Binumi – a Video Project Tool

19 01 2018

Binumi is an AWESOME tool for digital storytelling video projects. There is a free version that should be adequate for your needs. It has a huge library of video clips as well as sound files that can easily be dragged and dropped to your storyline. Adding text as well as your own files are easily done but if you get stuck there is a short tutorial right within your project screen – just look for the which gives you an overview of the editor. I’ve  included a short video to give you an introduction and if you have any questions contact me. I’d be more than happy to help! Go to https://www.binumi.com/ and create your free account Enjoy!





FREE Resources for your Chromebooks – Great Idea for a Collegial Circle

13 12 2017

Hi all
Hope your year is going well.

I’ve spoken about Curriculum Pathways before but now have webinars for each discipline created by the company. For those who do not know, Curriculum Pathways was created and is maintained by SAS, a top data analytics company. It is their philanthropic activity due to their deep interest in education. The resources are among the best I’ve ever seen and used. They include interactives, web inquiry, web lessons, … A great thing about Curriculum Pathways is that everything is standards aligned with emphasis on higher order thinking skills. There will NEVER be a cost! Everything is free! There will never be a push to a premium account. There is none!

Most activities are for middle and high school but there are some for elementary. Complete lesson guides are included and many additionally have worksheets that can be printed or completed on students’ Chromebooks. You can filter by subject, grade level, standards, activity, Chromebook, and more. The search is quite robust. Each of these webinars is approximately 45 minutes and could be used as a great base for a collegial circle so activities could be shared with your colleagues.

When you first open the video, it may say no content – just ignore it. It will start by itself. Don’t even bother pressing Play.

Math: https://youtu.be/Xnjy8FRM7fc

Science: https://youtu.be/ABj7eaooQU8

English Language Arts: https://youtu.be/oECsv0iQhCY

Social Studies: https://youtu.be/2zTr_UAiyac

Spanish: https://youtu.be/9vsagH5gfcE

I PROMISE you! You will not be disappointed in Curriculum Pathways!!!

Have a great week,
Barbara





SWAY an online FREE Presentation Tool

11 12 2016

Have you ever used SWAY? It is an incredible FREE online tool that can be used to create presentations/lessons. Since it is strictly online, it works well with Chromebooks. A VERY cool thing about SWAY is that it intuitively offers content based on the words you place on your “cards”. The content offered is Creative Commons – You can embed YouTube, Geogebra, Tweets, Google Maps…

The example above was created by me and all content was in the Sway library for me so I never had to leave the site.

Sways can be private or public so sharing is encouraged! The following example is one that I found – I chose it because it gives some really good ideas. If you click on the … in the right corner, you can open full size in a new tab. Enjoy!

 





New to Kahoot!

3 11 2016

Hi all!

I know many of you use Pear Deck, Quizizz and Kahoot in your classrooms. I want to share what’s new with Kahoot!

It’s called Jumble and you need to move your tiles to put them in order. There are several example games ready for you to use including a Word Jumble, Film Trivia, Halloween Fun, Political Jumble, and Build the Equation.

political-jumble

MATH TEACHERS – it seems as though we are often left out 😦 BUT.. you are going to LOVE creating equations through jumbling! Click on the following link to learn more about Jumble. Scroll down to find the example games. jumbleHave some fun! CREATE and SHARE!!!





Ever lost your Favorites?? Try Symbaloo Internet Bookmarker for computer, SmartPhone, or Tablet

19 06 2013

Hi everyone!

Can you believe it? Two more days and we are at the end of the year!

Here’s something you may want to take a look at over the summer. Have you ever opened a browser only to find that all of your bookmarks are gone? I use three browsers – Firefox, Chrome and Internet Explorer (sometimes I throw in Safari as well). If I bookmarked a website, I would have to remember which browser I was using. THIS can get confusing…. UNTIL, I found Symbaloo!

Symbaloo is a place that you can store all of your bookmarks quickly, easily and VISUALLY. Let’s say I find a site that I really like. I make sure Symbaloo is open (I’ve made it my home page), click on add a tile, copy and paste the URL and voila! See the picture below:

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Another really cool thing – let’s say you have a topic of interest and are looking for resources. How about Common Core??? or Football??? or Web 2.0 tools??? Well, you can search for what’s called a WEBMIX – all the tiles are already on the page and you may now add that page to your Symbaloo. Yes, that’s right – Symbaloo lets you have multiple PAGES of bookmarks so you can really be organized. You may want a page for just math sites, just LOTE, etc… Maybe just worksheets. And how about the kids? What a great way to teach them organizational skills!

I’ve included two videos below – one is Symbaloo as explained by a child. Since we are teachers I figured it was appropriate! The other is about SymbalooEdu.

To create a free account, go to http://ny.symbaloo.com

Symbaloo as explained by a child

Symbaloo EDU

Have a GREAT summer,
Barbara





You’ve heard of highlighting? How about citelighting OR scribling?

28 05 2013

Citelighter (http://www.citelighter.com) is your highlighter on steroids. The free version allows you to capture text from the internet, automatically creates the bibliography in MLA, APA, or Chicago, and gives you a scratchpad to enter your notes about the research. It will save to your citelighter account but you can also download to Word. It will integrate with Google Docs but that requires the paid version.

Scrible (http://www.scrible.com) allows you not only to highlight your online content on the web but add post-it notes and save to your library. Scrible, like Citelighter, can also create the bibliography for you. There is a new free student version that was unveiled within the past two months.

Both are finalists in the 2013 EdTech IndustrySummit Innovator Award. I’ve only started using them and to be quite honest found Citelighter easier though I wish the integration with Google were not only with the paid version. Scrible is probably more powerful and I can see English teachers happier with this one. Take a look at both and see what is your preference. I’d love to get feedback!





Video Editing, Lesson Plans and a Virtual “WebShelf”

4 04 2013


Hi everyone!
Hope you had a relaxing break. I know I did! I have a few things I’d like to share with you today.

First – the good news – teacher centers are IN the budget for next year. I haven’t worked out the details yet as to when MTRACT will be open but we will have money to provide you with services.

Second – hate writing lesson plans? Here’s a new FREE web 2.0 tool that can help

This is Common Curriculum from Common Curriculum on Vimeo.

Third – Looking for APPROPRIATE video for your lesson?
Take a look at Watch, Know, Learn for pre-screened video you may download for FREE

Fourth– Video Editing Made Easy, FREE and in the Cloud!

And FINALLY…VERY INTERESTING – Do you PIN? Well, EdShelf seems to be the educational equivalent. You can create your own shelves or take a look at what other teachers have already found beneficial on their shelves. It’s pretty terrific and, of course, FREE. Click on the link and take a look!Ed ShelfEdShelf