Saturday, June 20, 2009

Snag Films Solves Two Problems For Me

Snag Films is a website that features full length, high quality, well known documentaries. Documentaries from National Geographic and Nova can be watched for free on Snag Films as well as documentaries from independent film makers. In total there are 700 documentary videos on Snag Films. You can browse Snag Films by genre or by video producer.

The "snagging" part of Snag Films lies in the option to share the documentaries by embedding them into your blog, website, or social network profile for free. Below I've embedded Whales in Crisis produced by National Geographic.

Applications for Education
Snag Films is great for teachers because it makes many documentaries available for free and on demand. You don't have to go searching through your school library, rummaging through your department's storage closet, or spend any of your limited budget on a film that you may only use a few times per year.
Snag Films presents a solution to a problem I always run into when showing a documentary in class. The problem is every time I show a documentary in class, there seems to be one or two absent students who then need to watch the film either after school or in the viewing room in the library. By embedding the documentary into your class blog or website (you did set one up this summer, right?) those students who were absent the day the class watched the film can now watch it any time from any computer.

I'm away on my annual "school's out for summer" fishing trip. A few of the blog posts this week are taking a look back at resources that I wrote about in the early days of this blog before it had much of a following. I'll be back online on Wednesday evening at which time I'll be moderating comments.

Yarp - Simple Invitations and Surveys

There are many free options for creating surveys on the web. Yarp may be the simplest of all the options. Using Yarp you can a simple one question survey or one line event invitation. To create a Yarp survey select "survey" on the homepage, type a question, then select your answer format. All answer formats present only two options along the lines of "true or false" or "yes or no." Yarp invitations use the same format styles as Yarp surveys.

Applications for Education
Yarp is a simple tool that could be used for quickly surveying a class to check for their understanding of a concept.

Here are some related resources that may be of interest to you:
Quizlet Create and Share Flashcards
My Studiyo - Create Quizzes for Your Blog
Zoho Challenge - Online Test Creation and Administration