Want to use more video in your lessons?

Here are a couple of great resources for using videos. 

First: A chart of over 30 great YouTube channels to which
you might want to subscribe.

The second is the Teach With Movies website, which  is a searchable collection of lesson plans that go with movies arranged by subject, age, or just titles A-Z. Definitely worth a look!




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!

Excellent video app for iPad

I am and will always be a fan of slideshow software.
Animoto has always been my favorite and Voicethread has done a lot of updating to stay in my top three, but for those of you who have made the switch to iPads, Haiku Deck is a convenient app that will help you make amazing slideshows with the touch of a screen.

They even have a Pinterest board so you can see some examples of slideshows created by other teachers and judge for yourself.

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!

Stop Motion in the classroom

At TIE, Ms Angel Gallegos-Jung from Littleton presented on the use of stop motion movies in class.

For some of her examples, you can visit her YouTube channel:

And if you would like to make your own, below are wome of the tools she highlighted for us:  The Jellycam requires download and install. Right now, it’s free, but there is a “donate” option if you like the tool. SAM animation is a recommended app that is for K-12 teachers as well.

We discussed the LEGO Super Heroes app on iTunes, but had no hands-on experience.