Sunday, May 25, 2008

The Story of a Sign

This is such a beautiful story. You'll love the message it tells. This is a great video to share with your students.

Saturday, May 24, 2008

The Nobel Prize Channel on YouTube

During my quest for educationally sound videos, I came across the Nobel Prize Channel on YouTube. In case you didn't know, The Nobel Prize organization has their own channel on YouTube, which brings you fascinating insights into the minds of current and past Nobel Laureates courtesy of, the official web site of the Nobel Foundation.

Here, you can watch a range of Laureates give interviews and official Nobel Lectures, in which they reveal the stories that helped shape their lives and careers. You can also see the official videos of the Nobel Prize announcements, where members of the Nobel Prize-Awarding Committees reveal their reasons behind their choices for each year's Prizes.

Imagine the potential for greatness that you're exposing your students to as a classroom subscriber to the Nobel Prize Channel.

Here is video of Robert Grubbs and Richard Schrock, two men who received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry 2005. In this interview excerpt, they talk about the status of science today among the general public in the United States.

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Learn to Change Video

Thanks to David Warlick for blogging about this video on his 2 cents blog. He refers to the video as an "A-ha" video. The U.S. Department of Commerce Ranked 55 industry sectors by their level of IT intensiveness. Education was ranked number 55 — below coal mining!

As educators, we have the responsibility to teach our students to use technology and to be digitally literate. If you're not a tech savvy teacher, I implore you to start slow and don't be afraid to ask questions of other teachers whether they be face to face or online.

The title of the video is Learn to Change. As lifelong learners, educators are always learning, but to some teachers, technology can be a challenge. It can be intimidating when students are more tech savvy than their teachers, but reach out to them and your colleagues.

The resources available through Discovery Streaming are great stepping stones for teachers looking to create a 21st century classroom. But don't stop there. In addition to covering the new New York State standards on internet safety, introduce your students to blogs, wikis and social networks. If you're stuck, you can always get a little help from your friends. Especially if you're part of the TEAM. :)

NECC or Bust: A Newbie Among Tech NECCies

View my page on NECC 2008

I'm heading to San Antonio this summer for my first trip ever to NECC!
I'm so excited!

Any tips for a NECC Newbie?

30 Second Educational PhotoStory

My assignment this week was to create a 30 second Educational Photo Story for my video class at C.W. Post. I assigned a DNA test for this Thursday and so I decided to create a PhotoStory to help my students review for the assessment. I welcome any suggestions on how I can improve on this class assignment. I'll start by saying one of my students suggested that I don't read the script. What do you think?

BTW - I'm a little frustrated that I've already received a few e-mails from my students stating that the TeacherTube site is VERY slow. That will probably have a negative impact on the quality of review. Do you have an alternative video hosting site to use with elementary kids?

Monday, May 12, 2008

Using Digital Audio and Video in the Classroom

I just started my new class: Using Digital Audio and Video in the Classroom. This course prepares educators to incorporate digital audio and video content in their classrooms. Students acquire technical skills in creating and editing digital audio and video content. They prepare it for classroom use, explore educational issues surrounding it, and work to develop creative uses of audio and video in their curriculum. Within the course, students learn to record, edit, compress, and distribute digital content. They also confront topics related to educational uses of audio and video in the classroom context as well as out-of-school contexts. Finally, the class works through materials designed to strengthen their ability to creatively envision and deploy digital media within their own curriculum.

I'm excited to start this course, but I was even more excited after reading the blog posting, A Hero is Born, from my online teacher friend Mr. James on his site, Learning as a Way of Teaching.

Mr. James is an inclusion teacher who started using video this year to teach his middle school science class. Check out the Adventures of Taksman.

Sunday, May 4, 2008

My Developmental Portfolio

I finally finished my Developmental Portfolio for TEAM. Check it out and let me know what you think. I really appreciate the feedback.
- Christine