100 Incredibly Useful YouTube Channels for Teachers 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. The following list compiles some of the ones most worthy of attention, as they feature plenty of solid content appealing to their respective audiences and actively try to make viewers smarter.
NASA Endeavor Science Teaching Certificate Project: Developing Leaders in STEM Education (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) Change in teacher practice is the key to improving student performance in STEM area disciplines. Endeavor provides the comprehensive, online training that educators need to: Online Endeavor courses, using the internet and a phone or headset at the same time, benefit all educators of STEM content at any level, K-12. This includes science and mathematics educators, STEM leaders or curriculum leaders, or anyone responsible for, or wishing to better integrate math, science, technology, and engineering curriculum strands across grades K-12. Endeavor participants may "opt" to complete coursework by developing electronic portfolios which also meet the portfolio requirements for earning National Board Certification. Options include work with Next Generation Science Standards and the Common Core, if desired.
Personalized Learning Resources for Mobile Educators I have a 45-minute commute to Knapp Elementary School each morning. Aside from sipping on my coffee, I'll tune into Philly sports radio, some Mumford & Sons or maybe even some local news. However, in December, my commute took a more reflective turn when I discovered an edu-podcast called #EdChat Radio that is now helping me think deeper in a quiet space away from the presence of students, teachers, parents and community members. 25 Best Sites for Free Educational Videos RefSeek's guide to the 25 best online resources for finding free educational videos. With the exception of BrainPOP and Cosmeo, all listed sites offer their extensive video libraries for free and without registration. Academic Earth Thousands of video lectures from the world's top scholars.
Integrated Design Engineering Activity Series (IDEAS) Launch Tool This website was developed as part of a project funded by The Engineering Foundation and organized by two of the world's major engineering societies, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) and the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE). The project set out to identify low-cost, hands-on engineering projects for use in middle-school math, science, and technology classes. Each activity has three levels: exploratory, intermediate, and advanced. The projects/activities are: Alternative Energy: Wind Powered MachinesAmusement Parks and Playground PhysicsBuoyant VehiclesGeodesic Domes and Sheltering StructuresHistorical CatapultsInvestigating Isaac's IdeasSanitation SystemsSlow Roller and Friction ExperimentsSolar CollectorToothpick Bridges and Other Structures
The 22 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Must Have One of the most popular articles I have written in this blog was about the 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Teacher should Have. This post has been used in several digital literacy courses in some universities in the States and also here in Canada, I also got it published in a couple of printed journals . Now that one year has elapsed since its first seeing the light I decided to revisit it again but this time adding more updates and organizing its content in a better and easy navigable way. The skills I have mentioned here are essential to every teacher ( and student ) using technology in class, at home , or for professional development purposes. It also contains the best web tools that you can use to better hone in the targeted skill under which they are featured .These web tools can also empower you with the necessary know-how to effectively leverage the power of technology in education. Create and Edit Audio
35 Sources for Curated Educational Videos Like explorers approaching an unfamiliar landscape, teachers who are ready to take the plunge into flipped classrooms and blended learning often approach the opportunity with a mix of excitement and trepidation. Just dipping a toe into the virtual waters of online content can be overwhelming, and there’s a risk that even the most fearless educator can become paralyzed by the bottomless depths of content and endless pools of resources. While many teachers begin by creating their own content and videos, most start by sifting through free online sources. 100+ Google Tricks That Will Save You Time in School – Eternal Code [via onlinecolleges.net] With classes, homework, and projects–not to mention your social life–time is truly at a premium for you, so why not latch onto the wide world that Google has to offer? From super-effective search tricks to Google hacks specifically for education to tricks and tips for using Gmail, Google Docs, and Google Calendar, these tricks will surely save you some precious time. Search Tricks These search tricks can save you time when researching online for your next project or just to find out what time it is across the world, so start using these right away. Convert units.
Teaching With YouTube: 197 Digital Channels For Learning Teaching With YouTube: 197 Digital Channels For Learning If you don’t have a YouTube channel as an education provider, there’s a good chance you’re behind the times. Nearly every major educational institution in the world now hosts its own collection of videos featuring news, lectures, tutorials, and open courseware.