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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Crayola for Educators

Crayola for Educators is a website that contains all sorts of resources for teachers. There is an online store that has every Crayola product you can imagine. The store is searchable by product, type, age, and price. The site contains links to free printable coloring pages as well as videos that show different techniques.

The Educators menu has links to research that demonstrates the compelling need for art-infused education. It also has information about grants, professional development, and lesson plans. There are lesson plans for Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies and Visual Arts which can be filtered by categories and grade level.

Crayola is offering a new professional development called createED for teacher leaders and coaches. The program can provide onsite training, implementation resources, and remote coaching to provide teachers with art-infused teaching strategies.

Applications for Education
These resources help teachers in all subjects and across all grades incorporate art into their classrooms.

iSLCollective Video Quiz Creator

iSLCollective is an interactive video quiz creator that allows students to interact with videos while they watch them.

Once you create an account you can upload a video from either YouTube or Vimeo. Once your video has uploaded you can begin adding any number of question types such as including fill in the gap, matching, multiple choice, and open ended.  You can add as many questions as you wish. Once you are finished and you have published your video lesson you can select several different play modes to share with students. If you would rather use a video lesson that has already been created then you might be able to find what you are looking for in the video library.

Applications for Education
There are numerous ways to use this tool in the classroom. Teachers could create video lessons for students to watch at their own pace. Teachers could take it another step and make their own instructional videos, upload them to YouTube or Vimeo, then create a video lesson with them. Since the teacher is controlling the content, this service can be used with students in all grade levels and subjects.

Google Classroom, Grants, and Feedback - The Week in Review

Good evening from Maine where it was a perfect autumn day for apple picking. Isla thoroughly enjoyed her first trip to the orchard. Wherever you are this weekend, I hope that you had time for outdoor fun too.

This week I hosted a webinar on how to create a great classroom blog. If you missed it, it is now available to stream on-demand. Click here to access How to Create a Great Classroom Blog. Next week I am hosting three free webinars. You can find those webinars listed here.

Here are this week's most popular posts:
1. Enhance Your Google Classroom Experience
2. Grants for Teachers
3. How to Force Copy of Drive File and Shorten URL for Easy Sharing
4. How to Include Video Feedback in Google Forms
5. Current Events Sites for Students
6. Five Great Add-ons for Google Forms
7. Read&Write Assistive Technology App

Throughout the school year I am fortunate to work with many schools on their technology integration needs. I would love to help your school too. Click here to learn about my professional development services.

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Top 6 Resources to Teach About Yellowstone National Park


Yellowstone National Park made headlines recently after a meeting the International Association of Volcanology and Chemistry where researches from Arizona State University presented evidence that geologic changes in the park might actually occur much faster than previously thought. However, it is still very unlikely that Yellowstone will have a major eruption in our lifetime.

Yellowstone National Park is a symbol of the American West and it continues to be a favorite place for students to research. Let's take a look at some of the best resources you can use to teach about the park.


How to Create a Video on Typito

Typito is a new-to-me video creation tool about which I wrote a short review last weekend. Typito sits comfortably between the simplicity of tools like Animoto and the complexity of tools like WeVideo. I received a few questions about Typito during the week so I made the following video to demonstrate how it works.