Month: December 2016

How to Make Photo Slideshows with Google Photos and Youtube

At MiGoogle, I learned a quick easy way to make photo slideshows in Youtube.  Since Youtube and Google Photos all sync with your Google account, the process is very efficient.

  1. Go to Youtube
  2. Click Upload
  3. Choose Photo Slideshow Create
  4. Select Photos from Google Drive, Google Photos, or Upload Photos
  5. Next, choose audio and click upload

Change slide duration, effects, transitions if you choose or even explore the advanced editor to add titles and view a timeline.

Here is the final product.  Just a tip: Do not use vertical pictures (hopefully my example shows you why)


OER: Open Education Resources

OER or Open Education Resources are resources that are useful for teaching and learning.  These resources could be a variety of media and documents that support blended learning. The Office of Educational Technology has a #GoOpen campaign to increase equity of openly licensed educational resources.  Michigan has launched the #GoOpen initiative statewide.  Some places to go for OER include OER Commons, OpenEd, Smithsonian Learning Lab and cK-12.

Thing-a-ma-jig, thing-a-ma-bob, thingmy, ThingLink!

ThingLink is a great tool to use to spice up presentations, lesson materials, handouts, you name it.  It allows you to annotate video, images, and 360/VR content to make them interactive.  Things that you can link to (ba-dum-ching!) could be maps, text, other images and videos, links, and audio.  After a thinglink is created, it allows you to view statistics on engagement with your particular thinglink.  Images are free and the video and 360/VR are features of the paid versions.  These are a great way to share thinking and learning that is happening in your classroom.  To push your thinking, I’d like to challenge you to think about how you could make a tool like this work for you in your context.

Here are a few examples of ThingLinks I made…

My journey of global opportunities.

I created this ThingLink to show the amount of information you can gather from 140 characters.

This is a ThingLink I made when I presented on AR at MACUL with Mary Wever.