Google #22 Discover the potential of YouTube to motivate you as a teacher

There are so many really amazing, educational videos available on YouTube that can really motivate a teacher. These are often brief but powerful in the message expressed. Take a look at these few examples. 1) Connecting classrooms (1min 53secs) Cathy Cassidy a Grade 1 teacher from Canada Gr 1 teacher gives ‘A brief description of my journey to connect my classroom of 6 and 7 year olds’ 2) What most schools don’t teach (5min 46secs) These famous names in technology such as Bill ...

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Google #19: Google glasses? This is INCREDIBLE technology!

What are Google glasses? submitted by Fiona Beal I have been reading bits and pieces about Google glasses, and today I thought I would investigate further. All I can say is ‘Wow, wow, wow’. it is quite mind-blowing. You wear them like glasses but they appear to give information, record experiences and allow you to connect with others. from http://www.google.com/glass/start/what-it-does/  http://www.news.com.au/technology/google-unveils-augmented-reality-glasses/story-e6frfro0-12...

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Reading in 1st Grade – some inspirational methods

Submitted by Fiona Beal  I always enjoy hearing about different ways of making reading meaningful to our young learners. I also enjoy hearing about how different technologies are used in school.  So today was a double bonus day for me! First of all I came across this YouTube video showing how a Finish Grade 1 teacher uses smart phones to teach reading.  Then, I came across the insights and experiences of a teacher, who is exploring the use and benefits of Ipads for reading in First Gra...

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All Things Google – a collection of tutorial videos embedded on a Slideshare

I absolutely LOVE this feature of Slideshare where you can embed YouTube videos within Slideshare instead of having a string of them on your blog page. Well, today I got rather ambitious and thought I would gather a collection of the Google tutorials I have been learning from recently…12 videos… to see if adding a large amount of videos would work. It seems that it does work. Well, it was a lengthy affair because I first got all the urls incorrect. You have to use the url that shows under the...

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Webinar of past winners shows the creative ideas teachers come up with to enter Microsoft’s Partners in Learning Forum

At the moment we are having a series of nine webinars featuring past finalists and winners in Microst’s Partners in Learning Forum (formerly called the Innovative Teacher competition)  I have thoroughly enjoyed hosting and listening to these twice a week as it shows me that we have some very creative teachers in our midst. I have also had the tasks of converting these webinars to YouTube videos and podcasts which makes for easier viewing  Today I am going to feature the webinar presented by...

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Join our webinar session of past winners at 5pm today!

This afternoon we have another webinar of three past finalists or winners in the South African Partners in Learning forum. Please log in as a guest and join us if you can: http://meet78641452.adobeconnect.com/previouswinners4/ Ngaka Ralekoala from Bloemfontein We have Ngaka Ralekoala who worked in a team of four in a project about vulnerable children. In this project learners from participating schools received training in ethics and research methodology and then conducted research in their local communi...

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SchoolNet’s webinar and podcast programme now in full force

This is the time of the year where SchoolNet and Microsoft combine to prepare interested South African teachers for the upcoming Partners in Learning Forum. This competition used to be known as the Innovative Teacher’s Forum. There are amazing prizes up for grabs for successful teachers, the most valued being a week long trip to participate in the Pan African and Middle East Finals in Morroco, and/or a week long trip to participate in the World Finals in Greece, for successful teachers. This year ...

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How to fit a wide YouTube video into a blog post

I have found that sometimes a YouTube video spreads over to the side bar in a blog, so if you occasionally have that problem and don’t know what to do about it, please read on. I am going to explain how to change the width of the video so that it fits in to the body of the blog. 1. Open up the YouTube video that you wish to embed, and click on ‘Share‘ and then ‘Embed‘  2. Copy the embed code but when you have put it into your blog post (in the HTML part), change the ...

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YouTube for Schools is introduced

First there was YouTube, then came YouTube for Educators, and now we have YouTube for Schools. Things are definitely getting better for education. I think many parents will be happier knowing there is a YouTube that is just for schools. For one thing YouTube for Schools lets you browse YouTube without any related videos on show, or any comments to wade through. This gives an uncluttered feel. If you have access to a data projector or an interactive whiteboard in your classroom, an occasiona...

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Adding videos to blog or wiki posts

I have recently been exploring several different ways of putting video on to a blog or wiki; and when a friend asked me for some ideas on how to do this I thought it would be a good opportunity for me to summarise what I have tried up to now and what I plan to try in the future and use it as a blog post! So here goes… 1. SHORT VIDEOS This is something I learned through someone else – isn’t it amazing how we learn from one another all the time! In Blogger and Edublogs you can easily add vid...

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