How-To Videos for the
technology classroom

Thursday, July 11, 2013

NASA helping firefighters predict forest and brush fires

Jumping off point: How can NASA predict forest fires? What kind of technology might be involved in predicting where a fire might take place?

This video, produced by CBSNewsOnline, demonstrates how scientists use technology to analyze moisture in the soil in dry areas of California. Not only is the science predicting areas that are susceptible to fire, it is helping cities and states save money. How can this be?

Use this video as a discussion starter for various subjects, such as real-world applications to science, technology and the economy.

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Teach your students the history of the American flag

At my school, we say the Pledge of Allegiance to begin each day. Many schools do this, but some do it only on major holidays -- like Patriot Day and around Memorial Day. Some schools say it only on the first day of the week.

What has always frustrated me as a teacher is how many students give so little regard to saying the Pledge. Some don't understand its meaning; they also have little or no comprehension of the great history of the flag. They slouch, mumble or stare into space, while their peers pledge.

This video, produced by the History Channel, provides an excellent, brief history of the flag. Share this with your students, no matter what age, and discuss the tradition of the flag and why we pledge our allegiance to it.

Then, encourage your students to stand straight and pledge with pride throughout the year.

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Cross-posted at The Results Only Learning Blog

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Wednesday, July 10, 2013

How does a fox find dinner in three feet of snow? Would you believe he uses math and science?

Jumping off point: Want to fascinate your students? Ask them if they've ever seen a fox, who is an expert at math and science. For older students, having them brainstorm how a fox could use math and science skills might make an excellent discussion starter.

Once their curiosity is thoroughly sparked, show students this video of a fox in the Black Hills of the Dakotas. Encourage them to keep a sharp watch for how the fox calculates where the field mouse is hiding. What does this tell us about instinct and other innate skills in animals?

Feel free to have your students discuss the video in our comment section below. Teachers can always use the comment section as a place for evaluation and feedback.

Find more excellent class videos in our Lesson Starters section.

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Monday, July 1, 2013

How is Google changing more than just the Internet?

Most of today's teachers could never have imagined a hand-held computer, when they were school-aged. Now, virtually all of them have one in their pockets or purses, tucked neatly inside of their Smartphones. 

Today's students likely can't imagine a world in which they won't drive cars. However, as the video above demonstrates, Google is making the driverless car a reality. Apart from making driving easy, even for a blind man, as the video shows, how else might the self-driving car change our world? Will Google make today's automobile obsolete?


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Tuesday, April 30, 2013

How to comment on a class blog post and start conversations

A popular TV game show wonders if you are smarter than a 5th-grader, but this video may have you re-thinking this and lowering the grade significantly.

Thanks to Mrs. Yollis' remarkable 2nd and 3rd graders, who produced the video, we not only wonder if we're smarter than these precocious youngsters, we also learn some amazing tips for commenting on classroom blog posts. These kids provide solid advice for both student and teacher bloggers.

Thanks to Mrs. Yollis and her stupendous students for this very cool video.

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Sunday, March 31, 2013

Math rap great for engaging reluctant learners

There are many ways to excite students about learning -- even learning something that many students don't love, like math. It's likely no surprise that I've always been a big fan of using video for learning. Teachers are using video in a variety of creative ways to engage students.

Although it may take time and some advanced production skills, creating a video like this one will benefit students for many years. This video, courtesy of SchoolTube.com, was produced by a group of enterprising teachers at Westerville South High School.

Although I don't know what tools they used to produce the video, it could be done with any digital video tool and an application like CamasiaStudio. Enjoy this creative video, and consider creating something like it for your students.

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Thursday, July 26, 2012

Massive drought has trickle-down effect on the economy

Okay, so it's hot. Sure, the farmers and their crops across Midwest America are suffering.

Why, though, is this so hard on our economy? Why are the dairy and beef markets also effected? What are the ramifications of 4.5-5 percent increases in sales of meat and dairy?

This brief video, courtesy of CBSNewsOnline, is a marvelous discussion starter about the hottest year in history and how the excessive heat is impacting America's economy.

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July 2013

Firefighting and Science
Thursday, July 11, 2013

American Flag History
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Fox Hunts in Snow
Wednesday, July 10, 2013

Google self-driving car
Monday, July 1, 2013

April 2013

Blog Comments
Tuesday, April 30, 2013

March 2013

Math Rap
Sunday, March 31, 2013

July 2012

Drought effect on economy
Thursday, July 26, 2012

Mountain Living
Friday, July 20, 2012

China Tour
Wednesday, July 18, 2012

Remembering 911
Monday, July 9, 2012

Oscar Pistorius
Thursday, July 5, 2012

June 2012

Square numbers
Monday, June 25, 2012

Gravity
Saturday, June 23, 2012

January 2012

MLK Digital Archive
Monday, January 16, 2012

August 2011

Twitter as a free professional development tool
Thursday, August 11, 2011

July 2011

The Elements
Tuesday, July 26, 2011

June 2011

Twitter in action
Thursday, June 9, 2011

May 2011

Water and climate change
Friday, May 20, 2011

April 2011

Google Earth
Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Idiom
Thursday, April 14, 2011

March 2011

Energy
Saturday, March 12, 2011

February 2011

Forensic Video
Sunday, February 20, 2011

Homeless People
Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Noodle Tool Note Cards
Wednesday, February 2, 2011

January 2011

Doodling in math
Sunday, January 23, 2011

Spanish rap
Sunday, January 23, 2011

Automobile history
Sunday, January 16, 2011

Asteroids
Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Stock market crash
Friday, January 7, 2011

Moon phases
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Plant cell
Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Irony
Monday, January 3, 2011

Surface Area
Monday, January 3, 2011

Leonardo da Vinci
Sunday, January 2, 2011

Titanic
Saturday, January 1, 2011

December 2010

George Washington
Thursday, December 23, 2010

American Revolution
Thursday, December 23, 2010

Einstein, relativity and time travel
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Atoms
Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Emancipation Proclamation
Monday, December 20, 2010

Algebra mistakes
Monday, December 20, 2010

Google Scholar
Saturday, December 18, 2010

Research with Google
Saturday, December 18, 2010

Ray Bradbury
Friday, December 17, 2010

Mayan Ruins
Friday, December 17, 2010

Invertebrates
Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Metaphors
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Civil rights movement
Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Solar system
Monday, December 13, 2010

Multiplication rap
Monday, December 13, 2010