100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers | Online College Courses YouTube has earned a reputation for featuring brain cell-slaughtering fare such as the truly abysmal Fred and playing host to the some of the most depressingly stupid comments this side of Yahoo! News. But for every participant liberally dishing out misspelled racist, sexist and homophobic talking points, there is at least one whose channel genuinely offers something provocative and educational. For teachers hoping to infuse multimedia into their classrooms, YouTube makes for an excellent starting point. Plenty of universities, nonprofits, organizations, museums and more post videos for the cause of education both in and out of schools. Multidisciplinary and General Education Physical Sciences, Mathematics and Technology Social Sciences, History and World Issues BarackObama.com: Love him or hate him, Barack Obama is still America’s president. Visual, Performing and Liberal Arts
How to Turn a Classroom Research Project into an Infographic Conveying information in a striking, concise way has never been more important, and infographics are the perfect pedagogical tool with which to do so. Below, you’ll find my experience with designing an infographic-friendly classroom research project, explained in a step-by-step process you can implement in your own classroom. Familiarize Students With the Infographic Concept Photo credit: visual.ly After hearing all the buzz about infographics in education, I thought I’d experiment with the concept in my seventh-grade accelerated English class. For this process, I recommend NeoMam Studio’s “13 Reasons Why Your Brain Craves Infographics,” which describes their efficacy in a visually compelling way that captivated my students. Select an Infographic-Friendly Topic Photo credit: SomethingSoSam As EdSurge points out, good infographics start with an intriguing but simple “essential question.” Begin the Drafting Process by Hand Choose the Right Templates or Software Refine Content and Design
40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies 40 Viewing Comprehension Strategies: Watching Videos Like You Read A Book by Terry Heick You can’t watch a video like you read a book; the modalities couldn’t be much more different. On the surface level a video uses light, color, sound, and moving images, with the potential for adding text and shape and color and light filters as overlays to communicate ideas, while the most basic text structures use alphanumeric symbols, paragraph and sentence structure, and an assortment of text features (e.g., white space, headings and subheadings, fonts, etc.) to convey their message. There is much, much more to it than this. Videos are meant to be consumed in short bursts, while literature, for example, is meant to be “sat with.” The Interaction Between Video & Text This suggests that video consumption would more readily transfer to video production, or even video as a means of assessment. Below are a few possibilities, many of which you’ll notice apply to non-digital media as well. Before Viewing 1.
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The Best Popular Movies/TV Shows For ESL/EFL (& How To Use Them) You might want to see our book excerpt, Eight Ways to Use Video With English Language Learners I’ve written a guest post for Edutopia titled 5-Minute Film Festival: 8 Videos for ELL Classrooms. Check Out my related New York Times post The Best Fun Videos For English Language Learners In 2015 – So Far Movies and television shows can be an effective tool for teaching and learning English (or, for that matter, any academic subject) if used strategically and not as a “babysitting” device. I thought it might be useful to prepare a “The Best…” list resources that teachers might find useful related to using video in the ESL/EFL classroom. Before I list specific movies or shows, I’ll begin by some ideas, and sites, where you can get more recommendations on how to use video in the classroom. I’ve hardly ever shown a video clip for more than ten minutes during one class period. You might also be interested in The Best Movie Scenes To Use For English-Language Development. Here are my picks: Related
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OER Commons How to use Viralelt | Viral Videos for Higher Level ELT All Viralelt posts consist of three parts: an embedded viral video, 10 conversation questions (Question time) and a listening activity (Sitting comfortably?). Show your students the video a few times and ask them for their reactions. Although most videos are less than 2 minutes long, and are often without dialogue, they should be sufficiently engaging to provoke quite lengthy open-class discussions. You may like to exploit a video further by doing one of the following activities: 1. Put your students into pairs or small groups and ask them to discuss the 10 conversation questions. Sitting comfortably? As regards language input, emphasis has been given to lexis rather than grammar. 4 ideas for revisiting vocabulary a) Gapfilling (with or without the first letter) b) Students complete sentences using their own ideas c) Conversation questions incorporating key vocabulary d) Matching beginnings and ends of sentences Like this: Like Loading...
Keeping Up with New Tools There are hundreds and hundreds of web-based tools available! There seem to be a dozen or more new tools online every day! Here are some of the newest ones that I'm exploring (from my Pinterest boards):Donna BaumbachWebTools-New 2 Me!Follow On Many of these have potential for increasing our own productivity, for enhancing our teaching, for organizing our information resources and/or for helping students learn. How to do keep on top of these new tools? As I read and find good things I use Diigo, a social bookmarking tool, to keep track of them.You can see them all here, but here are my most recent Diigo-bookmarked sites tagged with Web 2.0:Auntytech's Favorite Links on web2.0 from Diigo and here are the most recent Diigo bookmarks from the Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0 group:Best content in Teaching and Learning with Web 2.0 | Diigo - Groups and, although not specifically tagged with Web 2.0, you'll find many useful tools in the Teacher-Librarian Diigo group.