Monday, July 8, 2019

How to Refine a Search According to Top-level Domain

One of the overlooked search strategies that I often share with students and their teachers is refining Google search results according to top-level domain. Refining a search according to top-level domain is a good way for students to discover high-quality content that might not otherwise rank highly in their search results. The process of refining a search according to domain is rather easy, but it's a strategy that is often overlooked by students and teachers. In the video below I provide a demonstration of how to refine Google search results according to domain.

Learn more about search strategies in my Practical Ed Tech on-demand webinar, Ten Search Strategies Students Need to Know

How to Embed Wakelet Collections Into Google Sites and Edublogs

In my previous post I provided an overview of the basics of using Wakelet to create collections of your bookmarks, notes, pictures, videos, and documents. Once you've made a few Wakelet collections you may want to share them with your students. There are a few ways that you can do that. You can share Wakelet collections to Google Classroom, Microsoft Teams, and just about any place you can post a link. You can also share your collections by embedding them into your blog or website.

In the following video I demonstrate how to embed a Wakelet collection into an Edublogs blog and how to embed a Wakelet collection into Google Sites.

How to Get Started Using Wakelet

In the last year Wakelet has become a popular tool amongst teachers for creating collections of bookmarks, notes, videos, pictures, and documents. Wakelet can be used to create individual collections. It can also be used to collaboratively create collections. Collections made on Wakelet can be private, public, or unlisted (semi-public). Unlike some of its competitors, Wakelet doesn't limit the number of collections that you can create within your account.

If you have been looking for a new way to create online collections of resources, you should give Wakelet a try. Watch my video below to learn how to get started using Wakelet.

Deserts 101 - A Nice Nat Geo Lesson

National Geographic offers a good series of more than one hundred YouTube videos designed to provide viewers with concise explanations of the big concepts of a variety of topics in science. The series includes videos about volcanoes, plastics creation and recycling, the solar system, and invasive species.

The latest video added to the National Geographic 101 series is Deserts 101. Deserts 101 covers exactly what you would expect to find in it. The video explains the conditions that create deserts, types of deserts, and why desertification is starting to occur in new places.

This video is the right length and has the right style and pacing to make it an excellent choice for a flipped lesson intended to introduce the big concepts of a lesson about deserts. My go-to tool for making flipped lessons continues to be EDpuzzle. You can learn how to use EDpuzzle by watching the following video.

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