HowTo – YouTube Photo Slideshow

This tutorial will show how to create a Photo Slideshow in YouTube. The Photo Slideshow tool allows you to arrange your photos, set their duration, add transitions, and even include a soundtrack selected from their 150,000+ music archive.

  • For more info. on using the ‘Info & Settings’ editor, click here.
  • For more info. on using the ‘Audio’ editor, click here.

Website of the Week: Edcanvas (K-12)

Edcanvas – The one place to go to organize, present, and share knowledge

Edcanvas is a media management site, allowing you to combine information from a variety of formats into a slideshow-like presentation. Within each project you can create canvases that hold basic text, documents you previously created and uploaded, images, YouTube videos, and links to other websites. Before you go and make your own, conduct a search of the site to see what other teachers have already created and shared. Scroll down on the site’s homepage to the “What great educators are creating” section to see a sampling of canvases created by fellow educators and updated in real time. Remember, don’t re-invent the wheel if you don’t have to!

An account is required to create a canvas as well as favorite ones you find. Account creation is free and can be linked to a Google account for students, or a Google or Facebook account for teachers.


  • This is a great tool for organizing multiple types of media into one place that is easily accessible to students online regardless of the device they are using.
  • As always, if you incorporate someone else’s Edcanvas into your lesson please provide credit to the original author through proper citation.

Edcanvas website screenshot

Thanks to TeachersFirst for sharing this resource.

Website of the Week: Slide Speech (Gr. 3-12)

Slide Speech – Presentations with voice

Slide Speech is a free, web-based tool that allows you to add voice narration to a presentation using their text-to-speech engine. Presentations usually provide only key points and concepts with the presenter providing the narration to fill in the details and help connect ideas and concepts during the event. This web tool allows the presenter to include those narrations by adding them as text to the Presenter Notes area on each slide within the presentation. Slide Speech will read the text entered into this area and covert it to speech, with you selecting which computer-generated voice you’d like to have narrate. Once this is complete, you have several options for how you’d like to share this with your audience including by link, embed code, video, social media, and/or QR code.


  • Use this site to add your classroom narration to your presentations. You can then make both items available to students to use when they need to review content, need extra support due to a reading deficiency or ELL challenges, or need to catch up on class developments due to an absence from illness.
  • The site will only accept Microsoft PowerPoint-formatted presentations, but other applications like Keynote and Open Office can export their projects to .ppt format prior to uploading. Here is an example of a presentation I put together on how to get started with Slide Speech where Keynote was the presentation tool I used..

SlideSpeech Screenshot

Thanks to TeachersFirst for sharing this resource.

Website of the Week: The Battle of Gettysburg (Gr. 6-12)

The Battle of Gettysburg – U.S. Army

From, this site provides a brief overview of the Civil War battle at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. The site uses photographs, audio narration, sound effects, and an animated map depicting troop movements to tell the story. Included in the narration are brief biographies of both military leaders as well as the experiences of common folk during the battle. Use the links at the bottom of the interface to access additional information on weaponry, battle statistics, and an epilogue to these events.


  • Use this site to introduce this event in the Civil War timeline, asking students to pick out people and events to conduct further studies of in the future.
  • While this is only a brief overview of the battle, this site could be a helpful tool for students who are absent from class and need to keep up as the unit progresses.

Screenshot of the site interface window

Google Apps: Where The Internet Lives

Where The Internet Lives…

When you check your Gmail account for new email, or collaborate on a shared document in Google Drive, or when you simply browse to a website hosted by Google, have you ever wondered where in the world you are going to in order to access this information? Google has provided an answer to this question through a slideshow gallery giving us an inside look into their many data centers located around the world that handle the millions of Internet requests that we make everyday.

Divided into three segments, The Tech section contains images and descriptions about the actual equipment and frameworks Google has constructed to allow its users to access their data in the cloud at anytime from just about anywhere. The People section provides insight into the workers who maintain Google’s hardware and are on-hand to troubleshoot any problems that may arise. The Places section travels around the world to visit where Google has chosen to establish its data centers and employ its support teams in order to provide universal access to their services.


  • Compare and contrast Google’s infrastructure for communicating and sharing information to that of other systems we use today, such as the United States Postal Service.
  • What about comparing Google’s system to others of the past, like the telegraph network or the Pony Express?
  • Have students brainstorm what the next great data sharing network might look like.

A screenshot of 'The Tech' gallery

Exploring The Far East

Exploring The Far East: Myers & Dalton Teams

Each year 7th grade students at MSK immerse themselves in the diverse cultures, people and customs that exist in countries and how they compare to life here in Kennebunk, Maine. So please join us as we journey to China, Japan and other countries to learn about what life is like on the other side of the globe – oh, and make sure you have your passport ready!

China Connections w/The Myers Team


East Asia Adventures w/The Dalton Team


If you’d like to see and hear more, please visit our school multimedia site here.

Website of the Week: THIS DAY

THIS DAY – Images from this day in history (Gr. K-12)

From Nikon, THIS DAY is an interactive website that provides images and a brief description of  past events that took place on the same day as today. In fact, the site will display past events that happened during the same week. Use the timeline at the bottom of the page to note the dates; play/pause the timeline player using the tools found in the bottom-right corner.


  • Use this site with students for creative writing or ideas for a free-write session.
  • Have students investigate the date provided by the site to see what else was going on that day, week and year.

Thanks to Free Tech for Teachers for sharing this find.

How-To Tech Tip: Keynote Remote App

Portable mice and remotes have been around for awhile now, letting you control your presentation and still be free to move about the room as you speak and interact with your audience. Some use Bluetooh, others use infrared or a wireless network to bridge the connection. Below is a How-To video tutorial on how to use your iPhone/iPod-Touch and the Keynote Remote App to control your Keynote presentation hands-free.

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Digital Storytelling @ACTEM

As soon as people developed a mode of communication, they also started to tell stories. Now in the 21st century, storytelling has entered the digital age and the opportunities to express one’s tales of mystery, adventure and understanding are almost endless. As educators, we have a duty to listen for the stories that students have created and expose them to the variety of mediums they can use to tell them.

This year at the annual ACTEM conference, I had the privilege of co-presenting a session with Eric Lawson on Digital Storytelling. Our presentation aims to open people’s minds to just some of those opportunities by way of showcasing examples of digital storytelling that are taking place in our schools. It is our hope that our stories will spark interest in our fellow educators and encourage them to create their own plan to bring digital storytelling to their students.

Additional Resources

Mr. Lawson: