Thursday, January 22, 2009

Obama's Inaugural Address Subtitled in 3 Languages

Dot Sub is a video sharing website that I wish more people would use. Dot Sub allows users to upload videos and subtitle the video in any language. Once your video is uploaded you can do the translating yourself or allow others to contribute to translation process. Dot Sub has uses in foreign language classes as well as for teaching students with hearing impairments.

Below you will see President Obama's inaugural address. Currently, the video can be watched with English, Spanish, or German subtitles.

Simple Lessons in Saving and Borrowing Money

Bank Jr. is an educational banking website designed for elementary school students. I discovered Bank Jr. through Donna Murray's excellent blog. Bank Jr. is an interactive website on which students can learn the in's and out's of banking. Bank Jr. has a glossary of terms, a help center, and savings wizards. Bank Jr. also provides students with a history of money and a look at how different countries use money. The teachers section of Bank Jr. provides an extensive glossary of terms and some lesson ideas. Bank Jr. does not provide full-length, detailed lesson plans, but it does provide PDF's of worksheets and handouts that teachers may find useful for teaching banking lessons.

Yesterday, Common Craft released a new video that explains borrowing money in plain English. As always, Common Craft does an excellent job of explaining what can be a complex topic in a very easy to understand form. The video is embedded below in Dot Sub form.

Applications for Education
Bank Jr. could be a good place for students to learn about saving money and commonly used banking terms. In the teacher section of Bank Jr. teachers can find PDF forms for teaching banking basics like keeping an accurate ledger.

The Common Craft video should be required viewing for high school and college students. Too many students get to college and get into debt in part because of ignorance about the pitfalls of borrowing more than you can afford to repay.

Here are a couple of other resources for teaching about banking and economics.
The History of Credit Cards in the United States
Saving Money in Plain English

Class Wish - School Supply Help for Teachers

Classwish is a service through which teachers can find people willing to help purchase supplies for their classrooms. Classwish operates in a very similar manner to Donors Choose. On Classwish, teachers can create a wish list of supplies that they need for classrooms that aren't provided in their school budgets. People looking to help teachers can purchase products on a teacher's list and receive a tax deduction for their purchase.

Applications for Education
Classwish, like Donors Choose, provides a great free service to teachers through which they can get the supplies they need for their classrooms. Register on Classwish to create your wishlist. If you would like to see how one teacher is using Classwish check out Kate's list on Teaching Learners with Multiple Special Needs.

Not Your Typical Football Player

This story has been circulating for a couple of months now. As I was recently reminded that not everyone follows NCAA Football news the way that I do, so I thought that I would share the story with those of you that haven't heard it. Myron Rolle is a football player at Florida State University, a sure-fire early NFL draft pick, and Rhodes Scholar! Rolle has announced that he is going to sit out the NFL draft and go to Oxford instead. In the video below Myron Rolle discusses his future on CNN.

Applications for Education
In this video you hear Myron Rolle discuss why he is choosing Oxford over the NFL. This interview could open the eyes of students who think that athletics is the only reason to go to college or that athletics is the only way to success.

Math TV - Video Mathematics Lessons

Math TV is a math video website that I learned about through the excellent Teaching College Math blog. Math TV provides an extensive collection of high quality mathematics tutorials. Math TV's video lessons cover basic mathematics and Algebra. Math TV videos are not easily embedded in other websites, but they are free and you can create your own individualized playlists.

Applications for Education
Math TV could be a useful website for middle school and high school mathematics to share with their students. Using the playlist option, teachers can create a playlist to match the content they are teaching in their classrooms. In this manner, Math TV makes a good supplement to a teacher's instruction for students to refer to when they are at home.

For more math video options, please see my lists of educational alternatives to YouTube here and here.