Skip YouTube, Insert Your Videos Into Google Slides Directly

How to Insert Videos Into Google Slides video from Free Technology From Teachers

You’ve always been able to insert videos into Google Slides, as long as you were willing to use YouTube.

While this is certainly a reasonable option for many, it was a limitation particularly acute in education. Teachers and students are rightfully wary of putting their own work on YouTube. Now, thanks to a new feature unveiled yesterday, users will be able to create videos, upload them to Google Drive and insert them directly in their Google Slides presentations, without having to touch YouTube.

Read up about this new feature and see a demo over at Free Technology For Teachers.

The PE Geek Gives 3 Great Ways To Capture Student Achievments And Results

Whether you are a health and physical education specialist or a general education teacher you may be searching for ways to quickly track student results.  Technology integration in health and physical education has long been championed  by Australia’s Jarrod Robinson, who is known throughout the online community as “The P.E. Geek”.  In his blog, Jarrod recently posted his review of 3 applications that help capture student results and achievements.  He gives the pros and cons of each app and links to video tutorials for each app.  Although his review is given through the lens of a health and physical specialist, the general ed teacher may also find that these apps are relevant for their classroom.


Gamify Civics w/a little help from Justice O’Connor

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Justice Sandra Day O’Connor may have retired from the Supreme Court, but she has not withdrawn from public life.

In retirement, she started a non-profit called iCivics, that is dedicated to reinvigorating civic learning through interactive and engaging learning resources.

Over the last four years, their website has been adding civics related games and resources for teachers to bring the importance of an active citizenry to life.

There are a dozen plus games that range in time to play from 15 to 45 minutes. Topics include branches of government, government budgeting, voting, and,

My favorite was a game called Win the Whitehouse, which teaches users about the presidential nominating process, by giving them a chance to run for president.

It’s all free, and the games can be leveled based on elementary, middle or high school.

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Do More With QR Codes


QR codes can do a lot of different things, including easily distributing contact information, allowing you to direct students to videos and audio recordings, post tweets for you and lead them to cool and exciting places on the web.

If you’re interested in learning more about QR codes check out this article (or scan the QR code to the right) and read up on how to get started using them here.


The New Tools: Unplugging and Making Movies

A new episode of The New Tools is up and this fortnight we’re exploring how to when to throttle back on using tech. We also invited Eric Ensey, a leadership and Humanities teacher at Pine Lake Middle School, to join our discussion of why making movies can be a powerful part of any classroom.

For more information and links to apps and support documents check out the show page.

If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can now subscribe to The New Tools in iTunes.