YouTube <3’s Education

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Today YouTube.com launched a new channel designed specifically for teachers that provides tips on how teachers can use YouTube in the classroom.  Also new today is the YouTube Teachers Community, a mailing list, to allow educators to share their own tips and tricks.  Check it out at http://www.youtube.com/teachers

In addition to this great new feature, I’d be remiss not to mention http://www.youtube.com/edu which is a YouTube’s Education area in which educational videos from a variety of colleges and universities (including the Khan Academy) are categorized by subject-area.  What a great way to find YouTube content for your class without having to search and wade through a lot of inappropriate stuff to find what you need!

In the video below,  Chris Anderson, the founder of TED, talks about how YouTube is driving innovation and its impact on education.

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Have some Back to School Night advice to share?

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Wikispaces Projects

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If you know me and have worked with me these past few years, you know that I am a very avid fan and user of Wikispaces.  Although there are many reasons to use and love Wikispaces (check out Wiki eToolbox page for ideas), they have just released a new feature in educational wikis – Projects!

You now have the ability to create projects in your wikispace and set them as private or public. Then you can create different groups in the project and assign specific students to each group.  This is a very powerful tool for any type of collaborative project.  As the teacher, you get total control over everything and can change privacy settings as you see fit.  With this, you can feasibly have a wiki that parents/outside world can see but then also have private student work going on within the wiki that only the assigned students can see.  How cool is that?!

If you want to learn more, check out the Wikispaces announcement about it or watch the video tour.

If you want to jump in yourself, check out these great step-by-step directions.

If you want to try out creating a project and need help, just schedule an appointment and we’ll get started!

What’s The Best Classroom Management Advice You’ve Gotten?

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Setting up effective classroom management practices during the first weeks of school will go a long way in setting the tone for the rest of the year.  Check out this link to see how 62 educators responded to this question.  You may find some great ideas or, if you are  inspired to share your response to this question, leave a reply below!

9/11 Resources from Discovery Education

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Dear Teachers,

This year marks the tenth anniversary of September 11th, 2001.  Education is key to understanding and Discovery Education is proud to support your efforts to share these historic events with your students.

This year, we celebrate the courage of one nation, four communities, and the thousands of individuals affected. We will also highlight the innovations, rebuilding, and resurgence that have ascended in the aftermath.

Visit DiscoveryEducation.com/911 to access our exclusive September 11th educational content and offerings:

  • Comprehensive lesson plans, discussion guides, and curricular content to accompany live webcast events from communities most impacted by September 11th.  These events will be streamed to schools nationwide and available online.
  • A robust 9/11 Theme Page will be available to Discovery Education subscribers featuring curricular content aligned to grade level and episodes from Discovery Channel’s RISING: REBUILDING GROUND ZERO.

We are proud to provide these exclusive learning opportunities as you go beyond the walls of your classroom in remembrance of September 11th, 2001.

Sincerely,

Discovery Education

Pinterest – a web based bulletin board

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Check out

http://pinterest.com/

This is a great site to collect pictures from the web onto a “bulletin board”.  It would be a great way for students to give a pictorial presentation about a topic or a book report.  There’s no need copy and paste.  There’s no need to worry about copyright because the link “pins” with the picture.

Check out my bulletin board on Picture to Promote Reading.

http://pinterest.com/walshmc/pictures-to-promote-reading/

Two Cool Sites: Sidevibe & Socrative

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Thanks to my great personal learning network, I recently came across these two web tools that I feel are an awesome addition to any classroom today.

First, let’s check out Sidevibe…

http://www.sidevide.com

Our team of teachers and designers focused on creating the next-generation model for Web based teaching tools. Your focus is teaching and you need to include manageable student Web experiences in your classroom.

SideVibe has revolutionized the classroom handout model by putting it online and delivering it with a world class, data base powered solution.

Now you can take your students to any destination on the Web, interact with them, guide them, collect and assess their work seamlessly.

Let us show you how SideVibe can simplify the Web and save you time.

Learn more: http://www.sidevibe.com/howto

Check out their demo video:

Now, let’s take a look at Socrative.com

http://www.socrative.com

Socrative is a smart student response system that empowers teachers by engaging their classrooms with a series of educational exercises and games. Our apps are super simple and take seconds to login. Socrative runs on tablets, smartphones, and laptops.

Learn more: http://www.socrative.com/how-it-works.php

Check out their demo video:

Socrative introduction video (new) from Socrative Inc. on Vimeo.

If you’d like to try either (or both) of these out and need help, please don’t hesitate to ask!

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