5/29/2013

Create a YouTube Channel!

Over the past two weeks I have had more teachers ask me for help uploading video to YouTube than any other school year. It is great to see so many teachers utilize YouTube as one of the easiest places to both share their own classroom experiences and to discover new ones. 

Most staff are uploading video straight from an iPad which seems simple, and it is, but you need to setup a YouTube Channel before you can upload video and discover the vast learning possibilities YouTube offers. 

Q: "But Eric, I don't have a YouTube account. Aren't those only for privileged kids who have complicated cell phones?"

A: NO, everyone will need a YouTube account in the future. Turns out, having a Google Apps for Education account is only a few steps away from uploading video to YouTube. 

1. Go to YouTube.com from a computer
2. Click on the dropdown arrow on the top right, and select My Channel (See below)

3.  Fill out the required information (Your birthdate does not need to be the real month/date/year, just make sure you are over 13 years old).  


4.  You have successfully created a YouTube Channel and will be able to upload from any device using your email address and password!


5/20/2013

Send websites to your iPad to use offline with the Chrome to Mobile Extension

I just started using the Chrome to Mobile extension when I found out it lets you "print" a webpage to your iPad to read offline when you don't have internet. 

You have to download and sign into the Chrome iOS App on your iPad, and install this extension:

You will get a button that looks like this in Chrome: 


Then all you have to do is open Chrome app on your iPad before you are without internet, and it will download the webpage, article, PDF and you will have an offline copy to use offline. 

5/14/2013

Add Images to Google Forms for formative assessments, surveys and more

After years of anticipation, Google Forms has added the ability to insert pictures right in your Forms.

It is very timely, as we spent a large part of last Friday's Staff Development day focusing on creating formative assessments, using Google Forms as the tool to collect data and many teachers discussed how embedding photos right in forms would be helpful. 

Adding images to Google Forms is as easy as simply clicking on Add Item and then Image.

Check out this link for