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Mar 25, 15

"Within YouTube there is a free tool for creating audio slideshows. You supply the images and YouTube supplies the audio track. You can pick from thousands of audio tracks to match to your slides. After adding your slides and selecting an audio track you can add speech bubbles to your slides."
"Creating an audio slideshow with annotations in YouTube is a good way for students to share the highlights of some basic research that they have conducted. "
However, the audio is really just background music. I wonder if it could be adapted to adding a teacher- or student-made spoken audio track.
R. Byrne

Mar 22, 15

This is an absolutely great set of ideas that your students could use to create special effects, like 8mm-style, using rubber and duct tape for a tripod, and overcoming lighting limitations. For the inventive, but low-budget film-maker.

Mar 21, 15

A place for stock photos. Organized roughly by topics and popular searches.

Mar 21, 15

R. Byrne has a nice description of two apps to make interviews with -- a great listening speaking activity for ELLs, with some writing to make up questions.
"The Opinion app could be a good choice if you just want students quickly create a simple recording. Students might use Opinion to record a quick reflection on what they learned during the week. If they have SoundCloud accounts Opinion makes it easy to create an on-going audio blog.
" will take a little more time for students to set-up than they will spend setting-up the Opinion app. That said, is the app that I would want students to use when they are recording podcasts involving two or more people. Being able to see the questions while they record should help students keep their interviews concise and on track. "

Mar 19, 15

"What is qualitative formative assessment? Some call it anecdotal or informal assessment. However, such designations imply passivity -- as if certain things were captured accidentally. I believe the word "formative" should always be included with the word assessment because all feedback mechanisms should help shape and improve the person (or situation) being assessed. Wedging the word "qualitative" into my terminology differentiates it from the analytic or survey-based measures that some associate with the term formative assessment."
Richards discusses using mobile tools for on the spot assessment in a variety of ways.

Mar 17, 15

This tool for the blind would be extremely useful, and the device works with print pages and digital readers, such as Kindle.
Very tiny camera translates print into spoken word. Currently needs to be tethered to a laptop/computer, but a version of the software may be available soon to use Android phones for the computing.

Mar 17, 15

This is a short set of R. Stannard video's on using Moodle. Deals mainly with chats and forums.
Links to other Moodle instructional videos.

Mar 16, 15

Home use font is a free download.
May actually do some good for your students with reading problems.

Mar 15, 15

The ways include Google Drive, Padlet, Dropbox/DropItToMe, AirDrop (for iPads), and Next Vista Learning. These would be good ways to get around the YouTube restrictions in some countries.
T/H R. Byrne

Mar 07, 15

This article is a good reminder of the dangers of research and broad generalizations about educations and how students learn

Mar 05, 15

"There is great need — and increasing willingness — to understand the world as children with autism experience it."
EllenNotbohm published a books on this topic, and synposizes the best parts in this blog article. The tips are also good for "normal" children who may misbehave in class for reasons they don't understand themselves.

Mar 03, 15

"Word clouds can help students analyze documents written by others as well as documents of their own creation. By copying the text of a document into a word cloud generator your students can quickly see the words that appear most frequently in that document. Word clouds can also be used to help students see which words that they have frequently used in their own works. Have your students create word clouds of their work during the revision process of writing a story or essay. The word cloud will quickly show students which words they have used the most. Then ask them to think about synonyms for the words that they have used most often in their writings. "
T/H R.Byrne

Mar 02, 15

"Stories are a part of the bedrock of human evolution sharing wisdom, history and cultural values to citizens growing into their society. How storytelling has evolved, and is evolving, is the inspiration for this infograph, which explores the evolutionary process of this important aspect of human life. Share on visually, the inforgraph starts off with the origins of storytelling, all the way through to modern times, concluding with a ‘in the future’ section discussing how this evolution will continue. Certainly a great resource for discussion with colleagues and pupils alike."

Mar 02, 15

"Over 10,000 complete Common Core-aligned lessons from our 130 Master Teachers.
Introducing a brand new, free resource from the BetterLesson team featuring the highest quality Common Core-aligned lessons created through our Master Teacher Project."

Mar 02, 15

An excellent way to use ThingLink in class/in a flipped class. This particular example is a picture of a whiteboard. Read all about it at ThingLink.

Feb 28, 15

"Paper versions of graphic organizers can do a nice job of that. But by making them digital in Google Apps, they instantly become customizable. Multiple people can collaborate on them in real time. They can be shared with a link, embedded in a website or downloaded as an image file."

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