Archive for the ‘Professional dev’ Category

Karen’s Mashups-Show 25-TeacherTube

Wednesday, August 20th, 2008

We’re back! I can’t believe the summer has gone by, and it’s been months since I’ve done a mashup :( — but it’s with good reason.

This summer I focused all my spare time on a new project: the Kids Open Dictionary. This dictionary is intended for kids, though it can certainly be used for adult learners as well. As words are completed, they will be reviewed for quality and appropriateness and ultimately “frozen” for export into a variety of formats, including text, PDF, ebooks, wikis, web, etc., for use on a variety of devices.

This is a public domain resource that anyone can use for any purpose. We hope that it will be used by teachers, students, publishers, hardware manufacturers, VARs, and others. The site includes a build-your-own-glossary tool that allows users to construct glossaries for their own books, units, courses, or web sites and export them to text, html, rtf, pdf, or wikitext.

This is a mass collaboration project, and we hope that many people around the world will jump in and add a definition or two.

So, this mashup is featuring videos from TeacherTube, a great video-sharing site for education. (It’s like YouTube for schools, and, thankfully, isn’t blocked in most districts.) Teachers and students from around the world create and upload videos on topics that cover almost every curriculum area you can imaging. There are even great professional development videos.

(Note: This is a large file, so you may have to wait a while depending on your connection speed. An embedded version, which may load faster, is available here.)


One trick for using TeacherTube: If you want to download videos, you need to be signed in, and then the download link will show up on the right side of the screen under Video Details.

If you produce your own videos, consider sharing them with others on TeacherTube. This site also provides a great authentic publishing opportunity for students. Imagine how motivating it is to know that over 10,000 people have watched your video! (Just make sure you have the necessary parent permissions.)

And, as always, feel free to share this mashup with others. I think it will be particularly useful in workshops to show teachers all the great free multimedia resources out there.

Include in this show are the following:


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Karen’s Mashups-Show 24-Special Needs

Thursday, April 24th, 2008

This show highlights podcasts for learners with special needs.

There is new information coming out all the time about learning disabilities, brain research, universal design for learning, and more. Podcasts are a good way to keep up with it all and to connect with others who have share an interest in specific issues.


Our classrooms are filled with ever-increasingly diverse students. Static and often inaccessible educational resources like textbooks are not appropriate for many learners. The accommodations that can be made to increase accessibility are good not only for special populations but for ALL students. The principles behind Universal Design for Learning could revolutionize educational success for many learners.

Included in this show are:


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Karen’s Mashups-Show 20-Ed Tech

Wednesday, February 20th, 2008

In this show, we’re listening to educational technology-oriented podcasts, one of the richest areas of podcasting. There is much more out there than we could fit in this show, so make sure to check out the list of additional resources below.
This year has been one of the toughest I can remember in terms of providing professional development. Time priorities are fierce, and budgets are being cut, and professional development is suffering as a result. Podcasts like these are one way to provide just-in-time professional development for yourself and your staff members.


Included in this show are the following:


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Karen’s Mashups-Show 17-Just for Fun

Monday, December 17th, 2007

It’s a busy time of the year for many of us, so on this show we’re going to take a little break and listen to some podcasts just for fun! (No school-related content this time.) There are podcasts about almost every leisure activity you can imagine from movie reviews to cooking, travel to sports, comedy to knitting.


I hope you enjoy the podcasts we’ve included here and take the opportunity to look for a podcast about your own favorite activities. Happy holidays!

Included in this show are:


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