Week of December 1, 2014
Bloom's Taxonomy: As explained through Harry Potter
Quote of the Week
“Wherever I see people doing something the way it’s always been done, the way it’s ‘supposed’ to be done, following the same old trends, well, that’s just a big red flag to me to go look somewhere else.” -Mark Cuban
What's Important This Week
Tips of the Week- Using YouTube
The following tips come from http://www.teachthought.com/technology/teaching-with-video-9-tips-teaching-youtube/
1. Look for shorter videos
2. Check out the YouTube Education Channel -- https://www.youtube.com/education
3. Watch the whole video before showing in class
4. Search channels rather than the entire site
5. Find videos to complement lessons, not the other way around
6. Have a way for students to “engage” the content on paper while watching. (Don’t just stare and watch the video. Do something with it!)
7. Assess #6
8. Consider a breadth of video content–music, video game trailers and gameplay, mini-documentaries, even seemingly whimsical content
9. Download the videos if the site is blocked in your district
10. Consider using viewpure.com to strip the ads away.
Tool of the Week- Kaizena
You can even have a threaded discussion using comments and you can rate comments. There are already some foreign language teachers using this in Frisco to respond to prompts in preparation for their AP exams.
This week's challenge:
Use the Tool of the week to add a comment to this document by Winter Break! It is a challenge, so I am not providing instructions. Like most online tools these days, you can find video tutorials online and it kind of acts like a wizard, so if you read your screen prompts you should be fine! Start by opening the document and clicking on Add-ons at the top. Then choose Get Add-ons and search for Kaizena!