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How to Use Zero Noise Classroom

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Last week I wrote a post about a neat timer and sound meter called Zero Noise Classroom. It’s a free Chrome App that lets you simultaneously display a countdown timer and a noise meter to your students. The directions about how to use Zero Noise Classroom are kind of hidden in the app so I made the following short video to demonstrate how to adjust the settings in the app.

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How to Create Webpages In Canva

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Canva is known for its great graphic design tools. You’ve always been able to download your Canva graphics and upload them to your website. A few months ago Canva introduced the option to publish your graphics as webpages and or embed them into existing webpages. As I wrote earlier this week, using the publishing option in Canva is a great way to create simple storytelling websites. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create and publish a simple webpage through Canva.

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How to Create a Webpage in Adobe Spark

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Adobe Spark has received a lot of attention in the last year for the great video creation tool that it contains. But it also contains an excellent tool for creating simple webpages. Within Adobe Spark you can create webpages that contain images, text, and videos. Those pages can then be published as stand-alone sites or they can be embedded into a blog post as I have done below.

Watch the following short video to learn how to create a webpage in Adobe Spark.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S3 priced at $599.99

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Near the end of February, Samsung officially unveiled a brand new high-end tablet in the Galaxy Tab S3. The company was more than willing to open up when it came to features and specs, detailing the main selling points of the upcoming device, but Samsung wasn’t so open when it came to revealing the launch window or how much the Galaxy Tab S3 would cost.

The wait for more info is over, at least when it comes to pricing, thanks to Best Buy. The big box retailer has a landing page for the Galaxy Tab S3, listing the upcoming tablet at $599.99. Best Buy has the Tab S3 listed as “Coming Soon,” so we still don’t have an official launch date just yet. Customers interested in the Galaxy Tab S3 can have Best Buy notify them when it becomes available.

The Galaxy Tab S3 features a 9.7-inch Super AMOLED display with a resolution of 2048×1536 and support for High Dynamic Range (HDR). Under the hood, there’s a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor and 4GB of RAM. The Tab S3 offers 32GB of built-in storage, but the Galaxy Tab S3 also offers a microSD card slot for expandable storage.

There’s a 13-megapixel camera with autofocus and a flash on the back, and on the front there’s a 5-megapixel shooter for selfies. Also included is a USB Type-C port, Android 7.0 Nougat, and a battery that measures in at 6000mAh. Fast charging support is in there, too.

At $600, do you think you’ll be buying the Galaxy Tab S3?

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You can now send money through Gmail on Android

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Being able to easily send and receive money has been one function of Google Wallet for years, and sending money through email seems like a natural extension of that.

Today, Google has announced that Gmail users can send and receive money in the Gmail for Android app. Google notes that the ability to send money or accept a transfer of funds is fee-free, and that the feature is available for everyone, not just those with a Gmail address.

Making it all happen is easy. Just tap on the attachments button, and then choose to either send money or request funds. Those who participate in sending or receiving funds don’t have to install another app to make it work.

Google says the new feature is available in Gmail for Android and on the web beginning today.

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Next Google Pixel phones reportedly codenamed ‘Walleye’ and ‘Muskie’

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Google has confirmed there will be a Pixel 2 arriving this year and it will be a premium handset. Now, thanks to a new report from Android Police, we may know the codenames for not just one new Pixel smartphone, but two.

The first Pixel 2 codename is “Walleye,” and unfortunately, that’s all the info that today’s report has to give us about the device. It is expected that the Walleye is the smaller of two new handsets.

That other Pixel smartphone is reportedly codenamed “Muskie.” Information on this handset is also scarce at this point.

So, codenames to go along with expectations, but that’s about it. If you bought a Pixel last year, do you plan on upgrading this year?

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Huawei MateBook nets a solid $166 discount at Amazon

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The Huawei MateBook is already a pretty solid 2-in-1, but a sale on Amazon has made it even more enticing by shaving its price by $166.

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LG Stylo 3 launches for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile

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The LG Stylo 3 was announced before the end of 2016, and now for customers of Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile, the handset is finally ready for launch.

Sprint has announced that the LG Stylo 3 is launching for Boost Mobile and Virgin Mobile today. It’s priced at $179.99 plus tax on either operator. For that price, you’ll get a smartphone with a 5.7-inch 720p HD display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 435 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage. There’s a microSD card slot for expandable storage, a 2500mAh battery, a 13-megapixel camera on the back, and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Finally, it’s running Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box.

One of the major features of the Stylo 3 is the included stylus pen. LG has also pre-installed a few different software features that utilize that stylus, including Screen-Off Memo, which allows owners to take notes on the display even if it’s off. There’s also the Pen Keeper feature, which will notify owners if they’ve left the stylus behind.

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Windows 10 build 15058 now rolling out to Fast ring Insiders

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Another fresh Windows 10 Insider Preview build is now rolling out to PC Insiders on the Fast ring as development on the Creators Update continues to wrap up.

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7 Great Tools for Creating Flipped Lessons from Existing Videos

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When they are used in the right context flipped lessons can be a good complement to classroom instruction. Not everyone has the time or skill to make effective instructional videos for their students. In those cases you can take advantage of the millions of hours of instructional videos found on YouTube and other video sharing sites. But don’t just have your students watch the videos then come back to your classroom. Have them answer some specific questions that you build into the instructional videos that you find online then share with your students.

Seven great tools for creating flipped lessons from existing videos:

TESTeach (formerly known as Blendspace) makes it easy for teachers to organize and share educational materials in a visually pleasing format. On TESTeach you arrange videos, links, images, and files around any topic of your choosing. TESTeach has built-in search tools so that you do not have to leave your TESTeach account in order to locate resources. When you share a set of TESTeach materials with your students they can give you feedback to show that they understand the materials or they can ask questions about the materials. You can also see if your students actually looked at all of the materials that you have shared with them. Using TESTeach can be a good way to create and deliver flipped lessons.

EDPuzzle is a popular tool for adding your voice and text questions to educational videos. On EDpuzzle you can search for educational videos and or upload your own videos to use as the basis of your lesson. EDpuzzle has an online classroom component that you can use to assign videos to students and track their progress through your video lessons. Within EDPuzzle’s editor you can select portions of videos for students to watch. EDPuzzle offers the option to share your videos to Google Classroom. In the videos embedded below I demonstrate how to use the main features of EDPuzzle.

PlayPosit (formerly known as eduCanon) is an excellent service for creating, assigning, and tracking your students’ progress on flipped lessons. PlayPosit allows you to build flipped lessons using YouTube and Vimeo videos, create questions about the videos, then assign lessons to their students. Once you have found a video through PlayPosit you can add questions to it at any point along its timeline. Students need to answer your questions before they move on to the next portion of your chosen video. You can track your students’ progress within PlayPosit’s classroom environment.

Using VideoANT anyone can add annotations to any publicly accessible YouTube video. To do this copy the URL of a video and paste it into the VideoANT annotation tool. Then as the video plays click the “add annotation” button when you want to add an annotation. To have others annotate the video with you, send them the VideoANT link. You are the only person that has to have a VideoANT account. Your collaborators do not need to have a VideoANT account to participate in the annotation process with you. Nathan Hall wrote a complete run-down of all of the features of VideoANT. He also posted a how-to video. I recommend reading his post and watching his video here.

Vialogues is a free service that allows you to build online discussions around videos hosted online and videos that you have saved on your computer. Registered users can upload videos to Vialogues or use YouTube videos as the centerpieces of their conversations. In the video embedded below I provide a short overview of how Vialogues works.

MoocNote is a free tool for adding timestamped comments, questions, and links to videos. To do this on MoocNote you simply paste a link to a YouTube video into the MoocNote editor. Once the video is imported you can start to add your comments, questions, and links. The link features is particularly useful for providing students with additional resources for learning about the topics covered in your shared videos. MoocNote allows you to organize playlists (MoocNote calls them courses) of videos according to topics that you identify. MoocNote could be a good tool for high school teachers who want to organize playlists of videos for their students and add some clarifying information to those videos. You could also have students use MoocNote to annotate videos to demonstrate an understanding of the topic at hand.

Vizia lets you build multiple choice questions into any YouTube video. The responses that you gather appear in either a Google Sheet or a CSV file to download. If you use the Google Sheet option you can then use Flubaroo to grade your students’ responses to the quiz. In the video embedded below I provide a demonstration of how to use Vizia.

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