Friday, 23 September 2016

Wednesday, 21 September 2016

Presentation Tools to Use This Year

Allowing Audience Questioning in Google Slides
Google slides has a nice feature that allows the audience to ask questions while the speaker is presenting. This is a nice feature because it adds to audience engagement as they can non only ask questions, but "vote" for questions pop up in the question feed that the presenter can respond to based on popularity or interest.

After clicking "Present" select "Presenter View" in the lower left hand corner. 

When this prompt comes, select "Start Now"

Viewers will see questions which can be posted with identify or anonymously. 

Teachers can respond to questions as needed. 

Air Server and Air Play to Present from the Ipad
Gone are they days when plugging the Ipad into the dongle and being forced to present from the projection cable. Air Server allows you to mirror the Ipad on your computer which can be plugged in, but allow you to roam around the room and interact with the audience.

After installing on both your computer and Ipad, scan QR Code to sync devices.

After enabling at the bottom of your Ipad, you're free to roam around the class and teach!

Splashtop to Control your Desktop from Mobile Device
Splashtop allows you to control your desktop from your mobile device. After installing it on your Ipad, go to the splashtop website and install the software onto your computer.
When Splashtop is activated, it will look for computers that have it installed. 

Controlling the computer from the mobile device.

Tuesday, 6 September 2016

Search for Free to Use Music in "Youtube"

I've been working on a highlights video for our Grade 6 Experiential Education trip that we did last week and no matter how many free sound effects Final Cut has, and were searchable on Creative Commons and Soundcloud, my video was lacking some great music that the kids would appreciate.

Youtube's Free Use Audio Library

Click on your channel in the upper left corner and select "Video Manager"
To access the free use audio library in youtube, you'll have to dig deep. After going to your channel click on the upper left and find your video manager. From that, go to creator studio and go down to the audio library and music policies tab. From here you can search youtube's data base from their audio library and find information about which songs are "ok" to use.

The audio library shows songs that are popular and what their use policy is on youtube.

For instance, if I want to know if you can use the song "This is what you came for" by Rihanna and Calvin Harris, youtube shows you that it will be blocked in 244 countries, so "no". However, Justin Bieber's "Sorry" will be fine everywhere except Germany. 

This is a fantastic place to search for and find easy to use music that even students can understand. I was told that this feature has been available for over a year and a few people in our tech department have just learned about this. Isn't that the case with all things Edtech?

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