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Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners

Five-Minute Film Festival: 8 Interactive Video Tools for Engaging Learners
It's no secret that I am a passionate advocate for using video in the classroom. When used well, videos can help students make connections to people and ideas beyond their usual frame of reference. That's why I've been really excited to see a wave of new (and mostly free or low-cost!) tech tools recently that enable teachers to take favorite clips and make them more valuable for educational use. Whether you use videos to flip your classroom or you just appreciate the power of video to engage kids, maybe one of the tools in my playlist below will help you go deeper in 2014. Video Playlist: Tools to Enhance Videos for Learning You may notice my playlist below looks a little different this time; I'm embedding using a great tool called Huzzaz, reviewed below. More Resources on Using Video in the Classroom Reviews and Guides for Interactive Video Tools Sources and Ideas for Using Videos in the Classroom

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About Us PortfolioGen started as a project between two dedicated teachers from New Jersey. We were looking for way to create an online presence that would allow us to share our skills and achievements with our peers and administrators. Sure, there were options available to build webpages and share documents but nothing that gave the features, customization and simplicity that we were looking for. At first, this was a very basic site that we both used for our academic advancement but soon grew into a labor of love and pride as we noticed more and more people inquiring about the site, sending positive feedback and offering up suggestions. We quickly embraced the idea of building a great product that our users find a valuable resource. With over 37,000 teachers, students, educators and professionals from all over the world using PortfolioGen, we are more dedicated than ever in providing a great resource.

Lights, Camera, Action! Below, you will find a wide range of ideas and resources to help you when you are teaching children about films, TV and movie making. If you have any relevant resources to share, please email them and I will add them to this page. Thank you! Character Acting - A great way of encouraging children to think more about characters in stories. 13 Essential Tools to Check Cross-Browser Compatibility With an endless combination of modern and legacy browsers for users to choose from (depending on their system capabilities), it's our responsibility as designers and developers to ensure the websites we build perform adequately. Testing multiple browsers on multiple platforms isn't just difficult — it can be virtually impossible without the correct resources. However there are tools that let you comprehensively test your website, and check if it successfully displays across various browsers, platforms and resolutions. That way, your users will receive a positive, user-friendly experience no matter what their setups are. Below is a curated list of both free and premium cross-browser testing tools, ranging from cloud platforms to desktop applications.

10 Intriguing Photographs to Teach Close Reading and Visual Thinking Skills Photo Updated, March 17, 2016 | We have published a companion piece: “8 Compelling Mini-Documentaries to Teach Close Reading and Critical Thinking Skills.” Ever want your students to slow down and notice details when they read — whether they’re perusing a book, a poem, a map or a political cartoon? Young people often want to hurry up and make meaning via a quick skim or a cursory glance when a text can demand patience and focus. Closely reading any text, whether written or visual, requires that students proceed more slowly and methodically, noticing details, making connections and asking questions. This takes practice.

ePortfolios with GoogleApps This Google Site has been set up by Dr. Helen Barrett to focus on the use of Google Apps to create ePortfolios. On this site, there are instructions on how to use the different elements of Google Apps to maintain e-portfolios. How Ancient Cultures Used Healing Crystals And Stones As written by Stephanie Lucas on QuantumStones| “In a crystal we have clear evidence of the existence of a formative life principle, and though we cannot understand the life of a crystal, it is nontheless a living being”. This is a quote from his work “The Problem of Increasing Human Energy” by Nikola Tesla written in the year 1900. Crystals have been thought to be alive and possess healing powers, and many ancient cultures took this to be just another fact of life. Today, we understand that all things in the universe are forms of energy with their own vibration – including crystals. Nikola Tesla declared this concept as the key to understanding the universe and proved how certain forms of energy can alter the vibrational resonance of other forms of energy.

Toolkit: So Many Tools, So Much Time by Joe Ganci “Here’s a list of the 77 tools I’ve gathered—these are the ones included in the survey. Some of these are free and some are expensive. Remember that a free tool that is weak and takes a long time to use may prove expensive over time. An expensive tool may pay for itself if it fits your needs very well.” In my never-ending research in the eLearning tools market, I make it a point to ask a lot of questions of tool vendors. Most of the time they relish the opportunity to brag about the features of their tools.

The Best Resources For Doing A “One-Sentence Project” One of the many great ideas that Daniel Pink has shared is having people come up with one sentence that they hope other people will use to describe them in the future. He writes about it in his books and in other writings, and I also discuss it in my new book. Students in two of my classes — one an ESL class and the other a mainstream ninth-grade English class — are doing it now and it’s going well. It’s a short and simple lesson that’s a good reflective exercise for students.

The Epic BYOD Toolchest (51 Tools You Can Use Now) PowerSchool Learning: (Previously Haiku Learning.) This is a full learning management system (LMS) that I’m trying to get our school to adopt. It’s multiplatform and robust, which makes it a great fit for our BYOD environment. Jupiter squaring Saturn: The Happy–Sad syndrome Feeling a little up and down lately? The applying, but not quite exacting square between Jupiter (our more liberal side) and Saturn (our more conservative side) is really throwing elements of elated enthusiasm against horrible despair into our lives, almost on a day-to-day basis. Damn it… one day you’re up – all full of hope and beaming with confidence, next day disheartened by the grimness of it all… … Aaargh!!

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