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Monday, April 4, 2016

What Would Happen if You Didn't Drink Water? - And 12 Other TED-Ed Lessons About the Human Body

What Would Happen if You Didn't Drink Water? is the title of latest TED-Ed lesson. The lesson addresses items like how much water should a person drink, how much water a body loses during an average day, and the effects of dehydration. The lesson also addresses what can happen when you consume too much water.

This lesson is the latest that I've added to a playlist that I call TED-Ed Human Body. Some of the other lessons in the playlist cover blood pressure, kidney function, and liver function. The entire playlist is embedded below.

How to Create Self-paced Review Quizzes on Quizzy

Quizzy is a free tool that allows you to quickly create and publish self-paced review quizzes for your students. After I reviewed it last week I received a few emails from folks who had some questions about how it works. I created the following video to answer those questions and more. The nice thing about Quizzy is that your students don't need to create usernames and passwords to take your practice quizzes. The downside to that is you don't have a good way to see which students have used your review quizzes and which students haven't used your review quiz.


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As you may have noticed in the video, you can print Quizzy quizzes with just one click in your Quizzy account.

Quizzy could be a good tool for creating practice quizzes for your students. At this time Quizzy doesn't have a mechanism for you to record students' scores on the quizzes that they take.

Capture Student Ideas with VideoNot.es & Google Classroom


This is a guest post from Avra Robinson (@AvraRachel) of EdTechTeacher, an advertiser on this site.

If you’ve used VideoNot.es, you know that it is a powerful application that allows users to take time-stamped, synchronized notes alongside a YouTube, Vimeo, Khan Academy, edX, Udacity or Coursera video.  Students using this app can record their thoughts and ideas to share with their peers, their teacher, or to refer to later as they review concepts.  Teachers can use VideoNot.es to gain a glimpse into their students’ thinking as well as to ensure that they have actively engaged with video content.Screen Shot 2016-03-25 at 1.36.05 PM

But what if teachers are using Google Classroom?  Do the two programs work together?   A few days ago, a participants from our EdTechTeacher T21 cohort raised that question.  After some exploring, here’s what I discovered:

Teachers who are using Google Classroom can push videos out through Classroom with a few easy steps.  First, students and teachers connect the VideoNot.es app to their Google Drive.  Next, teachers select the video that they want their students to watch and import it into VideoNot.es. Teachers can also add their own annotations or notes in the form of statements or questions to guide student learning.  This teacher-annotated copy of the VideoNot.es file gets automatically saved in the teacher’s Google Drive.

Because VideoNot.es are saved in Google Drive, when teachers create the assignment in Google Classroom, they can pull the VideoNot.es file from their Google Drive.  As demonstrated in this animation, teachers can simply select the Google Drive icon, navigate to the VideoNot.es folder, and select the VideoNot.es file.  The best part is that teachers can then assign an individual copy to each student using Google Classroom’s “Make a copy for each student” option in the drop-down menu.

Google Classroom and Video Notes

Once teachers push out the VideoNot.es file, students will open it in Google Classroom much like they would open a Google Doc.

Tech Tip: If students encounter the Google Drive preview screen that seems to indicate that Drive is unsure of which program to use to open the file, they should use the Open With drop-down menu, select VideoNot.es, and use it to open the file.

Upon taking notes and completing the assignment, students will “Turn in” their VideoNot.es file in a similar fashion as other assignments--using the Turn In button in Google Classroom.

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Upon receiving the completed assignment, the teacher can then open it to see their writing.  After opening the file, teachers can review the student’s notes, get a snapshot into their learning, and formatively assess comprehension of the material set forth in the video.

Looking to learn more about Google Apps and Chromebooks this summer? Avra Robinson will be leading a number of workshops this summer with EdTechTeacher.