Monday, November 14, 2011

Science Video Portal and Interactives

Over the weekend I posted a couple of good resources (here and here) for simple science videos and animations. This afternoon I came across another good source of science videos and animations. Science Magazine's Video Portal offers dozens of videos across a variety of topics in science. Each of the videos is connected to an article that you can read online or print for classroom distribution. The Science Interactives menu contains six interactive versions of posters they have published in recent years.

Applications for Education
Unfortunately, the videos in Science Magazine's Video Portal don't have embed codes for placing them in your blog or website so you will have to just link to them. The nice thing about the videos is that each of them is connected to a print article that your students can read. The videos could be a good support material to have students view after an initial reading of the connected print article.

Android Parental Control

Android Parental Control is a free app that limits access by others to your Android device's applications. With Android Parental Control installed you can create an "safe sandbox" of apps that your children can use on your phone without being able to accidentally access or change anything outside of that sandbox. You can also use Android Parental Control to password protect individual apps.

The reviews of Android Parental Control indicate that people either love the app or hate it. The people who gave the app poor reviews tended to indicate problems with installation or execution on a particular phone. For what it's worth, I installed the app on my Motorola Photonwithout a problem.

Applications for Education
If your school is using Android-powered tablets, Android Parental Control is one tool that you could use to try to prevent students from installing apps that they shouldn't or accessing applications that you don't want them to use.

Free Webinar on Assessment - What Do They Know?

Again this year MLTI (Maine Learning Technology Initiative) is hosting a series of webinars on topics related to teaching with technology. This week's webinar (hosted live at 3:15pm and 7:15pm EST on November 17) is the first of two discussions on summative and formative assessments. The webinar will discuss the differences between the two types of assessment and how to utilize the two to determine what students know and what they can do. Ideas from Dylan William, Rick Stiggins, and Ann Davies will be shared during this free webinar on assessment. If you cannot attend either of the live webinar sessions you should be able to find the archive on the Maine 1:1Website.