Thursday, January 30, 2014

"Printing" a Youtube Video

I love coming to conferences like FETC. At yesterday's TechShare, one of the panelists shared a tool that lets you "print" a youtube video. The tool and directions on how to use it are here:

Do you want to Print a YouTube Video?

It could be an interesting way to display students video projects in analog spaces (like a classroom wall or a hallway) or just be able to quickly scan through a student project to assess against a rubric.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Having Trouble Sending That Last Letter of Recommendation? This Might be Your Solution!

Have you ever had a situation where senior asked you to send a letter to a school that they added last minute, and you tried sending the letter through Naviance, but it won't go through? Here is the solution.

In Naviance:
- Click on "send forms"

In the top right hand corner, click on "update". This will update your Naviance connections with your student's CommonApp schools, so the school that may not have been there/or connected before, is now ready to go.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Stuck on a Problem? Get Unstuck is a free, user-generated source of step-by-step solutions to homework problems in popular math and science textbooks (history and english are on the way!)  The content is contributed by students, for students.  Share it with your classes (or not, and keep it just to yourself).

Monday, January 13, 2014

Cloze Questions on myMitty, part 2

How to make your students' life easier with the Adaptive Mode

Didn't catch Cloze Questions on myMitty, part 1? Check it out here.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Digital Presentation Project

In my Rise of the Rise social studies elective, I do a digital presentation project. Students use iMovie or Doodlcast Pro on their iPads to create presentations and upload them to YouTube. For homework, they watch each others' videos. During the next class period, we have a scored discussion based on the content of the videos. This project combines cooperative group work, research and writing, technology integration, and the flipped classroom model. It provides an alternative to live student presentations. Feel free to use and adapt the resources below. Please contact me if you have questions.


-Project overview and instructions: Word
-Rubric: Word
-Scored discussion follow up activity handout: Pages
-Student work sample
-Google Doc submission

Monday, January 6, 2014

The ListServe: What Would You Say To One Million People?

I learned about The Listserve at a conference I attended last fall. Created by a group of students in the ITP program at the Tisch School, it is a mailing list that currently has just over 25,000 subscribers. (When the subscriber list reachers 1 million, the list admins will no longer accept new members.) Every day there is a lottery and one member has the change to send a message to the list.

I wasn't sure what to expect when I first signed up. Over the past 3 months, I have been touched by stories, thoughts, and ideas that have been shared. In the beginning I assumed that if I ever won, I would try to write something funny and pithy, my version of "So long and thanks for all the fish." But a few months in, the power of the project has really sunk in. Everyday, after reading the daily message, I spend a few minutes time reflecting on my life and ponder what I could share that might make a difference to 25,000+ people.

I highly recommend signing up for the Listserve. In a life of too much email, it is a message I enjoy reading everyday. Plus, I would love to know what you would write to a million people!

Sunday, January 5, 2014