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YoouKids to Manage Videos for Students

8 Apr

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YouTube is a terrific resource for teachers looking for content to share with students.  There are tons of videos that will reinforce key concepts and help kids get excited about what they are learning in the classroom.  Since there are plenty of videos on YouTube that are not kid-friendly, YoouKids has developed an iPad app that helps teachers organize which clips they want to share with their students.

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Teachers use their existing Google/YouTube account to create and maintain playlists directly on YouTube, that contain only the educational videos they want their students to see.  With a one-time set up, kids can open up their YoouKids app on their iPad and access only the videos that have been hand picked by their teachers.  This app provides a safe space for students to watch educational videos chosen by their teachers.  Instead of sharing links of YouTube videos with students, teachers can simply add new videos to their own playlists on YouTube.  The video clips will sync automatically to student’s iPads. Learn more about YoouKids by visiting their website and watching this video!

K-12 teachers or school technology directors who are implementing 1:1 iPad programs, can contact YoouKids at hello@yooukids.com to receive help with starting a pilot program at their schools.

Watch Science Videos on iPads

20 Mar

Screen Shot 2014-03-11 at 12.06.46 PMUsing videos in the classroom is a great way to get students excited about a new lesson, build background knowledge and make them curious about the world around them.  I’ve shared a long list of apps for streaming videos and Science Channel is another great choice for accessing clips.  This app lets you view programs including Through the Wormhole, How It’s Made, and many more.

Here are a few lesson plans for teaching science with iPads!

PBS on iPads

28 Feb

imageThere are lots of great resources for teachers looking to stream video content (here’s my long list) and another to add to your list is PBS’s fantastic free app.  Users can access full length episodes and clips of tons of documentaries from NOVA to Frontline.  This app lets you view clips on a monitor using an AppleTV or mirroring software, or you can project it straight from your device.

Extend a Social Studies lesson with one of these activities!

American History Clips

24 Feb

imageKen Burns (no relation) is a fantastic storyteller who makes powerful documentaries about the American experience.  His iPad app lets users access bite-sized clips from his films.  These are perfect for using in the classroom to bring life to Social Studies content.  I highly recommend watching all parts of his documentary on the National Parks system but a quick few minutes might be just enough for your students.  The Innovation section of this app is free and the other sections can be unlocked with an in-app purchase.

Teaching Social Studies with mobile devices? Help students access informational texts with these differentiated activities!

Smithsonian Channel for Tablets

21 Jan

image (92)I’ve shared some of my favorite educational programing for iPads and Smithsonian Channel is another worth checking out. Easy to navigate with a large variety of content, this free app has something for everyone.  Hook students during a science or social studies lesson or help them build prior knowledge before exploring a new book.

Here are some of my Common Core aligned lesson plans!

This app is available for Android tablets.

15 Free Apps for Streaming Video Content

9 Jan

You might be looking to keep children up to date on current events, help them build prior knowledge, or simply make connections to the world around them.  With these free apps (for iOS and Android devices) you can stream videos straight from your device to share with students!

BONUS: Try out Frolyc to send video based lessons to your students’ iPads!

App Combo: iMovie and Doceri

16 Oct

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Doceri is one of my favorite free screencasting apps and is perfect for upper elementary and middle school students.  They can show their work solving a math problem on the screen and explain their thinking by recording their voice.  Doceri allows user to save their creations to the iPad camera roll.  This means you can import individual student’s work into iMovie and combine them to make one class movie.  it’s a great way to combine the power of both of these fantastic apps!

Here’s my guide: Screencasting Teacher Tools: Tasks, Procedures, Checklists and Rubric!

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