Why The Curious Engineer Doesn’t Make YouTube Videos Anymore

You have got to be able to connect this with lesson plans.  Not only lesson plans with Technology but also simply lesson plans in today’s education environment.

DIY Guide to Infographics

The folks at Marketing Tech Blog have created a Do It Your Self Guide to Infographics as an Infographic!

 I know what you’re thinking… another Infographic? Wait… I know I’ve been on a roll lately publishing every marketing infographic I can find on the Internet, but this one’s really great. If you’re wondering why there’s been explosive growth in Infographics, the folks at Voltier Creative have made… you got it… an Infographic explaining just that! We develop infographics for our clients and think this is a perfect explanation!

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JeopardyLabs: This is … not PowerPoint!

From a local computer science student comes …

JeopardyLabs allows you to create a customized jeopardy template without PowerPoint. The games you make can be played online from anywhere in the world. Building your own jeopardy template is a piece of cake. Just use our simple editor to get your game up and running.

Not interested in building your own jeopardy templates? Well that’s cool too. You can browse other jeopardy templates created by other people. It doesn’t get any better than this!

Workflow to Catch or Stay Up with Videos

I know, there are so many great resources to read, or watch, or learn about, where to start.

Let me tell you about my workflow to catch or stay up with videos about Technology and Media.  First find a great web site that has a long list of videos that someone has a clear purpose to gather and list.  My favorite is the list that Alec Couros put together, 90+Videos for Technology and Media Literacy, although he always is tweaking so it might be longer when you get to it.

Do not view them.  Look at ONE video.  The one I use in class is #11 (no, you have to go look for the title)and it is one of the most powerful videos I have shown ane elicits many reactions and I pursue many discussions and topics from it.  It also demonstrates why screencasting can outdistance powerpoint.

In a month, pick a section title that applies itself to you.  I am choosing his Mashups, Stop Motion, Animation and  Short Film section for my film class.  Watch THREE videos in the section you think can apply itself to your class.  Pick descriptions that speak to your interests, styles, or possible audience.

In another month, watch ONE video from each other section you have skipped.  Choose one the is appealing to you, for any possible reason.  Try applying one inside a classroom, perhaps a starter, perhaps a closer, or to reinforce a topic you are covering the next month.

Now, having integrated videos intospecific lessons and into generally delivered curriculum, you might find time to watch the rest of a section or TWO from each.  Pick any plan you can.  The point is to not worry or beat yourself up about not watching all of them.  Do what you can.  After a period of time, you will be farther and feel better than if you sit down and try to process the entire list and make sense of it for the year. Continue reading “Workflow to Catch or Stay Up with Videos” »

TeachStreet for Teachers

TeachStreet, a Yelp-like service for real world classes (cooking, dog obedience, music lessons, ballroom dance, foreign language, golf, yoga, etc.), is launching a marketplace feature for teachers to be able to coordinate payments from students. TeachStreet, which serves seven metropolitan areas in the U.S. including New York City, Silicon Valley/San Francisco and Seattle, allows instructors to upload information about classes. Users can look for available classes, and read and write reviews on the course and the instructor. Currently, the site includes a selection of more than 135,000 classes and teachers, across more than 700 subjects and categories. Continue reading “TeachStreet for Teachers” »