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Throughout the magazines, wherever we come across a video that’s about or relevant to a resource we’re featuring, here’s where we’ll post the link. Just click and watch!

Issue 63, May 2015 – videos

The making of Gallipoli in Minecraft

After a year’s hard work from students at Alfriston College, a new exhibition was opened at Auckland War Memorial Museum: Gallipoli in Minecraft. Working in collaboration with museum staff and assisted by teacher Mark Sutherland, they utilised its First World War collections, to re-create the landscape of Gallipoli in 1915 in the popular building game.

Introducing ClipDis

ClipDis is an application that turns text messages into mashup videos.

The Hour of Code is here

Have you done an Hour of Code yet? Learn more about the initiative and how you can part.

Dawson Primary School – Scratch Game

Check out this video on how students at Dawson Primary School created a scratch game and all the learning and challenges they faced along the way.

Scratch Overview

Scratch is a programming language that makes it easy to create interactive art, stories, simulations, and games – and share those creations online. Imagine, program, and share.

Introduction to Tiki-Toki Timelines

Getting started with Tiki-Toki timelines – learn how to sign up, create your first timeline, add a story, add an image, add a video and share.

Candy Factory demo

Candy Factory is a game that helps to teach the concept of fractions using splitting operations with partitioning and iterating. It consists of three levels. Players have to complete customer orders to score and progress.

‘Find Them All: looking for animals’

Like animals? Find them all is a great way to learn about different animals and their natural environment (farm, savannah, desert, etc.). There are games, puzzles, animations, and more. Simply find the animal and earn your reward.

Test Your Awareness : Whodunnit?

How observant are your students (and you for that matter)? Test their awareness and observational skills with ‘Do The Test’s Whodunnit – Who Killed Lord Smithe?’

Teach Your Monster to Read (First Steps): Trailer

Teach Your Monster To Read is a series of games that help children to master the key first stages of reading.  Each game covers a different part of the reading journey, and are designed for children at different reading levels.  http://youtu.be/mrWt8yxdLBU

The basics of how to use Leap.it

Leap.it is a social search engine that displays a results page of visual ‘cards’. Each profiles the content of the identified link, should you wish to click through. Scroll down the page to see the range of results. Refine searches by the usual categories: web, video image, news, and social.

Overview: AGNES (Age Gain Now Empathy System)

Meet AGNES, the MIT AgeLab’s ‘Age Gain Now Empathy System’ (fizurl.com/agnes) and get a better understanding of what it’s like to be old. It’s a suit designed to simulate the changes that occur naturally as we age: increased fatigue, reduced flexibility in joints and muscles, spinal compression, and difficulty with vision and balance.

Old Age Suit

The Age Explorer is explored in this video from the BBC’s Science Club. It’s a suit created to help companies design homes for an ageing population and to give medical professionals a sense of what it’s like to be elderly.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p01djrcx

Don’t Look Down on Me

This is a documentary about a dwarf’s experiences in New York City. Jonathan Novick describes and shows his life as a little person and the challenges he faces.

Sensory Overload (Interacting with Autism Project)

Some people with autism have difficulty processing intense, multiple sensory experiences at once. This is an animation that offers a glimpse into sensory overload, and how often sensory experiences intertwine in everyday life.

Auti-Sim: A playable simulation of sensory hypersensitivity

The aim of the game Auti-Sim is to navigate through a playground as an autistic child with auditory hypersensitivity. Proximity to loud children causes sensory overload, impacting cognitive functions. This impact is represented as visual noise and blur, as well as audio distortion.

Autism and sensory sensitivity

The US National Autistic Society’s has produced a film, Autism and sensory sensitivity, that’s intended to simulate sensory overload.

I Have OCD. This Is What It’s Like to Be in My Mind for 3 Minutes.

What it’s like in an OCD brain? Learn about the challenges of Obsessive Compulsive Disorder with this video.


 

Issue 62, April 2015 – videos

 

YouTube celebrates 10 year

On April 23, 2005, video-sharing site YouTube will turn 10 years old. The service was created by three former PayPal employees. In November 2006, it was bought by Google for US$1.65 billion. It currently has around 800 million unique users a month, who upload more than 300 hours of video every minute. The very first was an 18-second clip, ‘Me at the zoo’, starring co-founder Jawed Karim.

 

Explore the Amazon with Street View

Google has unveiled a new ‘zip line’ view of the Amazon on Street View. You could already explore on foot or by boat but now you can adventure up into the tree canopy in a number of different locations.

 

Botany Downs Secondary College

Botany Downs Secondary College is a state coeducational secondary school (Years 9 to 13) located in Auckland. The school opened at the beginning of the 2004 and has a roll of 1800+. It’s a Mentor School in the Worldwide Microsoft Partners in Learning programme.

 

Bring print to life with Layar!

Print comes to life with Layar, the world’s #1 augmented reality application for iOS and Android. Download the free Layar App and experience augmented reality for yourself! Scan magazines, newspapers, posters and other print materials enhanced with Layar and then watch as extra digital content appears.

 

Need to collaborate visually online? Conceptboard is an online whiteboard where you can sketch, share and discuss ideas. Choose from various annotation tools, add files and images, and share your page by email or web address.

 

View one of WWII’s most infamous sites as you’ve never seen it before with Auschwitz: Drone video of Nazi concentration camp. Get a new sense and perspective of the place as you fly over the Nazi’s largest camp and now a World Heritage Site where more than a million people died.

 

The Khan Academy is working with art historians and museums around the world to create a collection of art-related materials. The result is Smarthistory, more than 1,000 videos and articles on art from around the world, across topics, and through time.

 

Teaching World War One History through Food offers a fascinating look at how people experienced the Great War. There are five videos exploring the war through food, covering topics such as food shortages, eating habits and recipes

http://www.historians.org/teaching-and-learning/classroom-content/teaching-wwi-history-through-food

 

Make the management of referencing research easier with RefME. This app lets you create citations, bibliographies and reference lists. Collect sources with a click, then export to other file formats in popular referencing styles.

 

Minecraft Blockopedia

If your students are Minecraft fans, then you’ll want a copy of Minecraft Blockopedia for your classroom or library. This fabulously designed book – which is 3D shaped like a hexagonal building block and comes complete with a stylish box – is well researched, too, containing all you need to know to get the most out of the blocks in Minecraft. With 312 pages and featuring 112 blocks, plus their variant forms, it’s an informative companion to the game.

We have a copy to give away. If you’d like to get your hands on it, go to

 

Flight to Freedom

It’s 1848. You are Lucy King, a 14-year-old slave in Kentucky. You want to escape but how will you do it? Will you find a path to freedom? This one of four great games at Mission US, a multimedia project that aims to teach history content through interactive games.

 

Garbage Dreams (fizurl.com/garbagedreams)

Take on the role of the Zaballeen, who recycle 80 per cent of the rubbish they collect on the streets of Cairo. Start with one neighbourhood, one factory, and one hungry goat. You have eight months to get recycling as high as you can. The game was developed to accompany the Garbage Dreams documentary (http://www.pbs.org/independentlens/garbage-dreams/film.html)

 

Classcraft

Created by a physics teacher, Classcraft is a role-playing game for the classroom. Teachers are the Gamemasters, controlling the action. Students play in teams and pick from three unique classes (warrior, mage, healer), each of which come with their own health, AP (ability points), and powers.

 

The Last Symphony

This is a hidden object game set in mid-1960s England. The player is a museum curator tasked with the creation of an exhibit about R. Carmine, a composer from your city with an unusual past. By finding the objects, players reveals the stories of the people who owned them and the melodies that go with them. It’s one of many games created by the MIT Game Lab (gamelab.mit.edu/games/).

http://video.mit.edu/watch/the-last-symphony-game-design-research-13027/

 

Weebly Edu (education.weebly.com)

Weebly is a web-hosting service that allows users to create their own sites using its easy-to-use ‘drag-and-drop’ builder. Choose your theme, design and put together the page, and you’re done. The ‘Edu’ version is designed for education.

 

Zaption (zaption.com) is a web app that lets teachers create interactive videos through adding addition elements like text, images, and quizzes.


 

Issue 61, February 2015 – videos

 

Smash Hit – Official Trailer

Journey through an otherworldly dimension, move with sound and music … and smash everything in your path! Smash Hit (www.smashhitgame.com) requires focus and timing to travel as far as you can in the game.

 

Todoist: A To-Do List for Life’s Every Moment

Got things to remember not to forget? Todoist (www.todoist.com) is a ‘to-do list’ app. Organise, manage and sync events, meetings, activities, assignments, daily tasks and chores, shopping lists, and more.

 

Aurasma Overview

Aurasma (www.aurasma.com) is an augmented reality app that allows any object or picture to become a marker, or ‘Aura’. When this is viewed through the Aurasma app on a device’s camera it will trigger a video to play or a web link to activate.

 

colAR Mix Trailer

Just colour in pre-made designs and use your device’s camera to scan the picture. Viewing through the ColAR app (www.colarapp.com), the picture will then ‘come to life’ on your screen, with digital animations and sounds that the developer has embedded. Each colouring page does something a little different.

 

Space Rip

For some of the best space and astronomy videos on the web try Space Rip. From interstellar space to black holes to Earth-like planets, there’s plenty to watch and explore. Simply select one and go on your very own cosmic journey.

www.youtube.com/user/SpaceRip

 

MSNBC – Banished Word List

Twerking. Twittersphere. Selfie. What are the most annoying words? LSSU has released its annual ‘List of Words to be Banished from the Queen’s English for Misuse, Overuse and General Uselessness’ (www.lssu.edu/banished/). It’s an interesting look at new words, with annual lists going back to 1976.

 

Grammaropolis for Schools and Districts

Grammaropolis (www.grammaropolis.com) is an engaging, interactive site that helps students learn about grammar. It uses the parts of speech as animated characters to show how a sentence is put together. They star in a range of stories, songs, quizzes, videos, and games. To get you started, ‘Nouns’ are free.

Hay Levels

Hay Levels is a new video library in the UK that looks interesting. Designed for ‘A-Level’ students, its three-minute videos are divided in three areas: Humanities, Sciences and Social Sciences. Browse the catalogue for videos you like or subscribe by subject, so get to see them as soon as they’re posted.

www.youtube.com/user/HayLevels

New ‘Minecraft Blockopedia’ details every block 

Learn more about Minecraft Blockopedia, an encyclopaedia of information about the game, trivia, advice, and ideas. Includes 1.8 Update

 

Skype Translator preview opens the classroom to the world

Microsoft is working on a real-time Skype translation tool – and you can preview it right now. The idea is you simply set up a Skype video or voice call, start talking and Translator (www.skype.com/en/translator-preview/) does the rest. It’s currently available in English and Spanish – and schools in the US and Mexico have been trying it out. More languages are coming soon.

 

Light bouncing off a mirror at 100 billion frames per second

If you thought taking action photos was tough spare a thought for scientists at Washington University. In order to track light they’ve come up with the world’s fastest high-speed camera. Using a technique called Compressed Ultrafast Photography (CUP), it records at 100 billion frames per second!

 

Issue 60, December 2014

Mean Green House Winners 2014

Schoolgen (schoolgen.co.nz)has announce the winners in the Mean Green House Competition 2014. They are:

  • Primary (Year 5-6): Waterloo School, Lower Hutt
  • Intermediate (Year 7-8): Raroa Intermediate School, Wellington
  • Secondary School (Year 9-10): Rangitoto College, Auckland

The competition challenges students to design a cutting-edge energy-efficient house that uses solar energy. Check out the winning videos.

 

What Is Tellagami?

Create and share a quick animated video with Tellagami (tellagami.com). Called a Gami, these recordings looks like a fun way to tell a story. Just customise a character, choose a background, record your voice or type a message, and share.
Platforms: Android and iOS

 

 

What is wideo.co – How to make a video online

Wideo (wideo.co) is an online video app that allows you to easily create and share video animations – aka Wideos – in minutes.  It’s similar to Powtoon but simpler to use for beginners or younger users.

 

 

Christmas Broadcast in 1957

Watching the ‘Queen’s Speech’ is a tradition for many on Christmas Day. See how it all began with the first televised Christmas Broadcast in 1957 (fizurl.com/queenspeech). Filmed in black and white, it’s an interesting glimpse of the young monarch and were the issues of the day.

 

 

Using InnerBody’s Anatomy Explorer

Explore the human body with InnerBody (innerbody.com). With 100s of interactive anatomy pictures and descriptions of 1000s of objects in the body, it will help you discover all about human anatomy. Just start your anatomy exploration by clicking on any of the systems, from Skeletal to Integumentary.

 

 

ExamTime’s Quiz Maker

Create an online quiz with ExamTime’s Quiz Maker (examtime.com/quiz-maker/). Test students’ knowledge using different question styles including multiple choice, checkboxes and true/false. Or add a timer feature to experience more pressured conditions.

 

 

More on ‘Green Screen’

Created by Do Ink (blog.doink.com), this is a simple-to-use way to incorporate the technique of green screening in videos. This is where images from multiple sources are combined into a single video. For example, it’s used in the movies to make it look like actors have landed on an alien planet or on TV to make it look like a news announcer is standing in front of a weather map.

 

 

The Known Universe by AMNH

Developed by the American Museum of Natural History’s Hayden Planetarium, Digital Universe (Haydenplanetarium/universe/) incorporates data from dozens of organisations to create a stunning 3-D atlas of the Universe. Download it and begin flying around, from our own Solar System to the edge of the observable space.

 

 

History – Design Behind the Bike

Create by The Open University, this is the first in a series of videos – the others cover Aesthetics, Wheels, Materials, and Frame design. It explores the origins of bicycles, the history and evolution of cycling, and the impact they have today. Watch it with your students and ask them to write about the history and changes in bike design.

 

 

Bikes in Schools

Since being launched by the Prime Minister John Key at St Mary’s Primary School, Hastings, in February 2010, 30 schools around New Zealand have implemented a Bikes in Schools (bikeon.org.nz/bikesinschools.html) initiative. Learn more about it with your students and watch the video to find out why cycling is good for us all.

 

 

Freeville School – The Donut Monster’s New Bicycle

Watch ‘The Doughnut Monster’s New Bicycle’, an animated video created by students at Freeville School, Christchurch. Hand-drawn characters and sets are used to remarkable effect. On his birthday, Doughnut Monster learns which bicycle and helmet will be safe for him to take to school.

 

 

Issue 59, November 2014

The Mind Lab by Unitec

Should you be learning for the collaborative and digital era? The Mind Lab thinks so and has teamed up with Unitec to offer a postgraduate part time programme in digital and collaborative learning.

Designed for teachers at all levels, the Postgraduate Certificate in Applied Practice (Digital and Collaborative Learning) is a 32-week part-time NZQA accredited qualification designed for teachers at all levels to build knowledge of emerging technologies and teaching methodologies, for immediate application in the classroom.

 

Minecraft sold to Microsoft

Microsoft is buying Minecraft and the studio behind it, Mojang, for US$2.5 billion. The company says it “plans to continue to make Minecraft available across all the platforms on which it is available today: PC, iOS, Android, Xbox and PlayStation.” However, it isn’t getting the game’s creator, Markus Persson, aka Notch, who will be pursuing other interests.

 

New graphic novel in Te Reo

Kiwa Digital has published a Reo Māori Graphic Novella app that’s available on iTunes and Google Play. Te Orokotīmatanga o te Ao re-tells the creation story of the universe for the digital generation and is the first of a series of novellas named Ngā Atua Māori.

 

Next ‘Hour of Code’

Last year, more than 40 million students tried ‘Hour off Code’ – an introduction to computer programming designed to show that anyone can learn the basics. This year the goal is to get 100 million taking part during Computer Science Education Week, 8-14 December.

 

Microsoft launches Project Spark

Microsoft has formally launched Project Spark, a ‘game maker’ video game. It’s a virtual game world that contains a suite of tools and a digital canvas for players to create their own games.

 

Introducing Tonido

Access your computer’s files, music, media, videos from anywhere using Tonido’s iOS app.

 

Official Poptropica Walkthrough

Find out about Poptropica by joining Captain Crawfish as he shows you how to meet the challenge of Arabian Nights, Episode 1: How Bazaar!

 

Fujifilm Instax Mini 8

Remember Polaroid cameras and their iconic, instant photos? Well, if you’re in the mood for some photographic nostalgia – and some instant fun and excitement – Fujifilm’s produced the contemporary Instax Mini 8.

Would you like one? We have an Instax Mini 8 up for grabs – plus, we’ll throw in a pack of 20 extra photos (total RRP $158.90). To enter click here  [Paul can you add a link to the competition page]

 

The Physics Lounge 2014

In the last issue, we reviewed how teachers are ‘flipping’ their classrooms’. We’d previously reported on The Physic Lounge [Teaching on demand, Issue 52, December 2013] and how teacher Sam Hight was creating and sharing videos on secondary school level physics. Here’s an introduction to the site and recent changes.

 

Explain Everything 2.0

Explain Everything is an easy-to-use design, screencasting, and interactive whiteboard tool that lets you annotate, animate, narrate, import, and export almost anything to and from almost anywhere. Create slides, draw in any colour, add shapes, add text, and use a laser pointer. Rotate, move, scale, copy, paste, clone, and add new or existing photos and videos.

 

Kids Puzzles Puzzingo

Do you like educational puzzles? Kids Puzzles Puzzingo has tons of them. They cover core concepts such as shapes, colours, numbers, food, and alphabet, as well as children’s favourite topics like animals, fish, bugs, cars, princesses, and rockets.

 

Asteroid Zoo

Scientists are scanning our solar system for asteroids and need your help to find ones that might pose future hazards or be suitable for exploration and mining. Enter Asteroid Zoo, a citizen-science project that invites you to join an online asteroid hunt – from the comfort of your classroom.

 

Moodle Presentation

A brief presentation of Moodle, an open source learning management system.

 


 

Issue 58, September 2014

Instagram launches ‘time lapse’ app

Want to create time lapse videos? A new app from Instagram could be the answer. Using clever algorithm processing, Hyperlapse (www.hyperlapse.instagram.com) lets you create moving, handheld time lapses with your iPhone (an Android version is coming soon). And the resulting videos look quite astounding.

 

YEAR 10 Model Electricity Part 1 The coal trucks

A simple model for electricity – explaining that it can be thought of a coal mine trucks with a track – like all models it has its limitations but could help students get the idea of the major concepts, by Kevin Barron, Pakuranga College, Auckland.

 

You can make your own galleries to add to Google’s World Wonders Project (www.google.com/culturalinstitute/project/world-wonders). Load images and descriptions, and share what you like about a location. In addition, the ability to link to Street View add a unique dimension to the service.

 

Meet Haiku Deck – Now available on the web!

Haiku Deck (www. (haikudeck.com) makes it fast and fun to create beautifully designed slideshows that you’ll be proud to share.

 

The ShowMe Story

ShowMe (www.showme.com) a tool for creating and sharing whiteboard-style lessons from your iPad. You can record handwritten sketches and notes, add images and a voice over, and then save. Once you’re finished, keep the file private or upload to share with the ShowMe community, where there are 1000s to search and use.

 

Wonderopolis

Based around a ‘Wonder of the Day’, this fun website and app offers a range of content that aims to fire kids’ imagination and curiosity – from a question or written text, to images and video. It’s also possible to post content and interact with other users. More at www.wonderopolis.org

 

What is Moodle?

Moodle (www.moodle.org) is an online learning management platform that offers a range of free tools for creating personalised learning environments. An acronym for ‘Modular Object-Oriented Dynamic Learning Environment’,  it can be used for storing video, audio and links relevant to a lesson, discussion forums, classroom blogs, collaboration between teachers and/or students on wikis or group-edited documents. Teachers can also assign, collect, review and grade assignments

 

Teachem demo

You can organise your videos with Teachem (www.teachem.com). The site lets you easily turn YouTube videos into online classes that can be private or public. You create your own online ‘school’, then add classes within it with you videos. It also provides a variety of additional teaching and learning aids, such as flash cards.

 

Demo Edpuzzle

EdPuzzle (wwwedpuzzle.com) enables you to add your voice and questions to educational videos. Take just about any video off the web – or search videos through the site – edit it down to the portions you want, add audio notes and questions for students. Questions are inserted along a timeline that matches the video, meaning students don’t have to wait until the end of a video in order to answer the questions.

 

eduCanon’s introduction video

eduCanon (www.educanon.com) is an online learning platform for building and delivering interactive video lessons. Take video content created by you or others, and turn it into a lesson, with questions, annotations, and more.

 


Issue 57, August 2014

 

OK Go – The Writing’s On the Wall

Fancy combining maths shapes with music? The video of OK Go’s The Writing’s On the Wall creates a series of spectacular illusions. It’s great to watch

 

Lumosity.com – Product Overview

Train your memory and attention with Lumosity Brain Trainer (www.lumosity.com). Challenge yourself with five games in a daily work out – there are nearly 40 games in total. Track your progress and discover what your brain can do.

 

 

What is the Encyclopedia of Life?

Encyclopedia of Life (wwweol.org) is a stunning project that’s working to bring together in one place information on all the planet’s 1.9 million known species. The EOL community aims to increase awareness and understanding of living nature by gathering, generating and sharing. The site includes text, images, video, sounds, maps, classifications and more.

 

 

Alfriston College Minecraft Movie 2013

Check out the original work that caught the eye of Auckland Museum. During just three days, thirty Year 9 and 10 students created a 400,000 block Minecraft model of Alfriston College. It’s an impressive production, with some fun moments.

 

 

Alfriston College Minecraft Gallipoli Build

TV3 reports on how Alfriston College students are rebuilding Gallipoli in Minecraft with the help of Media Design School and The Auckland War Memorial Museum

 

 

Minecraft Gallipoli Alfriston College on the 430 show

Another clip of our college building Gallipoli in Minecraft. It was played on the 430 show on TV 2.

 

 

Coggle Tutorial – Introduction

Coggle (www.coggle.it) is a simple, easy-to-use tool for creating informative diagrams. It makes for fantastic brainstorms as a class or collaboratively with a group. The branches of each stem twist and shape easily. The results are powerful and can be printed as a PDF or embedded.

 

 

Samsung MagicInfo Solution

This video on the Samsung MagicInfo Solution outlines and explains the process of uploading, creating, monitoring and controlling content on multiple screens.

 

 

StepUp.io

Only want a short segment from a YouTube video? Easily edit videos into bite-size bits with StepUp.io (www.stepup.io). Simply select the video you want, pick the specific segment(s) you want to show from it, and then extract (or splice them all together). There are several tutorials that explain how it all works.

 

 

Introduction to Copyscape Plagiarism Checker

Check to see if anyone is using your work with Copyscape (www.copyscape.com). This service provides a free plagiarism checker that will find copies of your web pages online – just enter the url and it will identify if anyone else is using your content. The premium service will also check third party work for plagiarism.

 

 

AVerCaster Combo — The Cost-effective Solution for Live TV and Video Streaming

For schools looking for a cost-effective solution to stream content around their network, the AVerCaster is an option. With the multicast function, it can distribute high-definition digital TV and various video contents to an unlimited number of users over the same network simultaneously. And it supports multiple client devices, such as computer and digital signage. Also check it out at www.sitech.co.nz

 

 

Wix ShoutOut: The Easiest Way to Send Beautiful Newsletters

Looking for a tool to create email newsletters or updates? Created by popular website-creating tool Wix, ShoutOut (www.shoutout.wix.com) lets you do just that. It’s easy to customise one of the style templates with your own texts, images and video. Enter your contacts and send.

 

 

YTO extension for Chrome

There are a few good YouTube ad filters but the one I use is YTO (YouTube Options). You’re able to personalise how you view videos. I use it to turn off all adverts, as well as those annoying suggested video ads that pop up at the end of a video. We’ve used this extension on our school Chromebooks, so that they all no longer show ads or suggested videos.

 


 

Issue 56, July 2014

 

koduKodu Game Lab Video

Kodu (www.kodugamelab.com) is a visual programming language that’s designed to be accessible for children. Created by Microsoft, it provides an end-to-end creative environment for designing, building, and playing games. Students create a range of terrains, worlds and characters, controlling the characters’ movement, sound and vision using an icon-based language.

 

 

scratchScratch Overview

Developed at MIT, Scratch (www.scratch.mit.edu) is a simple programming language that operates using blocks of coded directions. It’s designed with learning and education in mind and specifically aimed at ages 8 to 16.If you’re thinking about using it, you should check out the Scratch curriculum guide (fizurl.com/scratchguide).It provides an introduction to creative computing with Scratch, through a series of 20 one-hour sessions organised into five topics, and includes session plans, hand-outs, projects, and videos.

 

youtube-spellingbYouTube Interactive Spelling Bee

For a different type of challenge try the YouTube Interactive Spelling Bee (www.fizurl.com/youtubespell). The host gives you 100 words from 20 different categories and you’re asked to help the contestants by clicking one from three choices on the screen. It’s an engaging activity and there’s plenty of humour throughout to keep it fun.

 

 

 

how-de-we-smellHow do we smell? – Rose Eveleth

An adult human can distinguish up to 10,000 odours. You use your nose to figure out what to eat and when it’s time to take a shower. But how do the molecules in the air get translated into smells in your brain? How do we smell? (www.fizurl.com/howsmell) is an excellent TED-Ed Original lessons that charts the smelly journey.
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Issue 55, May 2014

 

class_dojoStudent Introduction to ClassDojo

Class Dojo (classdojo.com) is a tool for monitoring student, from morning roll and general attendance to their behaviour during the day. It uses a points/rewards system that measures each student’s actions and activity.

 

 

 

 

edpuzzleImagine K12 EDpuzzle

EDpuzzle (edpuzzle.com) seems like a simple teacher directed tool for adding voice over comments and simple assessments to clipped videos. However, on further investigation, this tool has so much more to offer. It allows teachers to create video lessons, which in turn generates a code for students to watch. Through the inbuilt search area accessing videos from YouTube, Vimeo, Khan Academy, etc., users can create assignments of clipped videos, with inserted voice clips or entire voice overs.

 

 

 


 

Issue 54, April 2014

powtoonHow to create animated presentations. PowToon – The PowerPoint Alternative

Rather than using yet another PowerPoint or Prezi, create an animated presentation or video instead with PowToon (www.powtoon.com). Once you’ve signed up, there are a number of templates to choose from for your presentation or stamp your own creativity onto a blank slide.

 

 

 

 

pia_scorepiaScore ver.3.0 new features

piaScore (www.piascore.com) is an app for browsing digital music ad reading scores.

 

 

 

 

 

 tedWhat’s new on TED-Ed …

The TED-Ed website allows you to engage in or create dynamic lessons around the hundreds of thousands of educational videos on YouTube. In this video, the familiar illustration assembled at the beginning of each TED-Ed video finds his [computer generated] voice and gives viewers a tour of ed.ted.com. The features explored include the ability to add multiple choice questions, open answer questions, “dig deeper” materials, and custom discussion topics to any video on YouTube.

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We Give Books ReadMobile

Help put books in the hands of children who don’t have them simply by reading at We Give Books (www.wegivebooks.org). Created by the Penguin Group and the Pearson Foundation, the site has hundreds of e-books available for kids to read. Every time you get to the end of a book, a real book is donated to charity (more than 2.8 million so far).

 

 


 

Issue 53, February 2014

 

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Do schools kill creativity?

Watch Sir Ken Robinson’s famous TED talk, where he makes an entertaining case for creating an education system that nurtures rather than undermines creativity.
Posted: 18/02/2009

thumb_9FBE9E19-423CWhat is Creative Commons?

Here’s a brief explanation of what Creative Commons is and how it works, created for Creative Commons Australia and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT).
Posted: 23/02/2009

thumb_86633234-C6EEMaking a multi-touch whiteboard with a Wiimote

Learn how to create a low-cost, multi-point electronic whiteboard system and multi-point tablet display using an infrared (IR) light pen and a Wii Remote.
Posted: 18/02/2009