Monday, 17 December 2018

Digitising Old Film Photos

Digitising Old Film Photos

Google’s Photoscan app, available for ...
...is one of their lesser-known projects.

It uses an Educator's, and/or Learners smartphone’s camera to scan and digitise photos by taking a series of images to eliminate glare and then combining them.

Photoscan is a clever app that removes glare well and is pretty quick to use.

NOTE: it can wash out some  images—especially skin tones—a bit too much.
It's probably designed for use with older, faded images, rather than with brand new prints.
Ideal to scan a handful of photos for coursework, projects etc.

If you give Google’s Photoscan app a try or have already used Google’s Photoscan app, do share your feedback, positive and/or negative, in the comments.
Thank you.

Friday, 14 December 2018

Listen to Google Docs

Listen to Google Docs

Speakd - https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/speakd-give-voice-to-your/oobledneihkkcmfakmkdigmgkjoaidmg
 - could be a good tool for learners to use to hear their documents read aloud as part of the editing process before turning in a final submission. 

The only drawback is the voice that Speakd uses is very robotic.
Speakd is a free Google Docs add-on that will read documents aloud.

When users have Speakd installed in Google Docs they can open the add-on and press play at any time to hear their document read aloud.

Unlike some other text-to-speech tools, Speakd doesn't require users to copy and paste text to hear it read aloud.

If you give Speakd a try or have already used Speakd, do share your feedback, positive and/or negative, in the comments.

Thank you.

Tuesday, 11 December 2018

Free Music for Video Projects

Free Music for Video Projects

Bensound - https://www.bensound.com/royalty-free-music - offers about 175 music tracks that educators and/or Learners can download for free.


Those tracks are arranged in eight categories. Those categories are...
  1. acoustic/folk,
  2. cinematic,
  3. corporate/pop,
  4. electronica,
  5. urban/groove,
  6. jazz,
  7. rock, and
  8. world.
Bensound's collections features instrumental music which is great because educators won't have to worry about learners picking music that have lyrics that are not appropriate for learning environment use.

Visitors to the website can listen to the tracks before they download them.
When users click the download button they will see the clear rules about using the music.

Educators and/or learners can download and use the music in their video projects for free provided that you credit Bensound for the music.

Alternatively, they can purchase a license to use the music wherever they want without crediting Bensound.

If you give Bensound a try or have already used Bensound, do share your feedback, positive and/or negative, in the comments.

Thank you.

Monday, 10 December 2018

Digital Citizenship Resource

Digital Citizenship Resource

Be Internet Awesome - https://beinternetawesome.withgoogle.com/en_us - provides learners with useful tips on different areas related to on-line safety. 

They  include tips on...
  • how to responsibly share digital content and communicate with others,
  • how to discern between what’s real and what’s fake,
  • how to safeguard valuable information and protect personal privacy and much more. 
Besides these resources, Be Internet Awesome also provides a number of tools to engage learners in hands-on learning activities about on-line safety and digital citizenship.

Interlaid, for instance, offers four challenging games geared towards introducing learners to the key lessons of digital safety.

There is also a specific curriculum with a wide variety of lessons educators can download for free and use in their learning environments. 

Parents can download a special kit to learn more and also help with raising awareness  about on-line safety.

Check out Be Internet Awesome to explore the rest of the resources.

If you give Internet Awesome a try or have already used Internet Awesome, do share your feedback, positive and/or negative, in the comments.

Thank you.

P.S. Heads-up - Sorry I have not posted for a while but I've been in hospital, which isn't an ideal blogging environment.

Saturday, 24 November 2018

Video Quiz Maker for Educators

Video Quiz Maker for Educators

iSLCollective video quiz maker - https://en.islcollective.com/video-lessons/ - is an excellent tool for creating interactive video quizzes.

iSLCollective has recently introduced a number of interesting new features to enhance the video lessons experience.


One especially useful feature is the ability to assign video quizzes as assignments/homework/coursework etc.


To learn more about how to easily assign quizzes as homework etc., watch the video clip at https://www.youtube.com/embed/C1Jd_QwYQBM

For those of you who are not familiar with this tool,  iSLCollective video quiz maker is a 'free web-based tool that allows educators to create interactive video quizzes around YouTube and Vimeo videos.

How does it work?
  • Educators choose videos from YouTube or Vimeo. 
  • Next they write questions that will pop up throughout the video.
They can also add...
  • a lesson plan,
  • vocabulary list, and
  • discussion questions.
There is also an option for educators to search for already-made video quizzes in the iSLCollective library. These quiz questions can be tailored to meet the needs of their learners'.

Once the video quiz is ready, click on ‘publish’ and provide data about the video such as...
  • title,
  • a summary,
  • lesson type,
  • level, etc.
Video quizzes created through iSLCollective provide different ‘play mode’ options. Learners can...
  • watch the video without quiz,
  • play video quiz in interactive mode,
  • use the Casino game mode, or
  • play it in non-interactive mode.
There are several reasons why educators would want to try out iSLCollective in their Learning Environment:
  • These quizzes allow educators to put their focus on their learners during class, rather than handling the video. 
  • This tool gives them a break from keeping track of video pauses, printing the questions beforehand, etc. 
  • In addition, the interactivity and gamification adds playfulness to video work - with various play modes (e.g. the classic Casino game where you bet on the right answer) and features like the tapping game where students tap on objects seen in the paused video screen. It’s a great homework tool as well!.
Watch the video tutorial at https://www.youtube.com/embed/XmjDqTT7wzA to learn more about how this tool works.

If you give iSLCollective video quiz maker a try or have already used iSLCollective video quiz maker, do share your feedback, positive and/or negative, in the comments.

Thank you.

Wednesday, 21 November 2018

JotForm - Another Way to Create On-line Forms

JotForm - Another Way to Create
On-line Forms

JotForm - https://www.jotform.com/ - could be a great tool for making forms for...
  • on-line permission slips,
  • surveys,
  • course registrations, or
  • short quizzes.

From a design editing perspective, I would suggest that JotForm is way ahead of Google Forms


With JotForm's new integrated PDF editor submissions through your forms can be automatically turned into PDFs that you can print and/or email.

To Use JotForm to Create an On-line Form...
  • sign-up for a free account then
  • click the "create form" button. Then...
  • either choose to create a form in which all questions and response fields are on one page or choose to make your form in a "card" format in which viewers respond to one question per page. 
Once you have selected a layout...
Users can choose to...
  • use a template,
  • build a form from scratch, or
  • import questions from an existing form even if that form was made with another service. I've successfully imported questions from a Google Form
NOTE: When building a form from scratch in JotForm users drag question types from a menu into their blank form.
They can add...
  • open response questions,
  • multiple choice questions (single selection and multiple selection), and
  • questions that require a response in the form of a file upload.
There is also a star rating question format.

In addition, users can add...
  • pictures,
  • charts and
  • block text
...to forms that they design in JotForm.

After all of questions have been added, it's time to customise the colour and font scheme of the form.

It's here that JotForm stands out from the crowd.


If you really want to customise the form's look, you can open the advanced editor where you'll find options for...
  • text alignment,
  • background images, and
  • object spacing.
There's even an option for adding custom CSS for those who have those skills.

Users can share their JotForm forms by...
  • emailing or posting their form's URL on-line,
  • embedding them into existing web pages, or
  • download the form as a fillable PDF
Responses to JotForm forms are found through the users JotForm dashboard.

To see responses simply...
  • select the form then
  • click "submissions.
All submissions can be viewed...
  • in a spreadsheet format or 
  • as individual PDFs that you can download, print, or email.
If you give JotForm a try or have already used JotForm, do share your feedback, positive and/or negative, in the comments.

Thank you.

Saturday, 17 November 2018

Teach Coding in Your Learning Environment

Teach Coding in Your Learning Environment

Codesters - https://www.codesters.com/ - provides learners with an easy and simple editor where they can engage in creative coding projects using Python.


Using Codesters drag-to-text toolkit, learners will be able to drag snippets of Python codes right into their programs and see them translated into text allowing them to learn the syntax of coding in a natural way.

Alternatively, learners can type their own codes  and when they are done they simply click on ‘Run’ to see their program in action.

Some of the interactive projects learners can create using Codesters include...
  • games,
  • simulations,
  • animations,
  • graphical images,
...and much more.

Codesters also provides Educators with a learning management system where they can host their classes and monitor learner progress.

Learners' work is automatically graded and their progress is displayed on the dashboard, where Educators can drill down to run learners' code or see projects on the class page.

As an Educator, you can...
  • see a learners individual coding project,
  • check on their progress and
  • see where they are having difficulties with their programs.
Codesters also offers a unique project-based curriculum that includes a wide variety of tasks and lessons.
Each lesson is divided into three phases...
  1. Build - Learners first build a project following step-by-step instructions.
  2. Modify - Learners are asked to modify their projects to demonstrate that they understand how the code works.
  3. Create - Learners are given a blank canvas and a prompt to create their own project.
I would expect every learner to complete the Build Phase, most learners to complete the Modify Phase, and many learners to complete the Create Phase.

To learn more about Codesters watch the video at https://vimeo.com/131774856

If you give Codesters a try or have already used Codesters, do share your feedback, positive and/or negative, in the comments.

Thank you.