After a busy last week of August working with teachers from around Jackson County, we were ready to kick off the official school year with another round of sharing and inspiration! This week's topic was chosen by Kim, who was motivated by a recent #4thchat. Here are some interesting/humorous/inspiring web videos that have recently caught our eye or are considered old favorites:
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Dan got us started with a lighthearted YouTube find... which is always great to break the ice. We commonly try to infuse humor into our training sessions so that teachers might let their guards down a bit and feel more comfortable in potentially stressful situations.
The next two were actual Channels on YouTube that he has subscribed to. Subscribing is a great way to have updated content at your fingertips from providers who you know put out quality stuff. The first project comes from educators in California, and also has a nice website:
This final one goes back to Dan's roots in the science classroom, but also led us to discuss the actual production features of what makes a good learning video. A common feature in Veritasium's videos is bringing to light common misconceptions about a topic and then producing evidence of the actual science. We talked about how this format is quite different from procedural videos from Khan Academy.
Kim took over the ring next and Smack'd us with these YouTube favorites: First, some humor..
Here is a cute but sobering (for some) reminder about the types of children who are entering our classrooms this fall:
And finally, she left us with some quality TPACK resources in video form...reminding us to always strike that balance between technology and the teaching and learning.
Your final Smackdown round for the week comes from Brad, who shared some of his favorite "go-to" videos. Here's a fun-loving dad who reminds us to take time to PLAY as we go back to school:
And to close out the week, this video sums up why Smackdown Sharing (and all sorts of sharing) can be such a great learning experience:
#TeamJXN had so much fun with our Monday Smackdown last week, that we decided to make it a weekly tradition! Today we decided to discuss our favorite websites. Mike MacGuinness, Educational Technology Consultant with the Western School District, joined our Monday Smackdown with a few resources to share!
BalancedEdTech wiki shares a variety of articles and resources for professional development on content, technology, and pedagogy.
Powtoon is a great resource that allows you to create online animated presentations with simple drag and drop tools.
IFTTT, otherwise known as If This Then That is an automator that connects several sites to one task. You simply must check it out to see all that this tool can do for you!
MentorMob allows you to create a playlist of your favorite articles, videos, and websites on a particular topic. It provides a link for you to share it with others.
Tildee is an excellent resource that allows you to create visual tutorials and share them.
Pen.io is a simple publishing tool that provides embeddable pages to share content.
ReadWriteThink provides lesson plans, student interactives, and professional development that can be integrated into your reading and writing curriculum.
Mr.Nussbaum provides many cross content games and activities that are directly connected to grade levels and the common core standards.
Study Jams is an amazing math and science resource that contains videos, presentations, and songs on various topics.
i am lodge is a wonderful site that shares music based teaching resources and ideas over a variety of content areas.
we video is a photo editing tool that is stored on the cloud. It can be used with a multitude of devices and shared out through social media.
What is your favorite tool? We would love to hear from you!
As the Educational Technology Consultant team at the Jackson County ISD, we are always searching for ways that mobile devices can transform the teaching and learning process. This is the first in what will hopefully become a regular session for sharing ideas for the use of apps for teaching, learning and personal productivity.
Go-to Productivity Apps:
Dan- iAnnotate (iTunes) Great for marking up .pdfs & saving to Dropbox ($9.99)
Brad- Pocket (iTunes) Save articles, videos, etc to 1 cloud location for reading later on any device. (Free)
Kim- Corkulous (iTunes) Create quick and fun stickies (save to multiple devices with Pro) (Free or $1.99 pro)
Feeling Good About These:
Dan- Three Ring (iTunes) (web) Platform for authentic assessment using digital portfolios for students. (Free)
Brad- GoMixIt (iTunes) (Web) Let the "class DJ" create a background audio track to maintain a focused learning environment. ($1.99)
Kim- Appzilla 2 (iTunes) Tons of tools within one app. ($1.99)
Want to Explore More:
Dan- Knowmia (iTunes) (web)- iPad whiteboard w/ multiple slides. Record, annotate & share. (Free)
Brad- Word Magic Thesaurus (iTunes) Dynamic tool for finding new/better words & phrases. ($1.99)
Kim- Kid's Journal (iTunes) Early elementary digital writing tool that incorporates pictures & can be exported to other apps (ie Explain Everything, Dropbox) ($1.99)
Reflection App (web) Mirror your iDevice onto your computer (and thus to your projected screen). ($15 single user)
Brad and Kim had fun trying this out for the first time! It will be really helpful during presentations to wirelessly show what is on the screen of our iPad or iPhone. This is also great functionality for classroom teachers and does not require an Apple TV. Here are 2 iphones and an iPad mirrored at the same time!
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