Ahh… the use of videos. Remember when we had to check out a cart with a TV/VCR, roll it to our classroom, rewind or fast forward the VHS tape and then have our students gather around the screen which was usually too small for the space in which we were using it.
My how things have changed. Now, with an LCD projector and an internet connected computer or tablet, showing videos has become infinitely easier. Sure, you can search YouTube and take your chances with what you find. Or, you can let others do the vetting for you.
eSchool News offers this list of 8 Little Known Video Resources for use by teachers:
- Have Fun Teaching
- TeacherTube Math
- Learning Games for Kids
- Discovery Education
Do check out the article as it offers links to each of these sites. And, to share teacher wisdom, that I learned both in one of my first education classes (and also learned the hard way in my own classroom) – never, ever show a video without previewing ALL of it first!
I’m preparing to teach my students the Genesis creation myths and so I’m reviewing the delightful, scientifically-rich, and theologically-expansive book Seven Glorious Days: A Scientist Retells the Genesis Creation Stories by Karl W. Gilberson. In the chapter entitled: “Day 2: A Universe of Horseshoe Nails” he writes:
“Unfortunately, few of us have any idea what it might mean to describe mathematics as beautiful and even less an idea about the mystery raised by its existence…replace the beautiful music [in an analogy previously used in the chapter] coming from the abyss with the mathematical equations that physicists have discovered at the foundations of reality. On the surface, nature is, to be sure, noisy in the sense of being cluttered, busy, and seemingly without patterns. Even beautiful scenery – picture a mountain lake with snowcapped mountains in the background – rarely seems organized.
But as we apply our scientific knowledge to the cluttered world we experience and drill down to the bedrock of our understanding – eliminate the noise – we find something quite wondrous. At the end of the great hallway that takes us from the social sciences to the natural sciences, through biology and chemistry and ultimately to physics, we find ourselves at last in the presence of a most beautiful and unexplained symphony of mathematics. Across the dark abyss, explaining the world around us while remaining unexplained itself. It is part of the Logos of creation.” (p.54-55)
I thought of this profound insight this morning when reading the Washington Post and this short article entitled: “Scientists May Have Just Stumbled Upon a Mathematical Secret to How Nature Works” It’s worth reading to understand how the unexpected consistency of the numbers of predator and prey in a wide variety of ecosystems might be explained by a single mathematical equation.
And the pattern in these changes is governed by — you guessed it — that same mathematical function.
The recurrence of this function in many levels of the natural world indicates “that there might some kind of process that exists at multiple levels of organization,” Hatton says. “The cell, the tissue, the body, the community: Those are all levels of organization in ecology-speak. I think that this suggests that there could be processes that sort of recur, recapitulate, across different levels.”
In the meantime, for researchers who like a good puzzle, the paper provides another mystery to chew on — one that, once unlocked, could reveal many secrets about how the natural world works.
A nice list of links to sites with a plethora of resources useful across the curriculum. And from a cleverly named ed tech site – Ditch that Textbook. OK, I’ll consider that…
As promised, here’s the big post with lots and lots of lists. I know that during this busy time of year, neither you nor I will be able to play around with more than a few of the resources accessed through these links. Heck, you might not even be able to do more now than just read this introduction!
Please bookmark this post (and this blog in general) and return here again and again to explore a list or two. If I can discover one or two blockbuster (or even just pretty good) apps or sites (Kahoot is an awesome one that I discovered via a list) every month or so, than I feel like perusing lists a few minutes a week is time well spent!
Note: Image above is from this link: Two Great Periodic Tables on Educational iPad Apps
6 New Ed Tech Tools for Teachers
Free Digital Formative Assessment Tools
50 Web Tools and Mobile Apps for Showcasing Student Work
21 Grab and Go Teaching Tools for Your Classroom
Free Teacher Tested Tools to Try in Your Classroom
Four Top Websites for Teaching and Learning (Tackk; PearDeck; SoundTrap; Appsbar)
Twenty Popular Apps and Web Tools Made by Students
20 Cool Tools for Creating Info Graphics
Another Great Tool for Creating Buzzfeed Style Quizzes
Literacy in the Digital Age: 5 Effective Writing Tools
Two Useful Game-Based Learning Tools for Teachers (Brainrush; ClassXP)
Some of the Best Web Tools and Mobile Apps for Taking Students on Virtual Field Trips
A List of Useful Resources on Teaching Information and Digital Literacy
A Collection of the Best Web Tools and Apps for Creating Educational Screencasts
Eleven Great Digital Homework Helpers for Your Kids
Six Must-Have Apps for Teachers’ Back to School Tool Kits
Here is a Collection of New Web Tools and Apps for Teachers
Excellent Story Writing Apps for Students
15 Free Apps for Classroom Management
Four Useful Tools for Creating Non-Traditional Quizzes
Teacher Recommended: 50 Favorite Classroom Apps
Excellent Strategy Games to Teach Kids Logical Thinking
A Collection of the Some of the Essential Web Tools for Teachers
(Part 1): Forty Educational Websites for Your Summer 2015 Toolkit
(Part 2): Forty Educational Websites for Your Summer 2015 Toolkit
(Part 3): Forty Educational Websites for Your Summer 2015 Toolkit
(Part 4): Forty Educational Websites for Your Summer 2015 Toolkit
9 Ways to Get Your Grammar Game On – A Playlist
July’s “Best Lists” – There are 1,459 of Them!
4 Good iPad Apps for Seamlessly Managing Students’ Assignments
The 37 Best Websites to Learn Something New
55 Best Free Educational Apps for the iPad
A New Collection of Educational Web Tools for Teachers
Two More Tools for Making On-line Learning Games (eQuiz Show, Teachers-Direct)
Top 25 Tech Tools for Teachers 2015
23 Tools for Students to Publish What They Learn
Lets Present! 21 Digital Poster Tools and Tips
15 Apps to Change Your Brain
Safe, Student Tested Tools to Use in Class
Best Note-Taking Apps
Educator Recommended Tools to Enhance Your Visuals
These 44 Apps Will Make You More Productive
11 Apps That Will Make You Smarter
Some Great Educational Resources From National Geographic
4 Important Apps for a Paperless Classroom (Showbie, Teacher Toolkit, Socrative Teacher, NearPod)
Top 4 Presentation Tools for Teachers (Prezi, Haiku Deck, ThinkLink, Glogster)
10 On-line Tools to Engage Students in the Studying Process
7 Free Tools for Anyone Who Wants to Become a Better Writer
10 New Educational Web Tools for Teachers and Educators
10 On-Line Tools to Upgrade Students’ Writing Skills
21 Essential Data Visualization Tools
Some Good Educational Web Tools Recommended by Teachers for Teachers
5 Great Apps Students Can Use to Display Their Learning
10 Great Classroom Management Apps for Teachers
6 of the Best iPad Apps for Digital Storytelling
7 Great iPad Apps for Digital Whiteboarding
Special thanks to Educational Technology and Mobile Learning as many of these links were from that excellent site.
It’s the First of April and the 100th post on Ed Tech Emergent! And no, this is not a clever April Fool’s Joke like the one put forth today by Redbox in their introduction of the companion Petbox with videos and games for dogs and cats.
I’ve been collecting interesting, education-related links for more than six months and I have far too many I’ve not posted yet. To celebrate one hundred posts, I share many (31 actually) links to tips, tricks, and devices all from the world of Google. Here goes:
Google’s Art Project Chrome Extention – A beautiful way to customize the “new tab.” In the midst of the wide range of art that appears, buttons to key funtions can be accessed. Here’s a couple of the artworks which came up for me today:
11 Handy Chrome Extensions You Should Try Today
Google Sheets: Click Here to Tweet
Here’s a Good Way to Annotate and Grade Google Drive Files
Make the Most of Your Gmail With These Excellent Apps
Google Puts Chrome OS on Your TV With Its Own HDMI Stick – I first saw this exciting announcement today, so hopefully it’s not an April Fool’s Joke. What it appears to be is a gum-packaged sized stick, dubbed the Chromebit, priced at about $100, which will essentially turn your TV into the functionality of a Chromebox (by adding a Bluetooth mouse and keyboard).
Five Myths About Google
A Guide to Google Tools: Tips and Tricks You Can’t Live Without
8 Good YouTube Channels for Teachers
Withgoogle.com – A pretty amazing and mysterious portal which I learned about from this article. Here’s the link to the site itself.
6 Good Chrome Notetaking Apps That Run Offline
Two Good Google Drive Templates to Create Fake Facebook Pages
15 Amazing Features in Google Apps You Probably Don’t Know About
7 Great Chrome Apps to Help Students Become Better Googlers
Create an HD Fly-Through Video Tour in Google Earth Pro – This is one that I’m hoping to try out during Easter Break. If you’ve not yet downloaded your free copy of Google Earth Pro, do it now!
7 Great Google Forms for Teachers
10 of the Best Chrome Apps for Math Teachers
How School Admins Can Harness the Power of Google Drive
Google Offers These Powerful Storytelling Apps for Free
10 Google Slides Activities to Add Awesome to Class
5 Things Every Teacher Should Be Able to Do on YouTube
Everything Teachers Need to Know About Google Scholar Library
Interactive Learning Menus Using Google Docs
Excellent Speech to Text Tool Integrated with Google Drive
Chrome Extension Turns YouTube into a Serious Music Player
Using Google Spreadsheet for Creating Flashcards
Teacher’s Easy Guide to Creating Quiz Shows on Google Drive
5 Great Google Plus Communities for Teachers
11 Steps to Create a Google Plus Community for Your Class
Create a Badge with Google Drawing
Excellent Tutorials to Create Presentations on Google Drive
I stumbled across a website which I’d like to share. As mentioned in a previous post, I believe educators should keep on top of what’s being posted about the events and ideas in the world. Obviously, this can take up much valuable time in an already busy educator’s life. Thus, it’s important to find those quality sites which aggregate solid information.
The Conversation is an excellent site for this. Their masthead states: “The Conversation is a collaboration between editors and academics to provide informed news analysis and commentary that’s free to read and republish.”
I receive their email every morning (along with many other less useful news/info updates) and consistently The Conversation has the most interesting, insightful, topical and useful articles. The diversity of articles that are featured currently include:
A Melting Arctic and Weird Weather: The Plot Thickens
What Historic Megadroughts in the Western US Tell Us About Our Climate Future
How Russia is Building a Psychological Firewall Against the West
Why We Should Get Rid of Tipping (not a favorite article of mine as I work Saturdays in a wine tasting room)
Earlier, I put up a post related to Science. Now it’s time for a post for my friends in the Math Department. The site is Numberphile and I discovered it at Te@chThought who describes it:
“While the site is simple a crudely interactive graphic with links to videos, it has, in one fell swoop, creatively curated some of the most compelling and engaging “problems” in mathematics. From Benford’s Law to French Numbers, to whether or not zero is an even number, it frames the content area of math–which is often riddled with rote practice of very traditional arithmetic and formulas–in a problem-based learning kind of approach.
Fantastic resource for bell ringers, test questions, math project-based learning ideas, or as a model for students to curate their own curiosities about the incredible–and poorly marketed–world of mathematics.”