The folks at TED talks recently launched TED-Ed to serve the mission “of capturing and amplifying the voice of the world’s greatest teachers.” more In addition to developing a library of instructional videos, they’ve just added a free set of tools that allow teachers to create customized lessons from existing videos on TED, YouTube or YouTube for Schools.
Click here to read the short, simple post at Peter Pappas’ blog
Web 2.0 technologies have provide all of us the ability to access free, awesome tools to interact with creating documents in pdf format. We can now annotate, highlight, customize text font, add colours, add hyperlinks and many more, things which were until recently impossible to do on PDFs.
Click here to see a hotlist of free pdf tools for educators and their friends
This week’s addition of Teaching and Learning Weekly is out.
Teaching and Learning Weekly is an online newspaper that collects together the week’s news relating to teaching and learning – particularly for those interested in finding resources and inspirational stories about education.
See it on my ScoopIt page: http://www.scoop.it/t/thinking-learning-and-laughing/curate
Video editing skill is just as important as the audio editing skill we talked about in the previous post. The 21st century teacher should be able to create his own video clips and edit the ones he finds online if need be and share them with his students. Several educators think wrongly that such a skill requires an advanced technology knowledge while the truth is there are many web tools that facilitates this job and makes it as easy as writing an email.
This article has compiled a list of some awesome video editing tools for teachers. These tools are very simple to use and free of charge. Check out the list and share it with your colleagues. Using these tools you will be able to add effects, crop, add subtitles, mix and many more.
Click here to read more and see the listing
Great teachers are always exploring new strategies to improve teaching and learning.
Flipped Classrooms is a Learning Trend addressing instructional time, classroom activities, and how both are allocated.
The article post titled, “Flipped or flattened classroom?” illustrates the Flipped Classroom extrememly well, including resources.
“Six Reasons Why PBL is Applicable in a Flipped Classroom” is a blog article that gives tips for transitioning our current Problem-Based Learning units into Flipped learning experiences.
BFF is an acronym for “Best Friend Forever.” These websites and tips are so good that they will become your technology BFFs!
This summer, in addition to my page-to-page book Summer Reading List, I created a Summer Website Visiting List.
One of the websites on my Summer Website Visiting List is SlideSpeech. SlideSpeech is a free service that takes any powerpoint presentation and creates a video by reading the speaker notes in your own presentation using the latest text-to-speech technology, then saving it as a linkable location. There is no downloading needed, which makes it portable to use from any machine.
Best viewed with the Firefox Browser, SlideSpeech videos are great for my converting my content powerpoints to narrated videos, without having to manually add recording, timings, and my gravely voice that seems to cause others to think I have chronic bronchitis.
I made a little sample introducing my current online course, if you would like to see:
A Introduction to our Course from SlideSpeech