Category Archives: Tips

Filter Google Searches by Date

Category : Tips

The ability to filter web searches using the Google search engine BY DATE is an important media literacy skill. In this 5 minute tutorial, Dr. Wesley Fryer demonstrates how to use the date filter in Google.

Instructions about how to do this are also available in Chapter 14 (“Filtering by Time and Place to Find the Original”) of the free online eBook, “Web Literacy for Student Fact Checkers” by Mike Caulfield (@holden).

This skill was included as a Badgr mini-project in Dr. Fryer’s April 14, 2019 workshop at the ATLIS (Association of Leaders of Independent Schools) Conference in Dallas, Texas, titled, “Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy.” All resources from that workshop are available on wfryer.me/exoflood.

This video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 29 April 2019. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!


How to Filter Your Social Media Feed with Gobo

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Gobo (gobo.social) is a social media experiment and website from researchers at MIT. Gobo allows anyone over 18 to create an account and connect Twitter and/or Facebook accounts to it, and then “control” or “filter” what information is presented in the feed of content. Controls include how diverse included perspectives are, whether commercial content is included, how serious or rude the articles are, and more. In this six minute screencast tutorial, Dr. Wesley Fryer demonstrates how to use Gobo.

This tool was included in Dr. Fryer’s April 14, 2019 workshop at the ATLIS (Association of Leaders of Independent Schools) Conference in Dallas, Texas, titled, “Filtering the ExoFlood: Strategies for Media and Information Literacy.” All resources from that workshop are available on wfryer.me/exoflood.

This video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 22 April 2019. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!


Book Publishing 101 (March 2019)

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In this 41 minute recorded presentation, Wes Fryer explains how to use the websites app.bookcreator.com and Lulu.com to create children’s picture books and “print on demand” affordable print copies of the books. This presentation was originally shared for students at Casady School by Wes in February 2019.

This video is publicly posted on Wes’ YouTube channel for anyone to view, whether or not they are members of the Videos by Wes Video Library. Since it’s publicly shared (and not unlisted) you are free to share the link to this webpage with anyone, or the direct link to the video on YouTube. The Google Slideshow shared during this presentation is also available. More resources about creating multimedia / enhanced eBooks is available on the eBook page of ShowWithMedia.com.


Create a Separate Google Profile (March 2019)

Category : Tips

In this 7.5 minute screencast, Wes Fryer demonstrates how to create a separate profile within the Chrome browser to separate or “sandbox” different Google accounts.

This video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 17 March 2019. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!


Google Home Tips and Tricks (March 2019)

Category : Tips

In this 10.5 minute video, Wes Fryer shares a variety of tips and tricks about ways to use your Google Home smart assistant.

The video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 10 March 2019. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!

If you’re not able to view the full video (because the date above has passed or you’ve not yet subscribed to Wes’ video library, here’s a short teaser trailer for this episode:


Online Security and Safety Tips (Dec 2018)

Category : Tips

In this 7.5 minute screencast, Dr. Wesley Fryer shares several tips and strategies which can be used to proactively protect your web accounts and online profiles from hacks and data breaches. These include using the website haveibeenpwned.com to see how many large scale data breaches have included your email address, using a password manager, and enabling 2 factor authentication on as many web accounts as you can. Use this 1 Tab link to access all the resources and websites referenced in this screencast.

The video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 23 December 2018. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!


Offline & Online Workflows for Book Creator Projects (Dec 2018)

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In this 15 minute screencast, Dr. Wesley Fryer provides an overview of an introduction he shared with 12th grade students for a Children’s Book project, in which they are creating both a printed children’s book as well as a digital / electronic / multimedia version using the app and website Book Creator. The screencast and referenced slides (linked here) include suggested “workflows” for the project. There are 5 suggested offline workflow steps, and 10 suggested online workflow steps. For more resources about creating multimedia eBooks, visit www.showwithmedia.com/ebooks

The video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 16 December 2018. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!


Use Twitter Lists to Discover Useful Ideas (Nov 2018)

This 9 minute video tutorial highlights ways you can use Twitter lists and the iPad app Flipboard to find, save and share great ideas from people and organizations you want to follow. Use this OneTab link to access all webpages and resources referenced in this video.

The video is special! It’s available for both non-members and members of the Videos by Wes Video Library. LOTS more helpful videos like this are included in the library and are for members-only. Please join today!


Distraction Free Web Reading (Nov 2018)

Category : Tips

This almost 8 minute video tutorial highlights several web platforms / apps / browser extensions which can eliminate distractions as you read news articles and blog posts from the web. Several of these web tools also assist with “discovery” of interesting content. Use this OneTab link to access all webpages and resources referenced in this video.

This video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 25 November 2018. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!


Stop RoboCalls with iOS Do Not Disturb (Nov 2018)

This 2.5 minute video tutorial demonstrates how you can change the “Do Not Disturb” settings on an iPhone to block all robocalls / robocallers and send them directly to voicemail. Unfortunately this strategy will send ALL callers who are not in your iOS address book to voicemail, but until something better comes along this can be a helpful strategy for curbing robocalls.

Read “How robo-callers outwitted the government and completely wrecked the Do Not Call list” from the Washington Post on 11 Jan 2018 for more background on how and why robocalls have become such a big problem in 2018.

This video is available for non-members of the Videos by Wes Video Library till 11 November 2018. After that date it will just be available to members. Please join today!


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