Archive for April, 2010

YouTube Video Tools for Teachers

Here are a few video tools for YouTube  all teachers should know about:

YouTube –

TubeChop – Ever had a video on Youtube that you only wanted to show part of?  This website helps with that.

  1. Find a YouTube Video you want to clip
  2. Copy the URL – and go to
  3. Paste in the url into the provided box on the webpage
  4. Select video and choose “Chop It.”
  5. Choose the portion of the video you want to keep by dragging the markers on the beginning and end of the clip and click on “Chop It”
  6. The website then provide you with a link to your chopped video as well as an embed code to place that clip on a webpage.

Kick You Tube – – Download YouTube videos for future use.       You have options on what format you want to save the video and downloaded videos can be stored on Thumb drives or DVD’s for access when the network is down or you don’t want to rely on streaming.  Basically you type in the work “kick” in the url before”youtube” and follow the instructions.

A great tutorial on how to do this can be found at Tammy Worcester Tip of the Week.

YouTube to Mp3 Converter – – convert video clips into mp3 clips.  Good when looking for sound bites for instruction.

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Wallwisher in the Classroom

I started to title this blog post – A New Way to Brainstorm – but then I realized that Wall Wisher offers so much more than that.

Wallwisher is a free internet application that allows you to build a wall that then you or you and others can post notes on.   To build a wall you will need to log in with an email account but an email account is not needed to post notes on that wall.  Good news for those of us working with students under the age of 14.    Privacy levels can be set for each wall and posts can be moderated.

Once a wall is built there are a number of ways to distribute or share your wall.  Walls can be embedded into a webpage, blog or wiki.  You can link directly to the wall for users to go straight there.  It also provides an RSS feed so walls can be monitored through your RSS readers, such as iGoogle.

As I started looking for how others were using this tool I found the ideas fit into a few categories.  (This was easy to do as I took the ideas that were posted on the wall and started moving them around to create the groups!)

  • Brainstorming/ Idea Gathering
  • Homepages – a place to gather resources, post announcements, leave messages, provide homework help, etc.
  • Skill building – note-taking, vocabulary, sorting and summarization work wonderfully on this.
  • Portfolios of Student Work – either as a class or an individual.

I created a wall with all the ideas of classroom use I have found by searching the web and have embedded the wall below.  Please feel free to add to it!

Get Started:

The best way to learn to use this tool is to jump in and get started!

Go to my wallwisher sandbox and make your first post:

Or go to: – log in and build your first wall.

Please share your ideas for wallwisher or the walls you build!

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Glogster – Create an Interactive Poster

Making a poster, creating a model, or drawing a picture all help increase activity in the brain by having students take information in one form and transform it into another. Classroom Instruction that Works indicates that using nonlinguistic representations achieved a 27 percentile gain  As a history teacher I also found those assignments more enjoyable to grade than essays where they students copied information from books and online resources without ever thinking about what they were writing.

So how to make use of this technique using technology?  One way is Glogster.

What is Glogster EDU?

Glogster EDU is the educational version of the Glogster site.  Teachers and students can design interactive posters that incorporate artwork, videos, music, links to other websites, wordles, etc.

Sample Math Glog:

Teachers are given 100 free student accounts to allow students to create their own glogs under the teacher’s account.  User names and passwords are automatically generated and sent to the teacher’s account.

Finished products can be embedded into wikis, webpages, or teacherweb sites using the provided html embed code.  You can also link to the glog itself.

The site provides background templates and frames to get you started in all sorts of themes.

See this glog on Glogster EDU for more info:

(Warning – make sure you are using the EDU version for your students.  Glogs found on the original site may not be suitable for all audiences.)

Getting Started:

If you are ready to try this resource out, go to and register for an account.

For a step by step tutorial check out – Glogster Tutorial Page – by Traci Blazosky

Uses in the Classroom:

  • Create a glog as the homepage for a class project with all the info.
  • Using a projector use the glog as a the home base for your lesson or discussion in class.
  • replace traditional poster board projects with a glog
  • group images together to set the tone for a historical unit or a novel’s setting
  • gather all the notes together for a math concept so the formulas and examples are all in one place.
  • Create a glog to replace a research paper. (If they are copying all the info from online anyway – why not show them how to link to those sources and write a summary that introduces the link?)

Sample Glog for To Kill a Mockingbird:


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