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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 KhanAcademy.org 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.

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Written by Ashley Erin

February 7, 2011 at 4:50 pm

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  1. Ashley..I love your student’s Prezi about fragile X. Thank you for the link. How did they go with learning how to use it…was it intuitive for them?
    Thank’s also for the video on the Khan Academy. I have never heard of this one and will definitely check it out.
    I’m so glad that the embedding of YouTube videos works and that you are able to get around viewing them at school.
    How did you go with the animoto?

    Penny

    February 7, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    • My students were frustrated for around five minutes and then they started getting the hang of it. Some were really intrigued and said they want to play around with it more and make the words curve. I hope they figure it out so they can teach me! I have tried every thing suggested and that I know of to try to embed my animoto video into my blog. Even though I can’t embed my animoto into wordpress, I was able to do it on my class blog without issues: aewalker1.edublogs.org.

      Ashley W.

      February 8, 2011 at 11:57 am

      • Hi Ashley…well done, I checked out your class blog and your animoto is upand running. It looks and sound great!
        I’ve read that other people have faced difficulties with their wordpress blogs but I’m not sure how to get around that one.
        Anne Mirtschin has some detains about wordpress in her post:
        http://murcha.wordpress.com/2011/01/30/the-nerve-of-that-blog/#comments
        Have a chat to Anne..I’m sure she can advise you more Ashley.
        Cheers
        Penny

        Penny

        February 8, 2011 at 3:35 pm


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