Tech Tip Tuesday: Using Adobe Spark for Education

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Adobe Spark is a platform of education tools (called Posts, Videos, and Pages) that give you the required apps and resources to create websites, digital stories, images and graphics similar to Canva, and short videos/trailers. Adobe Spark also includes templates you can use to get started. My favorite use personally is the Spark Pages. Spark Pages are scrolling websites that move as you tell a story or include information. Simple, yet effective.
This is a full free education suite that all teachers and students can utilize. Just go to https://spark.adobe.com/  and signup with your gmail account. Once in, you can upload images, search within their platform and freely use the images you find, start with a template and customize, editing photos, and more. Once you are done, you have the option of downloading the image/video or sending a link that someone can use to access your creation (perfect for students to share it to you in Schoology, you can just have them post the link in the comments section of the assignment).
Here are some resources I put together to help you learn more about Adobe Spark:
Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Edpuzzle Integrates with Schoology

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Schoology has been undergoing a lot of changes recently, integrating with more apps, and partnering with other companies (some for better or worse, but we’ll get to that later). Edpuzzle has always been able to be embedded as an assignment material in Schoology by using the embed code. But now, there is an Edpuzzle LTI app that can be installed and linked to your Edpuzzle account so that all of your Edpuzzle classes and videos can be assigned to your Schoology classes. Pretty cool! It does take some steps to set up, but once you do, you won’t have to do it again.

Here’s how to do this. First, go to the app center in Schoology –>

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–> then scroll down and locate the Edpuzzle app –> click on the app and then click to “install app” –> you will be prompted to agree or disagree to allowing Edpuzzle to connect with your Schoology account (this is OK) –> on the proceeding window checkmark every class you would like to attach this feature to then scroll to the bottom and click “install”. 

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Ok, so now that we installed the app across our classes the Edpuzzle icon should appear in your left navigation of each course. Next, you’ll need to go to Edpuzzle (open a new tab but leave the Schoology one open) and sign-in to your account –> Click on your profile in the upper right corner –> then click on your name –> click the “school” tab –> then scroll to the bottom and click on the LMS integration dropdown button and select “Schoology”.

Two codes will open: 1 called the Consumer Key and 1 called the Shared Secret. Leave this window open and return back to Schoology. 

Go to one of your Schoology courses –> under your course image click “course options” –> select “external tool providers” –> you should see 2 Edpuzzle integrations in the list, select the one with the greyed out “x”. In the window the opens, you’ll need to enter the consumer key and shared secret from your Edpuzzle window that we left open in another tab then click submit.

Once you do this, you’ll want to follow this procedure for each of your courses. After that you are set to use the tool. Here’s how:

Click to “add material” –> select Edpuzzle from the right side of the window that opens –> it should locate all your videos –> select a video to “watch” –> then after the video opens click “assign”. The assignment will appear in Schoology!

You can now track student completion, see question responses, edit video settings, go LIVE, and add grades to your Edpuzzle assignments.

If you have any questions, please reach out to me and I will walk you through the setup process. Hope this helps!

 

 

Tech Tip Tuesday: Enhance Thinglink with VR and 360 Images

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One of the apps that we subscribe to district wide is Thinglink. If you haven’t checked it out, I highly recommend you take a minute to watch the overview video below.

What’s great about Thinglink is that you can easily customize different types of content links with colors,  different bubble styles, audio narration, custom icons, videos, google apps, and more. But one of the recent updates includes a new editor that even gives you the option to create your own interactive 360 images and videos and/or VR content that you can then use with or without a headset! Also included is an image and video library and the ability to “remix” content from others.

For an example of a Thinglink I created, check this out below:

Think about how you can begin to incorporate Thinglink in your classroom. What students about using Thinglink as part of an overall social media campaign project? Or using Thinglink to annotate a book? Science students could incorporate Thinglink as an interactive infographic about habitats and ecosystems or as a guided lab tutorial complete with an embedded screencast and audio. You, the teacher, could use Thinglink to push out content in a more engaging and interactive way.

Hope this helps!

Tech Tip Tuesday: Go LIVE With Edpuzzle

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By now, I’m sure you are familiar with Edpuzzle and the benefit of using an app like this to personalize, differentiate, and add a self-paced element to your classroom. If not, take a moment to check it out here or watch this introductory video below!

Recently updated, Edpuzzle now offers a new GO LIVE feature, perfect for blending the classroom. Live Mode allows you to project your Edpuzzle for the whole class while your students answer live on their own devices. Pretty neat!

To do this, simply open your Edpuzzle account –> click on My Content –> open the video lesson you created (if you don’t have one you’ll need to create a video lesson to start with) –> then assign it to a class. Once you do this, the video lesson will open in a new window with the GO LIVE button appearing on the right. Once presented, the video will play, and as a question appears the video will pause. As student respond to the question, you can see their answers as well as who responded instantly.

If your looking to add another element to video in your classroom check out this new feature!

Hope this helps!