Google announced today on its blog a wonderful new tool for those of us who communicate in different languages. They have added over 100 virtual keyboards so you can type in most any language. To enable this feature, just go to Settings>Language>Enable Input Tools. Once this is done you can toggle it on or off from the icon that will appear next to the settings button.
YouTube has a cool new beta project out that is great for educators who post videos. With this editor you can place questions on top of your video so that during playback, viewers can answer. Information about viewers interaction is available through the analytics page.
I'm very excited about this new project and can only imagine the possibility for educators to post little mini quizzes with their videos. The thing to remember is that this is only a beta and YouTube can take away this feature at any time.
First you will need to opt-in for the beta. Go to www.youtube.com/video_questions_beta . After you have uploaded your video, click on the edit button above your video. In the top bar you will see a questions button. Clicking on that will show where you can post some multiple choice questions at different time stops to your video.
Remember this is only for videos that you have created and that, for now, it is only a beta and can be disabled by YouTube at any time.
Susan B. Bardin
As a computer science teacher, I find many cool new things in the way of educational technology. This is where I share what I've found.