Repost: Easy YouTube Download for Creating Content

Dec 16, 2015 by

I recently found out about a great tool that makes it incredibly simple to download videos from YouTube. SaveFrom.Net is a free website that will allow you to download your video with a few simple steps.

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1- Navigate to the YouTube video that you want to use.

2- In the web browser address bar, type ss right after “www.” Save_from_web_URL

3- Hit Enter.

4- Click Download.

5- Select the link for your desired File Type.

6- Determine where you want to save the download.

That is all there is to it.  You can now use YouTube videos for instruction without worrying about Internet filtering or failure.  SaveFrom.net also works on many other media resources.  SaveFrom.net also has a helper extension so you can download YouTube videos in one click.

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Level for Goal Setting

Nov 12, 2015 by

LevelLevel is a personal goal setting tool.  Users can “write” their goal down and then they will get two reminders about that goal everyday.  Level will keep track of progress toward the goal and show that history so you can see how far you have come.  This is a great way to make progress toward a personal improvement goal.  This app could also be used for students who need to help with completing homework, monitoring classroom behavior and more.

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Monday Success: A Day in the Life

Oct 19, 2015 by

The Monday Success story this week is provided by my book co-author Don McMahon.

“One of the things I do at the start of the year is have my students take a picture every twenty minutes throughout a normal day to capture “A Day in the Life.” They set up reminders on their phones, and I use Remind (www.remind.com) to send them prompts.

Then they take all the photos and make a music video of their life by either choosing one song or editing in multiple songs—it is up to them. I start by showing them how to do it on Movie Maker and iTunes, but there are also other apps they have found that make this process very simple.

We then compare times, activities, and attitudes throughout our days and talk about the habits, cultures, traditions, and such that are present within our classroom. It is a great way for us all to get to know each other and for them to understand that different perspectives are encouraged in our class. Another big bonus is it lets me really get to know the students better at the start of the year. Maybe most important, the kids really enjoy it, too.”

For more practical examples like this, order your copy of Teaching the Last Backpack Generation: A Mobile Technology Handbook for Secondary Educators.

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Go Paperless with QR codes

Oct 13, 2015 by

Stop the copier madness by posting your activity or lesson directions online and then displaying a QR code for students to scan to access your content.  This is a great way to help make sure your students do not lose their homework and reduce the amount of paper used in your classroom.  Another bonus?  More desk space no longer filled with papers!

For more practical strategies like this, order your copy of Teaching the Last Backpack Generation: A Mobile Technology Handbook for Secondary Educators.

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Monday Success: Using an LMS in Class

Oct 12, 2015 by

This week’s Monday Success comes from Kyle Kline.

“I started using Edmodo in my Algebra I and Algebra II classes at the beginning of second semester. So far, the students have been very enthusiastic about it. I use Edmodo to post my daily schedule for each class. After class is over, I post the written notes for absent students to download. I also like to attach videos, Quizlet flash cards, links to LearnZillion videos, and other extras. I’ve started using the quiz feature to create short five-question Algebra I end-of-chapter assessment review problems for the students to practice on their own. The polling feature allows me to see how the students feel they understand any new material that I give them. Since the app is free, I let any of my students that have smartphones use them in class when necessary. I’ve introduced Edmodo to the other five members of my department, and four of them have also integrated it into their classes. I’m hoping to expand the use of Edmodo through the rest of the semester because of the success that the students, my colleagues, and I have had so far. It has been a great tool.

 For more practical examples like this, order your copy of Teaching the Last Backpack Generation: A Mobile Technology Handbook for Secondary Educators.

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