Toontastic 3D is the latest version of the popular Toontastic animation app. The free app is available on the iOS, Android, and Chrome platforms. I now have the app installed on my Android phone, on my iPad, and on my Chromebook. The app is easy to use ...

 

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Use Toontastic 3D to Create Animated Videos and more...




Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Use Toontastic 3D to Create Animated Videos

Toontastic 3D is the latest version of the popular Toontastic animation app. The free app is available on the iOS, Android, and Chrome platforms. I now have the app installed on my Android phone, on my iPad, and on my Chromebook. The app is easy to use and functions the exact same way on all three devices. The app provides students with customizable story templates, settings, and characters. Students can also create stories, settings, and characters from scratch. Students can record narration while moving characters around their scene settings. Watch my tutorial video to learn how to create an animated video on Toontastic 3D.

 

To use Toontastic 3D students do not need to have accounts or log into any service. Their completed videos can be saved directly onto the devices that they use to create their videos.

Here are this week’s most popular posts on FreeTech4Teachers.com:
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3. Storyboard That Offers Lesson Plans for Every Month
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5. How to Use Pixiclip to Create Instructional Videos
6. Two Tools That Help Students Analyze Writing
7. 10 Free Ways to Create Videos on Chromebooks

This Wednesday I will be hosting my sixth Wednesday Webinar. This week’s topic is Search Strategies Students Need to Know. If you have missed any of the previous webinars, you can now access all of them on-demand.

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Search Strategies Students Need to Know – Webinar This Wednesday

Have you ever had a student say to you, “Google has nothing on this?” Or have you recently had a student fall for one of the many fake news stories circulating on social media? If so, this webinar is for you. And if you just need some new ideas on how to teach search strategies, this webinar is also for you.

In Search Strategies Students Need to Know you will learn why informational searches are the hardest types of Internet searches for students to conduct. You will learn how to help students break-down complex search topics into manageable pieces then put the whole picture together. You’ll learn how to help your students save students tons of time by thinking before searching. And you’ll how to develop instructional search challenge activities to use with students of any age.

Search Strategies Students Need to Know will be held live on January 18th at 4pm EST. Your registration includes the live webinar, unlimited access to the recording, handouts, and a PD certificate. Register here. The webinar will be recorded for those who cannot attend the live session.

In this webinar you will learn:

The types of searches that give students the most trouble and why they are so difficult.

How to get students beyond the first pages of Google results.

The search tools students often overlook.

How to create your own search engine.

How to develop engaging search lessons for students of all ages.

Register today!

This live webinar will be held on January 18th at 4pm EST.

The webinar will be recorded for those who register but cannot attend the live session.

 

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Use Google Keep to Track Steps Toward Goals

Google Keep is a fantastic tool for taking notes, creating bookmarks, making task lists, and creating reminder alerts for yourself. Within Google Keep there is an option to set daily reminders for yourself. I have three of them in my personal account. At 7am, 9am, and 11am every day those reminders pop-up on my desktop and on my phone. They’re also present in my Google Calendar. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create reminders on Google Keep.

 

Watch the other videos in my Google Keep playlist to see how to use it to create bookmarks and task lists.

 

Here are this week’s most popular posts from FreeTech4Teachers.com:
1. Practical Ed Tech Handbook – Best of 2016
2. Quick Rubric Offers an Easy Way to Create Rubrics Online
3. A Cute Video About Email Etiquette for Students – Best of 2016
4. 10 Ideas for Using Comics In Your Classroom – Best of 2016
5. Two Ways to Create Book Trailers on Chromebooks – Video Demonstration
6. Discovery Education Announces New Virtual Events for Students
7. Two Ways to Visually Show Classroom Noise – Best of 2016

This week I’m offering two more online professional development opportunities. On Monday night Teaching History With Technology begins. On Wednesday afternoon we’ll have Fun With Formative Assessments.

 

Fun With Formative Assessments – Webinar This Wednesday

As good teachers know, gauging your students’ understanding of the topics you teach is a process that involves discussion, a bit of intuition, and some formative assessment activities. In this webinar you will learn how to use free tech tools to create and conduct fun, engaging, and informative formative assessments. Whether you teach elementary school, middle school, or high school, you will come away from this webinar with fun formative assessment activities that you can do tomorrow. Register here.

Fun Formative Assessments addresses the needs of teachers who don’t have computers or tablets for every student. And teachers who do have laptops, Chromebooks, or tablets for every student will learn some new ways to have students use those too.

Fun Formative Assessments will be held live on January 11th at 4pm Eastern Time. The cost is just $20 including unlimited access to the recording of the live webinar, hand-outs, and a PD certificate. Register here.

Can’t attend the live session? A recording and handouts are sent to everyone who is registered.

Five Things You Can Learn In This Webinar:
What makes a formative assessment valuable to you while also fun for students.
How to create fun formative assessments for classrooms that aren’t 1:1.
Why you should leverage students’ picture-taking habits for formative assessment.
Development of engaging formative assessment activities that use a variety of question formats.
How to include students in the creation of formative assessments.

Register today!

 

Practical Ed Tech Tip of the Week – Try Pixiclip for Creating Instructional Videos

Last week I received an email from a reader who was looking for a suggestion for a free alternative to Educreations to use on a Mac or Windows computer. The tool that immediately came to my mind was PixiClip. PixiClip is a good tool for creating simple instructional videos in your computer’s web browser. PixiClip provides a whiteboard space on which you can draw, upload images to mark-up, and type. While adding elements to your PixiClip whiteboard you can talk and or record a video of yourself talking. In fact, you can’t use the whiteboard without at least recording your voice at the same time. Recordings can be shared via social media, embedded into blog posts, or you could grab the link and include it on a webpage.

Here are this week’s most popular posts from FreeTech4Teachers.com:
1. Two Ways to Visually Show Classroom Noise – Best of 2016
2. Blogging Platforms for Teachers Compared and Ranked – Best of 2016
3. 10 Sites and Apps for Vocabulary and Spelling Practice – Best of 2016
4. Kahoot Adds a Team Mode – Best of 2016
5. 15 Tools for Teaching History With Technology – Best of 2016
6. Great Tools for Creating Screencasts – Best of 2016
7. 5 Tips for New Chromebook Users – Best of 2016

Join me on Wednesday afternoon for Google Forms & Sheets for Beginners.

Need re-certification hours or graduate credit hours? If so, consider joining Blogs & Social Media for Teachers & School Leaders starting on Tuesday night.

 
 
   
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