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TimelineJS 3: A Basic Primer

I just checked out TimelineJS 3 – Knight Lab’s update to the popular and versatile TimelineJS. Spoiler Alert: I really, really like it. Some key upgrades include simpler date entry, BCE support (yay!) and the ability to add background images. Everything just looks glossier and more sleek, of course. Here’s a quick start video about the… Continue reading TimelineJS 3: A Basic Primer

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“Do you surf in gym class?” – A classroom’s Mystery Skype experience with Hawaii

A class of our 5th graders just participated in a Mystery Skype session with a classroom from Hawaii – thanks to Joanne Jacobs and her students for Skyping with us from the 50th state! It was really cool to sit back and watch the kids in action. What’s a Mystery Skype, you might be wondering?… Continue reading “Do you surf in gym class?” – A classroom’s Mystery Skype experience with Hawaii

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Movenote: Ridiculously simple screencasting tool on the web

Movenote may be the simplest online tool ever created for screencasting. The website syncs with your Google account and allows users to record themselves flipping through Google Presentations/Docs/PDFS, all while providing video narration from the webcam. Movenote hosts the finished product and allows the creator to send a direct link or embed the video. The… Continue reading Movenote: Ridiculously simple screencasting tool on the web

Google · Professional Development · Video

3 ways Google Docs can help improve the writing process

Below is a video I created for my Google Certified Trainer application – it succinctly covers the following features of Google Docs: Sharing and Collaborating Comments Revision The more time teachers spend with Google Docs, the more they will fall in love with it. It’s truly an awesome tool to improve the writing process in… Continue reading 3 ways Google Docs can help improve the writing process

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10 tips to encourage quality student filmmaking in the classroom

Did you know that filmmaking helps to develop higher order thinking skills? Check out Niko Theodosakis’s The Director in the Classroom: How Filmmaking Inspires Learning, and explore how making movies fosters important skills like visioning, research, problem solving, logic, planning and analyzing. With apps like iMovie, making quality films in the classroom is easier than… Continue reading 10 tips to encourage quality student filmmaking in the classroom

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Pump up the RAM! 21st Century Learning/iPads video

Here’s a video I made for our school district highlighting 21st century learning/iPads in the classroom. We used it to showcase the amazing things happening in our schools and the student enthusiasm for digital devices and student-centered learning – it was the centerpiece to our presentation to the school board a year ago, and it… Continue reading Pump up the RAM! 21st Century Learning/iPads video