Last week I attended a webinar hosted by Lee LeFever from Common Craft. The webinar was about the process that Common Craft uses to produce their excellent explanatory videos. One of the points that Lee emphasized was the need to write a script and ...

 

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Storyboard to Plan Your Video and more...




Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Storyboard to Plan Your Video

Last week I attended a webinar hosted by Lee LeFever from Common Craft. The webinar was about the process that Common Craft uses to produce their excellent explanatory videos. One of the points that Lee emphasized was the need to write a script and craft a storyboard before making the video. Crafting a script and making a storyboard forces you into organizing your thoughts and putting them into a sequence that can make sense to your audience.

Lee uses PowerPoint to create the storyboards for Common Craft videos. That’s a good option if you have access to PowerPoint. You can also do the same in Google Slides. A third option is to use a purpose-built storyboarding tool like Storyboard That.

The following videos demonstrate how to create printable storyboards in PowerPoint and Google Slides.

 

 

The playlist of videos embedded below contains directions for using Storyboard That.

 

Here are the week’s most popular posts from FreeTech4Teachers.com:
1. 12 Sites and Apps for Learning to Code
2. Convert Physical Sticky Notes Into Digital Notes
3. How to Print Google Forms
4. How Formatically Helps Students Format Essays in MLA Style
5. More Than 100,000 Interesting Historical Images to Download for Free
6. Collaborate With Students to Create Quiz Games
7. Create Mind Maps in Google Drawings

Individual and group registration is still open for the Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp and the BYOD Camp. Register with a group and get a great discount!

Disclosures: Storyboard That is an advertiser on one of my other blogs. I have an in-kind relationship with Common Craft. 

 

Four Online PD Opportunities Starting Next Sunday

In June I hosted four online courses for teachers and school administrators. In July I am offering four more online learning opportunities. A description of each course, its dates and times, and registration links are included below. If you’re a subscriber to the Practical Ed Tech newsletter be sure to use the discount code “subscriber” when you register.

The landscape of educational technology is constantly changing and it’s easy to feel like you don’t know where to start. The Practical Ed Tech Jumpstart was designed for you. This three week online course will walk you through a simple yet powerful framework for using technology in your classroom. You’ll come away from this course with a playbook of activities that you can adapt to use in almost any classroom setting from elementary school through high school. This three week course begins on July 11th at 7pm EDT. Learn more and register here.

From Blog to Job – A Teacherpreneur Jumpstart
I’ve been earning money through my blog for eight years. I’ll teach you how to do it too! In this four week course I’ll give you the blueprints for developing an online presence through which you can earn money. All the questions that you’ve always wanted to ask about making money through blogs and social media will be answered for you in this course. Learn more and register here. The next course begins on July 2nd at 7pm EDT.
Getting Going With G Suite
Getting Going With G Suite is a webinar series designed for teachers and administrators who are new to using Google Apps for Education. Getting Going With G Suite is a five week course covering everything you need to know to integrate Google Drive, Google Classroom, Google Calendar, and Google Sites into your practice. Three graduate credits are available for the course through my partnership Midwest Teachers Institute and Calumet College of St. Joseph. Graduate credits require an additional fee and completion of weekly assignments. The next course starts on July 6th at 7pm EDT. Register here.

Teaching History With Technology
In Teaching History With Technology you will learn how to develop engaging and challenging learning activities through the use of tools like Google Earth and Maps, video production tools, primary source databases, and how to help your students become better researchers. This course features three interactive online meetings along with a discussion forum in which you can further interact with me and your classmates. The cost of the course is $97 including access to the live sessions, recordings of the webinars, handouts, and PD certificate. The next course begins on July 10th at 7pm EDT. Register here.

 

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – 12 Sites & Apps for Learning to Program

Last week on Twitter I mentioned that Logo was my introduction to computers and programming. I also mentioned that people going to ISTE should plan to attend Dr. Gary Stager’s presentation, Logo at 50: Children, Computers and Powerful Ideas. I, like many others, were introduced to computers and programming through the use of Logo many years ago. Logo still exists today and is the framework for many of the more popular programming and coding apps available today.

In the hand-out embedded below (click here if you cannot see the document) I highlight twelve free sites and apps that you can use to help students learn to program.

Here are the week’s most popular posts from FreeTech4Teachers.com:
1. Six Types of Classroom Video Projects – And 18 Video Creation Tools
2. 4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren’t 1:1
3. Make Stop Motion Videos on Your Chromebook
4. How to Create a Word Cloud In Google Docs
5. The Four Things Students Need to Create Good Book Trailers
6. My Three Favorite Classroom Timer Tools
7. Leaving One G Suite District for Another? – Take Your Data With You

I am currently offering four online courses:

 

Save With Practical Ed Tech Summer Camp Group Discounts

The first of this year’s two Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps is just six weeks away. Group discounts are still available to school districts that are sending four or more people. A group of four can save $600 when they register together compared to the standard registration.

Registration for the Practical Ed Tech Summer Camps includes 16 hours of hands-on professional development in small groups. Breakfast and lunch is included both days.

 

Practical Ed Tech BYOD Camp – Save $600 or more when you register a group!

Practical Ed Tech Chromebook Camp – Save up to $2000 when you register a group!

 

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Six Types of Classroom Video Projects

The process of creating and publishing videos can be a great way to get students excited about researching, storytelling, and sharing their work with an audience. For teachers who have never facilitated video creation projects in their classrooms, choosing the right style of video and the right tools can be a bit confusing at first. To help bring clarity to the styles and tools, I have a rather simple outline that I use in my video creation workshops. That outline with suggested tools for creating videos in each style is included in the PDF embedded below. You can download the PDF here.

(The PDF is hosted on Box.com. If your school blocks Box, you won’t be able to see the embedded file).

Here are the week’s most popular posts on FreeTech4Teachers.com:
1. Be Internet Awesome – Google’s New Internet Safety Curriculum
2. 4 Good Formative Assessment Tools for Classrooms That Aren’t 1:1
3. 5 Neat Things You Can Do With Google Sheets
4. Easier Data Interpretation and Visualization in Google Sheets
5. 10 Good Options for Creating Digital Portfolios – A PDF Handout
6. How to Quickly Download Google Drive Files
7. A Convenient New Way to Search for Educational Videos

I am currently offering four online courses:

 
 
   
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