Tuesday, October 1, 2019

Creative Bridge - A Next Vista for Learning Video Contest

I have been a fan and supporter of Next Vista for Learning for the last decade. Next Vista is a video site for students and teachers to share video lessons with other students and teachers. Videos submitted to Next Vista are reviewed for accuracy before they appear on the site. Speaking of videos on the site, one of the ways that Next Vista acquires new submissions is through student and teacher video contests.

The latest Next Vista for Learning video contest is called Creative Bridge and it is now open for submissions. Submissions will be accepted until midnight on December 13th. Submissions received by November 15th receive bonus points. The contest is open to students and teachers. There is a category for student-produced videos, a category for teacher-produced videos, and a category for videos created through the collaborative efforts of teachers and students. Regardless of the category, all videos must teach a lesson in 90 seconds or less. The lesson can be about almost any concept a person would learn about in elementary, middle, or high school. Take a look at this video made by a Kindergarten class or any of the previous contest's finalists here for some inspiration.

Contest winners receive iTunes gift cards and the pride of showcasing their videos for a larger audience.

Complete Creative Bridge contest rules and guidelines are available here.

Google Forms Features You Should Know How to Use - Video

After Google Earth, Google Forms is the Google product that I get the most excited about helping other teachers use. From gathering survey data to organizing event registration to creating online quizzes there are lots of things that can be done efficiently if you know how to use Google Forms. That said, Google Forms has lots of little features that are sometimes overlooked even by people who have made lots of forms in Google Forms. In the following video I demonstrate five features of Google Forms that every teacher should know how to use (if they use Google Forms).

The add-on that I mentioned at the end of the video is called Certify'em. My tutorial on how to use is is embedded below.

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