing one of the 360 images that come with the app or ones you have of your own on your camera roll on your iPhone or iPad.
  • There are a number of ways in which you could achieve getting your own360 images on your camera roll.
  • These images are easily transferred from the camera and can then be used in the app.
  • A site such as Flickr and this 360 group can be a greatplace for you to access 360 images from around the world.

Tags: 360°, camera roll, app, recent periodic table, App Store

  • I think some have very low ceilings of activities you can do with them, some have charging issues, some have intense apps, some put character over functionality, and others don’t give you the ability to move from pre-reader, to block, to real code easily.
  • The FCC Net Neutrality standards have been what has kept the internet fair and equal for the last few years, and that’s all about to die.
  • Real basically, Net Neutrality is a rule put in place by the Obama administration that prevents ISP’s from making decisions that affect what you access on the Internet.
  • Some of the things prevented by the Net Neutrality rules include massive price hikes on broadband service, pay lanes where a web-based service can pay an ISP for faster speeds, prioritizing services that the ISP may own, blocking services or news that the ISP may not like, and other ways…
  • Eliminating these rules put all the power in the hands of companies like ATT, Verizon, Comcast, T-Mobile, and the few others that can compete at the ISP level.

Tags: Net Neutrality, way, thing, things, new MacBook Pro

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