Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Tips for Using You Tube

To some administrators You Tube is a scary tool.  But there are some ways that educators can soften those fears.  Here are some tools that have helped me in the classroom.
1. View Pure is a great site that allows you to get rid of all the "related" content and comments that surround You Tube videos.  As you all know, some related videos and content are not school appropriate.
2. TubeChop is a site that gives you the opportunity to "chop" parts of the video that you like.  This can be useful in that most students prefer short clips.
3.  SnipSnipIt is a site I learned about through Kelly Tenkely's iLearn Technology blog.  It is similar to TubeChop in that the site allows the user to paste the video url and cut and share your favorite parts of the video.
Convince your administrators to let you use You Tube!  It is a wonderful resource full of videos that relate all parts of the curriculum.

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Manga High Math!

A colleague of mine recently registered our school on Manga High Math.  On this site you can set up an account for your school.  Each teacher can then enter their math/homeroom class to participate.  Students can earn points by playing games, completing challenges, or competing against other schools.  My students are loving it!
Manga High Math even provides user guides and lesson plans, which are available when clicking on the resources tab. 

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Edmodo Expands!

At the beginning of the school year I blogged about Edmodo and its uses in the classroom.  You can see and contribute to an awesome list here.  Since that last post there have been many additions and improvements to Edmodo.
In November they launched their help center.  The help center provides answers for teachers and administrators.  It also gives users a webinar schedule and information to become an Edmodo advocate.  New within your Edmodo library, "power searching" is now available.  This allows for users to search using terms like ".doc", ".ppt", or even "embed".  Users can even search for Google docs that have been shared with them!  Towards the end of January real time updates within your communities was added.  Edmodo users just need to click the Everything link in the left hand margin to view the updates.  The month of January also brought the addition of Parent Accounts.  What great way for parents to observe the wonderful ways Edmodo is used in the classroom!  Lastly, maybe the greatest addition came in February, "The Backpack".  This feature allows students to store files on Edmodo.  Students no longer need to worry about accessing the school's network or losing their flash drive on the bus.  Kids just need to log into Edmodo at home and open the file.