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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 10/28/2014

  • “If you are a blogger looking for free photos to use in your blog posts or a designer looking for free photography to use in your designs, then check out the websites below and you will find the best free stock photos.

    All of the photos that you will find on the websites below are free to use for commercial purposes, without asking permission or they need attribution so make sure you check before you use a photo.”

    tags: images creative commons copyright free photos KDSBytes

  • “One of education’s primary goals is to groom the next generation of little humans to succeed in the “real world.”

    Yes, there are mounds of curricula they must master in a wide breadth of subjects, but education does not begin and end with a textbook or test. Other skills must be honed, too, not the least of which is how to get along with their peers and work well with others. This is not something that can be cultivated through rote memorization or with strategically placed posters.

    Students must be engaged and cooperation must be practiced, and often. The following team-building games can promote cooperation and communication, help establish a positive classroom environment and — most importantly — provide a fun, much-needed reprieve from routine.”

    tags: games team-building collaboration KDSBytes

  • “Short animated lessons you’ll love, from atomic structure to the science of stage fright (and how to overcome it).

    Bite-size snacks of knowledge, TED-Ed Video Lessons are short, free educational videos written by educators and students, then animated by some of the most creative minds in the business. The topics of these addictive little videos range from quantum physics to the art of beatboxing, and once you watch one, you may want to watch 10 more.”

    tags: TED-Ed TED video classroom activities KDSBytes

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Worth a read 09/12/2014

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iPad news and views 09/08/2014

  • You’ve heard “collaboration” repeatedly referenced as an important 21st century skill. With built-in interfaces for connectivity, mobile devices such as iPads offer a wide variety of alternatives for people wanting to connect and work together. Collaboration can take many forms in an educational context and you may want to consider different tools depending on your specific objectives. Here’s a list of some common collaborative activities and the tools and apps you might want to consider for each one.

    tags: Sam Gliksman iPad collaboration classroom activities KDSiPad

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Teaching and learning resources for the Commonwealth Games

Image from http://news.stv.tv/

The 20th Commonwealth Games are well underway in Glasgow, Scotland. Australia has already won medals in a number of different sports including swimming, athletics and cycling. The following sites provide ideas and resources for including activities related to the Commonwealth Games in your classes. Enjoy!

Latest news including an up-to-date medal tally can be found on ABC Grandstand.

Game on Scotland: Resources

Game on Scotland is the official education programme of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games and its legacy. It aims to provide inspiration and learning and teaching opportunities related to Glasgow 2014 and other momentous events happening throughout Scotland in the coming years. The resources section provides access filtered by stage of schooling and curriculum area.

Victorian Commonwealth Games Association

The VCGA offers a collection of resources and activities for primary schools.

Sparklebox Commonwealth Games

Sparklebox offers a huge range of free, downloadable teaching resources for all learning areas and many topics. The Commonwealth Games resources include games, posters and word activities.

Primary Treasure Chest: Commonwealth Games

Lots of worksheets, posters, games and activities all linked to the Commonwealth Games and free to download, edit and use.

Instant Display: Commonwealth Games

Free downloadable posters including flags of all participating countries. Great resource if you want to decorate your classroom for the games.

Commonwealth Games: embracing 2018 – Global Education Program

This site from the Queensland government is looking ahead to the next Commonwealth Games which will be held on the Gold Coast in 2018 but it also includes some ideas and activities related to Glasgow to use now.

iPad news and views 07/06/2014

  • Slide2Learn presenter Laura Chaffey’s webpage includes lesson plans and student work samples organised by App and KLA & Topic, and download links for her presentations.

    tags: ipad apps classroom activities lesson plans presentations KDSiPad

  • The paperless classroom is a compelling concept for what it symbolizes as much as anything else.

    While it sounds sleek and futuristic and easy to organize and environmentally friendly, the reality is that paperless classrooms aren’t that simple. The “environmentally-friendly” part, for example, is wildly subjective: the costs of manufacturing–and eventually recycling and disposing of–tablets versus the loss of “renewable” trees and the subsequent waste that is environmentally-friendly.

    The same with being organized. When files are easy to find and save, that leaves more to sort, organize, and curate. And so on. So becoming a “paperless classroom” isn’t the utopia that’d make the decision to go fully digital such a no-brainer.

    But what a paperless classroom represents is important. Cloud-based collaboration. Mobile access. Simple sharing. Quick searching. Curriculum tagging. In short, the potential for agility, responsiveness, and personalization in teaching and learning. No, it’s not that simple. Nothing is. Assessment form, bandwidth, COPPA concerns and more muddy the waters.

    But if you’re looking for tools to give it a go, the following 26 ipad apps for a paperless classroom can help.

    tags: paperless apps for productivity apps ipad KDSiPad

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Worth a read 06/24/2014

  • Lesson plans using Google apps products. Categorised by product, subject and level.

    tags: GAFE google apps lesson plans classroom activities KDSBytes

  • Directory of newspapers from around the world, categorised by country/state/city/language. Features today’s front page from selected newspapers and ranks selected country’s newspapers by circulation.

    tags: newspaper KDSBytes

  • “Do you ever feel stuck in a rut while planning your language classes? Perhaps you spend a lot of time lecturing at the white board, use the same activities with different vocabulary for every unit, or rely on teaching students grammar because that’s how you were taught. No matter your “go to” activity, we are all much more engaging when we vary our activities and make them relatable. If the speaker is engaging, a good lecture every now and then is enjoyable. However, when faced with daily lectures, students dread class, and hence, learn less. So why not mix it up?

    When dreaming up new activities, our main focus should always be authenticity. If we make activities genuine, our students will be much more inclined to participate, acquiring new knowledge through the process. Many language teachers think that being authentic means decorating their classrooms with flags and other souvenirs collected through their travels. But true authenticity comes from the activities we use during class time, leaving an impact on the communicative skills of our students.”

    tags: KDSBytes language classroom activities

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Sochi 2014

The 2014 Winter Olympic games begin in the early hours of tomorrow morning – time to find some interesting activities for the classroom.

X-Games!Photo Credit: Zach Dischner via Compfight

From NBC Learn comes The Science of the Olympics NBC Learn, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, unravels the physics, biology, chemistry, materials science and math behind the Olympic Winter Games. There are 16 short videos, complete with transcript and activities, on topics including Competition Suits, Figuring Out Figure Skating, Aerial Physics, and The Science of Skis. There’s something here for all year levels.

The Australian Olympic Team have Winter Games Lesson Plans suitable for the primary levels and there’s also the opportunity to Chat to a Champ via video conferencing (or view the previous chats that have already taken place).

Teacher Vision has printable resources, activities, worksheets, reference materials, and lesson plans designed to help students learn about: the history of the Olympic games; Olympic symbols and traditions; Sochi and Russia; security concerns, and all about the sports that feature at the games.

Edutopia has put together a resource round-up focusing on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) subjects.

Larry Ferlazzo posted Best sites for learning about the Sochi 2014 Winter Olympic Games and has just followed up with Sochi Olympics Resource Update