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Presentation: Virtual Field Trips for Elementary

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The video below is from a webinar with Region 10 where I discuss virtual field trips. This is one topic in a series of hangouts I will be doing with Region 10. You can see the full schedule here and register for FREE (required for CPE credit.) I hope you enjoy the presentation and will check out the topics on the schedule.

Watch the video HERE

Handouts and links mentioned in the presentation are below.
Presentation Slides

Google Earth Daylight Tool

Google Earth Measure Tool

Google Earth Creating A Path

Google Earth Path Video

Google Earth Past Path

Pinterest VFT

World Wonders 

360.net

Decorah Eagles

San Diego Zoo Webcams

Safeshare

Wonderopolis

50 Great Wonders for Elem

Scholastic Student Activities

FreeSound

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Hoopla Kidz Phonics Quiz Videos A-Z

Hoopla Kids Phonics Quiz Videos A-Z - @mattBgomez

These videos quiz the kids on the beginning sounds of words. You can find them HERE or by clicking the picture above.

 

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Google Hangout Resources for Teachers

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EduHangout Website (ideas for class and teachers) by @catlett1

Tutorial for Google Hangout on Air by @iPadSammy

Cybrary Man’s Google Hangout Page by @cybraryman1

Google Hangout Tip Sheet by @MsMagiera and @gglibrarian

 Google Hangout Guide for Teachers by Lee Summit R-7 District

How Educators and School Can Make the Most Out of Google Hangouts via Edutopia by @mbteach

Ultimate Guide to Google Hangouts by @MartinSherv

Google+ for Schools by @ericcurts

Connecting Beyond the Classroom Examples by @wkrakower

6 Ways Teachers Can Use Google Hangouts

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Alphabet Videos A-Z: Nellie and Ned

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Click the picture above or HERE to visit the webmix.

All the videos are converted to Safeshare to remove ads and suggested videos. Learn about that process here

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39 Sight Word Videos for Young Kids

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Click the picture above or HERE to visit the webmix.

All the videos are converted to Safeshare to remove ads and suggested videos. Learn about that process here. 

If you know of other great sight word videos please leave a link in the comments!

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Weebly: Simple and Free Way To Create A Class Website

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Quick intro to setting up a FREE Weebly site in the video below. Please note the last step which I failed to mention is pressing the orange publish button on the top right

For my Master’s course we were required to work with tools that could be used to create and e-portfolio. I picked Weebly mainly because it was a tool that I had not worked with before. I have used Google Sites, Wiki’s, Blogs and other tools in the past but Weebly was something I never got around to trying. The main benefit of Weebly is the simplicity of the process in creating a website or blog. The interface uses simple drag and drop functions that are laid out nicely and the process is fairly intuitive. Teachers that are looking for a way to have an online presence for their classroom (class website or blog) should give this tool a try.

The site allows for a lot more customization than other options which is an important feature for giving the creator ownership of their design. The other tools I mentioned before allow for customization but none of them do it is a simple way like Weebly. Of course Weebly is not as powerful a tool as WordPress as far as customization but WordPress is also not as user-friendly. Weebly is a great tool to use to introduce students to e-portfolios and to begin the process of creating one. The site has options to upload all the standard media a student might use in their portfolio such as video, audio, documents, pictures and text. For students new to the process Weebly is the perfect tool to start with but I think it is important that we give students autonomy in choosing the tool they want to use. My main concern would be the ease in exporting the content from Weebly. Technology and the tools available are changing fast and the ability to move seamlessly from one tool another is an important feature. Another aspect of Weebly that is a benefit is it shows the process of creating a website in a visual way. Of course creating a website requires a much deeper understanding but Weebly does begin that process of showing how websites are created. My hope would be that some students would take that basic knowledge and look for other options as they want to customize and add features. Weebly seems to be a good “gateway” into creating and designing online spaces.

The website created in the video can be found here if you want to see the product

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