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[15 Mar 2016 | Comments Off on What if we flipped the conference? | ]

The most productive time for me at a conference is on the long drive home. It gives me a chance to condense everything that has been thrown at me. A time to silently focus on what I’ve heard, what I plan to incorporate in my teaching, and how I might do things differently. This is almost always my first opportunity to do these things due to the constant onslaught of data overload. But what if this period of Conference Zen happened before the actual conference? What if the conference was …

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[23 Sep 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

As I have said before, I rarely write about items that come with a price tag unless it offers exceptional value to the classroom. With that in mind, my eInstruction Classroom Performance System has arrived. For those not aware of these systems, sometimes just referred to as clickers, they are wireless handheld remote controls that allow students to not only give real time feedback to the content being covered, but also gain real time results. This type of assessment allows teachers to know whether what they’re covering is being digested, and whether they need …

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[7 Sep 2008 | 3 Comments | ]

We’ve covered the fact that a lot of schools block YouTube, and that there are several videos of interest that might be worth playing in class. In that feature we showed you keepvid.com, which allows you to save the videos so that they can be played apart from the website. This post is going to focus on getting them in a format that will play nicely with PowerPoint.
Downloaded YouTube videos come in either an FLV format or MP4. Neither play in PowerPoint. To be able to work a video into …

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[2 Jul 2008 | Comments Off on BrainPop Educators: Join the Community | ]

The much anticipated Educators page over at BrainPop has had its debut, and teachers can head on over and start getting involved in the BrainPop Community. BrainPop.com/educators.
Some things to do while you are there:

Check out the blog, and leave your tips, ideas, and thoughts in the comments.
Take a look at the improved state standards tool.
Browse the “Tips and Tools” section and find all of the extra activities, resources, and other fun stuff.
Check out the lesson plans, and submit your own!
Watch the video tutorials to brush up on your BrainPop best …

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[17 Jan 2008 | 2 Comments | ]

So you’ve found that gem of a video on Youtube. It perfectly aligns to your curriculum, and you are all set to show it to your class. You arrive at school ready to direct your projector mounted laptop to Youtube and play the video only to find that it is blocked. Wouldn’t it be nice to have that video resting safely on your computer’s harddrive so that you wouldn’t have to waste time searching for it or deal with internet blocks?  There is an answer…