The Yelp! of apps & extensions

Edshelf is a constantly-updated directory of apps and extensions that is organized by grade level, academic subject, or task (presentations, flashcards, augmented reality, etc.). You’ll get reviews of the apps from educators (which is why I likened it to Yelp!) – and the reviews contain useful information, like whether you need to pay money to use apps, or how easy/hard the learning curve is. There are also “shelves” where people curate their lists of apps, so if you find a like-minded teacher, you can follow him. It’s very user friendly – check it out!

100 Things

dtt-front-coverI usually only skim articles like this, but because I am lucky enough to know Matt Barnes, and know he is a tireless, innovative, friendly educator, I decided to read his collection of “100 Things I Wish Someone Had Told Me About Teaching.” I nodded my heads so many times that I became dizzy. Give it a read!

Choose the Right Sharing Settings for your YouTube Video

maxresdefaultWhen students upload videos that they’ve created to YouTube for sharing during class, they might forget to set the sharing settings correctly.

If they set videos to “Public” – the videos will be searchable. Because your students’ names are connected to their YouTube accounts (through Google), they may not want these videos public.

They should probably choose “Unlisted” – this way, they can give the link to only the people who should watch the video.

Remember — if they share the link to their YouTube video on, say, a Google Slides document, or on a Google Doc, for other students to see — they’ll have to remember to make that Google document visible, too! Otherwise no one will even be able to get to the video.

Here’s an article called “5 Ways to Share YouTube Videos Safely and Privately” that will help you to review your own sharing practices. I love tubechop.com, for example. My students did too.

If you or your students ever want to edit videos that you created and uploaded to YouTube, you need to be sure that you go to the Video Manager and set your video’s ownership to “Creative Commons.” There is an article here about how to do this, and why it’s important. There is also information on digital citizenship the students’ Chromebook Handbook.