Weekly Geekly

November 13, 2015

Caine's Arcade

Tool of the Week: Zaption

Zaption is a tool that lets you create questions to go with video. It lets you select videos from multiple sources including TED, YouTube, PBS, NASA, Discovery, and Vimeo (but that is blocked for us so don't choose that one).

In Zaption, you build what they call a "Tour". You start by adding a video. Then you add questions (in the free version you can add multiple choice and short answer) at points during the video. With the free account you can add six "interactive elements" like these

A student would go in and watch the video, and the video would stop at the points you selected and answer the questions. Students do need accounts for this.

There are other similar tools as well, like TED Ed and EDpuzzle and Educannon.

Check out the sample below!

Tip of the Week- Google Classroom

If you select the Students tab at the top center of your google classroom instead of stream, then you will see all the students in class. At the top center of that screen, you can choose what abilities students have to post to your page. They can post and comment, they can comment only, or you can mute them. This is an AWESOME opportunity to teach the kids how to use that space well and work on online communication! Please don't turn it off- use it as a teaching moment!

ISTE Standard of the Week

This week we are wrapping up standard 2, which states "Students use digital media and environments to communicate and work collaboratively, including at a distance, to support individual learning and contribute to the learning of others."

Part D states that students will "Contribute to project teams to produce original works or solve problems"

Again we see the emphasis on creation over consumption of digital media, and an emphasis on teamwork. The ability to work on a team is (of course) a highly sought after skill and extremely important to foster in our students,

Follow Friday

Build up those PLNs! (Personal Learning Networks)

Be sure to add Vicki Davis is one you can follow @coolcatteacher. SHe has a cool article on her web site right now about Note taking for 21st Century students that you should read if you have students who have trouble taking good notes. Which, I think, is all of you.

Another good one is Dr. Justin Tarte @justintarte He tweets things that make you think.