TED launched a new online tool on Wednesday that turns any YouTube video into a lesson.
The conference series is calling the process “flipping a video,” a reference to the idea of “flipping the classroom” that has been popularized by Salman Khan and his YouTube school Khan Academy......
Friday, April 27, 2012
Wednesday, April 25, 2012
It was not long ago that producing multimedia digital content required expensive equipment and deep levels of technical expertise. We are at the point now where anyone can create and publish very compelling content with nothing more complex than a web browser.
Below you will find 50+ web tools you can use to create your own web-based story. Again, the mission is not to review or try every single one (that would be madness, I know), but pick one that sounds interesting and see if you can produce something....
Monday, April 23, 2012
There are numerous sites that are now offering Tutorials and how-to guides for creating ebooks in iBook Author. As teachers are now comfortable with the idea of creating their own e-textbooks more and more people are looking for resources to learn how to build touch enabled books that take full advantage of the iPad capabilities. Inserting video and high resolution photographs is one thing but how about inserting 3D manipulatives and models that are touch sensitive. Here is a list of some of the resources online. If you know of other good ones please add them in the comments section and we will update the list.
Friday, April 20, 2012
15 Sites for Finding Images and Clip Art for Education
A while back I did a top 10 sites for finding images and clip art for education. However, a lot of things have changed since then and a few of those sites no longer exist. A handful of new and exciting sites have been developed for education for finding images, which led me to creating a new list. Keep in mind, when searching for images for students it is always a good idea to have adult supervision/filtering solution. The following list is in alphabetical order. ....
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
Fact checking has its origin in the early 20th century, when magazines began to verify statements made in non-fictional texts prior to publication. This practice increases credibility and trustworthiness of articles and documents. Today, fact checking is often associated with political journalism, but can of course be used in any field, including your homework.
Using the following fact checking websites, you can verify factual assertions made in your own writings......
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
An ePortfolio (electronic portfolio) is an electronic collection of evidence that shows your learning journey over time. Portfolios can relate to specific academic fields or your lifelong learning. Evidence may include writing samples, photos, videos, research projects, observations by mentors and peers, and/or reflective thinking. The key aspect of an eportfolio is your reflection on the evidence, such as why it was chosen and what you learned from the process of developing your eportfolio. (Adapted from Philippa Butler’s “Review of the Literature on Portfolios and Eportfolios” (2006), page 2.)
10 Animation Apps
I have blogged previously about the power of apps that tell stories as an educational activity. It stimulates higher order thinking skills, it provides opportunities for reflection and it enriches the learning experience for our students. So here I have listed apps that allow your students to create animations. I love the simplicity with which animations allow difficult concepts to be easily explained. These apps provide you with another set of tools to enhance your students learning.
Earlier this month, I wrote "10 Important Skills Students Need for the Future." After reading a few articles about specific tech skills, I thought I write what I think are the 10 Important Tech Skills Students Need.
Tuesday, April 10, 2012
Vuvox Express – Great Presentation Alternative
One of my favorite, all-time, web 2.0 sites for the classroom is Vuvox. It’s so cool I can’t stand it!
One component of Vuvox is Vuvox Express. This tool allows you to easily create ridiculously awesome slideshows with completely innovative looks. Sure, you can use it to show vacation photos, but try is as a presentation tool alternative.
Go ahead and build a presentation in PowerPoint but make sure you use big, bold images. Cover the entire slide with an image if possible and definitely keep text to a minimum. Then, save as jpeg images: File > Save As > File type = jpeg. So now, all of your slides are image files.
Load all of your images to either Picasa or Flickr. I like Picasa because you can make an album called, “Presentation” and place all of the images in it. Flickr does not allow this level of control when importing into Vuvox…just trust me on this.
Go to Vuvox and create a new Express creation. Choose the style and variation you like (and there are many cool variations). Load images from your Picasa account and make sure you choose the correct album. Done! Now just view your creation and make sure you click full screen. Your audience will be blown away!
Turn Your Old Netbook Into a Chromebook
Project Chromebook blog on which he's sharing his experiences with Chromebooks in his elementary school. In Kevin's school they leased Chromebooks for a sixty day trial. Over the weekend I realized that there is another way that you can try the Chrome OS, install it on an old netbook. So that is exactly what I'm going to do.
Sunday, April 08, 2012
In an effort to teach children about potential dangers online and how to avoid them, the Council of Europe has offers a game called Through the Wild Web Woods. Through the Wild Web Woods is designed for students ages seven through ten to learn how to spot danger on the Internet and what to do when they do spot danger on the Internet. The game is available in twenty-four languages.
Friday, April 06, 2012
Here’s some of the useful apps I’d recommend investigating. Some are free, others the price of a pint or so. Links are to the UK version of iTunes so other readers may need to do a search in the App Store to find the version for their region.
Sunday, April 01, 2012
For those of you who haven’t come across it, Evernote is a remember-everything app. It remembers, everything. When used to its full potential, it has the capacity to improve the productivity of our students. Here are 10 reasons I think it could help to do just that, with a particular focus on the role of Evernote in 1:1 iPad schemes