Today I was working with some teachers and they were talking about how much time it took to delete all their deleted emails in Outlook. They would delete a few at a time and come back to it at a later time. Once they saw that they could right click on their delete emails and choose Empty Folder - they could not stop smiling!
Flipgrid was recently purchased by Microsoft and is now 100% free for educators. You now have unlimited grids, longer video lengths (between 15 seconds and 15 minutes), as well as scheduled launch and freeze dates.
This is huge news as Flipgrid's vision will now have the financial power to help to accomplish their goal, to empower student voice. I just had a discussion today with some of my colleagues about FlipGrid. We were discussing how certain students tend to always be the ones that are heard and the shy, timid, etc ones are not heard. Thus, those students ideas are not heard and the ideas slowly burn out like an ember in a fire. However, with Flipgrid that ember can now get that oxygen it needs and be heard.
The winners here appear to be everyone, from Flipgrid and Microsoft, to teachers, and to that student in the back left corner who never shared that awesome story because he was too afraid/timid/shy to speak.
Embedded below is Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella announcement of Flipgrid joining the Microsoft family.
Embedded below are three posts I created showing the basics of Flipgrid as well as each individual video tutorial.
If you are ever in need of translating quickly and easily, try the Google Translate App (iOS and Google Play).
The app has a lot of great features including voice translation; however, the one I want to show you today is how the app uses an AR type approach when using your camera.
When you select camera, you will be prompted to download an offline translation file (good idea especially if you do not have a connection) and then you align the text you would like to be translated with your camera. Presto!!
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 8 second YouTube tutorial I created.
If you have made a form in Google Forms and would like to make all questions required; however, you keep forgetting to require them - try the All Questions Required Add-on.
Once you add the Add-on you will need to make sure you sign in and allow permission for it to run, make sure to select the Add-on (looks like a puzzle piece), Set all questions as required and you are good to go!
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 8 second YouTube tutorial.
World Brush is an augmented reality app that lets users paint on the world for others to discover. Every painting is anonymous and only visible where it was created. Users have the ability to like, dislike and report paintings which helps hide inappropriate paintings and showcases the good ones!
When you want to start painting select the plus inside the circle (bottom right) and then select the color of your brush and the width of the brush stroke. When you are content with your drawing (you can delete a drawing if you like as well) you can select the check mark on the left side. This will save your drawing for others to find. Please note that all drawings can be edited as well as all drawings are anonymous!
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 10 second YouTube video I created.
Tony Vincent the other day posted that you can blue by individuals.
The process is very similar to before, however, you can now select the individual faces you would like to blur and is very simple. Just give the processing of the video a bit of time to capture all of the faces in the video.
Embedded below is a 1 minute and 28 second YouTube tutorial I created.