Frequently Asked Questions
1. Hey, I used to use this site awhile ago, why does everything look different?
Thanks to Microsoft being completely unreasonable I had to change hosts for the website. This meant rebuilding the entire thing from scratch on a new platform. Some features and design elements could not easily transfer over so I've made some changes where necessary. The functionality should be the same (and in some cases better) but I will sadly admit it isn't nearly as pretty as it was.
2. Hey, why isn't X working?!
Most likely if links are stalling out it is because you are using Internet Explorer. My new host (Google Sites) doesn't always play nice with older versions of IE. Firefox, Chrome and newer versions of IE should work fine. If you do find links that just plain don't work please let me know. Some links didn't transfer over cleanly in the site move and I haven't checked every single one.
3. I used to be able to download your PowerPoints, now I can't, what happened?
If you are having this problem (and it isn't because of question 1) then it is likely I just missed updating that section after the site move. If you find a missing file please let me know via the contact link and I'll get it fixed as soon as possible. There shouldn't be many of these left but it's a big site so I'm sure I've missed some.
4. Can I use this stuff in my classroom?
5. Really? For free?
6. What's the catch?
I'd hope you'd be willing to share your work with others as well and when something works particularly well for you and your class let me know! That's all. The fact that so little sharing goes on among teachers even with the Internet is not good for education. We can do better.
7. What do I need to make the site work best?
A Google account will help for accessing the files but is not necessary. Firefox or Google Chrome as your browser helps a ton too. That's it.
8. My district blocks Youtube - any ideas?
The best way to handle this is to download the videos on your home computer. I use a Firefox/Chrome add-on called Easy YouTube Downloader. The files save as .mp4 which work great in Powerpoint 2010 and later.
9. How do you make your lecture videos?
I start with the lecture notes that I use in class and output them as a video using PowerPoint 2010. I used to use xtranormal for the host but they've shut down. Thankfully, CrazyTalk has become very good at animating avatars so all future videos will use that. I use Adobe Premiere Elements to mash the two videos together and make any extra needed credits or titles. It sounds easy and it is once you've done it about five times. It is, however, always time consuming.