Blubbr

Although it sounds disgusting, Blubbr is a website that allows you to create quiz questions for videos viewed online. Blubbr allows you to quickly create an account, name the quiz, find the video from a search in Blubbr (most YouTube videos were in their catalog of videos), and then develop quiz questions for the video.

Blubbr is incredibly useful for those of you requiring students to use videos outside of the classroom (i.e. flipped classroom model) or for enhancement. My only qualm with Blubbr is that the questions are limited in length/characters. I did have to revise how I wanted my questions asked, but the rest is very easy and intuitive to use. Additionally, there were a few other bugs, but I would expect them to be worked out when it is out of Beta testing. It is still a useful tool. Take a look at the interface below to see how it works:

 

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Quote Me On That

Many teachers are now using Facebook and Google+ as an extension of the classroom. Quotes Cover my be a fun way to make your page more interesting (although it is useful for simply downloading a pretty JPEG to be used for any other purpose as well).

Quotes Cover allows you to choose one of their selected quotes, or include your own text, and create a fun JPEG with appealing text and color.  Quotes Cover allows you to change the fonts and colors with one click and couldn’t be simpler. You can add additional enhancements if desired and then click the download button and use as you wish.

 

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Prezi Introduces Sound

For those of you who use Prezi, you may be excited to hear that they have added a new feature of voice-overs and sound. Check out this Prezi presentation to learn more!!

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Have a Wonderful Spring Break

Just want to wish all my colleagues and readers a great Spring Break vacation! I hope it is restful and rejuvenating!

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Keep Calm…

Yes, it is about this time of year when every teacher in the world is close to losing their mind and it gets harder to come to work each day. Most of you are familiar with the “Keep Calm and…” posters. These are those posters but specifically designed for teachers! I thought these posters (courtesy of Edgalaxy) would be fun for you to see…or hang in your classroom for some motivation to push through until summer!

Keep Calm and Reboot
Keep Calm and Enjoy Learning
Keep Calm and Love Teaching
Keep Calm and Raise Your Hand
Keep Calm and Stop Texting
Keep Calm and Teach On
Keep Quiet and Continue Working

 

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Another Alternative to Clickers

Similar to Socrative (which I reviewed here and presented to DHHS faculty last year), Mentimeter is a great way to conduct brief classroom assessments quickly and simply with the use of any web-enabled device (phones, iPods, iPads, etc) . Mentimeter only allows for multiple choice questions, but it does it so simply that even the most techno-phobic teacher can feel comfortable using it. If you have considered using a clicker system or would like a quick way to conduct a formative assessment, I encourage you to test Mentimeter. And if you are wanting to use a tool like this and want some inspiration for how, check out their recommended uses for teaching with Mentimeter here.

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All Sides

This is a newer website that I am really loving. All Sides is a website that takes current events/issues and categorizes them into right, left, and center. High school students sometimes have a hard time identifying slanted articles, bias, or even what side it is aligned with. For me personally, I find myself typically reading from the same sources and All Sides gives me some quick articles from another point of view so I can consider other sources before making my decisions on the issues.

All Sides would be a good source for argument/persuasive essays and social studies classrooms. My only issue with All Sides is that it doesn’t update as often as I think it should. I do occasionally find articles that are a few months old (even though it is a newer site). Hopefully that improves as it grows.


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Beyond the Bubble

Beyond the Bubble is a website dedicated to using primary source documents in the teaching and assessment of history. Each topic provides an assessment using primary sources, interactive rubric, examples of student responses, further materials to present to students and downloadable materials. The site is developed by Stanford University and the Library of Congress. As a former history teacher, this site really stood out as a great resource for tools to use in the classroom. Watch this video to get a fuller understanding of the site and all its resources.

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