Friday, September 27, 2013

The Sights and Sounds of Autumn

Earlier this month I shared a collection of resources for teaching about the changes in the seasons and the reason for leaves changing colors. This afternoon on The Adventure Blog I found another nice video to add to my collection. Autumnal Colors is a short video produced by Thomas Rasel. The two minute video highlights the sights and sounds of autumn. A bugling elk and a squirrel preparing for winter are a couple of the sights and sounds included in the video.

Autumn from Thomas Rasel on Vimeo.

Autumn Stars and Planets is a short PBS video that explains why the stars and planets that we see from Earth change with the seasons. The video is embedded below.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

The Right to Food - An Interactive Story About Hunger

The Right to Food is an interactive story about the challenges of feeding the world's people. The story, produced by, takes students to eight locations around the world. At each location students read about how people get food and the challenges that people can face in getting adequate food for themselves and their families.

Applications for Education
The Right to Food isn't the slickest website that you'll see today, but it does contain excellent information for students. As students read each part of the story they are asked to think about a series of "is it fair?" questions. Those questions could be used as the starting place for classroom discussions.

Right to Food is available in six languages; English, Spanish, French, Italian, Portuguese, and Arabic.

Science Take - Short Science Videos from The New York Times

Thanks to Peter Vogel I recently learned about Science Take from The New York Times. Science Take is a new series of videos short (60-90 seconds) videos that quickly explain the unique aspects of various animals including dolphins, jaguars, and sharks. Science Take is part of the larger collection of science videos hosted on the science page on the The New York Times.

Applications for Education
These videos aren't long enough to be the basis for a full flipped-classroom lesson, but they could be useful as supplementary material in a lesson. If you're creating webpages to replace your science textbook, the Science Take videos could be good clips to include in those webpages.

Video - Wikispaces Online Workshop

Last Friday I shared a idea for collaboratively creating a book review site with your students. On Monday Jenny Murphy Tweeted me to share what she has done with Wikispaces to create a book review site with her students.

If you would like to create a site like Jenny's, the Wikispaces back to school kit provides all of the directions you need to get started. Wikispaces hosted a bunch of webinars this summer. In those webinars they demonstrated everything that you see in the back to school kit. One of the webinar recordings is embedded below. The rest of the recordings can be found on the Wikispaces YouTube channel.

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

On YouTube You Can Now Find Free Music to Legally Download and Re-use

For the last couple of years Vimeo has offered free music to download and re-use in your video projects. Now YouTube is offering the same thing through the YouTube Audio Library. This library is slightly different than the free music available when you use the YouTube slideshow creation tool. The music in the YouTube Audio Library is music that you can download to use in projects online and offline. You can search the library of music according to genre, mood, instrument, or duration. You can listen to the tracks before downloading them as MP3 files.

Applications for Education
The next time your students are developing multimedia projects for your class, have them take a look through the YouTube Audio Library to see if they can find a tune to enhance the messages of their productions.