Thursday, 16 August 2012

Free iOS App Today - Melody Street HD for iPad


“The House On Melody Street” interactive eBook tells the heart-warming story of the instruments of the orchestra learning to live in harmony.

The storyline, written in rhymes and set to a symphonic score, includes lessons about friendship, tolerance, and mutual understanding. The musical score represents different dialogues between the various characters, portraying each one with its own unique sound. Children are introduced to the musical families of the orchestra- Strings, Woodwinds, Percussion, Brass and Pluck, and learn to recognize them by look, sound, character and family orientation.

The first chapter introduces the five story house in which the musical instrument families live. Children get to interact and form personal relationships with each of the lovable characters through fun and imagination filled touch-screen activities. As the story unfolds in the following chapters, we discover that living together is no easy task, when one isn’t willing to accept the other's uniqueness. Timpani Tim is too loud, Old Lady Harp's cat goes through the trash, Sammy Snare is rowdy and Terry Trombone's cooking smells. But on one sunny morning, a new neighbor arrives and comes up with a plan to help them live in harmony.

Listen to the sound of each instrument and follow along with the story... you will discover a new surprising interactive feature with every read! This app is wonderful for children and their development through fun activities and entertaining musical education.

"All who read and listen will enjoy this adventure into the music world, while learning some life long values". - Donna Rolfe, The Dove Foundation.

About the creators:


"Melody Street introduces children to the wonderful world of music. We carry a message that is pure at heart, fully artistic and overwhelmingly beneficial to the mental, social, and of course musical development of children. Our goals are simple- to connect children with music, and to teach them about the importance of living in harmony. We invite you and your loved ones to the magical musical world of Melody Street and encourage you to explore, experience, and enjoy." The Melody Street Team

- Introduction to 18 different musical instruments.
- Child friendly interactive interface on each page.
- Narrated by musical prodigy, Ethan Bortnick.
- Auto play version that plays like a movie.
- Fluid design with animation.

Autoplay Demo:
See Melody Street online:

Free iOS App Today - ACT


The exact math lessons you need for the ACT!

YourTeacher's ACT Math App offers 144 ACT Math lessons featuring your personal math teacher in every lesson!

- 500 whiteboard video examples!

- 1300 interactive practice problems with complete step-by-step audio explanations!

- 144 worksheets with 2000 extra problems!

An entire ACT Math course covering:

Expressions and Equations
Word Problems
Inequalities, Functions, and Graphing
Linear Equations
Systems of Equations
Exponents and Polynomials
Radicals and Quadratics
Probability and Statistics
Intro to Geometry
Ratio, Proportion, and Percent
Right Triangles

Browse the lessons by chapter or find the exact lesson you need with our powerful keyword search!

(Wifi or 3G connection required to receive lesson content.)

Free iOS App Today - My Story - Book Maker for Kids


SPECIAL BACK TO SCHOOL OFFER! My Story is absolutely FREE for a limited time.

★★★★★ The best story book creator! Create ebooks with tools for drawing, photography, voice recording, writing, and sharing!

Watch the demo at

"Perfect for primary students eager to create stories."
-Karen L.,'s Teacher-to-Teacher blog

Celebrate your child’s art with My Story, the simplest story maker and book creator in the App Store. My Story combines drawing, photos, voice, and text to promote literacy and creativity for you and your child together.

✰ Your Child, The Author ✰
Your child becomes an author with My Story, creating beautiful ebooks using simple tools for drawing, photo importing, voice recording, and more! Your child can then share books within the app, via email, or directly to iBooks. Your child’s art, coloring, photos, and voice recordings are saved forever!

Drawing. Coloring. Storytelling. Imagination. For less than a box of crayons, My Story helps kids expand these art skills and self-expression in a whole new way, giving parents, teachers, and counselors one more tool to help develop these crucial literacy skills.


* Simple, friendly interface. From the wood panel background to the happy color scheme, My Story is a pleasure to use. Young kids will love just coloring. Older kids will love to illustrate.
* Multiple brushes. Pen, Paint Brush, & Wacky :)
* Size tool. Make lines thick or thin and anywhere in between
* 20 vibrant colors to choose from.

* Take a picture right from the app and make it the background of your page.
* Choose a picture from the photo library to serve as a page’s background image.
* Makes it easy for children to share stories of their daily life and bolster speaking and writing skills: My Family, My Friends, My Home... the possibilities are endless!

* Easy-to-use button lets you start and stop voice recording for every page of the book
* Restart a recording at any time
* Voice recordings remain intact when your book is shared or published to iBooks!
* Each page of the book contains an area for kids to type words. These words appear beautifully when your book is shared or published.

* Create an unlimited number of books
* Read your finished book right inside the app! Great for family gatherings and classroom presentations.
* Share your story book via Email to anyone with an iPhone or iPad
* Publish your story book to iBooks and read your book alongside other books from the iBookStore at any time!

We love kids. My Story is a product of CauseLabs, an innovation program of HiDef, Inc. that helps build technology for social good. We’ve built My Story to help children tell their stories while building trust with the important adults in their lives. We are committed to making it the best app in the world to fulfill this vision. If you have an idea for us, please email We love to hear from you & see your stories!

What’s Next?

Next up on our development schedule is Story Packs. Story Packs will help jump start ideas for aspiring storytellers! We’re really excited for this feature, so tell us your ideas for Story Packs and we’ll do our best to incorporate your ideas!

Free iOS App Today - Louvre HD


★Today app is FREE!★

Great collection of the best paintings that stored in Louvre Museum. You found here works of Leonardo Da Vinci, Rembrandt, Raphael, Eugene Delacroix, Goya, Joshua Reynolds, Nicolas Poussin, Sandro Botticelli and many more other great authors.

★Customers reviews★

“It's the best. I would recommend it to anyone. Great way to enjoy great art collections. I absolutely love it!” – andrerem

“It's a wonderful treasury for the all ages people.” - El Diamante

“A very nice introduction to the paintings of the Louvre. A valuable resource to art education.” - AzinFrance

Feature Highlights:
✓ Universal app for iPhone/iPod/iPad
✓ 770 of best works by over 300 painters
✓ 20 classical melodies for background listening
✓ Separation of works by authors
✓ Easily search for paintings
✓ Custom filter results
✓ Favorites
✓ Slideshow
✓ Send pictures via email
✓ Support for HD graphics on iPad
✓ Public pictures on Facebook

10 Ways Data Mining Will Transform Higher Ed

"Data mining, for better or worse, is having a major impact on numerous facets of American life. While many of the changes have been related to business, especially online business, education is also tapping into the power of data mining in a big way. Much like Netflix and Amazon use consumer data to recommend products and tailor customer experiences, colleges are using student data to help recruit students, offer them career advice, or even to help them excel in their courses. While the practice has its critics, many of whom believe it’s an invasion of privacy and creates a watered-down, prescriptive education system, there is no doubt that the applications and the impact of the data mining will grow in the coming decade. These are just a few of the ways that dating mining will transform higher ed in the coming years, whether students and teachers like it or not."

ComputerWorld - Android 4.0: The ultimate guide (plus cheat sheet)

How to find your way around Google's Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and make the most of its new features...

All about Android 4.0

  • Home screen and navigation
  • Notifications
  • Apps and app management
  • Settings
  • Search and voice control
  • Text input
  • File management and sharing
  • Android 4.0 cheat sheet
  • Android 4.0 image gallery

What about Jelly Bean?

Although Google announced Android 4.1, a.k.a. Jelly Bean, in June, that release is just now starting to roll out to devices and likely won't reach the majority of phones for a while. Android 4.0 is the OS that most of us are getting to know right now; it comes preloaded on many new phones and is currently being rolled out to existing handsets. And as the version number indicates, Android 4.1 is more about refinement than revolution; once you're up to speed with ICS, Jelly Bean is a short hop away.

Wednesday, 15 August 2012

Edutopia - Five Tips for New Teachers to Become Connected Educators

"This month, the U.S. Department of Education kicked off Connected Educator Month, with engaging keynotes, panel discussions, book chats, and more. During this month, educators in the U.S. and globally will have opportunities to connect themselves and their communities, online and in-person, to support their professional practice. The timing couldn't be better, as most teachers are preparing to hit the ground running as they gear up for back-to-school!

While the idea of being or becoming a connected educator is important, as a new teacher, this may seem completely overwhelming. There are resources in abundance for this month of learning, such as the CEM Starter Kit and the Connected Educator Month Calendar. These sites are packed with wonderful information, truly enough to get the head of a new teacher spinning!

Having said that, I'd like to chunk this Connected Educator Learning Month opportunity into five educator "Be-Attitudes" that might be easier for a new or pre-service teacher to embrace.
Be sure to read each one and give us some feedback."

eSchoolNews Grant Alert - Win a $20K lab makeover - Shell Science Lab Challenge

Read more by eSchool News Staff
This competition encourages teachers (grades 6-12) in the U.S. and Canada, who have found innovative ways to deliver quality lab experiences with limited school and laboratory resources, to share their approaches for a chance to win a school science lab makeover support package valued at $20,000. All winners will receive science lab equipment, Shell cash grants, membership to the NSTA, and support to attend NSTA Conferences on Science Education.
Contact Information

  • Grant Organization: National Science Teachers Association
  • Contact URL:
  • Eligibility: U.S. and Canadian teachers in grades 6-12
  • Grant Deadline: Monday November 12th, 2012
  • Grant Value: Lab equipment, cash, $20,000 lab makeover, and more

Monday, 13 August 2012

Five Considerations For The Best Online School For You Choose

Online School,Online Education
You may find it difficult to determine the best online school courses online that you're interested in learning a lot of good online schools available for your choice to choose. You might think it is easy to choose the best online school for you, but if you really look, it can be difficult because there are so many online schools are good there. When looking for the best online school, you must be careful of the trap diploma mill, which is trying to cheat your money with a fake diploma. Use the five steps to guide you through the process of restricting the scope of the search for the best online school for you.

1: Define the purpose of the online search

After defining the goals of education, you will understand your purpose of going to an online survey. It is important to know your objectives in research online to find the best online school. The best online school should be people who prefer online training and a diploma or certificate is widely accepted in the market supply of labor. For example, you plan to move to another area and you are looking for career-related online training without giving up your current job. Or, you want to promote a higher position with a solid education, and at the same time remaining in your current job. That's why you opt for the online training program. Whatever your objectives, define them is an important step that must be done before going to the next step is to find the best online school.

2: See the best colleges and universities online teaching

There are many reports of the announcement of the best colleges and universities this year, several reports also focus on online education, providing you with the knowledge of the details about the school, rankings and ratings. Generate a list of schools online colleges and universities, published in the report that the educational programs offered online. After the list, eliminating the school does not offer the necessary training.

3: Check that the legal recognition of the school

Accreditation is an indication that school curricula are evaluated and showed that educational guidelines set by the Ministry of Education in the country to follow. Not easy to check the accreditation of schools, but also the body that performs accreditation process. This is to ensure that the school of your interest is legally recognized. Generally, colleges and universities in the report to the best schools of the year are well known and reputable school, you do not have to worry about their accreditation. If you get a diploma or certificate from an accredited school is legitimate, you should not be a problem in transferring credits to another school in the future when you plan to study further. This is why you should check the accreditation details of the school you plan to continue the online training before enrolling in this program.

4: Ask the school for the information you want to send

Reach this stage, you need schools that teach online for your interest to offer. For the same training offered in several schools to compare, you need detailed information on the program to obtain and compare. You must be apples to apples comparison in terms of courses, tuition, financial aid and graduation requirements, etc. before you decide on the best online school for you. The easiest way to obtain this information by completing the application form online and ask them to send information on the program. Send information about the program is easy and simple, fill out an application online. The information, e-mail address to reach the time of sending. If you have questions or doubts about the curriculum, you can always call the school counselor and get answers to your questions.

5: Make sure you are eligible to apply

Your application will not be able to get approval if you apply online course for entries which are not eligible. You should carefully review the admission requirements and make sure you qualify for it. In reviewing the admission requirements, eliminating the school online, you are not eligible.

You need to check to ensure that all necessary documents and per-qualification requirements are met before submitting an application form to the best online school that offers the desired program.


Schools do not need the best schools in the list of top schools, but should be recognized diploma and you are qualified to apply. Follow the five steps in the process of searching for the best online school for you.

Why You Are Select Online Sechool

Online Schools, Online Education
There are more students who enroll in online school. Here are some facts when choosing to go to school online.

Although online courses are taken in a way that is easier than traditional classes, you just need the same amount of work to exercise. The quality of training varies between online degree programs. Students need more discipline, because most of the work independently in an online school. As Nathaniel Kennedy, director of marketing for the online programs of Argosy University, "In reality, it takes a very dedicated student to succeed online."

While the farm there was a degree, a real online university requiring the same work ethic and seriousness of the equivalent in the real world could be done.

Most online college has a lot of work for their program more personal, even without the usual face to face interaction experience in a traditional setting. "We tried the same comfortable and familiar academic experience as you live in one of our campus locations offer, but make it through the online environment," said Kennedy.

There are forums, weekly conference calls and school counselors to students throughout the process to help. Instructors also receive personal feedback to each student to help them grow. As in a traditional classroom, students must also learn to work together with teachers and professors.

There is some concern that the online school will not be able to develop quality education and training opportunities. This may be true or false, depending on the school. Reputable schools that offer online courses online with a brick and mortar their degrees. He is also active in the schools online that offer only good quality comparable to a real university. Accreditation is always a good starting point when looking good and which are simply mediocre or worse.

Online college has the same credit as traditional, that someone got a normally be acceptable to transfer real contexts. However, there are some problems. Some colleges and universities will not accept credits from a number of schools, especially if they are not accredited. For example, a number of real-world institutions do not accept credits from online school accredited by the Distance Education and Training Council.

You do not need a technical genius to do well online school. It is not too difficult if you take the basic things like email and argue about. Most of the online school is aware that all students are technophiles and can be a difficult time navigating through the course so that they support, to take an online course easier.

Most students graduate online, without the need of a real campus. There are still students who want to go online courses and campus.

It gives them the advantage of the opportunity for the same facilities and resources that traditional students, leveling the playing field in this direction to open.

Thursday, 9 August 2012

Apple's App of the Week - 360 Panorama

Posted on the UCET Blog...

Every week the Apples App Store is giving away a free app. This week it is "360 Panorama." This app lets you use your iPad to create really simple panorama pictures by stitching together the side by side pictures you take. It works well and easily, and best of all it is free this week! I bought this app, and it was worth buying as well.

Here is the link:

Looking forward tot a great UCET conference this year, Mar 8-9!

Lists of Apps categorized by learning objectives

From a LinkedIn discussion:  "A colleague and I have broken down apps by learning objective at . We also post weekly resources and suggestions to our blog -"  Posted by Beth Holland

Here is an excerpt from the ipad post...

"The iPad as.....

Over the past few months, iPads have exploded throughout schools and classrooms. Their flexibility, versatility, and mobility make them a phenomenal learning tool. In webinars and blog posts, we have talked about the iPad as....
  • Reader
  • Creator
  • Student Response System
  • Classroom Manager
  • Study Tool
  • Organizer
  • Differentiator
In this section, we take a similar approach as with our Great Tech Tools. In order to help educators integrate iPads effectively, we have compiled a list of apps focused on learning goals consistent with the CRCD framework. While many of these apps have also appeared in our iPads in the Classroom section, this list is driven by specific learning goals that promote critical-thinking, creativity, collaboration, and the creation of student-centric learning environments.
iPad Learning Objectives
  1. I want my students to record and edit video on the iPad. 
  2. I want my students to record and / or edit audio on the iPad. 
  3. I want my students to read class content on the iPad. 
  4. I want my students to annotate course readings on the iPad 
  5. I want my students to be able to use audio books on the iPad. 
  6. I want my students to use the iPad as a digitial notebook / note-taking device. 
  7. I want my students to use their iPads to create screencasts to share and demonstrate their understanding.
  8. I want my students to create presentations on the iPad. 
  9. I want my students to create digital stories on the iPad. 
  10. I want my students to be able to study with the iPad. 
  11. I want to use the iPad as a student response system. 
  12. I want my students to create written content on the iPad. 
  13. I want my students to blog on the iPad.
  14. I want my students to create ePubs / iBooks to read on the iPad.
  15. I want my students to create and edit images on the iPad.
  16. I want to use the iPad in order to create a language lab environment for my students.
  17. I want my students to use the iPad to stay organized. (NEW)
  18. I want to use the iPad to conduct video / virtual conferences in the classroom (NEW)
  19. I want to control my computer or Interactive White Board from my iPad. (NEW)"
Click any of the links above to see the lists of apps for each objective, or click here to see the entire edtechteacher blog post...

100+ Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark (Updated for 2012)

"Hi Nathan,

I'm writing to let you know that we posted an article, “100+ Video Sites Every Educator Should Bookmark (Updated for 2012)"( I just thought I'd share it with you in case you thought it would appeal to your readers.

Thanks for time!
Emma Taylor

Thank you, Emma!  Here's the post...

August 8th, 2012
Bringing multimedia into the classroom is a great way to engage students in learning. Supplementing lessons, opening up new interests, and offering inspiration, online videos make for an incredible teaching tool. In 2010, we covered our favorite 100 video sites for educators, and we’ve now updated our list for 2012 with more than 100 resources and more than 25 brand new entries. Read on, and you’ll be able to check out the very best sources for educational videos on the web.

Educational Video Collections

Specifically designed for education, these collections make it easy to find video learning resources.
  1. TeacherTube: This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom. You can find videos uploaded by other teachers or share your own.
  2. Edutopia: An awesome place to find learning ideas and resources, Edutopia has videos, blogs, and more, all sorted into grade levels.
  3. YouTube EDU: A YouTube channel just for education, you can find primary and secondary education, university-level videos, and even lifelong learning.
  4. Classroom Clips: Classroom Clips offers media for educators and students alike, including video and audio in a browseable format.
  5. neoK12: Find science videos and more for school kids in K-12 on neoK12.
  6. OV Guide: Find education videos on this site, featuring author readings and instructional videos.
  7. CosmoLearning: This free educational website has videos in 36 different academic subjects.
  8. Google Educational Videos: Cool Cat Teacher offers this excellent tutorial for finding the best of Google’s educational videos.
  9. Brightstorm: On Brightstorm, students can find homework help in math and science, even test prep, too.
  10. shares live animal cams, films, educational channels, and more for your classroom to explore.
  11. UWTV: Offered by the University of Washington, UWTV has videos in the arts, K-12, social sciences, health, and more.
  12. With, you’ll get access to browseable lectures designed for the exchange of ideas and knowledge, offering videos in architecture, business, technology, and many more categories.
  13. TED-Ed: From a site that’s long been known for big ideas, you’ll find TED-Ed, videos specifically designed to act as highly engaging and fun lessons.
  14. Zane Education: Zane Education offers resources for visual learning, including the very popular on demand subtitled videos.
  15. Backpack TV: In this educational video library, you’ll find a special interest in math, science, and other academic subjects.
  16. MentorMob: Featuring learning playlists, MentorMob is a great place to find lessons you want to teach.
  17. Disney Educational Productions: This resource from Disney is a great place to find videos for students at the K-12 level.

General Video Collections

Network TV, inspiring talks, and more are all available in these collections. Check out special categories and searches to find videos that will work in your classroom.
  1. Hulu: A great place to find the latest TV shows, Hulu is also a source of educational videos. Documentaries, PBS, even Discovery videos are all available on the site.
  2. Internet Archive: Find so much more than videos in the Internet Archive. Images, live music, audio, texts, and yes, historical and educational videos are all available on
  3. TED: Share seemingly endless inspiration with your students through TED, a fountain of talks based on compelling ideas.
  4. MIT Video: Online education giant MIT has an incredible video collection, offering more than 10,000 videos for science, technology, and more.
  5. TVO: TVO is a really fun and useful online TV station, with great ways for kids, parents, and educators to learn about the world.
  6. Big Think: Much like TED, Big Think offers videos (and more) from some of the world’s top thinkers and learners.
  7. @Google Talks: On this YouTube channel, you’ll find talks from creators: authors, musicians, innovators, and speakers, all discussing their latest creations.
  8. Metacafe: Find free video clips from just about anywhere, offering educational videos, documentaries, and more.
  9. Link TV: On Link TV, you’ll find videos and broadcasts meant to connect you and your students to the greater world through documentaries and cultural programs.

Teacher Education

Featuring higher-level learning, these video sites are great resources for finding education that’s fit for teachers.
  1. Academic Earth: Learn about science, justice, economics, and more from some of the world’s great universities. You can even earn a degree from this site!
  2. Teacher Training Videos: Specifically created to teach educators, Teacher Training Videos is a great place to find online tutorials for technology in education.
  3. Classroom 2.0: Check out Classroom 2.0′s videos to learn about Web 2.0, social media, and more.
  4. Atomic Learning: Visit Atomic Learning to find resources for K-12 professional development.
  5. iTunesU: Find university-level learning and more from iTunesU.
  6. Videos for Professional Development: An excellent collection of professional development videos, Wesley Fryer’s post shares some of the best teacher videos available.
  7. Annenberg Learner offers excellent teacher professional development and classroom resources for just about every curriculum available.
  8. MIT Open CourseWare: The leader in Open CourseWare, MIT has free lectures and videos in 2,100 courses.

Lesson Planning

Put together your lesson plans with the help of these useful video sites.
  1. Teachers’ Domain: Join the Teachers’ Domain, and you’ll get access to educational media from public broadcasting and its partners, featuring media from the arts, math, science, and more.
  2. Meet Me at the Corner: A great place for younger kids to visit, Meet Me At the Corner has educational videos, and kid-friendly episodes, including virtual field trips and video book reviews by kids, for kids.
  3. WatchKnowLearn: WatchKnowLearn is an incredible resource for finding educational videos in an organized repository. Sorted by age and category, it’s always easy to find what you’re looking for.
  4. BrainPOP: On this education site for kids, you’ll find animated educational videos, graphics, and more, plus a special section for BrainPOP educators.
  5. The KidsKnowIt Network: Education is fun and free on this children’s learning network full of free educational movies and video podcasts.
  6. Khan Academy: With more than 3,200 videos, Khan Academy is the place to learn almost anything. Whether you’re seeking physics, finance, or history, you’ll find a lesson on it through Khan Academy.
  7. Awesome Stories: Students can learn the stories of the world on this site, with videos explaining what it was like to break ranks within the Women’s Movement, the life of emperor penguins, and even Martin Luther King, Jr’s "We Shall Overcome" speech.
  8. Nobelprize: Cap off lessons about Nobel Prize winners with videos explaining their work and life, direct from the source on
  9. JohnLocker: JohnLocker is full of educational videos and free documentaries, including Yogis of Tibet and Understanding the Universe.

Science, Math, and Technology

You’ll find special attention for STEM subjects on these video sites.
  1. Green Energy TV: On Green Energy TV, you’ll find learning resources and videos for the green movement, including a video version of the children’s book Living Green: A Turtle’s Quest for a Cleaner Planet.
  2. BioInteractive: Find free videos and other resources for teaching "ahead of the textbook" from BioInteractive, part of the Howard Hughes Medical Institute.
  3. ARKive: Share images and videos of the world’s most endangered species with your students, thanks to ARKive. These wildlife films and photos are from some of the world’s best filmmakers and photographers, sharing stunning images that everyone can appreciate.
  4. MathTV: Students who need extra help with math can find support on MathTV. This site offers videos explaining everything from basic mathematics all the way to trigonometry and calculus.
  5. The Vega Science Trust: A project of Florida State University, The Vega Science Trust shares lectures, documentaries, interviews, and more for students to enjoy and learn from.
  6. The Science Network: Check out The Science Network, where you’ll find the world’s leading scientists explaining concepts including viruses and the birth of neurons.
  7. PopTech: Bringing together a global community of innovators, PopTech has videos explaining economics, water, and plant-based fuels.
  8. PsychCentral: Students can learn about what makes people tick through PsychCentral’s brain and behavior videos.
  9. How Stuff Works: The video channel from How Stuff Works offers an in-depth look at adventure, animals, food, science, and much more.
  10. Science Stage: Find science videos, tutorials, courses, and more streaming knowledge on Science Stage.
  11. Exploratorium TV: Allow students to explore science and beyond with Exploratorium TV’s videos, webcasts, podcasts, and slideshows.
  12. SciVee: SciVee makes science visible, allowing searchable video content on health, biology, and more.
  13. The Futures Channel: Visit the Futures Channel to find educational videos and activities for hands-on, real world math and science in the classroom.
  14. All Things Science: For just about any science video you can imagine, All Things Science has it, whether it’s about life after death or space elevators.
  15. ATETV: Check out Advanced Technological Education Television (ATETV) to find videos exploring careers in the field of technology.

History, Arts, and Social Sciences

Explore history and more in these interesting video collections.
  1. The Kennedy Center: Find beautiful performances from The Kennedy Center’s Performance Archive.
  2. The Archaeology Channel: Students can explore human cultural heritage through streaming media on The Archaeology Channel.
  3. Web of Stories: On Web of Stories, people share their life stories, including Stan Lee, writer, Mike Bayon, WWII veteran, and Donald Knuth, computer scientist.
  4. Stephen Spielberg Film and Video Archive: In this archive, you’ll find films and videos relating to the Holocaust, including the Nuremberg Trials and Hitler speeches.
  5. Culture Catch: Students can tune into culture with Dusty Wright’s Culture Catch.
  6. Folkstreams: On, a national preserve of documentary films about American roots cultures, you’ll find the best of American folklore films.
  7. Digital History: A project of the University of Houston, Digital History uses new technology, including video, to enhance teaching and research in history.
  8. History Matters: Another university project, this one is from George Mason University. Sharing primary documents, images, audio, and more, there’s plenty of historic multimedia to go around on this site.
  9. Social Studies Video Dictionary: Make definitions visual with this video dictionary for social studies.
  10. The Living Room Candidate: From the Museum of the Moving Image, The Living Room Candidate features presidential campaign commercials from 1952 to 2008.
  11. Video Active: Find Europe’s TV heritage through Video Active, a collection of TV programs and stills from European audiovisual archives.
  12. Media Education Foundation: The Media Education Foundation offers documentary films and other challenging media for teaching media literacy and media studies.

Video Tools

Make it easy to find, share, and view videos with these tools.
  1. DropShots: On DropShots, you’ll find free, private, and secure storage and sharing for video and photos.
  2. Muvee: Using Muvee, you can create your own photo and video "muvees" to share privately with your class.
  3. Tonido: Tonido makes it possible to run your own personal cloud, accessing video files on your computer from anywhere, even your phone.
  4. Vidique: On Vidique, you’ll find a video syndication system where you can create your own channel of curated content for the classroom.
  5. SchoolTube: On SchoolTube, you’ll find video sharing for both students and teachers, highlighting the best videos from schools everywhere.

Network and Program Videos

Check out these sites to find public broadcasting and other educational programs.
  1. PBS Video: Watch and share PBS videos online with this site.
  2. National Geographic: Find some of the world’s most amazing videos of natural life on National Geographic’s online video home.
  3. NOVA Teachers: NOVA shares highly organized videos for teachers, with 1-3 hour programs divided into chapters, plus short 5-15 minute segments from NOVA scienceNOW.
  4. Discovery Education: Use Discovery Education’s videos to inspire curiosity, bringing the Discovery channel into your classroom.
  5. C-SPAN Video Library: Find Congressional and other political programs and clips in this digital archive from C-SPAN.
  6. NBC Learn: Check out NBC Learn to find excellent resources for learning from NBC, including the science behind just about everything from the summer Olympics to hockey.
  7. Watch full episodes, clips, and videos from the History channel.
  8. Biography: Get the true story behind peoples’ lives from these videos from the Biography channel.
  9. BBC Learning: BBC offers an excellent learning site, including learning resources for schools, parents, and teachers. One of BBC’s most impressive resources is a live volcano conversation discussing the world’s most active volcano in Hawaii.

Free Movies and Clips

Documentaries and other educational movies and clips are available on these sites.
  1. Free Documentaries: On Free Documentaries, "the truth is free," with a variety of documentary films available for streaming.
  2. SnagFilms: On SnagFilms, you can watch free movies and documentaries online, with more than 3,000 available right now.
  3. Top Documentary Films: Watch free documentaries online in this great collection of documentary movies.
  4. TV Documentaries: This Australian site has excellent documentaries about child growth, historic events, and even animations about classical Greek mythology.


Satisfy students’ desire for knowledge and hands-on learning by sharing how-to videos from these sites.
  1. 5min: If you’ve got five minutes, you can learn how to do something on this site. Check it out to find instructional videos and DIY projects.
  2. Wonder How To: Learn everything about anything from Wonder How To’s show and tell videos.
  3. Instructables: This community of doers shares instructions (often, video) for doing just about anything, from making secret doors to tiny origami.
  4. Howcast: Find some of the best how-to videos online with Howcast.
  5. MindBites: Check out MindBites to find thousands of video lessons, how-tos, and tutorials.
  6. W3Schools: Through W3Schools’ web tutorials (video and otherwise), you can learn how to create your own websites.
  7. Videojug: Videojug encourages users to "get good at life" by watching more than 60,000 available how-to videos and guides.

Government and Organizations

Offered as a service from government organizations and other groups, these are great places to find top-notch educational videos and often, historical treasures.
  1. US National Archives: Explore US history in this YouTube channel from the US National Archives.
  2. National Science Foundation: From the National Science Foundation, you’ll find a wealth of multimedia, including instructional and educational videos.
  3. NASA eClips: NASA offers a great way for students and educators to learn about space exploration, with clips divided by grade level.
  4. NASA TV: Tune in to NASA TV to watch launches, talks, even space station viewing.
  5. Library of Congress: Through the Library of Congress, you can find videos and other classroom materials for learning about American history.
  6. American Memory Collections: Search America’s collective memory to find videos and other multimedia from the American past, including film and sound recordings from the Edison Companies and 50 years of Coca-Cola TV ads.
  7. Canadian National Film Bureau: Check out the Canadian National Film bureau to find hundreds of documentaries and animated films available online.

Wednesday, 8 August 2012

The 20 Best Blogs About Game-Based Learning

From an email I received...  "We would love to share with you an article that we just posted on our own blog! “The 20 Best Blogs About Game-Based Learning” is linked below and could be a fun way to share this announcement with your readers.


T|H|E Journal Post - Grant Program Funds Tablets for Classrooms


Grant Program Funds Tablets for Classrooms

A new partnership launched this week between 3M and education non-profit Digital Wish offers parents, teachers, and administrators the opportunity to win new tablets for their schools.

Called 3M Screens for Schools, the new grant program will award one school up to $25,000 in funding to be used toward the purchase of tablets and 3M Screen Protectors.

To apply, visit 3M Screen Protector's Facebook page. 3M will donate $1 to Digital Wish for every eligible person who "likes" the page and another $1 for every person who shares the 3M Screens for School's message on his or her Facebook page. Interested parties can also submit a 200- to 500-word essay that outlines:
  • Why does the school need the award for new tablets and how would the new tablets change the school for the better?
  • If awarded the new tablets, how would learning be enhanced for students and teaching be enhanced for educators?
  • What other creative fundraising, if any, has the school undertaken in an effort to bring new technology into the classroom?
Deadline for entries is 11:59 PM EDT on September 12, 2012. Only one entry is permitted per person but multiple entries—including submissions from teachers and school administrators—can be made on behalf of one school, according to a statement released by 3M. A panel of judges, appointed by Digital Wish, will choose the winning entry.

A complete set of contest rules is available at the Digital Wish Web site.

The Voice of the Active Learner

Tuesday, 7 August 2012

50 Best Blogs for Special Ed Teachers (Updated)

"While being a teacher is never easy, working with students in special education comes with some unique challenges. From writing lengthy IEPs to working closely with parents and other teachers, it takes a calm, collected, organized, confident, and very special person to work with students who often need a great deal more support and assistance than their peers to succeed. Yet even the best special education teachers can use a little guidance, inspiration, and information to help them to be even better at what they do. That’s just what the 50 blogs we’ve collected here can do. Read through this updated list (a revision of this list to reflect new blogs and to remove old, no-longer-updated sites) to find resources that will help you teach, learn, and grow right alongside your students."

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50 Places You Can Learn to Code (for Free) Online

"If you're curious about learning a programming language then you're in luck: there's no shortage of resources for learning how to code online. University-level courses, tutorials, cheat sheets, and coding communities all offer excellent ways to pick up a new language, and maybe even a new job, too. Read on, and you'll discover 50 great places to learn how to code, for free, online."

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Friday, 3 August 2012

Backpack TV - An Education Video Library

From their website:

About Backpack TV
Our mission is to help you do well in school.

At Backpack TV, you can quickly find education videos to help you with math, science, and other academic subjects. Of course, success in school starts with paying attention in class and working hard outside of class, but when you need extra help, turn to Spend less time looking and more time learning. was founded by Joe Wagner with the help of many dedicated and bright high school and college students. Our team has created a highly curated library of education videos organized by academic subject and detailed topic. Many of our videos are linked to topics from popular textbooks, a real bonus for finding just the right video. We have partnered with excellent teachers and are always on the lookout for more outstanding teachers to enhance our growing library. Join the team today.

Utah Event - How Do We Get Kids To Love Science?

Visit to register and for lodging information.

Top 25 Smartphone Apps for Spanish Language Learners

"Foreign language classes have proven a popular target for cash-strapped administrators looking to cut costs. We understand the money has to come from somewhere, and the practicality of a class like Latin could be debated. But as the United States continues on its path toward being home to the most Spanish speakers in the world, we can ill afford to let up on its instruction. Luckily, interested smartphone owners hold the key to a wealth of Spanish teaching in their pockets. Below, grouped by phone type, are our picks for the 25 best mobile apps (although some are available across platforms)."

Top 25 Smartphone Apps for Family Nutrition

Note from Nathan:  I thought this post might be interesting to Health and Nutrition educators...

"The era of blindly trusting food producers to have consumers’ best interests in mind has come and gone. Keeping your family healthy means getting proactive about becoming informed on nutrition, food labels, organic food, and all the little dirty tricks food manufacturers play to get you to buy their products. Your smartphone can be a powerful tool in your research, with dozens of apps available to help you buy and prepare the best possible meals. These 25 are our picks for the best ones in the bunch."

100 Best Blogs for Journalism Students (Updated)

"With newspapers going under all over the nation, journalism is becoming an increasingly hard field in which to start a career as the number of opportunities in traditional media are rapidly dwindling. Journalism students shouldn't despair just yet, however, as the web and other digital outlets are offering a host of new opportunities that may help fill the gaps left by the loss of many local papers and print magazines. Yet while new opportunities may be on the horizon for web-savvy journalists, that doesn't mean that journalism has become any less competitive and to make it into a solid job, students will need to know more than just how to write well.

One way to get a leg up is by studying the trends, technologies, and intricacies of the modern world of journalism, a goal which is most easily accomplished by becoming an avid reader of journalism blogs. We've collected a few here that we think are essential reads for journalism students, an update on our original list from 2009, which includes some new names and faces as well as some perennial favorites that we think journalism students shouldn't miss out on following."


"Fakebook" allows teachers and students to create imaginary profile pages for study purposes.
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The Green Strides Webinar Series

ED-GRS Presents
The Green Strides Webinar Series:
For All Schools Moving Toward the Pillars

The schedule, with registration links, features experts from the EPA and other federal programs. Sign up for Green Strides Webinar Series email updates to receive registration information on future webinars.
  • June 21, 2012, 1-2 p.m.: How Indoor Air Quality Helps to Create a Healthy Learning Environment
  • July 18, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Reducing Radon in Schools
  • July 25, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Reducing Environmental Impact and Costs
  • Aug. 1, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Improving Air Quality with Transportation Changes
  • Aug. 16, 2012, 3-4 p.m.: Career Pathways: Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills Statements
  • Sept. 5, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: School Buildings and Community Building
  • Sept. 12, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Strategic Collaboration for Effective Asthma Management in Schools
  • Sept. 19, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: The School Flag Program
  • Sept. 26, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: The Sun, UV and You: EPA's SunWise Program
  • Oct. 3, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Environmental Education for Everyone: EPA's 'K through Grey' Resources
  • Oct. 10, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Why Environmental Health in School Matters
  • Oct. 17, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Presidential Youth Fitness Program
  • Nov. 7, 2012, 2-3 p.m. Integrated School Health Tools for Districts
  • Feb. 6, 2013, 2-3 p.m. Tools to Reduce Waste in Schools
  • Mar. 6, 2013, 2-3 p.m. Integrated Pest Management in Schools
  • Apr. 3, 2013, 2-3 p.m. The Three T’s of Reducing Lead in Drinking Water in Schools
  • Apr. 10, 2013, 2-3 p.m. Chemical Safety in Schools
  • May 8, 2013, 2-3 p.m. Drinking Water Best Management Practices for Schools and Child Care Facilities

Aug. 1, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Improving Air Quality with Transportation Changes

Register here!

This webinar will review simple techniques that a school can employ to reduce children's exposure to air toxics. Many of these solutions also save schools and parents money.

Aug. 16, 2012, 3-4 p.m.: Career Pathways: Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills Statements

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This webinar will overview of the process and resources associated with the development of Green and Sustainability Knowledge and Skills statements in six Career Clusters™ that are now available for use by states and local schools districts. Participants will learn how statements were developed, review the set of statements, and be provided information about accessing additional resources, as well as strategies for implementing the standards.

Sept. 5, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: School Buildings and Community Building

No pre- registration is required. Log-on here! Conference Number: (866) 299-3188. Participant Code: 2025662950

This webinar will discuss EPA's voluntary School Siting Guidelines and describe how a growing number of communities are using school investments to meet educational, health, environmental, economic, social, and fiscal goals.

Sept. 12, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Strategic Collaboration for Effective Asthma Management in Schools

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Hear from leading asthma experts as they discuss best practices for asthma management in schools and how to form successful collaborations with key partners. Understand the connection between effective asthma management in schools and green and healthy learning environments. Hear unique perspectives and tactics for increasing community awareness about how to effectively control asthma.

Sept. 19, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: The School Flag Program

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This webinar will highlight the four easy steps needed to implement the School Flag Program based on the Air Quality Index (AQI) and feature other air quality educational resources.

Sept. 26, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: The Sun, UV and You: EPA's SunWise Program

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The SunWise Program is an environmental and health education program that teaches the risks of overexposure to ultraviolet radiation (UV) and simple actions to protect one self. Learn the facts about stratospheric ozone and UV, how UV affects Americans' health, and best practices to avoid UV-related disease. We will focus on the free tools and resources available from SunWise, including a tool kit with over 50 cross-curricular, standards-based activities for grades K - 8 and a UV sensitive frisbee for inquiry-based activities.

Oct. 3, 2012, 2-3 p.m.: Environmental Education for Everyone: EPA's 'K through Grey' Resources

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EPA's Office of Environmental Education (OEE) and the National Environmental Education Foundation will present environmental education resources that educators can use in classrooms and informal educational settings, or in their development of broader curricula.

All times are given as Eastern Standard

Thursday, 2 August 2012

Dissertation on business strategy in international markets

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