I've been working on a project with the first grade class. Amy Dixon, the first grade teacher, is trying to encourage her students to be inquisitive. So she asked them "What are you curious about?" She wrote down their questions and now I'm looking for videos and the media specialist, Teresa Huelskoetter, is looking for books to help answer their questions. Here is a link to the videos.
Often when I'm sourcing videos for students, I find that I only need a portion of the video or sometimes I want to cut-out something that is inappropriate. I found a tool when I was ISTE 2014 that has been extremely helpful called YouTube clipper. It enables you to share just part of a YouTube with people. Simply paste the URL and set the start and end times. It generates a link or embed code. You can set autoplay to "on" or "off". This tool was created by Tammy Worcester. Her session at ISTE 2014 was fabulous. She provided non-stop ideas on apps and tools to make teaching easier. I highly recommend you visit her website.
Here is an example of a video I clipped. The student was "curious about beaches", so I only wanted to include the portion of the video which was about "sand".
Another great site that Teresa introduced to me isWatch Know Learn. It's a library for links to excellent educational videos that have been selected by educators. WatchKnowLearn has indexed approximately 50,000 educational videos, placing them into a directory of over 5,000 categories. The videos are available without any registration or fees to teachers in the classroom, as well as parents and students at home 24/7. You can search for videos by subject and age level. Video titles, descriptions, age level information, and ratings are all edited for usefulness. Our Web site invites broad participation in a new kind of wiki system, guided by teachers.
I've decided to try blogging. The old Home Page is now renamed Interesting Stuff.