More Than 40 Alternatives to YouTube 3 Tips for Using YouTube Videos in Your Classroom was one of the most popular posts of the week on FreeTech4Teachers.com. Those tips are all well and good if you can access YouTube in your classroom. If you cannot access YouTube in your classroom then you will want to consult my list of more than 40 alternatives to YouTube. Over the years I've updated the list as new sites emerged and old ones shut down. The list includes a search engine for videos that are not on YouTube. If you do have access to YouTube in your school, consider using tools like ViewPure and Watchkin to display videos without showing the "related" videos comments from YouTube.
Web2 I am in the process of moving these links to separate pages as there are now too many on a single page! Click on the links below or the newly created pages in the side menu to access these tools. I have located many of these tools through Richard Byrne's Free Technology for Teachers blog. Higher Education Reimagined With Online Courseware - Education Life “Everyone is in one way or another doing O.E.R. today,” says Roger C. Schonfeld, research manager at Ithaka S+R, a nonprofit service that helps academic institutions use technology for research and teaching. If the mission of the university is the creation of knowledge (via research) and the dissemination of knowledge (via teaching and publishing), then it stands to reason that giving that knowledge away fits neatly with that mission. And the branding benefits are clear. The Open University, the distance-learning behemoth based in England, has vastly increased its visibility with open courses, which frequently show up in the Top 5 downloads on Apple’s iTunes U, a portal to institutions’ free courseware as well as marketing material. The Open University’s free offerings have been downloaded more than 16 million times, with 89 percent of those downloads outside the U.K., says Martin Bean, vice chancellor of the university.
10 Things Students (and Teachers) Can Do With Buncee Buncee is a web- and iPad-based creation tool for both teachers and students. With it, teachers can prepare engaging lessons, newsletters, and how-tos. Students can write interactive digital stories, easy-to build presentations, and more. The drag-and-drop interface makes it simple to put exactly what you want where it fits. If you ever struggle with getting PowerPoint to do what you want, you won’t with Buncee. It’s intuitive, aligned with other programs you already know how to use, with virtually no learning curve. Christopher Columbus Creates 21st Century Explorers I have been dying to share this project with all of you, but I have been holding off until we have completed the unit (well almost…). There seem to be more and more opportunities popping up for our 5th grader to continue learning and connecting their knowledge about Christopher Columbus… Take a listen to the students’ “CC Newscast” video and then read on about the “upgrade” process from textbook to globally connected learning! Columbus Creates 21st Century Explorers from langwitches on Vimeo. Christopher Columbus Creates 21st Century Explorers
9 Reasons Why Digital Capabilities Matter According to Jisc, "effective use of digital technology by university and college staff is vital in providing a compelling student experience and in realizing a good return on investment in digital technology." In other words, our individual digital capabilities matter. The reasons why our digital capabilities matter is an ever-evolving mix. Best IT Certifications 2017 - In Demand Certifications Getting certified is a surefire way to advance your career in the IT industry. Whether you work for an enterprise, a small business, government, healthcare or any other place that employs IT professionals, your best bet for career advancement is to validate your skills and knowledge through a carefully chosen combination of certifications. But certifications can get expensive. Factor in study materials, training and classes, exam fees, and the time that you devote to the whole experience; it all adds up.
What’s so great about Google Drive? And why should my students use it? I have fallen in love with Google Drive. But it was not love at first sight. Our relationship was slow to get started. First, Google Drive was like the guy you know for a while as a friend. You think he’s okay looking, but you don’t really pay much attention to him. A Devil’s Dictionary of Educational Technology In the dark and satirical spirit of Ambrose Bierce, I offer the first draft of a Devil’s Dictionary for educational technology terms. May it entertain, and all be forgiven. App, n. An elegant way to avoid the World Wide Web. Blended learning, n. 5 Tools Students Can Use to Keep Track of Assignments This Year While I appreciate services like Remind and WhatsDue for sending reminders to students about upcoming assignments, I also think it is important for students to take ownership of keeping track of their assignments. As we start the new school year many students will be looking for tools that can help them keep track of assignments. Here is a selection of tools that I've used and or my students have used over the years. Strike App is a simple to-do list creation and management tool. To use Strike App just title your list of things to do and start typing your list. When you've completed a task just come back and strike it out by clicking on it, dragging it off the screen, or "x-ing" it out.
Exercises Exercises Here you will find exercises based on concordance lines. If you are not familiar with studying concordance lines, look at the explanations in Concordances. Born to Learn No matter what your level of technology experience or expertise is, we’ve got you covered. Adapted from Microsoft’s Know It. Prove It. Windows Live Movie Maker Video Educast Series : KQED Education By Sean J. O’Neil The following videos are a 9 part series on how to use Windows Live Movie Maker. Live Movie Maker is a proprietary video editing software application which allows Windows operating system users to edit their own videos. Learning Academic Vocabulary Here are some suggestions about using the AWL Highlighter and the AWL Gapmaker to help you expand your academic vocabulary. 1. Find a text that interests you. For on-line sources, look at the links page. Copy and paste, or type it into the AWL Highlighter; process it and print it.