Tuesday, January 17, 2017

#GoPackGo! Letters to Lambeau campaign

Looking to help cheer on the Packers? Check out this Letters To Lambeau campaign. There's even a pre-done template for your youngest writers. Want to get your letters there fast (snow day delays?!) you can email all of your submissions in if you'd like! Check it out and support the Packers goal of running the table! Woot! Woot!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Martin Luther King Jr Day

Looking for a few resources for Martin Luther King Jr Day?  Check these out!

Here's a Brain Pop Jr video for grades K-2

and here is a BrainPop video for the older crowd.
Brain Pop Jr and Brain Pop are subscription sites however these are both listed as the Movie of the Week and as such you can access them without an account this week!

Here's a Reading Rainbow episode. Such a powerful message for us all to remember!

And here's one more video about MLK and his life.

Sunday, January 8, 2017

From the Archives- SafeShareTV

I originally wrote this post back in 2013 but it is just as pertinent today as it was then. So if you're looking for a way to cut out the junk that your students are subjected to when you show a YouTube video.... Read on.......


Have you heard of SafeShare.tvSafeShare.tv is a website that allows you to view YouTube videos without displaying the related videos and associated comments. This has been a god-send when showing videos in my classroom.

Using SafeShare.tv is beyond simple! All you need to do is copy the url of a YouTube video and paste it into SafeShare.tv

It then creates a url like this one:

The final product looks like this. I have been embedding these video links into my smartboard documents and it works fabulously. Lots easier and lots less time consuming the the old FLV way that I blogged about in years past. 

I hope that you'll try it out for yourself and see how easy and useful it can be for your class.


~ 2017 update ~

When I create QR codes for students to accessYouTube videos for flipped learning or Daily 5 Listen to Reading stories, I will send the video through SafeShare first and then create my QR code from that address which give me some added comfort that my students are not being exposed to questionable content. 

This also worked well for me when I created an AdobeSpark video as an intro for my recent BreakoutEdu. I first uploaded the video to YouTube. Then I placed a screenshot of the intro slide into my Google Slide deck and then hyperlinked the SafeShare link to that image (you can only embed YouTube videos into Google Slides so this is an easy work around)

Friday, January 6, 2017

Check out these top 10 reasons to use Seesaw that was compiled by Seesaw Ambassadors and Sketchnoted by the very talented Sylvia Duckworth. 

Looking for some new ways to utilize Seesaw with your students? You can find 100 ways on this document that was compiled by Seesaw Ambassadors in a previous post I wrote.