Jun 192017
 

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In this two-day course, we’ll get you up to speed on the incredible array of services and applications that Google provides to teachers and students for free. If you have Chromebooks in your classroom, this workshop will open your eyes to the possibilities and realities of a paperless classroom, as well as having a place to showcase student work, collaborate with experts in the outside world, and managing your limited time in a more effective way.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the course, participants will:

  • Create a Google Site to provide information to students and parents, highlight classroom activities, and showcase exceptional student work.
  • Create a collaborative Google Slides presentation, and publish it to their Google Site.
  • Be able to effectively use Google Classroom for assigning and collecting student work digitally.
  • Create a lesson plan utilizing additional Chromebook apps where students will create a project, demonstrating strategic and/or extended thinking.

Day 1:

Day 2:

Sep 102013
 

A good friend of mine suggested that I take a look at the learning platform that TED-Ed (http://ed.ted.com/) has developed for teachers. It is a powerful platform that helps teachers (or administrators, or students – anyone, really) to take ANY video from TED or YouTube and easily turn it into a flipped lesson that learners can view and do anywhere, anytime they have access to a browser.

Take a look at the TED-Ed Overview video.

First, TED-Ed offers pre-made lessons on just about any subject for you to use with your classrooms. You can also browse by Series to see other thought-provoking lessons. You can use each lesson as-is, or you can flip them to customize the instructions, questions and resources to fit your lesson.

If you can’t find something there that you need, you can ‘Find & Flipany video on TED or from YouTube. Search for the video you need, preview it, and then Flip it!

You will now start to build a lesson based on this video:

  • Give it a title of your choice
  • Let’s Begin… – State the learning objective or intended outcomes, introduce the topic and video
  • Watch – Students watch the video
  • Think – Create up to 15 different multiple choice &/or open answer questions about the content. You can even set video time code hints to help your students out.
  • Dig Deeper – Point your students to other web content, provide notes, or link them back to your class Web site or any other online resource.
  • Discuss – allows for interactive discussion on the video

Once you are done, Finish the Flip and you’ll get a custom URL to your lesson. This will allow you and your students to track their progress and how they have done on each lesson.

This learning platform is incredibly easy to use and has some amazing potential. It would even be a great tool for students to build their own projects to peer-tutor other students on any topic.

And… If the video does not exist on TED or YouTube, you can always record your own to upload and use for a lesson!

Jan 042012
 

UPDATE!

Not more than an hour after the second presentation of the day, I participated in a Faculty Lounge presentation from UEN on apps for the iPad that will allow you to create those Khan Academy-style recordings and podcasts. With just one app, you have everything you need – even the tablet to write on! You might want to look at a stylus to make writing easier, but this solution is MUCH less trouble and expense (unless you don’t already have an iPad!).

Here are my two favorites from what I saw:

  • ScreenChomp from TechSmith (Free): Basic app that gives you a white board and a pen to sketch out your ideas. Bring in images from your camera roll and records your actions and voice. Recordings are saved to their site, but you can download the videos from there.
  • Explain Everything ($2.99): A more full-featured screencasting app that allows you more flexibility for your lessons like bringing in documents for annotation, multiple slides, and far more sharing and exporting options.

Presentation available here:


Links from the presentation:

May 032011
 

‘I am strongly supportive of teachers having access to social networking so they can use worthwhile educational sites such as Facebook and particularly YouTube,” he said. ”Teachers will be able to teach their students about digital citizenship so that students will be responsible users themselves of social networking sites at home.’

Teach them to be responsible Digital Citizens where there is some guidance and supervision instead of blocking and filtering.

Great to see that the tide of blocking and filtering is slowly turning.

Apr 262011
 

In case you didn’t know, SnipSnip.it is an easy way to share your favorite parts of videos you like.

Here at SnipSnip, we believe that there are two kinds of people in this world… The kind that just snip videos and the kind that do more with those snips. If you fall into the second category, then you’re in luck. Soon, SnipSnip will allow you to do more with your snips.

Until then, snip on!

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Excellent idea! What a great tool for educators who are integrating YouTube videos into their instruction – too bad it only works if YouTube is not filtered in the district.

I wish that this site would go one step further and allow you to download your snips – but I guess that there may be too many copyright implications with that. Maybe they are hinting at this feature above???

Feb 052010
 

Some quick links for today’s training – I’ll add more information as we encounter it!

– YouTube Home
– Having problems viewing videos? Get the latest version of Flash
– YouTube Handbook: Watching and Collecting Videos
– eMedia, accessed through Pioneer Library
– Get the latest version of QuickTime & Windows Media
– iTunesU K-12 home
Lit2Go from University of South Florida – free audio books for K-12