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PBS Learning Media

An updated version of PBS Learning Media has recently been released.  This is a high quality, easily accessible and freely available classroom resource portal for PK-12 educators.

If you have previously used Teachers’ Domain you should note that PBS Learning Media serves as a replacement site; individual account information and folders have automatically migrated during the transition. All previous content remains available, plus PBS Learning Media includes many new features such as integration of State Standards.

If you haven’t used Teacher’s Domain in the past or tried out PBS Learning Media you should definitely check it out.  This resource provides direct access to classroom-ready, curriculum-targeted resources. It includes thousands of digital resources from PBS programs like NOVA, Frontline, American Experience, and Sid the Science Kid.

PBS Learning Media

ECB and PBS Learning Media

The ECB (Educational Communications Board) has just shared with Wisconsin schools a great new resource it has to offer – PBS Learning Media.  This site is a destination for easy, instant access to thousands of classroom-ready, digital resources including videos and interactives perfect for the SMARTBoard, plus audio and photos, and even in-depth lesson plans for all subject areas and grade levels.  The PBS Learning Media site also partners with other great organizations like The Library of Congress, National Archives, NOVA, The Electric Company, and many others.  Check it out and add it to your list of favorite websites!

SMART Resources

Need a winter SMART pick me up???  Today I wanted to share with you some SMARTBoard resources that I have come across.

  • Teaching with Smartboard – I have been listening and watching these podcasts that are FREE through iTunes.  I also have visited their website and found great resources in the podcasts that show me advanced features on the SMARTBoard. I also love the resources where they have templates and special gallery items to download.
  • Tierney Brothers (our supplier for many SMART products) has began to offer FREE tutorial videos on different SMART products.  I love the videos because you have a screen shot to see exactly what you are learning! Some of these videos are for cost, but I have taken advantage of the FREE videos!
  • SMART and You Tube – SMART Technologies has started to offer user-generated and SMART-created videos of SMART’s products in a variety of learning environments on their very own You Tube Channel. Visit this site frequently to see the latest how-to videos with all items SMART related.
  • Tierney Brothers and You Tube – Tierney Brothers has also jumped on the bandwagon and posted many of their videos on You Tube. Mark it in your favorites, delicious, or other bookmarking site.

Learn It In 5

I  came across this website this week and absolutely loved it! Learn It In 5 is a site that hosts a variety of 5 minute videos to learn about new web 2.0 tools and other resources for your classroom. Here is how the website describes itself.

Learn it in 5 is a powerful library of how-to videos, produced by technology teachers, for the purpose of helping teachers and students create classroom strategies for today’s 21st century’s digital classroom. These step-by-step how-to videos walk teachers through Web 2.0 technology, demonstrating how to use Web 2.0 applications like blogs, social networks, podcasts, interactive videos, wikis, slide sharing and much more.

No more navigating instructional handouts or searching You Tube for instructional videos.  I have bookmarked this page as a quick go to for help for myself and my students!

Khan Academy

Some of you may have already heard of Khan Academy, maybe even downloaded the app or bookmarked the website.  If you haven’t had a chance to check out the Khan Academy I highly suggest that you should.  My disclaimer – it will suck you in and you can get lost in the website for hours because of its fantastic content.

Want the overview? Here is how the website sells itself:

How it works for students –

Students can make use of our extensive video library, practice exercises, and assessments from any computer with access to the web.

  1. Complete custom self-paced learning tool
  2. A dynamic system for getting help
  3. A custom profile, points, and badges to measure progress

Coaches, parents, and teachers –

Coaches, parents, and teachers have unprecedented visibility into what their students are learning and doing on the Khan Academy.

  1. Ability to see any student in detail
  2. A real-time class report for all students
  3. Better intelligence for doing targeted interventions

Our library of videos covers K-12 math, science topics such as biology, chemistry, and physics, and even reaches into the humanities with playlists on finance and history. Each video is a digestible chunk, approximately 10 minutes long, and especially purposed for viewing on the computer.

Practice math at your own pace with our adaptive assessment exercises. You can start at 1+1 and work your way into calculus or jump right into whatever topic needs some brushing up.

Each problem is randomly generated, so you never run out of practice material. If you need a hint, every single problem can be broken down, step-by-step, with one click. If you need more help, you can always watch a related video.

Want to know more???? Here is a Ted Talks video from the creator talking about how he created the Khan Academy


100 Best

I had to add another post this week.   I just read this on a blog and think it is fabulous  – I had to share immediately! Smartteaching.org has a post on the 100 best You Tube videos for teachers.  These are even arranged by subject with a short description.  These could add that extra punch you are looking for in your lessons.  Check it out.

Remember you can also download You Tube videos using Zamzar (one of my personal favorite tools!). There is a handout in our common drive if you need some refreshing. Enjoy!

Free Video Clips

Today I want to share with you a free video clip resource.  Teacher’s Domain has thousands of media resources, lesson plans, and professional learning communities for teachers to access.  The only thing you need to do is create a username and login, then off you go!  They feature videos from places like Nova, Frontline, Between the Lions, American Experience, and Nature.  On the homepage you can easily navigate to all subject areas and drill down to specific topics or use the search option to look for a topic.  These short clips will provide some additional reinforcement for students in your classroom.

The other resource that is available to us in the state of Wisconsin is the ECB Videolink offered through Badgerlink.  They have collections of videos clips that have previously been aired for you to stream or download. I think this site is a little more tedious to navigate than Teacher’s Domain, but offers some other choices.  I would recommend using the advanced search right off the bat and limiting your search in the Media section to visual materials and then using a keyword search (see below).

Or to make it a little easier on instead of clicking on the direct link above you need to authenticate first through the BadgerLink system. This can be done from the BadgerLink page (go to BadgerLink – www.badgerlink.net , scroll down to ECB VideoLink, Click on Browse by Title) and from the ECB website (www.ecb.org)  when you click on ECB VideoLink