Sunday, January 22, 2017

Let’s Make Teaching Great Again!

Reading Time: 3 minutes.Isn’t it time teachers took an oath? I swear on a stack of Bibles teaching gets harder. It’s the sort http://www.teachertoolkit.me/2017/01/22/teacher-oath/ first seen on http://teachertoolkit.me

Wednesday, January 18, 2017

Free Webinar: Notetaking Skills for Top 21st Century Students

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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Note taking has changed since the days of pencil, paper, and lecture lecture lecture! Now, students have a variety of tools and sources of information. From lecture, to videos, to projects -- how should students be coached to take notes? In this free webinar, I'll help teachers learn how to help your 21st Century learners […]

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Communicating With Parents

Reading Time: 3 minutes.How can schools improve communication with parents? How effectively does your school communicate with parents? If you send a child http://www.teachertoolkit.me/2017/01/18/piota-app/ first seen on http://teachertoolkit.me

One Simple Way to Screencast with Office Mix

A 2-Minute Technology Tip on Screencasting

From the Cool Cat Teacher Blog by Vicki Davis

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A screencast is when you record the screen. While there are many great options out there, Office Mix is so simple, I’m using it for most screencasting.

 

 

In this example, students have written a few lines of code in Scratch. Then, they open Office Mix. They use the screen recording tool to capture their program in action. Finally, they make the video and upload it to PowerSchool Learning.

This tutorial video shows everything except the uploading process.

How Did I Record This Quick Video?

Now, on a more technical note, recording a screencast of a screencast is a tad tricky. In order to show how to use Office Mix, I had to use my second favorite screencasting too, screencastomatic, to record the tutorial. This is because I have to use a different program than is being demonstrated.

Basically, I’m recording how to make a recording. So, if you need to make videos of Office Mix in action, you have to pick another program to do the screencast.

Popular Screencasting Tools and Tips for a variety of devices

  • How to Screencast in 3 Simple Steps (a tutorial I made on screencastomatic)
  • Screen-cast-o-matic – This tool runs in a web browser.
  • Explain Everything – This tool is perfect for iPads. Math teachers make quick “explainer” videos about how to work math problems. This tool is perfect when you want to hand write in your video. (iPad)
  • Screenflow – Tony Vincent shared this tool with me. I use it to capture my iPhone and iPad and more. (Mac)
  • Office Mix for Powerpoint  – Office Mix is a plugin that you add to PowerPoint 2013. This tool is the easiest video creation tool. I’m convinced any teacher can learn to make a quick video in minutes. (PC only)

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Students Lose Sleep Because of Social Media

Reading Time: 3 minutes.Does it matter if some children get more sleep than others? Research suggests that 1 in 5 students lose sleep http://www.teachertoolkit.me/2017/01/17/losing-sleep/ first seen on http://teachertoolkit.me

Saturday, January 14, 2017

Kung Fu Sully

Reading Time: 4 minutes.Do teachers naturally improve over time? When you think of Kung Fu you automatically think of the ‘martial art’, but Kung http://www.teachertoolkit.me/2017/01/15/kung-fu/ first seen on http://teachertoolkit.me

Friday, January 13, 2017

Talking Back To Followers

Reading Time: 3 minutes.How can bloggers engage better with their audience? Do you prefer to hear someone’s voice? Are you sick of emails? http://www.teachertoolkit.me/2017/01/14/speakpipe/ first seen on http://teachertoolkit.me