Making Citations A Breeze (Three Great Resources)

Cite This For Me

Helping students with their bibliography for their papers is always frustrating and confusing for my Junior High Students. So this year I had them use three great resources that helped them to create their bibliographies without all of the usual headaches. The three sites caught my eye this year they were CiteThisForME, Easybib and Bibme. Not only did these sites really seem to alleviate many of the citing issues for my students they were easy for them to use and created great bibliographies for my students. These sites makes it simple for students to select the correct source and enter needed information to create their citation. Then students just click on the copy and paste button and paste the citations into their works cited or bibliography page. Many of the students said that they will bookmark these sites and use them again in the future. These tools will be helpful to all students check them out at the following addresses:

  1. Cite this for ME: http://www.citethisforme.com/
  2. Easy bib: http://www.easybib.com/
  3. BibMe: http://www.bibme.org/
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60+ Video editors

Well it is that time of year again for student projects. Every year I am always looking for new and inventive ways for students to show me what they have learned in class. This year I really wanted to use video. Students always love making videos. It is a fun and engaging way for them to present information. However, video editors are quite expensive and can be difficult to use. So over the course of the past few years here are a some websites  that are not too difficult to use and many are free. This allows all students the ability to edit video. I have had students use many of these websites and have seen some great videos in the past. I just hope to see more of the same this year. Take a look at the following 60+ video editors.

Posted from Diigo. The rest of my favorite links are here.

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Uses of Augmented Reality in the Classroom

As many of you already know I am a bug proponent of augmented reality. I have written quite a bit about it here on this blog. Recently, as I have been discussing with many of you about having the students bring their own devices to school. This influx of technology in the classroom at no cost to the district could be a real help to developing augmented reality lessons. With that in mind I found a great video that shows many different things educators can do with Augmented reality.  Watch the video below and I am sure you will get some great ideas.

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Learning not brought to You by the letter A

The video below is a great example of really looking at what motivates people to learn.  So often schools seem to miss the mark in motivating their students.  There is an intrinsic motivator in all students, the key for schools and educators is to tap into this to really achieve success.  Simple saying that all students are motivated by grades leaves out a huge portion of the students population.  Many students are not motivated by grades and often are turned away from school by them. Watch the video below as Dr. Tae discusses how many students are motivated today.

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3 Great Movie Clip Websites to Gain Student Attention

With spring break behind us and summer right around the corner the natives are becoming restless. This new excitement in the air can be difficult to deal with at times in the classroom. This is why I have found that adding movie clips from popular films to my entry tasks to be very effective in gaining students attention. These short 1-2 minute video clips seem to calm them down and get them thinking. Once this happens I then can steer them into the topic that we are going to cover in class.

So where can you find these types of video clips? If you know movies well you can look up clips on Youtube and other video hosting websites like Vimeo. If you don’t know movies that well or you can not think of one to meet the needs of your lesson try one of the following three websites.  These sites will allow you to search movies by topic, mood, genre, time period, event, plot and other criteria.  Making it easy to find the clip you need to fit your lesson plan.

  1. This site will allow you to search for movie clips on a specific topic that you are going to cover in class. This is the best site for finding topic specific movie clips for your classroom.  Click here to go to MovieClips
  2. Jinni is like MovieClips and allows you to search movies by mood, plot, genre, time period, place etc.  Click here to go to Jinni.
  3. Anyclip is another video hosting site that you can search for movie clips to use in your classroom. However, this site you need to know movies it does not provide the easy search options found on the other two sites.
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Motivating Students

As every good teachers knows the key to student success is keeping them motivated.  During the first week of school I usually talk to my students about motivation and what they can accomplish if they just keep trying.  This year I found a great little video clip called “No Arms, No Legs, No Worries” .  This is a great motivational 4 minute clip that will allow you to talk about motivation with your students.  This will open up discussion about perspective, persistence and effort and how they can lead to success.  I don’t know how anyone can watch this view and not be inspired and motivated.

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Student Podcasting Resources: School Resources Part Seven

The icon used by Apple to represent Podcasting.
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Over the past few years some of the best projects that I have received in my classes have been student produced podcasts.  Not only have students had a great time creating them but the learning that took place in the process was outstanding.  I have found their projects very entertaining and informative.  This has been a popular medium of choice at times with my classes.  So over the past few years we have developed a variety of resources to create these podcasts.

Check out the list below and as always if you know of another resource please let me know.

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School Year Resources Part Three: Digital Storytelling

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Digital storytelling has become a very popular method in conveying information in my classroom.  Students can collect images on a topic and use them to tell stories to show their mastery of the content discuss and studied in class.  Often times they are having so much fun that they do not even realize how much they have learned or that they are learning through this process. I have been utterly amazed at the conversations that I have had with students as they work on their projects.  The depth of learning can be quite amazing.  The following sites have been used by some of my students.  Again like the previous posts if you know of any others or have had any issues with any of these resources please let me know.

Virtual Posters

  1. Glogster

Digital Story telling

  1. Google SearchStories’s creator
  2. Scooch
  3. Welcome to Fotobabble – Talking Photos
  4. Animalia Digital story teller
  5. StoryBird
  6. Picture Book Maker
  7. Story Jumper
  8. Storytron
  9. My Story Maker
  10. Kerpoof
  11. Digital Story Teller
  12. TikTok
  13. Little Bird Tales
  14. Myths and Legends
  15. Webook
  16. Storytelling Alice
  17. YouTellYou
  18. AudioBoo
  19. Kizoa
  20. Flip Book
  21. Capzles
  22. Slide
  23. One True Media
  24. VoiceThread
  25. Book Builder
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Great School Video Website Resource

NeoK12 is a great resource for students and teachers to use.  I have found this particularly good for finding video clips on a multitude of different subjects.  At first I was using this as a resource for teaching and putting these videos into my lessons, but found that students could use these videos in their projects.  As it turned out students loved using this resource when they were creating their projects for class.  This site also contains many different online games in many different content areas and was a great resource for students to use when they got ahead in class.  This site would be a great resource for a school website since it is cross curricular.  Me and my students loved using this over the past year check it out at the address below.

Click the address to the left.  http://www.neok12.com/

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A great resource I finally got to look at!

Now that school is out and I have a little time to look at some resources that I had bookmarked. I came across one that I wish I would have looked at during the year.  AVIARY is an excellent free resource to use in the classroom.  This site contains some great tools for students to use in their projects.  Such as image editors, audio editors, music creators, and a variety of other creative tools.  This is a great resource to get students to think outside of the box for their projects and promote creativity.  This site has a community of artists sharing ideas, images and music.  As I perused this site I found the content to be suitable for secondary education and think that it would be a great resource.  As with all communities however, you will want to monitor student activity and work on this site.

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