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Video Watch
Welcome to Video Watch, our look at instructional and educationally-focused videos that we think will interest you. Just click and watch!

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Video of the Week
Weebly for Education (education.weebly.com)  
Weebly for Education (education.weebly.com) is free and allows teachers to easily create class websites and blogs. Students can also be added to class accounts in order to develop e-portfolios or to publish website assigned projects. To build a website simply drag and drop desired content elements on to your page, things like text, photos, maps, and videos. At any time you can change the theme, add pages, RSS feeds, a blog page, forms, surveys and more from the multitude of readymade fields. Hierarchy can be added to the pages by dragging the page tab left or right then back on the home screen, the page will appear under a page heading or alongside the main elements. When you’re ready, publish your creation. You can even publish to your own domain if you already have one.
Added: 27/11/2012
Northern Lights in Aurora 2012  
Check out some amazing footage of the Northern Lights in Aurora 2012 (fizurl.com/ aurora2012). It was filmed in Norway last year and its maker explains how he had trouble with frozen cameras. It was -25°C and after an hour or so of shooting the lens was frozen!
Posted: 3/09/2012
Reading Bear (readingbear.org)  
Reading Bear (readingbear.org) is an interactive site for teaching beginning readers vocabulary and concepts through the principles of phonics. Designed for ages 4-7, each presentation is playable either as a video or as an interactive slideshow and introduces one or a few related ‘phonics rules’.
Posted: 3/09/2012
Numberphile (numberphile.com).  
For short videos about ‘numbers and stuff’ try Numberphile (numberphile.com). This YouTube channel is filled with some fascinating explanations of numbers, equations and all sorts of mathematical concepts, and well worth a look.
Posted: 3/09/2012
Wikis by Wetpaint  
Wetpaint is a wiki hosting service that lets you easily create a website. It uses a ‘click-and-type’ interface that makes it simple to add or edit content. And being a wiki, you can invite others to add text, photos, links, and other content. Btw, the original wetpaint.com site has re-branded as an entertainment site, which is a bit confusing. The wiki site can be found at: wetpaintcentral.com
Posted: 3/09/2012
Minus (minus.com)  
Need to share online? Minus (minus.com) is a super simple online file sharing tool. You can share documents, photos, music, and videos – up to 10MB in size. Just drag files from your computer directly to your browser to start sharing. You just send others a URL link. There’s also an editing option for collaborating on files. Registering lets you store information.
Posted: 3/09/2012
SlideRocket (sliderocket.com)  
SlideRocket is an online platform that lets users bot only create and manage but also share and measure presentations. It has a range of authoring and design tools – themes and layouts, shapes, charts, tables, pictures, audio, video – that you can combine to create your presentation. You also get access to SlideRocket’s photo library. The basic service is free; there are paid version, including an education K-12 option.
Posted: 3/09/2012
Museum Box  
For something a little out of the ordinary try Museum Box. This site lets you create a ‘display’ by placing items in a virtual box. These can be anything from a text file or image to a movie or weblink. There’s a Teachers’ Area with advice and lesson plan ideas. You can also view the museum boxes submitted by other people and comment on the contents. Just click ‘Start’ to register and begin creating your own Museum Box.
Posted: 3/09/2012
It describes itself a playlist app. What that means is that you can create a list of different media files – from video clips, music and websites, to more traditional desktop files like PDFs and Word. Think of it as an iTunes-like playlist where you can organise, arrange and play all the parts of your presentation. It looks good but it’s only free for 15 days, after that you have to pay. Your call.
Posted: 3/09/2012
This is an Office Labs experiment developed as an alternative method of presenting PowerPoint slides (2007 and 2010 editions). It uses Plex technology to zoom in and out of slide sections, move directly between slides that are not sequential in a presentation, and show groups of slides. Microsoft is not actively developing this app but “based on popular demand we’re keeping the download available for anyone who might have missed it,” it says.
Posted: 3/09/2012
The 60 Second Lectures (fizurl.com/60second)  
Got a minute? Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania, The 60 Second Lectures are great fun and very informative. As the name suggests, these are one-minute talks where a School of Arts and Sciences staff member shares their perspectives on topics ranging from human history and the universe, to fractions and fly-fishing. It’s a bit like mini TED Talks, just a bit more casual. There’s a video and written transcript … and a whole archive of lectures to explore. It could be an enjoyable way for students to pick up titbits of knowledge across a range of subjects.
Posted: 3/09/2012