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Saturday, October 19, 2013

The Week in Review

It was a busy week here in the land of Free Technology for Teachers. Between moving into a new house and traveling to speak at WLMA 2013, I wasn't able to get as many posts published as I typically do every week. I'll make up for it soon. If you had a busy week too and want to quickly see what other educators liked this week, take a look at this week's most popular posts listed below.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Animated Math Lessons for Kids
2. Five Mathematics Glossaries for Kids
3. JST Virtual Science Center
4. Try Word Hippo for Definitions, Antonyms, Translations, and More
5. 7 Free iPad Apps for Science Lessons

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How to Create a Linked Series of YouTube Videos

In my previous post about PBS Math Club I mentioned that you could create similar videos by using the annotations tool in the YouTube video editor. If you would like to try this yourself, I have directions that will walk you through the process. Keep in mind that you can only annotate videos that you own and upload to your YouTube account.

PBS Math Club - Short Interactive Math Videos

PBS Math Club is a new YouTube channel in which students can watch and interact with math videos. Each of the videos contains a series of math lessons and challenge activities. To complete a challenge students click on the video to answer questions. If they answer correctly, they move on to the next question. If they answer incorrectly students are shown another video clip that explains the correct answer. Watch one of the videos below.


Applications for Education
PBS Math Club is just getting started. As more content is added to it, it could become a good source of flipped lesson materials. The videos utilize the YouTube annotations tool which you could also use to create your own series of interactive video lessons.

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