YouTube Account through ItsLearning
You may not know, but you have a school YouTube account that you can access through ItsLearning. This is an easy way to upload and share videos with parents and students. All you have to do is log in to ItsLearning. I have created a video below on how to activate your account. It is not perfect, but hopefully you will get the idea!
It is important to understand the privacy settings when uploading a video. Unlisted seems to be the safest way to upload videos for students and parents to view, I have listed the three ways to post below. Please let me know if you need any help!
When uploading a video to YouTube, you can change the privacy settings for that video to Public, Private, or Unlisted.
Public is the default setting and that means anybody can see your video.
Private means only those you invite to view the video can view it (they must have their own Youtube accounts and the maximum number is 50 usernames). Your video will not come up under any search results or your channel list. If you try to share it with someone who wasn’t invited, they will not be able to connect to it.
Unlisted means your video will not come up in search results or on your channel either. Only those who know the link can view it, and you can share the link with anyone, even those who do not have a YouTube account/username. This means that this video could still be seen by anyone, but only if they guess the link!
During this time of testing which can bring stress to so many...how about a bit of creativity to open the mind and relax!
Zentangle is a great way for anyone, creative or not, to destress and let your mind wander! All you need is a sharpened pencil and paper to begin.There are numerous Youtube tutorial videos for you or your students to explore. I especially like the Hello Artsy videos, they are short and show simple beginner techniques. I also have books and cards that teach the technique as well which I would be happy to share!
You can go to zentangle.com to learn more about this fun and creative art.
Below is a sample of my work...
Personalize your Media Center Catalog
Would you like to keep all of your resources for lessons in one handy place? Teachers and students can create their own personal resource lists within the Destiny Media Center catalog! I have been working with students in grades 3 – 5 to teach them how to create a personal resource list and how to use WebPath Express to search for information. This valuable tool can be used to store content to use with lesson plans, student research assignments, reading lists, topics students want to learn about on their own, etc.
Everyone can access the Media Center Catalog (Destiny) through Itslearning. All search results for videos, websites, articles, games, etc. that you find in WebPath Express have been vetted by FCS to meet grade level standards and appropriate content. In addition, all website links, videos, etc., can be imbedded into Itslearning! This not only makes assignments and research super easy, but allows for as much differentiation as you need for your students. When you combine the Destiny features of being able to search for resources based on grade level standards with the possibilities that are found in WebPath Express, you have (almost) one stop shopping!
Even though I have only worked with the upper grade students, teachers in grades K-2 may find this resource to be very helpful as well.
Attached is a link to instructions on how to use Itslearning to access Destiny, create personal resource lists and use WebPath Express. The instructions are heavy on words, but the actual process is very quick and easy. I wrote the instructions so that students and parents could easily understand them to set up and use these tools at home.
I would be happy to work with you or your class as a whole to demonstrate this fantastic tool to you and your students. Stop by the Media Center or email me, if you have any questions.
Check out the Destiny Resource Lists below.
New Math Manipulatives
New math manipulatives have been purchased for use in your classroom! Click here to see a brief description of the items. These are located in the 3rd/4th grade workroom beside the coke machine. There is a sign out/in sheet attached to the shelf. If you could write when you have the items in your classroom it would be great so we can find them if someone is in need without all-staff emails. There are a few items on back order so if you don’t see an item listed, it should be here by the end of the month. One of the “newer” items are the Rekenreks and Rekenrod 10 frames. I think you will love the addition of these resources. Here is a link to check out for ideas on how to introduce and use Rekenreks. I am happy to help implement the use of any manipulative new to you!