The O2 Learn Awards 2012
Feb23

The O2 Learn Awards 2012

If you haven’t been to the O2 Learn site for while, you might not know that their awards are back and they are awarding £2,000 every week!  They are continuing to help everyone connect to great teaching by creating Britain’s Biggest Classroom via teacher-created content. This year, they are thanking every UK teacher who uploads a video lesson to O2 Learn with a free mobile broadband pack. They’re also introducing a weekly Best Lesson award, giving you the chance to win £2000 for you and your school department every week . They will also be presenting three Awards for Teaching Excellence with £80,000 prize money up for grabs. To date, O2 Learn has over 1,000 lessons available. All of which are curriculum focused and checked by their “Learning Champions”. They have also recently introduced ‘Related Video’ functionality to make it even easier to find the lessons that are useful to you. So, the competition works like this in 2012: 1. Secondary teachers upload a short video of their favourite lesson to O2 Learn and receive a free mobile broadband pack 2. Thousands of students across the country watch and rate the lessons that are useful to them 3. O2 Learn award prizes to the best lessons every week. Visit O2 Learn to find out more....

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Explania – instructional animations
Feb03

Explania – instructional animations

Explania is a website which contains loads of animated explanations, interactive tutorials and instructional videos. The site covers a wide range of topics from “What is Twitter?” to “The Human Heart” as well as software guides for MS Office and more. For example How to apply conditinal formatting in Excel 2007 It even tries to explain the offside rule in football: What is offside in football? – Explania It’s rather a strange mix of videos, some will be useful for teachers, whilst others might want to be avoided. But it is worth a look and you might find a few gems in there that you will find useful. Videos are pulled in from YouTube so if you school blocks YouTube you won’t be able to access the videos. Thanks to Richard Byrne at Free Tech for Teachers for the link Take a look at Explania and let me know what you think in the comments.  ...

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Espresso Education : Video in the Classroom
Jan31

Espresso Education : Video in the Classroom

A short video by Espresso Education about the power of video in the classroom. Take a look! I deliver freelance training for Espresso and think it’s a fantastic resource to have in the classroom. Access some free Espresso resources here....

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YouTube for Schools Launches
Dec13

YouTube for Schools Launches

Following on from Septembers launch of YouTube for Teachers, comes the launch today of YouTube for Schools. YouTube for Schools “lets schools access free educational YouTube videos while limiting access to other YouTube content. Students can learn from more than 400,000 educational videos, from well-known organizations like Stanford, PBS and TED, and from up-and-coming YouTube partners with millions of views. Schools can also customize their YouTube for Schools experience, adding videos that are only viewable within their school network.” School admins and teachers can log in and watch any video, but students cannot log in and can only watch YouTube EDU videos and videos that their school has added. All comments and related videos are disabled and search is limited to YouTube Edu videos. It’s an interesting idea, and only time will tell if this will convince many schools and local authorities to unblock access to YouTube and allow access in this way. Schools can find out more and sign up at http://www.youtube.com/schools...

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FileLab – online video and audio editing
Nov29

FileLab – online video and audio editing

FileLab is an online Video and Audio editor. It’s a free, alternative to software such as Windows MovieMaker or Audacity. OK, both of those are already free, but especially in the case of MovieMaker any alternative is welcome. FileLab provides a very user-friendly editor. I had a play with the video editor and found it quite simple to add some clips, add text over the top and create a transition. There are quite a few video effects and transitions available. To use the site you do need to install a plugin – so you might need to speak to your ict technician to get it installed on your school computers. The same plugin is used for both the audio and the video editor. Also – to download your finished movie you will need to sign in to the site with either your Facebook, Google or Yahoo accounts. This may be a problem in schools. There’s no option to sign up directly with the website. You could set up a class Google or Yahoo account I guess. If you are looking for an alternative to MovieMaker (and who isn’t) – then it’s well worth taking a look at FileLab. Try it out at : https://www.filelab.com/...

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BBC Nature Video Collections
Nov26

BBC Nature Video Collections

The BBC Nature Video Collection is a large library of video clips from the excellent BBC Natural History archive, many narrated by the legend that is Sir David Attenborough. The video clips include some from the amazing Frozen Planet, the latest exploration into the remote and isolated polar environments. Some of the scenes are totally jaw-dropping. For example the Brinicle; icy finger of death Other other collections include Minibeasts, Baby Animals, Dinosaurs and more. Teachers looking for clips of animals/plants to use in science lessons may well find something useful here. Clips can be embedded into your VLE or website. It’s an excellent collection of science clips and I definitely recommend bookmarking it. I’m not sure if these clips will be available outside the UK. Can any of my US/Canadian visitors check and leave a comment? Take a look at : http://www.bbc.co.uk/nature/collections For more Science media clips, I’ve bookmarked a few at : http://www.delicious.com/dannynic/essentialmedia+science...

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Science Videos from Twig
Oct19

Science Videos from Twig

Twig is a website that provides over 500 3-minute films for Science at KS3 and GCSE level. It’s a subscription service, so schools will have to pay annually for access to the resource. You can access a selection of free movies here. Take a look and see what you think. The Twig service is accessed via the web, rather than via a Cachebox like some of its competing services like Clipbank. Also it is only geared to science, rather than a whole-curriculum approach like Clipbank. Let me know what you think of Twig in the comments below....

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How Science Works : Clip Bank Resources from BP
Sep30

How Science Works : Clip Bank Resources from BP

How Science Works – Clip Bank is a new free interactive Science/Chemistry resource from the BP Educational Service. It provides students aged 11-16 with some very useful examples of real-life science in action. The topics covered in this resource include: Hydrocarbons from crude oil; Properties of hydrocarbons; Polymerisation; Combustion of fuels; Energetic reactions. Short multimedia clips show students the real-life application of science within the context of BP’s petrochemical business. Linked to the UK curricula for Science and Chemistry, How Science Works – Clip Bank features a range of multi-media, including video clips, animations, interactive activities and photo slideshows. The site also contains teacher guidance and curriculum links for Key Stage 3 (KS3) and links to the major exam boards at Key Stage 4.   It’s a useful resource, that’s well worth a look if you are looking for resources to teach chemistry or How Science Works. You need to register with the BP site to access the resources, but registration is free. You can see a preview of one of the videos before you register. Find out more at www.bp.com/bpes/howscienceworks...

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YouTube Launches New Site for Teachers
Sep21

YouTube Launches New Site for Teachers

Teachers who love YouTube will be interested to know that today YouTube have launched a channel specifically aimed at teachers : http://www.youtube.com/teachers. It contains guides on how to use YouTube in the classroom, as well as curated video playlists that will be suitable for teachers to use. For teachers who have yet to really use YouTube it’s a great place to start. Experienced users may still learn something new. You can also sign up to the YouTube Teachers Community and receive regular updates from the YouTube team, including tips and tricks for incorporating YouTube in your classroom, best practices from other teachers, and great new content uploaded on YouTube. According to Mind Shift, the new teachers site is part one of two big YouTube projects for teachers. In the next couple of weeks, a bigger announcement will be made about huge changes that will address many of the concerns teachers have had about using YouTube videos in the classroom. This still won’t help you if your local authority/school block access to YouTube for everyone. Try and get them to at least open it up for teacher logins – there are so many useful resources out there it’s a shame to block access. Don’t forget that there is also YouTube Edu which has lots of educational videos on it as well....

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The Kid Should See This
Sep12

The Kid Should See This

The Kid Should See This describes itself as “Off the grid-for-little-kids videos and other smart stuff collected by Rion Nakaya and her three year old co-curator.” It’s a great eclectic mic of videos and other weird stuff that might provide “awe and wonder” in a lesson, or that you might want to bookmark for those times you want to show something a little different. Mostly embedded from YouTube so you’d still need access to show in school. Take a look at : http://thekidshouldseethis.com/ hat tip to Jonathan Wylie for the link.    ...

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Mimio Training Videos
Aug31

Mimio Training Videos

If you own a Mimio interactive whiteboard then you’ll be interested in this YouTube channel that contains several useful videos on how to use the Mimio software. http://www.youtube.com/user/DYMOMimio You can also find training materials and support via the official Mimio website. You can download the most recent version of the Mimio software (version 8) by going here. (Trial version, needs activation key)    ...

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Science and Maths Videos from Brightstorm
Aug15

Science and Maths Videos from Brightstorm

Brightstorm is a beta site which hosts a large number of Science and Maths videos. There are over 2500 videos on the site covering many different aspects of High School Science and maths. From what I can see, the videos consist of teachers giving lecture-style presentations with occasional graphics. This makes them good for revision, although they may not be the most eye-catching or exciting videos. Each video comes with an accompanying transcript of the audio which is a useful feature. Firstly it makes the video more accessible plus a teacher could copy/paste the text into a worksheet and create a comprehension activity related to the video. Videos are grouped by topic, plus US teachers/students can search for videos linked to the major textbooks. Some of the content is free, and some needs to be paid for. The Maths and Science videos are free—these 2,500+ videos cover every topic in Algebra 1, Geometry, Algebra 2, Precalculus, Trigonometry, Calculus, Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The paid content includes additional tools such as a Maths Homework Checker and test preparation programs which include practice quizzes, downloadable materials and full-length practice exams. Check it out : http://www.brightstorm.com What do you think of Brightstorm? Leave a comment and let me know....

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