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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.

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.

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

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Lesson “hooks”

Short videos can be a great “hook” or starting point for a lesson. Used judiciously a good video can provoke debate and discussion leading to creative problem-solving or critical thinking.

But where to find the perfect video? Youtube can be a gold mine but finding the perfect video that is suitable for use in primary or secondary education can be a challenge.

Luckily there are some expert curators out there, carefully selecting and contextualising video and sharing what they find to make our task of finding the perfect video much easier.

Here are a couple of my favourites:

Geography Soup

Geography soup is a Vimeo channel of

short films curated for Geography teachers to use in the classroom. Every one is chosen for its ability to take us slightly off the beaten track & to inspire us to learn & understand a little bit more about our planet & how we interact with it. Each film is a starting point to a lesson, a topic, a line of enquiry & a learning journey.

Titles range from Masaai life through a child’s eye to The world outside my window – time-lapses of earth from the International Space Station to Kilauea Volcano 2014 Time Lapse. Like all Vimeo channels you can browse alphabetically, by date added, or popularity.

The Kid Should See This

The kid should see this: cool videos for curious minds of all ages has heaps of fascinating videos categorised into science, technology, space, animals, food, music, art and animation. Curator and  blogger Rion Nakaya says

There’s just so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven’t seen. It’s most likely not stuff that was made for them…
But we don’t underestimate kids around here.

There’s so much fascinating stuff on this site it’s hard to know where to begin and new videos are added daily. Luckily everything is well-categorised and tagged making  browsing easy and you can save videos to easily access them again from the same computer. Warning – you could lose hours on this site!

If anyone can explain to me how How to create chocolate out of nothing works I’d be most grateful!


As you might suspect, Numberphile is a collection of videos about numbers, made by Brady Haran with the assistance of academics and other people passionate about maths. The videos are short and quirky and it’s easy to see how they could liven up a maths class. Numberphile has a cute visual index or you can choose to see a text version to search by topic. Numberphile is supported by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute(MSRI), based in Berkeley, California.

Numberphile - Videos about Numbers and Stuff


TED-Ed Original lessons feature the words and ideas of educators brought to life by professional animators. More than just videos to use as hooks, TED-Ed has lesson plans built around the short videos. The lessons are divided into watch, think (multiple choice and/or open-ended questions), dig deeper (additional resources to explore), and discuss.You can use a lesson as-is or customise it to your own needs. There are lessons for all subject areas including the arts, philosophy, science and technology, health, and social studies. There is plenty of interest here for all teachers but you can also become a registered user and build your own lesson around any video found on Youtube.

Worth a read 06/19/2014

  • Google is a technology giant that provides a huge variety of services, many of which are free. Gmail, Google Drive and Google Hangouts can be used without paying a dime. Instead, pay by providing information about yourself, which Google can use for advertising. Though it started in search, the lion’s share of the company’s profits come from ads.
    You’ve likely noticed this already. Search for a new car and suddenly, as if by magic, ads from local car dealers begin to appear. But how much does Google really know about you, and should you be concerned? The answer may surprise you.

    tags: google privacy data KDSBytes

  • “There’s just so much science, nature, music, art, technology, storytelling and assorted good stuff out there that my kids (and maybe your kids) haven’t seen. It’s most likely not stuff that was made for them…

    But we don’t underestimate kids around here.

    Smart, conversation-starting, “not-made-for-kids, but perfect for them” videos that you can watch together, curated by Rion Nakaya with help from her 3 & 6 year olds.”

    tags: Videos KDSBytes

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Worth a read 05/24/2014

  • Education is one of the most frequent topics discussed in the Sapling Foundation’s TED (Technology, Entertainment, Design) Talks. The presentations, which are part of TED conferences held worldwide since 1990, feature some of the world’s foremost thinkers in a variety of fields sharing their brightest ideas.

    In 2006, when the videos became available for free streaming on TED’s website, their already fervent following exploded. With over 140 presentations on education topics — ranging from inspiring critical thinking and creativity in students to online learning and MOOCs ​— currently listed in the site’s massive library, you’d be forgiven for becoming overwhelmed.

    To give you a starting point (or a good place to dive back in), here are six of our favorites.

    tags: TED video KDSBytes education

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

Explain everything

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Today at MC some staff attended a workshop about using Explain Everything on the iPads.

The following are some of the resources we looked at and also some links to further information.

Here’s an Explain Everything video from iPad guru Tony Vincent. In it he uses various features of the app to visualise what the number of apps in the apps store looks like. Of course it’s a little out-of-date now but the video gives a good overview of what’s possible with Explain Everything.

This is a video created by primary aged students on the lifecycle of butterflies.

Another one on Digital Citizenship:

This video gives a quick rundown of some of the basic features and also shows an example of a student using Explain Everything to show his thinking while balancing a chemical equation.

Several more examples from primary students can be found on this blog post Using Explain Everything in the Primary Classroom

This post explains the process used by some year 6 students to create videos about the water cycle using Explain Everything and iMovie. This is one of the final products:

IMG 0711 from libby on Vimeo.

You don’t always have to create videos. In this video we see how one teacher uses Explain Everything as a mobile IWB.

This post from The History 2.0 Classroom explains how Greg Kulowiec uses Explain Everything to:

  1. Create Graphics/Posters/Diagrams
  2. Brainstorm ideas and projects (recording the process)
  3. As an interactive white board with a recordable option
  4. As a powerful platform for presentations

The Explain Everything website has lots of video tutorials and there is a free manual available on the iBooks store – follow this link on your iPad to download it.

I’ve written about Explain Everything on Bytes before, you can read it here.

90 second news challenge

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ABC Splash are running a 90 second news challenge for students. Students are challenged to create a 90 second news video based around the theme ‘What do we need to know about your community in 90 seconds’.

Find more information, resources, tips and full details of how to enter here.

News reports can be created using a mobile phone or video camera or this would be an excellent activity for students to do using the iPads. Entries are open now and the competition closes on June 10. The best videos will by published on the ABC Splash site.

I’ve written about ABC Splash here or you can find out more about ABC Splash here.

Fun Friday – Organising the bookcase

“Miss, have you seen that book I had the other day? It’s green and about this big.”

Uhhhm?!! In my idle moments I’ve occasionally thought life would be so much simpler if we just organised the library by colour and size. Well, here’s an example of what that might look like. Some people just have too much time on their hands!

Organising the bookcase. Retrieved from http://youtu.be/zhRT-PM7vpA

Making stop-motion animation can be easier than you think. Our iPads have an app called Stop Motion – could your students organise your bookshelf?