Showing posts with label video lectures. Show all posts
Showing posts with label video lectures. Show all posts

Monday, May 12, 2014

Twelve Good Tools for Building End-of-year Review Activities

The end of the school year will soon be upon us. This is the time of year that we think about activities that we can do to help students review the school year. At this time of the year I start to get a lot of requests for suggestions for tools to create review activities. Here are twelve good options.

Video-based review activities:
Blubbr is a neat quiz creation service that you can use to create video-based quizzes. Using Blubbr you can create interactive quizzes that are based on YouTube clips. Your quizzes can be about anything of your choosing. The structure of the quizzes has a viewer watch a short clip then answer a multiple choice question about the clip. Viewers know right away if they chose the correct answer or not. To create a quiz on Blubbr start by entering a topic for your quiz. After entering your topic enter a search for a video about that topic. Blubbr will generate a list of videos that you can select from to use in your quiz. When you find a video that works for you, trim the clip to a length that you like then write out your question and answer choices. Repeat the process for as many video clips as you like. Click here to try a short Blubbr quiz about the human heart.

eduCanon offers a free service for creating, assigning, and tracking your students' progress on flipped lessons. eduCanon allows teachers to build flipped lessons using YouTube and Vimeo videos, create questions about the videos, then assign lessons to their students. Teachers can track the progress of their students within eduCanon. To create lessons start by identifying a topic and objective then searching YouTube and Vimeo from within the eduCanon site. Once you've found a suitable video you can build multiple choice questions throughout the timeline of your chosen video. You can create as many lessons as you like and assign them to your students at any time.

VideoNotes is a neat tool for taking notes while watching videos. VideoNotes allows you to load any YouTube video on the left side of your screen and on the right side of the screen VideoNotes gives you a notepad to type on. VideoNotes integrates with your Google Drive account. By integrating with Google Drive VideoNotes allows you to share your notes and collaborate on your notes just as you can do with a Google Document. Use VideoNotes to share videos like those found on Hip Hughes History with your students and have them submit clarifying questions to you and to each other.

Games-based review activities:
Purpose Games is a free service that allows users to create custom games, share games, and play games. There are two styles of games that you can create and play on Purpose Games. The simpler of the two styles is a fairly basic multiple choice game. The other style uses images and maps on which players have to name the places represented by placemarks on the image or map. For an example, try this game about the skeletal system. Purpose Games gives game creators the option to make their games public or private. If you select the private option, only the people to whom you send invitations will be able to play your game. offers a free service teachers can use to create their own educational games. Games made on can be shared via email or embedded into a blog or website. (Yet another reason for having a class website or blog). provides fifteen easy to use templates with which teachers can make educational games for their students. There are also many pre-made games available on

Stencyl is a free program for creating flash-based games on your Mac or Windows computer. Using Stencyl you can create a fairly complex game even if you don't have any coding skills at all. That is possible because Stencyl uses a drag and drop interface to enable game creation. Stencyl provides a huge selection of characters, settings, and elements to add to each scene of your games. To create and direct the actions within your games Stencyl gives you a block-snapping interface to construct actions and sequences. The block-snapping interface will look familiar to people who have used Scratch or Android App Inventor.

Old, reliable flashcard activities:
Quizlet is a popular flashcard service that students can use in their web browsers or install as apps on their iOS and Android devices. Quizlet offers some helpful features in addition to the standard options of creating and sharing sets of flashcards. Quizlet offers a text-to-speech mode in eighteen languages. Second, they launched a new study mode that they've name "speller." Speller mode plays words for you that you then have to type correctly into the space provided. If you misspell the word that is read to you, Quizlet will show you your errors. Quizlet flashcards can be used without an internet connection if you have the Android or iOS app installed on your mobile device.

Flashcard Stash is a free vocabulary flashcard service for teachers and students. The service makes it easy to quickly create flashcards and sets of flashcards. As a registered user of Flashcard Stash when you type a word into a blank flashcard suggested definitions and sample context sentences are provided to you. You can then choose to add one or all of those definitions and sentences to your flashcard or you can write your own definitions and sentences. When making your own flashcards you can include images. If you don't have time to create your own flashcards you can choose to work with some of the pre-made lists of flashcards. Teachers registered on Flashcard Stash can create flashcard sets to share with their students. Teachers can create and manage multiple class lists within their accounts. Sharing class lists can be done by inviting students to view the flashcards via email or by posting a password-protected link to the lists on a class blog. The second method requires students to remember the password that you have created to access the list. Word lists can also be embedded into blogs or websites.

Flippity is a free tool for creating flashcards from data in a Google Spreadsheet. Flippity provides clear directions for the simple steps to take to create your flashcards. To create your flashcards use the Flippity template, enter your data, publish the spreadsheet to the web, then grab your Flippity link. Your Flippity link will take you to a Flippity page on which you and your students can flip through your flashcards. Flippity includes a shuffle function and an option to remove cards from your deck of flashcards as you flip through them.

Quiz-based activities:
ImageQuiz is a free service that allows you to create quizzes based on any images that you own or find online. When people take your quizzes on ImageQuiz they answer your questions by clicking on the part of the picture that answers each question. For example, if you uploaded a picture of a map you could write questions that ask users to click on states, cities, or countries. Creating a quiz on ImageQuiz  is an easy process. First, give your quiz a title and then upload a picture or copy and paste the URL of an online image into ImageQuiz. Then draw outlines around the parts of the picture that will be the answers to your questions. Finally, write your questions and try your quiz. To share your quiz just give people the URL of your quiz. You can try my sample quiz here.

eQuizShow is a free tool developed by a junior year high school student in New York City, Henry Wilson. Henry designed eQuizShow to be a tool that teachers can use to create Jeopardy-style games online. Unlike similar tools you do not have to download or upload any PowerPoint files to use eQuizShow. On eQuizShow you can build and display your quiz completely online. To build your quiz just enter a title, an administrative password, and your question categories. eQuizShow will then generate a grid on which you can enter questions and answers. If you don't have time to build a quiz or you just need some inspiration, browse the eQuizShow gallery.

Socrative is still my go-to student response tool. One of my favorite aspects of Socrative is the "space race" option. A space race is a competitive format for quizzes. Space race can be played as a team or individual activity. Each correct answer moves a rocket ship across the screen. The first person or team to get their rocket across the screen wins. I've included below, a video of space race being used in a classroom.

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Teaching Tree - Video Explanations of Computer Science Concepts

Teaching Tree is a free resource for anyone who is interested in learning about computer science on his or her own. Teaching Tree offers videos organized into five categories with dozens of topics inside each category. The videos that you will find in Teaching Tree are a mix of short tutorials and longer lectures from university professors. The longer lectures are tagged with the key concepts that they contain. Clicking on a tag jumps you to the spot in the lecture that addresses the concept you want to learn about.

Registered Teaching Tree users can add videos and tag videos.

Applications for Education
Teaching Tree could be a great resource for students who want to learn about computer science on their own. If you teach computer science courses Teaching Tree could be useful for locating review materials to share with your students. You may also consider having your students search for or create videos to share on Teaching Tree and then tag them to help other people learn from their work.

Tuesday, June 19, 2012 - Sync Videos and Slides is a new service that is designed for publishing slides that are synchronized with videos. Judging from the demonstrations on the site, is good for matching video of a live presenter with that presenter's slides. On one side of the screen you can watch the video and on the other side you can view the slides with the same timing that you would have experienced had you been there for the live presentation. You can also fast-forward through the slides if you want to.

Applications for Education
If give a presentation in person and want to share that same content later, could be a good service for do that. Often times videos of presenters are heavily focused on slides or heavily on the presenter, but rarely are both captured well. could be the solution to that problem.

Monday, May 14, 2012

Talk Miner - Search the Contents of Video Lessons

The web is full of webinars, webcasts, and video lessons of all types. Searching the content of those videos can be difficult and time-consuming if you can't find the transcripts of those videos. That's a problem that can be addressed by using a tool that Stephen Ransom shared on Twitter this morning.

Talk Miner is a tool for searching the contents of webinars, webcasts, and video lectures. Talk Miner searches the slides, images, and text within videos to take you to the scenes that match your search query. Watch the video below to learn more about Talk Miner.

Applications for Education
If you're looking for a short video lesson to share with your students, Talk Miner could be the tool for you. Students searching for review lessons on the web, could benefit from using Talk Miner too.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Grovo - Video Lessons on Web Apps

Grovo is a service that offers video lessons on how to use a huge array of web apps and web services. Grovo lessons on the subjects of Internet basics, productivity, business tools, communication, lifestyle, and entertainment. Within each of these subjects you can learn how to use hundreds of different websites and web apps. Not sure how to set up filters in your email? Grovo can teach you. Confused about privacy settings on Facebook? Grovo lessons can clarify them for you. Have an interest in Pinterest, but don't know how to use it? Grovo lessons will help you learn.

Grovo's video lessons aren't just stand-alone videos. There a part of a sequence of video courses. Each course has guiding questions that you can use to check your knowledge along the way.

Before you get too excited about Grovo, you should know that their course offerings a mix of free and paid enrollment courses. The courses marked with a big "G" indicate that they are courses for which you will have to pay to enroll.

Applications for Education
Courses like Grovo's course on Facebook privacy settings and Facebook communication is a course that students and parents alike could benefit from taking. By taking the course together students learn a bit about how to manage their digital footprints, parents will learn what all of the settings do, and students will know that their parents know what can be done on Facebook.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Four More Good Math Tutorial Channels Not Named Khan On YouTube

Image Credit: Galilee
On Monday I published a list of Seven YouTube Channels Not Named Khan Offering Math Lessons. Thanks to three helpful readers I learned of three more good YouTube channels offering mathematics tutorials. Then I reminded myself that The New Boston which is primarily a channel for computer science lessons also has some good playlists of geometry, algebra, and basic mathematics lessons.

James Gubbins commented on Monday's list with the suggestion of adding Hurley Calculus to the list. Hurley Calculus, as the name implies, provides lessons on calculus. There are currently 73 videos in the Hurley Calculus channel.

Math Doctor Bob's YouTube channel was suggested by a reader using the Disqus ID Npisenti. Math Doctor Bob offers nearly 700 video lessons on statistics, algebra I and II, calculus, geometry, and much more. The lessons feature Doctor Bob giving the lesson in front of a whiteboard so you see him and don't just hear his lessons.

Patrick JMT was suggested by Robert Borgersen who wrote, "Patrick JMT is HUGE, and equally good, if not better in some places, than Khan." Patrick JMT doesn't cover as many topics as Khan or Math Doctor Bob, but the videos are equally solid. I've included one of the Whole Numbers and Place Values lesson video below.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

DNA Tube - Sharing Science Videos

DNA Tube is a nice site for watching and sharing videos about topics in science. While most of the videos seem to be about topics related to biology there are also videos about chemistry, physics, and computer science. The videos are a mix of animated, narrated demonstrations and lecture videos. You can search DNA Tube using keywords or browse the categories to find videos. The videos can be embedded into your blog or website and if you register on the site you can download videos.

H/T to Michael Zimmer for the link.

Applications for Education
DNA Tube could be a great resource for science teachers and their students. The lecture videos could appeal to people who want to get in-depth information about a topic or series of topics. The shorter demonstration videos could be useful supplements to a classroom lecture or lesson.

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Brainshark Offers a Free iPhone & iPad App

A few months ago I shared with you a great online presentation tool called My Brainshark. My Brainshark allows you to easily create a voice recording to accompany your slideshows. (Learn more about how to use it here).

Today, I learned that Brainshark has a free iPhone and iPad app that you can use to view your Brainshark presentations. Using the app you can view your own presentations and presentations that people have sent you the link to.

Applications for Education
My Brainshark is a good tool for creating lecturecasts to post on your course website. The free Brainshark app will provide your students with just another way to access those lecturecasts. 

Sunday, July 11, 2010

Free Video Lectures

I like websites whose names say exactly what they offer. Free Video Lectures is one of those sites. Free Video Lectures is a library of more than 18,000 video lectures from more than 700 courses offered by some of the world's top colleges and universities. The library of videos can be searched by subject and or university. The video sources are a mix of YouTube and other providers. Many of the videos are available for free download.

Here's one of the featured videos from a Harvard course on computer science .

Applications for Education
Free Video Lectures provides access to some of the world's leading instructors sharing their knowledge and wisdom. While you could access the same content by searching the web, Free Video Lectures puts great content in one place for you and your students to access.

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