Creating a photo slideshow is very simple - especially if you use Google Photos.
Simply select the upload arrow (upper right)
Under create videos select Photo Slideshow
Add the photos you would like
Add audio if desired
Change slide duration, slide effect, and transition between slides.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 1 minute and 19 second YouTube tutorial I created.
Today my 5 year old son Jack started Kindergarten today - he was so excited! My wife started teaching today and was not able to be at the bus stop. Thankfully, I used YouTube's "Live" feature on my iPhone, selected "unlisted", and share the link with her. While she was not able to talk to him directly like with FaceTime - she could watch it as it was happening.
The link is also saved for future viewing as well.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a second YouTube tutorial.
There is also a feature where you can broadcast to the Public as well.
Facebook, Instagram, and others have a "Live" feature as well; however, the ease of which to create the video and share it as unlisted was a great feature.
Ever seen YouTube videos you wished you could bookmark for later? Maybe you aren't able to watch at this particular moment - you can save videos to a "Watch Later" playlist to access whenever you want.
YouTube has made it very simple by just "hovering" over the video and looking for what looks like a clock. Select that and bam! - you have added the video to watch later.
To access the videos - scroll over to Home and then under library is Watch Later.
What I like is you can even access the videos and arrange them how you would like.
An embedded GIF and 46 second YouTube video tutorial is below.
Probably my favorite site for communicating with families is Remind. Remind (formerly Remind 101) is a communication tool that helps teachers reach students and parents where they are.
This tool is especially helpful as families can choose to receive the communication you send out either by text or by e-mail. Remind is great for sending out reminders about school activities, tests, as well as a picture of your assignment board. It takes a minute to create your class (you can sign-up trough Google if you choose) and then you will have information ready to share with families to join your class.
I also used the app to update parents on our ETA coming back from a field trip to the state capitol, as well as taking a picture of my assignment board everyday. Many parents would tell me how much they appreciated the daily remind text message as they would know what was going on at school before their child would even come home.
While it is great for the classroom teachers out there, it is also great for after school activities, clubs, etc.
Should you have any questions, please send me a message through Facebook, or comment below.
An embedded GIF and YouTube tutorial is embedded below (apologies for the audio in the video I created - it does go in and out).
Many people (especially my wife) have sent me "Tasty" recipes on Facebook. Recently, Buzzfeed has released a very clean and simple to use Tasty app.
What I really like is the ease of searching, the videos that instantly come up on how to create the recipe, how to share the recipe in an email or text, and the ease of which you can save the recipe for later.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 59 second YouTube tutorial I created.
In Google Classroom teachers can now see a page that is dedicated for each student that shows all their work in that class. All assignments can be viewed and will be able to see if any work is missing, as well as what work was graded and returned.
If you have an iOS device (iPhone / iPad) and would like to download Google Earth - you now can. Simply click here for the app and watch the embedded GIF or 1 minute YouTube video I created (it is what you will see when you download the app).
Kami is a site that allows you to draw, write notes, highlight on your PDF for free. While there is a paid subscription available to the user (allows many helpful additions like being able to annotate on a Word or PowerPoint file), if all you would like to be able to do is highlight, write notes, and circle important parts in your PDF the free version would work quite nicely.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 2 minute and 34 second YouTube tutorial.
With the eclipse being a few weeks away (August 21st) many people are wondering how much of the sun will be blocked where they live. If you click here you will be taken to an article written a few days ago by Vox.
One place that will experience a full eclipse is Salem, Oregon.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 49 second YouTube video I created.
Once students have written a letter on Futureme.org, you can set the date for it to be sent to their inbox. What a great way for students to reflect on items from the first week of school, or possibly send themselves reminders of items that need to be taken care of.
Embedded below is a GIF followed by a 57 second YouTube tutorial.