Think Different #26

Resources for the Week of May 1, 2017

Check123 – A Video Encyclopedia

Check123 aims to help teachers and students find educational videos. Check123 refers to the length of the videos on the site. All of the videos are either one, two, or three minutes long. You can refine your search results according to length of video, subject, and topic. Check123 lets you search by keyword or you can browse the subject categories.

Everything you need to know about iTunes U

What is iTunes U? Simply put, iTunes U is a fantastic educational resource. Here's what you're missing out on.

Simply speaking, if you're not using iTunes U, you're not getting the most out of your Apple experience. Many daily iTunes users probably have yet to really explore the tiny tab that allows access to a whole library of completely free educational opportunity, a truly valuable concept in an age in which the cost of education is steadily on the rise. iTunes U is probably one of the most underrated Apple platforms available, and even now - ten years after its initial release - it is definitely worth a closer look.

Content can be downloaded from either iTunes on your Mac or PC or directly from your iPhone or iPad from the iTunes U app for listening or watching on the go.

To download a course onto your mobile device, download the iTunes U app from the App Store, open app, click on "Catalog", upper right-hand corner, find a series you're interested in, and click "Subscribe". The content is then delivered directly to you, whether the course is a series of lectures, videos, PDFs, or an entire book.

After downloading the course content, you can process it however you wish. You can choose to learn at your own pace and decide whether to use your computer, iPad or iPhone to take it all in. It is best viewed on a mobile device like an iPad.

You can create a course on iTunes U using the course manager, which works on the iPad and also online from your computer's browser. Within the course manager, there are two different types of courses an instructor can create: in-session and self-paced. In-session courses are taught in real-time with calendar-based posts and assignments. Instructors provide specific start and end dates for the course. Self-paced courses allow students to begin and end a course at any time. Instructors provide a course outline and a suggested duration for the course, but it is up to the student to take the initiative to get it done.

Keep in mind all the content is FREE, what a valuable resource for teachers and their students. Want to learn about something more random or specific, A quick search in the iTunes U catalog will take care of that for you. What are you waiting for, give it a try, it is free after all.

Free Speech to Text tool

Thanks again to Richard Byrne of Free Tech for Teachers for sharing this cool tool. I know we all struggle to create transcripts for videos to meet accessibility requirements. Here is a tool that only works in the Chrome Browser, but works pretty well.

On you can simply click “start dictation” then start having your voice transcribed into a text document. No registration is required in order to use More than two dozen languages are supported on The video embedded below provides a demonstration of

Quickly Dictate Notes on
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Tour the World with the NEW Google Earth

ReleasedMay 08, 2017

Google Earth is much more powerful than just looking up directions. Matt and Kasey break down the new Google Earth!

Google Maps is Google’s map program. It offers satellite imagery, street maps, 360° panoramic views of streets (Street View), real-time traffic conditions (Google Traffic), and route planning for traveling by foot, car, bicycle (in beta), or public transportation. But Google earth is much more

Check out all the resources from Matt and Kasey and even get a few ideas for lesson and classroom uses.:

The BEST place to listen to the podcast is on your phone. Use the links below and be sure to click "SUBSCRIBE" to make sure you don't miss an episode:

And thanks to Richard Byrne: 10 Ways to Use Google Earth in Your Classroom

It Needs to Be Part of Every Lesson

Thanks for sharing Clip Mins
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