March 19, 2020

Options for Student Created Timelines

Here are several options I found for creating timelines. Some are not directly timeline tools, but could be converted to work.

  1. Book Creator - Because it's awesome and can be used for almost anything.
  2. Padlet Timeline
    1. Example Padlet in Timeline mode
    2. Blog
  3. PowerPoint - Create a template with a timeline and distribute it to students with Teams.
    1. Google My Maps
  4. Create a story in Google Earth.
    1. Instructions
    2. Video
    3. Blog post
    4. Support page
  5. Google Tour Builder (Possibly discontinued by Google and/or replaced by functionality in Google Earth)
    1. Website
    2. Website 2

March 15, 2020

Video Tools in Education March 2020

There are so many great ways to create and share videos with your students. You'll need a few basic things to work with video.

1. A device with a camera and microphone such as a phone, iPad, or laptop.
2. An app that will allow you to record the video.
3. An app that will let you host the video so that other people can watch it.

Some apps allow you to record and host video, while others only let you do one of these.


  1. Loom (https://www.loom.com/)
    1. Record your computer screen and optionally include a video of yourself.
    2. Videos can be hosted and shared directly on Loom, but you may want to consider downloading each video and hosting it on Microsoft Stream or Flipgrid.
    3. Teachers get Loom Pro for free.
    4. Alternatives include Screencastify and Soapbox.
  2. Flipgrid (https://info.flipgrid.com/)
    1. Record yourself talking or draw on a whiteboard.
    2. Videos are hosted on Flipgrid and private to your class.
    3. You can upload a video that you've taken with another app.
    4. Students can respond with their own videos.
    5. Students and teachers already have accounts, just login with Microsoft.
    6. Easy to use, and specifically designed for the classroom
    7. Videos are limited to 5 minutes.
  3. Microsoft Stream (https://web.microsoftstream.com/)
    1. Similar to YouTube, but private and only for users at Kingsway.
    2. Upload and host videos on Stream.
    3. Create your own channel.
    4. Videos can be shared with everyone in the school, or a specific group.
    5. Videos can be as long as you need.
    6. No option to record videos directly on Stream yet.
  4. WeVideo (https://www.wevideo.com/sign-in)
    1. Create, record, edit, and host your videos.
    2. Designed for education.
    3. Can be used by teachers and students.
    4. Choose login with Office 365.
  5. Camera app
    1. Use the camera app built into your phone, laptop, or iPad.
    2. Upload the video to Flipgrid or Stream.
  6. Microsoft Teams
    1. Create web conference meetings.
    2. Teachers have the option to record the meeting.
    3. Recorded meetings are automatically saved to Stream and students who missed the meeting can watch later.
  7. Record Video Inside PowerPoint
    1. See this Tweet that has demonstration video.

June 19, 2018

Post photos and videos from your iPhone to Google Classroom

Teachers have been reading to their students for decades if not centuries. With video, we can make that reading take place anywhere at any time. This is just one of many reasons why a teacher would want to take photos and videos with their smartphone and share them with her class. Here's how to do it.

May 20, 2018

Gmail Gets a Refresh in 2018

This summer, Gmail will be getting a refreshed look and feel. Overall, this is not a major change in functionality, but you might notice that some buttons look different. The biggest new feature is a sidebar on the right that can have your Calendar, Google Keep, or the new Google Tasks.

On June 4th, we will allow users to opt in to the new Gmail experience. Just click the gear icon and choose “Try the new Westfield Washington Schools’ Google Docs Mail” as seen below. Currently, you can switch back to classic Gmail if you want to.

May 12, 2018

Tech Tuesday for May 1st, 2018

Teachers Using Technology
Teachers of the Week: Robb Hedges and Jeremy Marvel, Principal and Assistant Principal at SSES.

SSES is currently using a podcast, delivered through Google Classroom, to improve communication throughout the school building. Robb and Jeremy record the podcast using Soundtrap. They use the podcast to share big picture ideas with the staff.