Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Learn All About the Holidays on PBS Kids

All About the Holidays is a collection of short videos from PBS Kids. The videos, designed for elementary school students, present short lessons on Hanukkah, Christmas, and Kwanzaa.  For pre-K students PBS Kids offers a separate collection of videos about the holidays. The pre-K collection has videos featuring Peg & Cat, Daniel Tiger, and Sid the Science Kid.

Applications for Education
It's a little late for this year, but you might find these videos helpful next year. Next year, have students complete this chart after watching the videos. (You may need to supplement the videos with some content of your own).

Christmas in Yellowstone

In browsing through Outside magazine's gallery of the Best National Park Photos of 2014 I was reminded of the documentary Christmas in Yellowstone. The documentary features the beauty of Yellowstone National Park in the winter. The most compelling aspect of the documentary is the chronicling of the struggles animals face to survive in the winter in the park. The documentary is embedded below.

Applications for Education
National Geographic Education offers 18 resources for teaching about the unique features of Yellowstone National Park. That collection is primarily focused on the geological aspects of Yellowstone.

How to Save Links In Facebook

Earlier today on the FreeTech4Teachers Facebook page someone asked how to save the links without tagging herself in a comment. The process is rather easy. When you see a post that you would like to save for later simply open the little drop-down menu that appears to the right of a post's title. In that drop-down menu you will see the option to save a link for later.
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To view your saved links just go to your Facebook homepage and select "saved."
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How to Syndicate / Republish an RSS Feed Through Your Blog or Website

Earlier this week I published a short post about an update to the RSS feed for this blog. Since then a couple of people have asked how to go about syndicating content from on their own blogs. I often have schools ask if they can do this as it provides a nice way for teachers to quickly see if there is a new tech tool that they want to explore.  In the video below I show you how you can syndicate the RSS feed through WordPress, Google Sites, and Blogger.

If you decide to syndicate my feed or that from any other blog, please set the widget to show the headline and first few sentences instead of the entire post. Publishing the entire post is akin to copying and pasting the entire post.