Showing posts with label Teacher Training Videos. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Teacher Training Videos. Show all posts

Monday, May 23, 2011

Dozens of SMART Board Tutorial Videos

Fusion Universal produces short instructional videos about a wide range of technology topics. A subscription is required for viewing most of their videos, but their videos about SMART Boards appear to be entirely free for the viewing. Fusion Universal offers more than three dozen SMART Board tutorial videos. The videos cover everything from turning on a SMART Board to creating lesson activities. The videos do have to be viewed on the Fusion Universal site as they do not offer an option for sharing the videos any other way.

H/T to Dianne Krause.

Applications for Education
If you're the person responsible for training people in your school how to use SMART Boards, directing people to these videos could save you some time by not having to repeatedly answer common questions like, "how do I turn this thing on?"

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Week in Review - The Most Popular Posts

Good morning from snowy Maine. After a day of 60F temperatures we're back to snow. But that's okay, I have blog posts to write for all of you. Including this week's Week in Review.

Here are the most popular posts of the week:
1. Interactive Maps and Images About the Earthquake in Japan
2. Time Lapse Visualization of the Earthquake in Japan
3. 5 Periodic Table Games
4. Fukushima Nuclear Reactor Problem Explained
5. Popplet - Interactive Mind Maps and Sticky Notes
6. Loads of Great Teacher Training Videos
7. New Discussion Features in Google Docs

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Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Loads of Great Teacher Training Videos

When you're trying to figure out how to use a new piece of software or a new web application, searching YouTube for how-to videos often returns some useful stuff. But for teachers there is a better place to turn to and that place is Russell Stannard's Teacher Training Videos. Russell Stannard's videos are screencasts in which he walks viewers through the process of using software and web applications from beginning to end. The videos are categorized by the purpose of the application  such as blogging, podcasting resources, online quizzes, file sharing, IWB, etc. There are also categories for EFL and MFL.

Applications for Education
If you're a teacher that is new to using Web 2.0 tools in your classroom, take a look at Russell Stannard's Teacher Training Videos to learn how to use some great tools in your classroom.

The next time you're about to create a new screencast to show your colleagues how to use one of your favorite web applications, take a look at Russell Stannard's Teacher Training Videos and you just might save yourself a lot of time.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Why Pay for a Free Video?

Yesterday, I wrote a post about the three Common Craft videos that should be in every technology integrator's training library. In that post I mentioned that if you're using the videos you should probably pony-up the money for the licensing (it's cheap). I've gotten a couple of emails this morning asking why should someone buy the video when it can be viewed for free online. I wrote about that question last fall so rather than rehashing it, I've included that post below.

A couple of days ago I Tweeted that I was buying a copy of Common Craft's video Wikis in Plain English. The fact that I bought anything may come as a shock to some readers. After all, this is Free Technology for Teachers and you can watch all of the Common Craft videos for free at various places on the Internet. So why did I purchase Wikis in Plain English? I purchased a copy of it because I will be conducting some workshops over the next few months in which Wikis in Plain English will be useful. Since I will be getting paid for those workshops, using the free version of the Common Craft videos would not be right. Put another way, Lee and Sachi put a lot of their time and effort into the production of their videos, for me to profit from their work without paying for that work would be like stealing. Therefore, I bought a copy of Wikis in Plain English and will purchase other videos from Common Craft as needed. Unfortunately, there are a lot of people that haven't come to the same conclusion that I have and have abused the work of Lee and Sachi Lefever. Because of those abuses, the newest Common Craft video is not embeddable although you can still view it for free on Common Craft.

I know this post might sound like a sales pitch for Common Craft so please know that I don't have any affiliation with or financial interest in Common Craft. I posted this just to share that even for a cheapskate like me there are times when it is appropriate to spend money for quality online content.

Update: Common Craft offers a discount to schools. Click here to get the details from them.

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Tech Training Wheels - How-to Videos for Teachers

Tech Training Wheels is a new video sharing site designed and built by five Google Certified Teachers. The purpose of the site is to share how-to videos for teachers. Right now the videos on the site are five videos on the site and they are all how-to videos related to using Google products. The site is open to user contributions. Watch the video below for an introduction to Tech Training Wheels.

Applications for Education
Tech Training Wheels could be a good resource for technology integration specialists.

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Sunday, September 27, 2009

Technology Integration - Myths and Opportunities

Late last week I came across this great video while reading the comments on a post by Angela Maiers. The video features Alan November discussing the myths and opportunities of using technology in the classroom. In the video Alan mentions how there needs to be a paradigm shift by educators from the model of teacher centered curriculum to student centered curriculum and how that shift can happen with proper technology integration practices. The video is thought provoking and well worth thirteen minutes of your time.

Myths and Opportunities: Technology in the Classroom by Alan November from Brian Mull on Vimeo.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Free Teacher Training Videos - Including Moodle

Russell Stannard has recently added some new videos to his excellent website Teacher Training Videos. The newest additions include two videos about Moodle and two videos about creating screencasts.

Applications for Education
If you're new to using technology in the classroom, Teacher Training Videos is a must-bookmark website. If you're a teacher looking for videos to supplement the instruction you give to students, Teacher Training Videos is good resource for you to have.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Moodle Tutorial Videos

If you're a new Moodle user Moodle Tutorials could be a great reference for you. Moodle Tutorials provides a free place for users to share the video tutorials that they create. As long as your video is about Moodle, you can contribute to Moodle Tutorials. Every video on the Moodle Tutorials website is accompanied by an embed code and a download option.

If you would like to use Moodle, but your school doesn't support installing it on your local network, you may want to consider using Global Classroom's free hosting options.
Update: May 2012 - Moodle Tutorials seems to have gone offline. 

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Making the Case for Change

One of the many education blogs in my RSS reader is Jose Picardo's Box of Tricks. Today, I found an excellent video that Jose recently created titled I Teach, Therefore You Learn... or Do You? The video makes a good case for embracing changes in teaching methods through the use of technology. One of the points Jose make that I can see myself using when talking to those reluctant to change is; we don't ask students to read hand-written documents, yet we still ask them to produce much of their work that way. I encourage you to watch the video and check out Jose Ricardo's Box of Tricks for more ideas about using technology in the classroom.

The video is embedded below.

I teach, therefore you learn... or do you? from José Picardo on Vimeo.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Teacher Training Videos

I might be a little late to the party on this one, but I just discovered Teacher Training Videos, so I'm passing it along. Teacher Training Videos is produced by Russell Stannard. Russell produces videos demonstrating how to use a variety of Web 2.0 tools. Russell's videos start with the basics and finish with advanced features and ideas about using the tools in education.

Applications for Education
If you're new to using technology in the classroom, Teacher Training Videos is a must-bookmark website. If you're a teacher looking for videos to supplement the instruction you give to students, Teacher Training Videos is good resource for you to have.