Sunday, August 28, 2016

Resources to Support Creative Student Presentations

Presentations cannot be confined to the traditional one slide at a time display of images and text. Powerpoints and Google Slides still have a place, but they cannot be the only way for Future Ready students and teachers share learning. Strong presentations include a range of media, including images, text, audio, interactive components, and video. The web and Google Apps for Education provides students and teachers with a wealth of resources to flip the traditional presentation model on its head.
The resources connected on this page are commonly used in education and are typically free. This is by no means a complete list. We’ve selected 3 to feature in each category and additional resources are included at the end of this document.
Most of the resources below have interactive help tutorials built into the resource. Additionally, a quick YouTube search will provide some nice tutorials for teachers and students.
Please feel free to share your favorite questions or share additional resources in the comments section below.

Video Resources

WeVideo (Chrome / Drive App)
WeVideo makes video editing easy for everyone and accessible from anywhere. District 204 students and staff have access to upgraded WeVideo for Schools.
Powtoon (Web Resource )
PowToon is online presentation software tool that allows you to create free, cool, and awesome animated video explainers as an alternative to traditional presentations.
Screencastify (Chrome Extension)
Screencastify is a simple video screen capture software for Chrome and Chromebooks.


Google Slides (Google Drive)
Google Slides has its own templates. Slides Carnival is another web resource for creative slide templates.
Pear Deck (Google App)
Create interactive presentations and formative assessments.
Nearpod (Google App)
An interactive presentation, collaboration, and real-time assessment tools into one integrated solution.

Images and Infographics

You can easily create, share, and edit drawings online by creating a drawing using Google Drawings.
Piktochart is an easy infographic design app that requires very little effort to produce beautiful, high-quality graphics.
Create interactive images  and videos with links and annotations built in.


With Soundtrap you make music or podcasts online.
Voki that lets you: Create customized avatars, Add voice to your Vokiavatars, and Post your Voki to any blog, website, or profile.
Blabberize is a very easy application that allows you to speak through a picture.

Interactive Whiteboards

Padlet (Web Resource)
Padlet is a digital canvas to create beautiful projects that are easy to share and collaborate on. It works like a piece of paper.
Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export.
Quickly create a collaborative whiteboard space. On your whiteboard you can type, draw, and upload images.

Additional Creative Presentation Tools

Additional Creativity Resources

Friday, August 19, 2016

Google Apps for Education Updates

Google Apps for Education has updated a variety of resources this summer. These updates include some great enhancements for teaching and learning.
Here is a quick list of some of the most popular updates for teachers and students. (Click on the links to learn more about each resource.)

1. Google Forms Now Has a Quiz Option
Many of us have used Flubaroo and Superquiz to support assessment with Google Forms over the past several years. Google has now made it even easier to create and grade quizzes using Google Forms.
Teachers can organize the class stream by adding topics to posts, and teachers and students can filter the stream for specific topics.

3. Add Images to Form Question
Teachers can now add images to questions or as multiple choice answers.

4. Google Expeditions Continues to Grow
With over 200 Expeditions available, we’re excited for them to experience these virtual field trips on more devices. Students will soon be able to experience expeditions across multiple devices without the VR Viewer.

5. Google Cast for Education
A new Chrome app that allows students and teachers to share their screens wirelessly from anywhere in the classroom.

6. Google Classroom Email Notifications for Parents and Guardians
Once invited by a teacher, parents and guardians can receive automated daily or weekly email summaries of student work and class announcements.

7. Annotate in the Google Classroom Mobile App
Using annotations, students can complete assignments, sketch out math problems or even create visuals of creative ideas directly on their devices.

8. The New Google Sites
Google sites has been updated. Early adopters can now create sites using the new and improved interface.

9. Training for Google Apps
Interactive training and walkthroughs, right within Google Apps