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Do you ever want your students to watch a video for homework? Do they ever struggle keeping up with the video, or remembering that the assignment is actually…an assignment…and they may need to take notes?
Stress no more, teacher friends!
If you haven’t checked out VideoNot.es, please do so immediately!! 🙂
This is an amazing tool that allows students to watch a video (any video that has a website) and simultaneously record notes. These notes are TIME STAMPED so teachers and students can reference specific content from the video.
Wait, it gets better.
Do your students utilize Evernote? This is the most popular note-taking tool in my classes, and is probably the most common app used in my building (for good reason).
The best feature of VideoNot.es? Notes taken through this app automatically save in Google Drive!! Awesome!
Students can even SHARE their notes with classmates and their TEACHER!
For an example of how VideoNot.es can be used while viewing a YouTube video, please click here.
If you haven’t checked out VideoNot.es, I highly recommend it. It’s a free app that links to Evernote and saves in Google Drive…what else do you need? 🙂
Here are some articles about VideoNot.es in the classroom. Enjoy!
VideoNot.es : Note Taking for the Flipped Classroom
US History Teachers Blog: VideoNot.es for Note Taking in a Flipped Classroom
Thanks for reading 🙂
Looking for more professional development tools? Check out YouTube!
Sometimes, we don’t think of YouTube as the go-to place for good information. However, there are so many great channels available through YouTube that provide awesome information for teachers in virtually any subject area!
Are you thinking about “flipping” your classroom? Check out the Flipped Learning channel on YouTube. Aaron Sams and Jonathon Bergmann have posted many videos about the flipped concept, as well as how it looks in their classrooms on this channel. Here’s a great video that shows Jon Bergmann talking about how great the flipped environment can be for learning.
As a Social Studies teacher, I constantly find myself torn between teaching content which will be on the standardized test (ahhh a teacher’s favorite topic) and discussing current events with my students. There are tons of great topics we could discuss that would be relevant to our curriculum, and would be extremely interesting to my students. However, I just don’t feel like there is enough time in the day (or school year since we’ve had TWENTY snow days this year!) to discuss all of the important happenings.
My classes, like many of your students, have been showing great interest in the turmoil in Ukraine, as well as the missing plane, and so many other contemporary topics. In order to encourage my students to stay updated on these important events, I decided to utilize the Learning Management System our class already uses…Edmodo.
While many of my students were very interested in the issues plaguing Ukraine, very few of them were well informed on the subject. I’m sure this is a problem many readers can sympathize. So, in order to provide my students with valuable background information about the topic, I created a folder on Edmodo for the students, and included three basic articles relating to the topic:
- As many as 100 killed in new Ukraine clashes – USA Today
- Ukraine’s Forces Escalate Attacks Against Protestors – New York Times
- 20 questions – CNN
Looking for a way to engage your students in content? Why not try a wiki?
Many have heard of the term “wiki,” most often associated with the extremely popular website, Wikipedia. Wikipedia often gets a bad reputation among educators because of what it is…a wiki in which anyone can add content.
I had a TERRIBLE experience with Wikipedia when I was student teaching. Ok, may TERRIBLE is a slight exaggeration, but it was still a pain! I was doing research for a presentation about the Bill of Rights, I searched the topic on Google, and the first hit was a Wikipedia entry. I decided to give good ole’ Wikipedia a chance. The first phrase of the entry started as it should have, with information about the creation of the Bill of Rights, its necessity and so on. After the opening sentence, the rest of the post said, “Blah. Blah. Blah. Blah.” FOR AN ENTIRE PAGE! Needless to say, I was slightly annoyed and turned away from Wikipedia.
I’m sure if you went to Wikipedia today to search for the Bill of Rights, you would be met with wonderful, factual information in a neat and organized format.
Rant over 🙂 I’m once again open to the concept of a wiki…used properly…in education!
So, the question is, how can wikis be used in education? Can they be used in our classrooms?
Wikis can be used in so many ways, and I cannot wait to begin teaching my blended Western Civ class this summer to implement this neat tool!
According to TechTerms.com, a wiki is defined as, “a website that allows users to add and update content on the site using their own web browser.”
In my classroom, I’m excited to use wikis as a COLLABORATION tool!
- Students can use wikis to…
- Compile resources for a project
- Review classmates’ work
- Discuss contemporary issues and provide resources for their classmates to read
- Instead of just claiming something has happened, students can provide resources describing an event!
- Post questions they have for a test
- Collaboratively review for a test with other students
- Communicate with their teacher and classmates outside of the brick and mortar classroom