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Activity 6 – Embedding Media: The “Nerves” of the Blog

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As mentioned in my previous post, I was becoming increasingly irritated at the fact that I cannot embed videos into wordpress.  I received confirmation after reading Sue’s post for beginners on embedding media.  This is quite disappointing, but I find comfort in knowing that I can still embed YouTube videos.  Here is one from on YouTube.

This is one of my favorite YouTube channels and my students love the videos!  If you haven’t checked them out please do so.  The subject matter varies from biology to algebra to personal finance even!

All this talk about media also caused me to think about using technology in the classroom.  I use the KhanAcademy videos to supplement instruction and I recently discovered that I can use Gaggle to safely show YouTube videos in the classroom (I would load them from home at first and just not close the browser to show at work).

Using media gives students a different perspective about the material.  Sometimes I feel as though nothing can supplement a chalkboard and a nice fresh piece of white chalk.

In addition to videos, I had my students play around with Prezi’s this week.  Prezi’s are a type of presentation software that are more visually appealing than most PowerPoints.  My student’s had to complete a project that would normally be completed using a posterboard or PowerPoint.  Here is one of the presentations created by my students.

Written by Ashley Erin

February 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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