Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Glean - Search for, Watch, and Ask Questions About Educational Videos

Glean is a new service designed to help teachers and students locate educational videos. The site is currently focused on topics in math and science. When you search on Glean you will find video lessons arranged according to topics and Common Core standards. As registered Glean users students can ask questions of other users while they are watching video lessons. After watching a video students have the option to watch it again or click through to a related video lesson.

Applications for Education
Glean has the potential to be a good place for students to find help with math and science homework. As a teacher you could have all of your students watch a video and enter their their questions in the margin next to the video. Having those questions available to you could be helpful in formulating the next part of a math or science lesson.

Inside Your Computer - A TED-Ed Lesson

We and our students use computers all the time, but do we know how they work? This short TED-Ed lesson provides an overview of the basics of how a modern personal computer functions.

Edublogs Users Get Updated to WordPress 3.8

If you're an Edublogs user, the next time you sign into your dashboard you will notice a new look. That new look is WordPress version 3.8 which has a slick new look to it. From an end-user perspective the most significant aspect of WordPress 3.8 is the mobile-friendly dashboard. The mobile-friendly dashboard bridges the gap between using the Edublogs mobile apps and going to a computer to use the full version of the admin dashboard. Click here to read the announcement from Edublogs.

If you're thinking about blogging this year and you need some ideas of what to write about, take a look at the twenty day blogging challenge that Kelly Hines put together.

And if you're trying to decide which blogging platform is best for you and your students, take a look at my chart comparing five blogging services commonly used in schools.

Click to Spin - A Fun and Free Random Name Picker

Random Name Picker is new free tool from Russel Tarr at The Random Name Picker lets you input names and spin a virtual wheel to have a name randomly selected from the list. After a name is selected you can remove it from the wheel so that it is not selected again.

Random Name Picker is free to use and does not require a registration on You can save your lists by assigning passwords to them. You can re-use your saved lists. The Random Name Picker wheel can be embedded into your blog or website. The Random Name Picker was written in HTML5 so that it will run in the browser of your iPad.

Applications for Education
At one point or another every teacher has asked for volunteers and not had any hands raised. In that situation using the Random Name Picker could be a fun way to select the order in which students will present to classmates.Or for those times when all of your students raise their hands for something fun like being the line leaders, the Random Name Picker is a convenient tool to have at your disposal.

Phrasalstein - A Fun App for Learning Phrasal Verbs

Phrasalstein, developed at Cambridge University, is a great iPad app and Android app designed to help students learn the meanings of phrasal verbs. The app has a practice mode and a quiz mode. In the practice mode students select a verb and a preposition combination then see a short animation demonstration of the meaning of the chosen phrase. In the quiz mode students see an animation then have to select the matching phrase. Translations of the meanings are available in Spanish, German, Italian, Russian and French.

Applications for Education
Understanding the nuances of phrasal verbs can be quite the challenge in learning English as a second language. Phrasalstein provides a fun and engaging experience to help students the meanings of common phrasal verbs.

Click here for the iPad version. Click here for the Android version.