In this week's video tech tip I share my secret for delivering more effective substitute teacher lesson plans to the substitute and my students.All you need to make a video through Viddler is a webcam and an Internet connection. Check out Viddler.com and try creating your own video lesson plan. … [Read more...] about Thursday Tech Tip Video
Earlier this week Google quietly rolled-out an improved system for handling comments on Blogger blogs. Blogger (owned by Google) now places new comments into one of two categories when they are received. Those categories are "awaiting moderation" and "spam." You can review the comments and choose to reject or publish them. Google also introduced, finally, an easy way to go back and view all comments on your posts. The new "comments inbox," located under the new comments tab, shows the comments you've published and provides a direct link to the post on which the comment was published. This should make it much easier to respond to comments left on older posts that haven't been on the front page of your blog for a while. Read more about these new comment options on the Blogger Buzz Blog and on the Blogger Help Page. … [Read more...] about Finally! Better Comment Control On Blogger
Harvest of History is a website produced by the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown, New York (also the site of the Baseball Hall of Fame). Harvest of History is designed to help students and teachers explore the origins and development of modern farming practices. The basis for Harvest of History is to explore the question, "where did your last meal come from?"Applications for EducationHarvest of History is designed with elementary school students in mind. The teachers' page provides 16 lesson plans for use with students of fourth grade age. The question, "where did you last meal come from?" and some of the content of Harvest of History could also be used with older students to spark discussion about the development of modern agriculture. … [Read more...] about Harvest of History
The Iditarod sled dog race across Alaska starts tomorrow. The Iditarod presents teaching opportunities as it engages some students through adventure and other students through their interest dogs. I've compiled a short list of resources for teaching about the Iditarod.Image credit: Flickr user ra64The Official Iditarod website is probably the best place to start looking for teaching resources. The Teacher's Resource page of the Official Iditarod website has 15 lesson plans and activities for classroom use. The Learn About page of the Iditarod website has some good background information about the race including lists of past winners, profiles of past winners, a photo gallery, and a glossary of musher (racer) terminology.For your students who are interested in learning about the dogs used to pull the sleds over the 1100 mile Iditarod course, the American Kennel Club is a good place to find information about Alaskan Malamutes and Siberian Huskies.The From Alaska Educational Program has … [Read more...] about Learning About the Iditarod Sled Dog Race
The Sierra Club is looking for a summer intern to fill its "best internship on Earth." From what I can gather from the Sierra Club's application page, the primary responsibility of the intern is tobe a video blogger. The intern will go on Sierra Club outreach outings and create videos of the experiences. The chosen intern will receive a stipend of $2500 to live in the San Francisco area for the summer. Additionally, the intern's travel to all outings will be paid for and the intern will receive approximately $2000 worth of outdoor clothing and gear. Applicants must be between the ages of 18 and 25. You can read more about this opportunity here.Applications for EducationIf you work with students who have an interest in the outdoors and are between the ages of 18 and 25, you might want to pass along this opportunity to them. Likewise, if you have an adventurous video production student this opportunity might pique his or her interest. … [Read more...] about The Best Internship on Earth!