Thursday, November 13, 2014

Zaption Launches a Free iPad for Distributing Video-based Quizzes

Zaption is a service that you can use to create video-based lessons and quizzes. The videos that you create on Zaption can be comprised of video clips, pictures, and text that you organize into one package for distribution. Today, Zaption released an updated iPad app that your students can use to watch and interact with your lesson. Through the free iPad app your students can answer the questions that you build into your Zaption quizzes. You can use the app to monitor your students' responses to your quizzes.

To create a quiz on Zaption you start by creating a "tour" in your account. A tour is a combination of videos, images, and text arranged into a sequence. To add a video to a tour you can search and select one within Zaption. Zaption pulls videos from YouTube, Vimeo, PBS, or National Geographic. After choosing your video, start watching it then pause it when you want to add a question. You can add questions in the form of multiple choice, open response, or check box response. When students watch the video they will see your questions appear in the context in which you set them.

Applications for Education
Zaption could be a great tool for creating flipped lessons to share with your students. Students do not have to have Zaption accounts in order to use the tours that you create. The free version of the service allows you to include one video per tour (you can have unlimited tours).

Create, Integrate, Demonstrate - #ETTiPad

This afternoon at the EdTechTeacher iPad Summit in Boston I gave a presentation title Create, Integrate, Demonstrate. The point of the presentation was to share some ideas for using iPads to create memorable learning experiences for students. The slides from the presentation are embedded below.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

A Video Guide to Common Fallacies

When I taught current events to ninth grade students the first unit I taught was about recognizing bias, propaganda, and logical fallacies. The Guide to Common Fallacies is a resource that I wish I had back then. The Guide to Common Fallacies is a series of five short videos from the PBS Idea Channel. Each video covers a different common fallacy. The fallacies are Strawman, Ad Hominem, Black and White, Authority, and No True Scotsman. I have embedded the playlist below.


Applications for Education
I found that once my students were able to recognize fallacies they started to create stronger arguments of their own which in turn produced better classroom discussions. These videos could help certainly help high school students understand and recognize common fallacies when they see and hear them.

How to Manage 3rd Party Apps Accessing Your Google Account

One of the most convenient ways to sign into a lot of popular websites and apps is to use your Google Account credentials. If you do this a lot, you may want to periodically review the list of services that you have accessed by using your Google Account. As you go through that list, revoke access to services that you haven't used in a while. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to do this.


Screenshots of this process are available here.

Another Example of How Not to Cite an Image

About six months ago I wrote a post in which I featured an egregious example of improperly citing an image found on the Internet. One of my Facebook friends just reminded me of this by posting another Buzzfeed-like link about New England sayings. I looked at the article and the first thing that jumped out at me is that the images and text in the "article" are all attributed to Facebook. The site hosting the article did not name the owner of the images, the author of text that is quoted, didn't link to their sources nor indicated that any of the text or images was used by permission. I took a screenshot and added my comments to it. You can see my screenshot below.
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Applications for Education
Feel free to use this example of how not to site an image in any lesson that you teach to students about providing proper attribution.

Between great public domain image sources like Pixabay and Creative Commons image search tools there are few occasions when students should have to resort to claiming fair use to use a copyrighted image. If they do end up at that step, they should at least give proper credit to the owner of the image.

The Flickr CC Attribution Helper created by Alan Levine offers an easy way to properly format citations for images that you find on Flickr. I created a tutorial for that handy tool. You can see the tutorial here.