Too good not to share 11/27/2014 (p.m.)

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Too good not to share 11/26/2014 (p.m.)

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Cool Tip to Share: Ambient video/audio for the classroom

One of my favorite colleagues just came back from the Learning and the Brain Conference where a presenter mentioned using an app that played an aquarium on your projector screen.  Great idea, but she doesn’t have an iPad.  Then I started thinking – there must be something similar on Youtube. Of course there was, but then you have to deal with ads and pop-overs.  See below. Still usable, but not ideal.

Solution – View Pure.  You paste your YouTube link into View Pure and it “purifies” the video, removing all ads / external content.


If you find something you like in Youtube, you’ll also see lots of similar content on the right side.  I looked for videos 20 minutes or more so I wouldn’t have to worry about running out of time.

A few areas where this could be cool:
  • Readers’/Writers’ Workshop
  • Small group work
  • Quiet work time
  • Transitions
  • Independent reading time
  • Makerspace ambiance
  • Library zones

I’ve asked her to share at a Middle School faculty meeting. This colleague is a phenomenal classroom teacher who sometimes lacks confidence with technology but has rich insights and powerful suggestions. You learn something new every day!

I’d love to hear your suggestions for using technology to set the tone or as a subtle classroom management tool.

Too good not to share 11/25/2014 (p.m.)

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Looking for Suggestions: Best of the Best Online Tools

I’m in the process of prepping for the TIES Conference. One of my sessions will be Online Tools: Sharing the Best of the Best.  If you follow my blog or my tweets, you know I share a TON of resources, but now I have a request for you… What are your top tools and favorite sites?  I’d love to hear from you.  Comment below or complete the form .  I’ll close the form before the conference and will share a compilation. Would be great to hear from you!