Monday, October 27, 2014

Educanon - insert questions into a video

Educanon is a program that allows you have students watch videos and answer questions along the way. You can insert questions into the video timeline so the video will pause while you check comprehension, test vocabulary, concept check etc. You can use your own videos or add questions to any video from the internet - a TED Talk for example!

I love that students get to work at their own pace and the teacher gets to see students' comprehension of a topic.

(update: Educanon is now Playpostit)

Monday, October 20, 2014

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

Creating accounts when kids don't have their own e-mail addresses

Sometimes you need to make accounts for students and those accounts need e-mail addresses. The problem is that sometimes your kids are too young to have e-mail addresses. I found out about this hack a few years ago, but I'm just remembering to share it now. All you have to do is to add +1, +2, the end of your e-mail address. Then it is like the students have an e-mail address, but all messages go to your e-mail address.

For example, if you were, then you could use,, etc. The site you are using sees this as a new e-mail address, but any e-mail sent to it goes to your e-mail address.

I know that this works on Google and believe that it works on Yahoo as well. This is a workaround so there are no guarantees that it will work every time.

Have you had success with this?

This post also appears on my blog Savvy Secondary Science

Saturday, October 4, 2014

Top 10 Posts of September and what I've been up to

Wow did September go by fast!  For the most part my school year is starting off great.  I have a greawt group of kids this year and things are jsut so much better than last year.  Personally I'm still having time management issues and feel like I am always behind on my grading.  How does everyone else manage keeping on top of paperwork?  I got a cute to-do list pad from Shutterfly, so hopefully that will help!

Top 10 Posts of October
  1. PowToon - Animated Videos (free upgrade to premium)
  2. Doctopus - easily share documents with students
  3. Making an Image Map with Google Images
  4. Attend a free virtual technology conference
  5. PowToon Slides - Animated Slide Shows
  6. Remind 101 gave me a Badge!
  7. virtual exit tickets and in class assessments
  8. Join SimpleK12 for an Afternoon of Free Google Apps Webinars
  9. StudyBlue Pro - give it a try!
  10. SMIR.CH - how to use any phone (including "dumb" phones)