Twitter Curator – PLN Tool

Jan 26, 2016 by

Twitter is a great tool with many uses.  In the beginning of the school year, I wrote about how I build my Professional Learning Network with Twitter and Conferences and the combination of the two can be really powerful.  I have a new tool to add to this PLN toolbox. TwitterCurator Twitter Curator is an Add-on that works with Google Docs.  Twitter Curator works like Storify to compile tweets from a hashtag or from a search term.  The search will show up in a menu and you can simply click on the tweets that you would like to include to add them to your Google Doc.  You can publish and share your Google Doc with your PLN, staff, students, and more.  This is a great way to keep track of the amazing learning at conferences when you can’t attend.  Follow the conference hashtag and save resources to a Google Doc!

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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.

Save from net

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.

Save_from_web_resources

 

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Twitter for Chemistry

Oct 21, 2015 by

Tweet out molecules throughout the day (or week) and have students make a list of the compounds that can be formed with the molecules.  The student who comes up with the most or gets the answer first can come up with the next list of molecules and tweet them out.  Students can try to stump the teacher with their compounds.

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TED ED

Mar 24, 2015 by

Many of us have been awed, inspired, and amazed by a speaker with a profound message shared at a TED conference and then uploaded to the TED YouTube Channel and the  TED Website.  Smaller, independently organized TEDx events give that same platform to share ideas in local venues.  Now, there is TED ED.  TED ED hosts Lessons Worth Sharing, a platform specifically designed for teachers to build lessons around TED talks, TED-ED originals, or any YouTube video.  Check out the TED ED Tour and get started creating new lessons for your students.

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Monday Musing: Digital Learning Day

Feb 23, 2015 by

“Digital Learning is any instructional practice that effectively uses technology to strengthen a student’s learning experience.”

Digital Learning DayDigital Learning Day was founded in 2012 to celebrate innovation and spread the word about all the great things happening in technology enhanced classrooms.  Students are preparing for jobs that don’t yet exist by engaging with the tools of the 21st Century.  Digital Learning experiences can be anything from an online activity, a mobile app, on online or hybrid course or a flipped classroom.

How do you participate?

Teachers can participate in Digital Learning Day by sharing great lessons or activities that they do with their students by posting on the Digital Learning Day website.  Not sure what to do?  Don’t worry, the Digital Learning Day website has plenty of ideas and resources that you can use or adapt for your classroom.  Try a Kahoot with your class, make a lesson with Blendspace, or make learning visible with a digital portfolio with Three Ring or Wix.

No matter what you try, be sure to share by tweeting with the hashtag #DLDay AND . . .

 

Please keep sharing your Success Stories!

 

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