Category Archives: Teaching and learning

eduCanon

eduCanon is an online tool for creating and sharing interactive video lessons. Start with a clip from a video platform (YouTube, TeacherTube, Vimeo, Khan Academy, TedEd and more), crop to just the selection you wish to show, add questions at the time you wish them answered, save and share. You can register your students so that you know who has viewed and whether their answers were correct or share anonymously. The completed video lessons (known as bulbs) can also be embedded in any website or LMS. Like similar websites and tools, this is a commercial enterprise so the free version has limitations. With it you can:

  • have up to 8 classes
  • monitor an unlimited number of students
  • create unlimited lessons
  • share with colleagues

but your question types are limited to multiple choice, check all that apply and reflective pause. Upgrading to premium (US$89 per year) gives you

  • fill in the blank and free response question types
  • ability to skip to a time point in the video
  • autograding
  • copying and editing public lessons
  • ability for your students to create lessons
  • worksheet printing
  • downloadable grades

There is also a “Blended school” version with even more functions starting at US$990 per year. Free accounts offer three ways to share:

  1. With students – ie those you have registered. This will record their responses
  2. Share unique list code – students don’t have to be registered. Responses will be recorded but not linked to an individual
  3. Share with colleagues – for teachers to copy. No login needed to view but no tracking.

Each version includes a different link and embed code. I have used the embed code from Unique list code to share a bulb I created for a lesson I created about one of my pet hates. You might not show this one to students, but it’s a bit of fun:

This the Unique List code link – if you use it you are asked to enter your name and email address before being taken to the video. I haven’t yet used this with students so it’s difficult to comment on how well eduCanon is works from their perspective but even the simple facility to easily crop a video to just the section you wish to show and share the link or embed is appealing. I can see applications for this not just in the Flipped Learning environment but also in situations where you want students to be able to view and answer questions at their own pace.

Word of warning: when this was demonstrated to me by our media studies teacher he was using a clip from a movie that his students were studying. There were some inappropriate ads showing at the bottom of the screen. Today I turned off my Adblock Plus and Adblock for YouTube extensions but didn’t see any ads appear at all. I’m not sure when or why advertising will appear, whether it is related to the video being shown or something from eduCanon itself (I certainly hope not!) but it’s something to be aware of.

Worth a read 11/28/2014

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The Teaching Channel

Have you seen the Teaching Channel? The Teaching Channel hosts a wealth of professional learning video resources by teachers, for teachers. Their mission is to:

create an environment where teachers can watch, share, and learn new techniques to help every student grow. We believe teachers should have opportunities to learn from each other… whenever they want; and teachers tell us that video has become essential to helping them see a broad range of approaches for working with students and for fostering self-reflection.

As well as videos there are other resources including question and answer forums, lesson ideas and teaching strategies. You can register and join the online community of teachers which will allow you to

  • Save your favorite videos and schedule email reminders to use them later.
  • Receive newsletters packed with teaching strategies, lesson ideas and new videos.
  • Get notifications about new videos that match your interests.

Of course being US-based not everything is strictly relevant to the Australian Curriculum however I think there is plenty of material available which transcends curriculum-specific requirements.

This video is a terrific example of formative assessment in action, taking a really positive approach to learning from mistakes.

iPad news and views 10/21/2014

  • A Collection Of The Best Resources For Teaching With The iPad

    by TeachThought Staff

    So we thought we’d start an ongoing collection–that is, one that is updated to reflect trends and changes–of the best resources for teaching with the iPad.

    This will include resources from all of the best sources, from Apple’s own stuff to TeachThought to edutopia to MindShift to DMLCentral to Jackie Gerstein and more. We can update it, or make it a wiki to crowdsource the process, or you can add suggestions in the comments below. Based on the activity of the comments, and the sharing of the post, we’ll decide how to handle it moving forward.

    tags: iPad KDSiPad teaching with technology

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Worth a read 09/21/2014

  • The 21st Century Fluencies are not about hardware, they are about headware and heartware.
    We need to move our thinking beyond our primary focus on traditional literacy to an additional set of 21st-century fluencies that reflect the times we live in. That’s the essence of the 21st Century Fluencies! Today, it’s essential that all of our students have a wide range of skills that develop the ability to function within a rapidly changing society—skills far beyond those that were needed in the 20th century. These skills are not about technological prowess. The essential 21st Century Fluencies are not about hardware; they are about headware and heartware! This means critical thinking, problem-solving, creativity, innovation, and so much more. These aren’t just for the students, though. The 21st Century Fluencies are process skills that we all need, and there is as much benefit in cultivating them within yourself as within your classroom.

    tags: 21st century learning 21st century skills digital literacy information literacy creativity collaboration KDSBytes

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Worth a read 09/17/2014

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Worth a read 08/12/2014

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Languages Teachmeet

I’ve written about Teachmeets before – they are terrific informal professional learning opportunities that are free to attend and all are welcome to attend or even present a two or seven minute session.

Coming up next week is the first ever Teachmeet exclusively for language teachers. It will be held at Avila College in Mount Waverley from 4.30pm next Wednesday 6 August.

Find out more and register to attend (and present) on the Teachmeet Melbourne wiki.