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Learning About Energy Providers in My Area When I moved to Texas, I was pleasantly surprised to learn that there were so many different options when it came to selecting an energy provider. I used to live in a state that just had one energy company, so my choices were limited to say the least. My new neighbor told me that I should do a search online for energy providers in round rock, tx and explore my options. I thanked him for the tip, went home that evening, and started looking for my new energy provider. When you own a home there are a lot of things that need to be arranged, and this is just one of those things.

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30+ Alternatives to YouTube Over the last year I've done a few posts about alternatives to YouTube. This post consolidates all of those resources into one list. If you have a suggestion that should be added to this list, please leave a comment. 1,2,3. This list cannot be started and would be totally incomplete if I did not start by mentioning Teacher Tube,, and iTunes U. My blog posts on the three services are here, here, and here respectively.4. 100 Awesome Classroom Videos to Learn New Teaching Techniques With so many good teachers out there, it’s fortunate they can share their knowledge via video on the Internet. From the funny to the poignant, these glimpses into the lives of teachers and their students will keep you entertained while learning a little something as well. Whether you are a new teacher storing up tips and tricks or an experienced teacher who could just use a fresh perspective, you are sure to find something helpful among these videos. The Basics Reading, storytelling, math, and science all get coverage with these videos that show how some Teaching Storytelling in the Classroom.

Videos from Teacher's TV Teachers TV collections Hand-picked primary Teachers TV video content categorised by subject, including practical tips, lesson ideas and lesson starters. Hand-picked secondary Teachers TV video content categorised by subject, including practical tips, lesson ideas and lesson starters. 3 Clutter-free Ways to Display YouTube Videos I'm slowly starting to hear more instances of schools allowing teachers and students to access YouTube in their classrooms. Last week a reader contacted me for suggestions about displaying YouTube videos in her classroom without accidentally having an inappropriate "related video" show up on the screen. What follows are the three resources I recommend for displaying YouTube without the sidebar advertisements and related videos. View Pure is a simple little tool that strips way all of the distractions of related videos, comments, and promoted videos. To use View Pure just copy the link of a video into the "purifier," click purify, and your video will be displayed on a blank white background.

15+ Awesome Open Source Graphics Software List Cenon – Cenon is a graphical tool of a special kind. Build upon a modular graphical core, Cenon offers a wide variety of possibilities and applications. The best of all, the Cenon core is free software, available with full source codes, and at home on many computer platforms. It is capable of doing Desktop publishing, vector graphic transformation etc. Dia – Dia is roughly inspired by the commercial Windows program ‘Visio’, though more geared towards informal diagrams for casual use.

Teachers' Guide - Growing Up Online About the Film: FRONTLINE takes viewers inside the private worlds that kids are creating online, raising important questions about how the Internet is transforming the experience of adolescence. At school, teachers are trying to figure out how to reach a generation that no longer reads books or newspapers. Fear of online predators has led teachers and parents to focus primarily on keeping kids safe online. But many young people think these fears are misplaced.

Google Earth Archaeology Article created on Wednesday, July 20, 2011 By Henry Rothwell According to one of Google Earth’s co-creators the inspiration for Google Earth originated with a description of a piece of software called Earth, which was instrumental to the plot of Neal Stephenson’s dystopian (but surprisingly fun) cyberpunk classic Snowcrash. In Stephenson’s novel Earth was a globe across which was tiled satellite imagery, maps, architectural designs and low level aerial photography. By ‘grabbing’ the globe and zooming in, the user could glean as much geographical information as they could wish for. Another of its creators says it has its origins in the 1957 flip-book ‘Cosmic View’ by Kees Boeke.

The Best Videos For Educators In 2011 This is always one of my favorite year-end lists to do….. You might also be interested in: Part Two Of The Best Videos For Educators — 2010 The Ten Best Videos For Educators — 2010 And you might also want to see The Best Funny Videos Showing The Importance Of Being Bilingual — Part One and The Best Videos Illustrating Qualities Of A Successful Language Learner. Here are my choices for The Best Videos For Educators In 2011: 21CFP - The 21st Century Fluency Project A collaborative initiative created to develop exceptional educational resources to assist in transforming learning to be relevant to life in the 21st century. The 21st Century Fluency Project is all about change.

Twenty Movies Every Educator Should See Image credit: iStockphoto These are the top 20 movies every educator should watch. While every movie is not specifically about educators, there is definitely something to take away from each. These movies are not listed in order of importance, just the order they came to me. Each title is linked to their IMDB page. Summer School Mark Harmon tries to be the teacher he is not and only succeeds in reaching his students when he is the teacher they need him to be. 100 Blogs That Will Make You Smarter By Alisa Miller Reading blogs doesn’t have to be an exercise in futility or a waste of time. Your blog addiction can serve you well by with these blogs that are sure to make you smarter. These blogs bring you information about politics, education, technology, art, literature, an international perspective on life and culture, and much more.

9 Great Animation and Video Creation Tools Integrated with YouTube for Teachers You might have wondered how those beautiful animated videos you see on YouTube are made. Sometimes you think people use expensive software ( well some do especially advertising companies ) but most of them are created using simple and free tools but with so much of creativity. Today I am introducing you to an awesome set of tools that are integrated into youTube and that will allow you to easily create videos without needing cameras or having to upload files or do any editing. They are very self explanatory and you can have a great video to share with your students in less than 10 minutes. If you use YouTube with your students then don't miss These Educational YouTube Tools. check them out they are also great.

Blended Learning in K-12/Introduction While teachers have always used a variety of teaching methods and media, blended learning includes the recent availability of digital learning technologies and Internet-based tools that facilitate communication, interaction, and collaborative learning. Neither e-learning nor the traditional classroom are ideal for all types of learning. Blended learning offers the opportunity to incorporate the 'best of both worlds' to improve teaching and learning, to take "advantage of the strengths of both learning environments and be more successful in avoiding their weaknesses." (Node, 2003) Evidence from a study conducted by Alfred P. Rovai and Hope M.