Tech Tip Tuesday: Using Animoto for Simple Video Assignments

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Animoto is a simple web-based program that creates a video from various video clips and photos of your own and syncs it to music, to create a more professional-looking slideshow. Used by professional photographers to create demos of their work, Animoto makes for a very low-barrier way to focus on content and information in a concise manner, without the need to learn all of the nuances of a more elaborate program like iMovie.

You can access Animoto by simply going to www.animoto.com or by installing the Chrome App. After signing up and logging in, Animoto will ask you to pick whether you are creating a slideshow or a marketing video. Then select a theme/style and click create. Once you are in, it is simple enough as clicking the “plus” sign to add images/text/video and arrange them on the timeline.

So what if…

  • You used Animoto as a video to supplement a lesson or as part of a flipped learning unit.
  • Students used Animoto to elaborate on a theme or make connections.
  • You used Animoto to introduce a new unit.
  • Students used Animoto to share information about themselves.
  • Students used Animoto to create a marketing ad.

Check out Animoto today!

 

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Tech Tip Tuesday: New Google Keep Integration

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Google recently updated its Google Keep app and integrated it into Google Docs. If you don’t know what Google Keep is- Keep is a note-taking app built as part of the Google Suite. Unfortunately, it often goes unused as most do not know it is even there, let alone what they can do with it. Users can use keep to take notes, built “to-do” lists, find and save sources/links, archive information, and transfer little notes between your cell phone and your desktop using the Keep App for IOS or AndroidContinue reading

Tech Tip Tuesday: Fun With Google Search

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We all know Google can do some pretty amazing things, but even Google Search has some tricks up its sleeve.

Go to www.google.com to bring up the Google Search page, then try any of the following “tricks” followed by clicking the “I’m Feeling Lucky” button to see something cool happen or… pass some time: ** Do not click on the auto-phrase complete as it may not work! Continue reading

Tech Tip Tuesday: Shorten URL’s with Google’s URL Shortener

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Have a long link and want to shorten it? Wish there was a really REALLY quick way to do that? Similar to Bit.ly, Google has its own URL shortener that can be added as an extension to your Chrome Web Browser and can shorten the URL to anything on the web with the click of a button. These links can be sent out, pasted on top of a presentation or document, or made accessible via a QR code. Here’s how to do this: Continue reading

Tech Tip Tuesday: Taking Advantage of the Chrome Web Store

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You need to take advantage of the Google Chrome Web Store. This nifty website is the place to go to install extensions to your Chrome Web Browser or apps and add-ons to the existing Google Suite.

To access the Google Chrome Web Store: Go to chrome.google.com/webstore OR if you are using the Chrome Web Browser click the “apps” bookmark in your bookmarks tool bar –> then “Web Store.”

To search for apps/extensions: Scroll under the ‘Get Started” section and begin browsing (it’s that simple) OR use the search bar to type in something you are looking for. A quick Google Search for “best chrome extensions” yields a lot of results!

To install the app/extension: Once you find something you like, click on the app/extension –> then select “Add to Chrome.” Next, accept/approve the install and allow the app/extension to connect to your Google account. The app/extension will then be added. If it is an extension, it will attach itself to the right of your URL search bar. To use it, just click on it!

FYI: Chrome Apps are simply short-cuts to a webpage. Chrome Extensions add functionality to the Chrome web browser.

Hope this helps! Happy hunting!