Does it still count as Chrome Extension of the Day if you don’t post daily?  Last week we covered EDpuzzle, the website.  Which, was, of course, just a set-up, for today’s Chrome Extension of the Day (CEotD), the EDpuzzle extension.  This one is pretty straightforward.  When you add it to your Chrome browser, it just sort of sits here, all grayed out.  Or greyed out, if you prefer. If you click on it, it doesn’t really do anything. To make it work its magic, you have to go to YouTube. Below any video you go to on YouTube, lurking beneath the bottom right corner ofRead More →

One of my favorite web-based tools for the classroom is EDpuzzle.   When you think about watching a video clip in the classroom, you probably picture something like this:  The teacher starts the video, but occasionally pauses to ask comprehension questions, to make sure students are paying attention, and to draw attention to important points.  Either that, or there is a worksheet full of questions from the video.  The worksheet has the advantage of holding everyone accountable, but loses the laser-pointer effect of the teacher pausing and drawing attention to things as they come up. EDpuzzle moves the video to individual student devices, and embeds questionsRead More →

This is an overview of the features and tools available to teachers and students from these two rich resources.  I recorded this back in January. Google Cultural Institute and the Smithsonian Learning Lab Both sites include an incredible variety of millions of curated images from museums around the world (in GCI) and all of the Smithsonian’s member institutes (including the National Zoo!)  Read More →

I suppose I should give a little more thought to what will be my inaugural post, however, I just recorded this little video, Introduction to Padlet, this afternoon, and that’s what’s on my mind, so that’s what I’m sharing first.  Padlet, for those of you who aren’t familiar with it, is a website that allows you to create a semi-disposable website in about 2 minutes, that your students (or colleagues) can post to.  It’s an interactive site, ideal for group brainstorming.  Or sharing ideas.  Or posting collections.  Or creating a backchannel.  (Click here for a great Edutopia article explaining Backchannels in the classroom).  One coolRead More →