Mobento

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Here’s a site I learned about during ISTE 2013. It’s a great resource for educational videos without ads. Have a look at this video for more information.

What I like the most about Mobento is that each video that has been uploaded has a scrub bar at the bottom of the screen. Whatever keyword you used to search with is represented by a little dash in the scrub bar. If you click on any dash while viewing the video, you will be forwarded to that point in the video when the keyword was spoken! Pretty cool…

Viewing the videos is a free service, but uploading with an account is not.

TouchCast

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I was recently introduced to TouchCast. It’s an amazing screencasting app that allows users to record themselves while bringing peripherals onto the screen. Such things as web pages, photos, and titles can be called up to the screen while a lesson is going, to create a seamless learning experience for students. I could even see students using this themselves to make an awesome presentation.

Another nice thing this app does is allow the user to either write or type on the screen, so things like diagrams and charts may be annotated while recording. This is a great app. Please download it today and have a look!

Living Timelines

Use your class set of iPads to make a living timeline!

One Possibility – Students use the iPad as a presentation tool

  • Assign each small group of students to a specific event within a broad timespan, such as the Battle of Bull Run within the timeline of Civil War battles.
  • Direct the students to present on that topic by using their iPad as a display of their presentation.
  • Students may gather photos from the internet and keep them stored in the camera roll on the iPad, and bring them into any app that may serve the purpose. See this post as one option for presenting.
  • Once students have compiled all their research, a gallery walk around the room commences, allowing the whole class to experience the Battles of the Civil War, or the highlights of the American Revolution.

Another Possibility – Students (or teachers) create QR codes to direct learning

  • Create QR codes (instructions here) that drive the presentation.
  • Either students or teachers may create QR codes and place them around the room with labels that describe the event they represent.
  • Students may then travel around the room scanning QR codes and viewing the web site or text or YouTube video.