"English teachers from opposite coasts, Cheryl Morris and Andrew Thomasson met via twitter at the FlipCon12 annual conference and spent a year creating videos and sharing lessons for their classes. They finally met face-to-face at FlipCon13. Hear how they work collaboratively from California to North Carolina. Wednesday, November 13 at 4:00 pm ET/1:00 PM Free:
I use Evernote to save articles of interest to share with my students. I email them to Evernote through my browser with the tag #AoW (Article of the Week, Kelly Gallagher) or I save directly from Umano which has professional voice actors reading current articles. Since I teach special education, this will allow them to reabout their frustration level at home.
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Reshelle Johnson's insight:
This resource aligns Scratch coding to the Common Core.
I enjoyed making instructional videos for my students and letting them make them as well. This article covers why we should not be hung up on having a polished video because shorter, less formal videos can be more effective. I used the app Explain Everything on my iPad to record lessons, but there are some who say that having the teacher in the video is more effective. I wasn't ready for that.
"Type Rocket is a free typing game from ABCya that Joanne Villis reminded me of in one of her recent posts. Type Rocket is a sixty second game in which students make fireworks explode by typing the letters that appear on the rockets in the games. In the sixty second span of the game students try to correctly type as many letters as they possibly can. The rockets speed up as the game progresses."
If you haven’t tried a free MOOC, I’d do it sooner than later. In recent weeks, the whole MOOC project took a hit when a University of Pennsylvania study found what was becoming empirically obvious — that MOOCs generally have very low participation and completion rates, and what’s more, most of the students taking the courses are “disproportionately educated, male, [and] wealthy,” and from the United States. This study, combined with other disappointing experiments and findings, will likely make universities think twice about sinking money into creating MOOCs (they can cost anywhere from $15,000 to $50,000 to develop). It might take another 6-12 months to see the shift. But I’d hazard a guess that this January might be the peak of the free MOOC trend. Enjoy them while they last. Whatever their shortcomings, they can be quite informative, and you can’t beat the price.
TouchCast is an iPad app that I downloaded recently and have been exploring a bit over the last couple of weeks. It's not often an app come along which really shakes up and existing genre like video, but I think TouchCast does and in a way that can be very beneficial for learners.
iDesktop.tv provides a really useful and user friendly service for anyone who wants to use video clips from sources like YouTube, but doesn't want their students looking around at anything unsuitable, or for anyone who has ever found a really useful clip, only to go back later and find it has moved or been removed.
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