Monday, April 30, 2012

Ted Ed

You may have noticed that has become a very popular site. is all about providing news and information on technology through videos, blogs etc.  One area of is Ted Ed which uses engaging videos to create customized lessons.  After watching the video below, I could see the amazing potential for Ted Ed in any Elementary, Middle, or High School Classroom.  

Imagine being able to customize a lesson that includes a video of your choice,  a quick quiz, open answer questions, and additional references.  You can even make your own video and create a lesson for that video.  I'm totally on board with this kind of "Flipped Classroom" approach.  I know my students would be excited about this as well.

Here is the short Ted Ed Website Tour Video that shows how making these Flipped Lessons works.

The only stumbling block is that the video platform used for Ted Ed is You Tube and this is blocked to the students in our district.  So to create and use Ted Ed Flipped Video lessons, I would need to show the videos to our class on my teacher computer instead of through their individual computers.  Then students could take the quick quiz, answer short answer questions and get additional references on their computers at the Ted Ed site.  

This isn't the true way that a Flipped Lesson should occur since the whole idea is that students work at their own pace, view and replay the video as much as they need to, and can access additional videos and resources on the topic.  

For now I plan to create all of my own Flipped Lessons that use other video platforms that aren't blocked to my students.   

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Fuel the Brain Mini Books

As I was visiting all of the topics I follow on,  I found 
this post about making mini books on Fuel the Brain by Steph Westwood.

So I went to Fuel the Brain and gave it a try.  I did not create an account, but entered as a guest.  This tool is so easy to use and has great results.  I love the simplicity and I'm sure my students will as well.  This is another great tool for students to create their own content.

Here are the highlights:

  • use with or without an account
  • you need an account in order to share and save
  • without an account you can print your book
  • sharing is simply downloading or printing your mini book
  • view other public books and download or print if you'd like
  • there is no embed code or email option
I plan to use this great mini book creator with my students soon!

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Social Media Counts

Check it out!  Make sure to click on the tabs to find out about games and mobile etc.  

Monday, April 23, 2012

Earth Day Resources

Sunday was Earth Day.  Here are a few resources I plan to use as well as some great collections.


Earth Day Quiz

Earth Day Virtual Clean Up 

Earth Day Interactive Jigsaw Puzzle

Eco Kids Games and Activities

A Talking Book and Interactive from Starfall

More resources

Wednesday's With Sam

Ed Tech Ideas

Free Technology For Teachers

Larry Ferlazzo

Smart Notebook 11 is Available Starting Today!

On April 23rd, the newest version of Smart Notebook software will be available.  It looks like there will be some awesome upgrades.  One I am really looking forward to is the toolbar upgrade.

Read this blog post from James Hollis about the new version of Smart Notebook.  There are even some video tutorials.

Click here to read another great blog post from The Whiteboard Blog.

Here is a video highlighting the newest version of Smart Notebook. 

Here is a video showing how to put a Voki onto a page in Smart Notebook 11.

Please take the time to download Smart Notebook 11.