Friday, February 12, 2016

Why Do We Love? - One More Valentine's Day Lesson

Earlier this week I shared some resources for teaching about science and statistics related to Valentine's Day. This morning I noticed a new TED-Ed lesson that is appropriate for the last school day before Valentine's Day, 2016.

Why Do We Love? is a TED-Ed lesson that explores some philosophies on why people love. The lesson won't provide you with any clear answers, but it will make you think. And isn't that what philosophers want you to do?

Quizlet's Practice Mode Now Works on Mobile Devices

The popular flashcard and test-prep service, Quizlet, has added a much-requested feature to their mobile app. You've long been able to review flashcards on Quizlet's mobile apps. Now you can take practice tests on the Quizlet mobile app. According to Quizlet's corporate blog, the practice test mode is available now on iOS and will be available for Android by the end of the month.

Applications for Education
Through the Quizlet mobile apps students can access their flashcards used even when they don’t have an internet connection. Quizlet flashcards can include audio elements in eighteen languages. Audio support is available for Quizlet flashcards. This new practice test mode will give students a better sense of how prepared they are for a particular test.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

How to Create a Video-based Poll

ClipChoose is a free polling tool that I featured in a blog post last month. On ClipChoose you can create a poll that is based on a comparison of two or more videos. In the video embedded below I demonstrate how to create a video-based poll on ClipChoose.


Applications for Education
ClipChoose could be a good tool to use to create video quizzes for a lesson about bias and propaganda. When teaching students about types of propaganda I could put two or three videos in Clip Choose and ask students to select the one that demonstrates the use of a particular propaganda technique. For example, if I wanted my students to practice recognizing the use of "glittering generalities" I would put in a video that demonstrates that method and two videos that don't.

11 Backchannel & Informal Assessment Tools Compared in One Chart

Last winter I made a series of charts in which I compared popular ed tech tools. I'm now going through those charts and removing some tools and adding some new ones. The chart embedded below is the updated version of my chart comparing 11 backchannel and informal assessment tools. At the bottom of the chart you will find links to video tutorials on each of the tools featured in the chart. You can download the chart here or find the Google Docs version here.

The First Presidential Election - A Hip Hughes History Lesson

A few weeks ago in my post about the Electoral College I included a list of lessons about Presidential Elections from 1900 through 2012. Those lessons were created by Keith Hughes. This week he released another lesson. Keith's latest lesson is about the first Presidential election. In three minutes Keith runs-down what made the first election different from all that have come after it.


Applications for Education
After watching the video above ask your students to think about how campaigns today would be different without social media, television, or radio. Or flip that concept and have them use tools like this fake Facebook template to develop a social media advertising campaign for George Washington.