Looking for a list of resources to help get the school year started? Check out the updated 16-17 version of The Practical Ed Tech Handbook. You will find linked resources arranged in seven different categories (communication, web search, digital citizenship, video creation, audio production, backchannels & informal assessment, and digital portfolios) along with ideas on how to use the suggested resources.
“Learning in Hand Show #31 is about giving your learning centers or stations a makeover. The collection of activities teachers provide their students at a center can be enhanced with technology, even if there’s only one computer or tablet available.”
Students in Ms. Fox’s class presented researched information from their space unit while pretending to broadcast their information live from the moon. The class used the Green Screen app by Do ink to add a moon image behind the video clip. Students really looked like they were broadcasting live!
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Here are more tips to keep children safe on YouTube
1) Turn on YouTube Safety Mode – YouTube Safety Mode is a kid-friendly option for filtering inappropriate or questionable content on YouTube. Parents can follow these simple steps to enable the filter. YouTube Safety Mode serves as a direct line of defense. It hides explicit content through community flagging, age-restrictions, and porn image detection, ultimately minimizing the risk that kids will stumble upon any unsavory videos or user comments.
Bear in mind that the option is both browser- and device-specific: for example, enabling it on Google Chrome will not automatically enable it on Mozilla Firefox. For a small monthly fee, some web filters and parental controls may offer the ability to enforce safe YouTubeacross all devices in the household.
2) Privacy Settings – Kids are at risk for more than just exposure to explicit content. Anyone who actively posts his/her own videos on YouTube is susceptible to mean-spirited internet trolls who post crude, harmful comments.
To prevent this form of YouTube cyberbullying, parents can implement YouTube Privacy Settings. This optional feature can block users and moderate comments (by removing specific comments or blocking anyone from commenting altogether), and can specify who is able to see a particular video. More specifically, YouTube offers the following video settings: Public, Private, and Unlisted.
3) For younger children, approve content in advance – Parents can research what content is age-appropriate for their child by screening or “favoriting” videos in advance of those long car rides. This way, they know exactly what their child is watching and can avoid accidental linkage to inappropriate content when they are unable to supervise them.
Alternatively, parents of children ages 5 and under, can make use of YouTube Kids, a free app that makes available only a subset of pre-approved, kid-safe content on YouTube.
4) Get involved! Report inappropriate videos by ‘flagging’ -All adults can play a part in making YouTube a more kid-friendly environment! If you find a video with inappropriate content, report it by clicking “more” and then “report” under the video window. This process is referred to as ‘flagging’ a video for moderator review. Fortunately, review of flagged videos occurs 24/7; YouTube makes this service a priority and is highly responsive to your report requests.
Students in Ms. Fox’s class along with the help of Mrs. Emmolo are working with LEGO WeDo systems to key simple machine concepts while building teamwork and communication skills. Students are discovering basic physical science concepts such as gears, pulleys, levers, and wheels and axles through observation, reasoning, prediction, and critical thinking. Students are also learning computer programming concepts needed to make robots move. Watch the video to see student creations tested and witness problem solving on the spot!