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Monday, September 2, 2013

Credit Card Responsibility & Debt - Share This With Your College Students

One of the first challenges that new college students encounter is the temptation to register for credit cards offered to students. Unfortunately, a lot of students don't understand just how quickly they can rack-up huge debts with these credit cards. Education can be the best prevention when it comes to debt. The following videos are worth sharing with new college students.

Credit Card Responsibility from Common Craft explains how credit cards work and how you can avoid getting into trouble with them.


Credit Card Debt Explained With a Glass of Water shows students how long it can take to pay off a credit card debt if they only make the minimum payments every month.

Three Tools for Improving Flipped Video Lessons

In the right setting the flipped classroom model can work well for some teachers and students. One of my concerns has always been that in many instances of flipped classrooms students watch a video then answer questions after the video is complete. While I don't think that that is inherently bad, I do like giving students the option to answer questions while watching the video or asking questions while watching the video. Here are three tools that provide students with the option to answer questions or ask questions while watching flipped classroom videos.

VideoNotes is a neat tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotes allows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen and on the right side of the screen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on. VideoNotes integrates with your Google Drive account. By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows you to share your notes and collaborate on your notes just as you can do with a Google Document.

Teachem is a service that uses the TED-Ed model of creating lessons based on video. On Teachem teachers can build courses that are composed of a series of videos hosted on YouTube. Teachers can write questions and comments in "flashcards" that are tied to specific parts of each video and display next to each video. Students can take notes while watching the videos using the Teachem SmartNote system.

Blubbr is a neat quiz creation service that I have raved about since I tried it for the first time back in January. Through Blubbr you can create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips. Your quizzes can be about anything of your choosing. The structure of the quizzes has a viewer watch a short clip then answer a multiple choice question about the clip. Viewers know right away if they chose the correct answer or not.

Moon Phases, Tides, and Oreo Cookies

In a recent post by Ryann Warlick I saw a nice infographic that features Oreo cookies being used to explain the phases of the moon. That infographic (embedded below) prompted me to do a quick search for some related videos. I found a couple of good ones on YouTube and one on Next Vista for Learning. Those videos are embedded below too.


Moon Phases Explained (with Oreos)
by mhars.
Explore more infographics like this one on the web's largest information design community - Visually.






Now That Your Students Have iPads... Great Advice from Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano

Yesterday afternoon, I had a long conversation with a friend who is excited about moving into a new school in which all of her students will have iPads. One of the things that we talked about was the challenge of getting teachers to use iPads for more than just "drill and kill" types of activities. To that end, I pointed my friend to Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano's blog where I had just seen her post titled What the iPad Is and What It Isn't. It

In addition to reading What the iPad Is and What It Isn't I recommend looking at Silvia's entire collection of presentations about iPads. If this school year is the first time that your students will have iPads in your classroom, scroll through I have iPads in the Classroom, Now What? You may also find iPads in Education - Examples from the Classroom to be a good source of direction for you and your colleagues.





The History of Holidays - Labor Day

Labor Day weekend is unofficially the last weekend of the summer for those of us in the U.S. and Canada. This is when many people will have backyard barbecues and attend parades. But do your students know the history of Labor Day and why it is celebrated? The videos below explain the history of Labor Day.

History of the Holidays is a series of videos from History. Each installment explains a different holiday. The Labor Day video is embedded below.


Why Do Americans and Canadians Celebrate Labor Day? Is a new TED-Ed lesson. The video is embedded below. You can find the full lesson here.


Applications for Education
Introduce these videos to students after asking them about what they did over the weekend and why they think that they had Monday off from school.

H/T to Larry Ferlazzo for the TED-Ed lesson. 

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