Washington Tech Tidbits
Washington School - April 20, 2015
Showing Videos to Students: A Must-Have Tool
Teachers can sign up with their Google Accounts and have students log in with a class code. EDpuzzle allows teachers to find and crop videos, insert audio notes, and embed quiz questions to track understanding. Teachers can even upload their own videos and decide if they want to block fast forwarding.
Later, teachers can see if students watched a video, how much of the video they watched, how many times they watched it, and how they answered the embedded quiz questions.
If you are someone who is embracing the flipped classroom concept, this is a must-see!
Virtual Conference on April 25th
Discovery Education invites teachers and administrators to participate in Spring VirtCon on April 25 from 8am-3pm. This free professional development event offers opportunities for educators to learn strategies for deepening the integration of digital media into classroom instruction.
Discovery Education is also encouraging educators to get together face-to-face to watch and discuss the online events.
Visit the conference website for more information, including details on how to register.
Earth Day Activities
Earth Day is this Wednesday, April 22nd!
Although Americans represent only 5% of the world's population, we generate 40% of its waste (NatureBridge). My Garbology is an interactive game where students sort garbage into four bins (reuse, recycle, compost, or landfill), according to where they think each piece belongs. When a piece of garbage is placed into the correct bin, a series of short animations explains why it should be there.
For more educational Earth Day activities, click here.
National Poetry Month/Mother's Day
When I taught 3rd grade in Highland Park, my students wrote poems for Mother's Day. Then, they used Animoto to turn their poems into beautiful photo slideshows for Mom. Students wrote 1-2 lines of poetry per text slide. In between the text, students inserted photos of flowers and other things their moms enjoyed. In the end, they had a sweet, meaningful gift to give to Mom! If you're interested in using Animoto with your students, for any project, please contact me, and I'd be happy to set up accounts for your class. Many of our teachers have used Animoto and have been pleased with the end result!