Friday, December 2, 2016

How to Distribute Digital Stickers Through Flubaroo

Earlier this week a new digital sticker option was added to Flubaroo. This option lets you apply a digital sticker to the grade reports that you send to your students through email or Google Drive. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how easy it is to use the new stickers option in Flubaroo.

To learn more about Flubaroo, watch my tutorials in the playlist below.

Showing Learning at a Higher Level Through Vocabulary

This is a guest post from Rushton Hurley, founder of Next Vista for Learning.

Can exploring a single vocabulary word show learning at a higher level?

One teacher in California decided to have students try focusing on a single idea from her English course, and one student decided to work with how language develops:

A key to deeper learning is getting students to go beyond simply identifying a term by showing its connections to larger themes. When the student can articulate more complex ideas within the story ("If this informal usage of the word didn't drive lexicologists made enough…"), the resulting video can set the bar for others.

You can have students choose videos from the set of finalists from the 90-second video contests at to come up with ideas for how they can show their learning in new ways.

Editor's Note:
Rushton Hurley is the founder of the fantastic educational video sharing site Next Vista for Learning. Rushton and I have spoken at the same conferences and shared meals many times over the years. If you get a chance to see him speak, do it!

Add Text Labels to Drawings & Pictures in SeeSaw Portfolios

In the two years since its initial launch SeeSaw has become one of my most frequently recommended digital portfolio tools. The team at SeeSaw is continuously developing new features to make it a better tool for students and teachers. The latest enhancement to SeeSaw comes in the form of a new labeling option in the SeeSaw iPad app.

SeeSaw now lets you apply text labels to the pictures and drawings that you or your students add to digital portfolios. This is in addition to the existing feature for drawing on top of images that you add to your portfolio. Watch the video below to see how the new text labeling feature works. Then check out SeeSaw's list of ten ways to use the labels.

Currently, the text labeling option is only available in the iOS version of SeeSaw. The feature will be available in the Android and web apps soon.

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