Peter Douglas shared this potentially valuable resource with us today.

Video is a Google app that allows students (and teachers) to load a video URL, watch the video and take notes simultaneously.

The student can then share the notes with his/her teacher, showing where in the video the notes are relevant. We found some simple


annotation tools as well, but needed more time and dedication to really play with them.

To try this tool, log in to your Google Drive, click on the Create button, and then click on “Connect more Apps” at the bottom of the pop up window that appears.  (apologies for the fuzziness)

Do a searc for Video and it should be your first result.

Install, Allow access, and try it out!


Create Video with a free app

Educreations is an online space where users can create, share, and view videos made with iPads for educational purposes. It’s a free download and it can be a great tool for sharing projects.

Looking for online tools for providing feedback?

I love being paperless, but not everyone loves the same tools for providing feedback.

Fortunately, there is a variety of options out there and we can choose our favorites!

Here’s a handy list from which to choose:

Educational Videos

Looking for free educational videos arranged by subject and topic?

First, I assert that DPS’s subscription to Safari Montage is the best option, with closed captions, attached lesson plans and discussion guides, the ability to show only a brief portion of any clip, and to make your own playlist.  This fall, teachers should be able to upload our own files to our playlists as well.

However, WatchKnowLearn offers a wide variety of clips that are accessible by students. This makes it a more flexible option for now. Check it out!

Students and Wikipedia

This article in the Committed Sardine blog is a real thought-provoking addition to the age-old wikipedia discussion…They assert that students who could care less about accuracy in their papers submitted to the teacher are much more concerned about it when submitting to the public domain.  How might this affect your attitude toward Wikipedia in the classroom?

Infobytes for March


Looking for a place with Fair Use music clips? Try where you and your students can download and remix a variety of clips.


How about an online publishing option? Scribd offers a collaborative option for publishing academic papers and collections of articles about a particular subject. This is a great resource for publishing a class project.

We’ve been talking about Glogster in the library this week. It’s really a fun resource.  If  you are a creative, non-linear kind of person (Especially you scrapbookers!) this will appeal to you for poster projects and even as a classroom resource.  I put one together for the library, and it took me about 30 minutes from sign-up to publish.


Looking for an easy way to add audio to your classroom? offers free, easy podcasting options right from your phone. Record your message and use the app to send it out. This is being used in our World Languages department with great success.

We’ve mentioned online slideshow options like Voicethread, Animoto, and Sliderocket in previous entires, and now here’s another: It’s free and easy to use.


Want to jazz up your photo album a bit? will allow you to upload and edit your photos. Another option is which will share your edited photo on facebook, Tumblr, and Twitter.

You all know how much I love my Catalog card generator at, well now you can create your own Newspaper clipping! go to and create your own authentic-looking newspaper article!

Using Online Games for Learning

A while back, we talked about the online game for learning Finance and business, Gen I Revolution, that Jon Poole showed me. Here are a couple of interesting options for Science and Math:

Looking to teach anatomy with games? Richard Byrne posted about  the Anatomy Arcade: With jigsaw puzzles, Whack-a-Bone, and videos, this site can make science even more fun!

Looking for a fun math resource? Manga High offers a gaming-based option for teaching math in the K-12 classroom. It has high appeal for students and you can check out a few trial games before signing up. If you’d like more access to math videos, try Byrne’s blog entry, 7 great resources for Math Videos

Richard Byrne recently posted about History Buff, a website that offers free primary sources for students and teachers. The online newspaper archive is not very well populated yet and I would still recommend our Pop Culture Universe database  from ABC-Clio  or  DPL’s Newsbank database over this site if you are looking for historic newspapers, but there are some interesting options for you to explore, including the historic panorama tours.

Summer Infobytes part 2

There were a slough of new tools to pick and choose from at the summer conference here in Denver. Here are a few more favorites:

Wallwisher is a program similar to the virtual sticky notes.  You can use this as a collaborative tool for posting comments from the class in a more visual format.  You can drag and drop posts to rearrange them, embed pictures, and create some effective collaborative projects.

I’m sure this blog has mentioned Dropbox before, but this is another tool that merits a second mention. We use Senduit at TJ, but Dropbox is more flexible and can be used for collaboration. Students can create an account and add teachers as collaborators for documents. In this way, the teacher has the option to offer feedback during the drafting process. While Dropbox is a download, it is also an online storage option so, unlike Senduit, it’s permanent.

Still not jumping on the GoogleDocs wagon? Try TypeWithMe for an online collaborative document creation tool. Students share the link for the document and each student is assigned a different text color. You can see revisions and you know who typed what. This can be a good tool for in-class collaboration.

Want to use the clickers in the classroom but can’t yet purchase the set? Try Microsoft Mouse Mischief. This downloadable plug-in allows students to click on polls, charts, and other options using wireless mice. You can attach multiple mice to your computer and students can interact with your lesson plans. The introductory video on the homepage is a bit self-aggrandizing but this is a free interactive tool for use in the classroom.

Many of us have been using Zamzar for our online file conversion, but here’s a new fun tool: online-convert. This tool offers options for audio and video files,  documents and images, and even includes a hash tag generator and an e-book converter. I have bookmarked this one and put a shortcut on my desktop!

DPS offers kids NetTrekker, a subscription  moderated search engine that translates results into different languages and includes a read-aloud option. Another search option for free is Sweet Search. I’ve used it for the last couple of weeks and found the results to be satisfactory. Students get results that are teacher and librarian-approved, but the next test will be to see if any are blocked by the filtering system.

Hopefully these will be enough to play with until school begins. See you in August!