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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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[10 Jul 2008 | One Comment | ]

Often, when working on presentations, lessons etc.. I need an image from a movie clip, website, or still frame from the screen of my computer. This is something easily done within windows with the Printscreen button. Next time you have something on your screen hit the printscreen button while holding down CTRL and ALT. This will save a picture of everything currently on your screen and store it in your clipboard. You can now paste(Right Click>Paste or Edit>Paste) the picture wherever you need it. If you are just wanting a certain part …

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[6 Jul 2008 | Comments Off on Seemless Exploration of the Universe With Microsofts’s Worldwide Telescope | ]

Google has had an option now in Google Earth that allows for exploration of the night sky through Google Sky, but Microsoft’s new Worldwide Telescope may be a stronger player in the game.
Microsoft’s Worldwide Telescope offers students, teachers and astronomy buffs a chance to seemelessly explore the night sky through a virtual telescope. It allows you to choose from several options including views from the Hubble, Chandra X-Ray Observatory Center, Spitzer Space Telescope or others. But one of the greatest features that I have seen are it’s tours. The application …

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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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[1 Jul 2008 | One Comment | ]

As attendees of one of BrainPop’s presentations were discussing some of the cool ways that they were using BP in their classrooms, I had a chance to pick up an awesome tip. Monica Nahas, an Instructional Technology Specialist, mentioned that Readwritethink.org has a tool for creating your own comics, and it could be used to create your own BrainPop styled comics.
Taking this tip, I decided to check it out. The tool is simple, and probably best for younger students, but I could imagine that even …