Jing With the imminent discontinuation of Adobe’s support for and development of Adobe Flash, Jing’s use of the .SWF Flash video format will no longer be possible. Because we are passionate about making it easy for anyone to teach, train, and explain concepts visually, TechSmith is committed to offering a free screen capture and screen recording tool for our customers. This brought us an opportunity to build a new, more modern no-cost solution for our users. TechSmith Capture offers modernized enhancements including a new approach to the User Interface that better aligns with our other flagship screen capture products, Snagit and Camtasia. TechSmith Capture offers a number of features, including: New, modernized video capture, including longer video recording, as well as webcam and system audio recording.
Blog - Top 10 ESL Websites Worth Trying in 2018 - Top 10 ESL Websites Worth Trying in 2018 Welcome, English Language Teachers! ELTs like us spend an incredible amount of time surfing the Web. We educate, question, advise, inspire, and collaborate online. 25 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher 50 Ways Google Can Help You Become A Better Teacher by TeachThought Staff While Apple products are known for their integration in classrooms, increasingly Google is the choice for schools and districts looking for something organized, useful, and inexpensive that’s available on tablet, laptop, Chromebooks, desktop, smartphone, and more. Engage young minds with creativity Pixie is exciting creativity software students can use to share ideas, imagination, and understanding through a combination of text, original artwork, voice narration, and images. Creating with technology appeals to diverse learners, and encourages thinking, creativity, and communication skills. Project work with Pixie engages students in the curriculum and helps you meet the goals of your curriculum. Have Chromebooks?
The Key to Effective Classroom Management It’s a daunting but all-too-common sight for many teachers: A classroom full of rowdy students who are unable to focus on the lesson. Classroom management techniques may get things back on track, but valuable time has already been lost. Many experienced teachers know that making meaningful connections with students is one of the most effective ways to prevent disruptions in the first place, and a new study set out to assess this approach. In classrooms where teachers used a series of techniques centered around establishing, maintaining, and restoring relationships, academic engagement increased by 33 percent and disruptive behavior decreased by 75 percent—making the time students spent in the classroom more worthwhile and productive. “Strong teacher-student relationships have long been considered a foundational aspect of a positive school experience,” explains Clayton Cook, the lead author of the study and a professor at the University of Minnesota. Relationship reflection form
Quick Tips for Creating Tutorials Last month I provided some tools that can be used for creating online tutorials and videos. This month, I am sharing my list of tips for improving videos. These tips are some things that I have learned along the way through trial and error. 8 YouTube Tools to Help Learn English It always amazes me that despite being the world’s largest video library, YouTube is still blocked or banned in many educational institutions. As a resource for learning about almost anything, but particularly for language learning it is an incredibly valuable tool and a tool that many third party companies have started to build on and exploit to make its use easier and more engaging. Below are just a few of the many tools that can help educators exploit the learning potential of YouTube with a particular focus on English language learning. I hope you can enjoy these tools and if you do work in an institution where YouTube is still blocked perhaps you can use this article to help persuade the people responsible that the benefits of making the resource available far outweigh the manageable risks that it can create. 1.
More ways for schools & organizations to manage YouTube Posted by Matt Ward, Software Engineer In August 2015 we launched YouTube Settings in Google Apps to give schools and other organizations a way to manage the YouTube experience for users logged in to their domains and on networks they manage. Today we’re happy to announce a number of new features to make these more flexible and easier to use. Channel whitelisting Administrators and designated approvers can now whitelist entire channels, not just individual videos. For example, if you want to ensure that all current and future videos uploaded to your organization or school’s channel are watchable by your users, you can now simply add the entire channel to your approved list. Learn how to designate approvers.