Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Free Webinar - Teach With Video

This is late notice, but I want to put it out there anyway. Tomorrow (June 10) at 3pm EST, Steven Katz and Simple K12 are presenting a free webinar about teaching with video. Steven is the author of Teach With Video, a practical guide to integrate video projects into the subjects you teach. Register for the webinar here.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web
Using Screen Captures to Enhance Instructions
How to Put a Video Editor on Your School's Website

Allegory of the Cave - In Claymation

Book seven of Plato's The Republic is commonly referred to as "the allegory of the cave." As a high school student I had to read it. At that time I wasn't what you'd call a "literary scholar" and struggled to "get it." Even after my teacher, Mr. Dietrich, patiently tried to explain it to me I still didn't quite "get it." If only Mr. Dietrich had had the following video at his disposal I might have understood the story a little better.

H/T to Open Culture.

If you're planning to teach Plato's The Republic in a future lesson and you are in need of more copies of the text, you can get it for free through Google Books.

Applications for Education
If you find yourself working with students who struggle to understand the allegory of the cave, this video might help them get a better picture of the story.

Video Tour of Facebook's Privacy Settings

David Lee King is a librarian and blogger who writes about libraries, the web, and how the two can play together. I discovered his blog today through Jason Falls and enjoyed spending some time exploring Mr. King's blog posts and presentations. Today, David Lee King's post is a video tour of Facebook's latest privacy options, what the different options mean, and how to opt in or opt out of Facebook's privacy settings. Watch the video below.

Applications for Education
Unfortunately, not all of our students that use Facebook understand what the various privacy settings mean. If you find yourself with an opportunity to teach this to students, this video could be a nice supplement to your instructions.

Now Live - Archive Your Ning Network's Content Now

Ning's April announcement that they were discontinuing their free services left many people wondering what would happen to their networks' content if they didn't upgrade to a paid plan. On Monday, Ning announced that they were developing a tool that would allow network creators to download all of the content of their networks. That tool is now live. To use the Ning network archiver you will have to install it on your computer, you can download it here.

Tools for the Modern Teacher - Great eBook

Michael Zimmer, who writes The Pursuit of Technology Integration Happiness, has published a great 17 page ebook titled Tools for the 21st Century Teacher. In the ebook Michael outlines a variety of web-based tools that can be used in almost any classroom regardless of content area. Michael does a particularly good job of explaining Prezi and Glogster and how those two resources can be used in the classroom. You can view the document below or download it here.

Applications for EducationIf you're looking for a good primer on web-based instructional tools to share with your colleagues, this ebook is a winner.

Here are some related items that may be of interest to you:
Free 33 Page Guide - Google for Teachers
Beyond Google - Improve Your Search Results
Free Guide - Making Videos on the Web