Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Best Tips and Resources For Finding and Using Digital Video in the Classroom

This week’s blog features a wealth of practical information about the use of digital video in the classroom. Explore how to utilize digital video to increase real world relevancy experiences and a deeper connection to the curriculum.


Effective Uses of Video in the Classroom
John Orlando explains how to effectively locate the best online video resources to enhance any content area. Included are links to free video repositories and lessons.

Mass Video Courses May Free Professors for More Personalized Teaching
Marc Parry describes New York University’s plan for using video to free up instructors’ time for one-on-one learning and problem-solving activities rather than large lectures.

Online Delivery Options For Digital Video
The JISC Digital Media staff examines the strengths and weaknesses of common digital video options for online sharing, including: embedded video, direct links, streaming video and vodcasts.

Video Creation Resources
Richard Byrne has created a comprehensive resource page full of tutorials for using videos in the classroom, including a 26-page downloadable guide titled: Making Videos on the Web: A Guide for Teachers.

44 Interesting Ways To Use Your Pocket Video Camera in the Classroom
Tom Barrett has once again created a multimedia slideshow filled with practical and creative examples on how to effectively use video throughout the curriculum.

My Top Ten You Tube Channels for Education
Daniel Rezac shares an annotated list of his top ten choices for classroom YouTube channels. View Daniel's excellent  tutorial on how to safely use YouTube with students: “You-tilizing YouTube in the Classroom.” 

Using Flip Videos in High School Math Class
Dave Sladkey provides three reasons to use flip video: accountability, fun and depth of understanding. He clearly describes his process for using flip videos to enhance group problem-solving.


Accessibility Tech Tips: Add Captions to Your YouTube Videos


Adding captions to digital videos makes it possible for students with hearing and vision disabilities to access the same content as the rest of the class. Samuel Axon describes how to create caption files for your YouTube videos using a free online tool called Caption Tube.

For more information about captioning and transcripts read WebAIM's Web Captioning Overview

Final Call for Summer Online Classes

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Register Online!  No payment is due until the class begins. No travel to campus is required.  
Registration closes ten days before the course begins to allow time for assigning student ID, user name, and purchasing course materials.
The following courses still have a few openings.


BEGINS JUNE 13
RDGED 702      Reading in the Content Areas K-12     
RDGED 703      Children's Literature in the Reading Program (grades K-5)     
RDGED 704      Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)     


BEGINS  JUNE 20
EDUC 744 914 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math (Grades 4-8)
EDUC 744 925 Bullying in Schools
School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Phone: (715) 232-2253

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Facebook in the Classroom: Are you ready for social networking?

Best Uses of Facebook in the Classroom

This week's blog examines best practices for using Facebook to enhance collaboration and communication within the school or campus community.  Explore how to safely and creatively use Facebook to foster student engagement through authentic learning projects.

Facebook in the Classroom, Seriously
Kelly Walsh provides examples of how Facebook enhances K-16 classrooms through discussion groups,  communication with parents, and effective learning communities.

How to Use Facebook Questions in the Classroom
The Edudemic staff describes how Facebook’s Questions feature utilizes collective knowledge to help students answer questions via polling, tagging and posting photos.

Facebook in the Classroom
Michael Preston succinctly reviews the pros and cons of using Facebook and suggests how to decide if Facebook is the best tool to use for student engagement in your classroom.

Awesome Facebook Apps For Educators
Brian Jenkins describes ten top Facebook apps which create higher student achievement including: Quizlet, Study Groups, and To Do List.

11 Ways To Use Fake Facebook Applications To Enhance Student Learning

Mr. Kaiser explains how he uses web-based apps like Fakebook for effective class projects which stimulate critical thinking and creativity.

Facebook Friending 101 For Schools
Vicki Davis explains why it’s important to be savvy about Facebook’s friend feature, and why you shouldn’t “friend” your students.

Professor Turns To Facebook as Collaborative Learning Tool For Students, Faculty

Mick Charney describes how Facebook made possible a collaborative learning community at Kansas State University.

8 Real Ways Facebook Enriched Mrs. Schoening’s First Grade Class
Lisa Nielsen describes how a first grade teacher uses Facebook to celebrate student success, share announcements, and publish student writing.

Tech Tip: Creating an Interactive ePortfolio With Google Sites

Google Sites is a free tool which many schools are successfully using for student ePortfolios. Here is an excellent tutorial to get you started:
Helen Barrett’s tutorial
http://sites.google.com/site/eportfolioapps/online-tutorials-sites/sites-how-to


LAST CALL: Summer online classes are filling. Don't delay. Sign up Soon!


EDUC 760 E-Learning for Educators 3 graduate credits 
(Extra Session Just Added!)
This is the introductory course in the E-Learning and Online Teaching Graduate Certificate, is an approved elective in the online Master of Science in Education degree program, and is open as an individual course to students seeking professional development.

EDUC 762 Assessment in E-Learning 3 graduate credits (Different Start Dates)
EDUC 762 960 June 13 – August 5, 2011 Instructor: Datta Kaur Khalsa
EDUC 762 961 June 20 – August 12, 2011 Instructor: Jim Erbe

EDUC 763 Instructional Design for E-Learning 3 graduate credits 
(Only a few spots left!)

EDUC 761 Creating Collaborative Communities in E-Learning 3 graduate credits
NOTE: This is the fourth in the series of five required courses for individuals pursuing the Graduate Certificate in E-Learning and Online Teaching and is also available as a single course for experienced trainers and online educators seeking professional development.

EDUC 764 E-Learning Practicum 3 graduate credits (Only a few spots left!)
(Prerequisite: Successful completion with a 3.0 gpa in EDUC 760, 761, 762, 763 and Consent of Instructor) 
Successful completion of the practicum earns the E-Learning Certificate. This course culminates your preparation as an e-learning professional. You will finalize your professional e-portfolio as a career building demonstration of your online teaching skills and abilities. During the practicum you will teach with a cooperating online instructor gaining valuable real world online teaching experience. (A customized internship is available for those already teaching online.)

Sign up today to reserve a spot! 


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School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Phone: (715) 232-2253
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Posted by K. Franker on 4/20/2011

(reposted with permission of UW-Stout)

Online Polling and Survey Tools For End-of-Year Projects

Online Polling and Survey Tools For End-of-Year Projects

This week's blog focuses on the most popular free online survey and polling tools used by educators and students.  Explore a variety of ways to quickly gather data to enhance class projects and gather valuable feedback in primary, secondary and college classrooms.
The Numerically Literate Classroom
Danielle Samperi lists eleven benefits of using online survey tools, including helping students become numerically literate.

Tips For a Successful School Survey
The staff at Classroompolls.com has created a list of useful tips to consider when creating classroom surveys, including understanding your feedback objectives and encouraging balanced and thoughtful responses.

Assessment Strategies: Online Surveys and Polls
The staff at the University of Connecticut’s School of Education describes how formative and summative assessments can be accomplished with free online survey and polling tools, such as Survey Monkey, Poll Daddy, and Poll Everywhere.
Using Online Surveys in the Classroom
The BC Seoul ICT Blog describes four ways to use surveys with students and five advantages of using survey tools such as Survey Monkey and Doodle.

Three Popular Online Survey Tools: What They Give For Free

Michaela Mora provides a detailed table comparing the features included in Survey Monkey, Survey Gizmo, and Zoomerang.

Doodle – A Quick, Easy and Free Resource For Creating Polls
K. Walsh summarizes why Doodle is an excellent, user-friendly online tool for creating quick polls, and is also a great way to determine everyone’s availability when scheduling meetings.

An Educator’s Introduction to PollEverywhere (YouTube video: 5 min.)
Brian Mull shows how to use the free tool Poll Everywhere for audience polling via cellphones or a Website. Results are updated instantly, and the tool is useful for both online and face-to-face classes.

Tech Tip: Four “Must Know” Macintosh and Windows Keyboard Shortcuts

Windows Tips:
Tip #1: Quickly view the desktop: Press the Windows key (to the left of the spacebar) in combination with the M key, and you will be taken back to the desktop without having to minimize all of your open windows.

Tip #2: Copy text formatting: When using Microsoft Word, Control+Shift+C copies the formatting of highlighted text. Next, highlight the text area where you would like to apply the formatting, and then press Control+Shift+V.  (On a Mac, use the Command key instead of Control).

Mac Tips:
Tip #1. Use Click + Spacebar to quickly preview files: On the Mac desktop or in a window, click once to highlight a file name, then tap the spacebar once. This gives a quick document preview without opening the program. If you select multiple documents by Shift- clicking on each item, then tapping the spacebar, you get a slideshow. Tap the spacebar again to close. (Mac OS 10.5 and above)

Tip #2. Press Command +  (Command key and the “plus” key) to quickly enlarge the items on a Web page in Safari, Chrome, or Firefox.
Final Call for Summer Online Classes

Sign up today! 

Registration closes ten days before the course begins to allow time for assigning student ID, user name, and purchasing the course materials. The following courses still have a few openings.

Register Online! 

BEGINS JUNE 13
RDGED 702 960 Reading in the Content Areas K-12     
RDGED 703 960 Children's Literature in the Reading Program (grades K-5)     
RDGED 704 960 Young Adult Literature in the Reading Program (grades 6-12)     
EDUC 744 911 Effective Classroom Management    
EDUC 744 957 Differentiation in the Classroom 
EDUC 744 967 Teaching Strategies for Students with Autism 
EDUC 760 960 E-learning for Educators 
EDUC 763 960 Instructional Design for E-Learning 
EDUC 744 951 Teaching with Primary Sources 

BEGINS  JUNE 20
EDUC 744 909 Middle School Through Adult 6-Traits Writing Instruction 
EDUC 744 914 Methods of Teaching Middle School Math (Grades 4-8)
EDUC 744 920 PK-Elementary 6-Traits Writing Instruction 
EDUC 744 925 Bullying in Schools 
EDUC 744 929 Web Design for Educators 
EDUC 744 966 Implementing Instructional Technology Innovations 
EDUC 744 969 Mobile Technology and Learning 
EDUC 744 970 Strategies for Dealing with Disruptive Behavior
EDUC 744 971 Curricular Integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM)
EDUC 762 961 Assessment in E-learning 
EDUC 761 960 Collaborative Communities in E-learning
School of Education
Online Professional Development
University of Wisconsin - Stout
Phone: (715) 232-2253
Archives - back issues in case you missed the most recent newsletter.
Posted by K. Franker on 5/25/2011


(Republished with the permission of UW-Stout)