Month: March 2016

Wednesday Web Resource Round-up: Video Resources

Many teachers are often overwhelmed with with the multitude of material found on the web, allowing them to turn everyday lessons into a multimedia experienScreen Shot 2016-03-09 at 12.52.19 PMce. Often they have to search for extended periods of time for a brief video to introduce a new concept in their curriculum. So I have searched & categorized what I think are the best sites for educational videos on the web. Below you can find the best material that I could round up, including videos to augment your lessons, lectures to inspire students, documentaries to show them how things work, and loads of additional videos to help you.Next week, I’ll round up video tools so you can make interesting interactive multimedia experiences

Educational Video Collections

Specifically designed for education, these collections make it easy to find video learning resources.

  1. Teacher Tube:  This YouTube for teachers is an amazing resource for finding educationally-focused videos to share with your classroom. You can find videos uploaded by other teachers or share your own.Another benefit is that it is a safe &  secure place for to load student created videos 
  2. Edutopia: Sponsored by George Lucas, this site works to improve public schools with resources, tools, and videos that showcase evidence-based learning practices in K-12 schools
  3. You Tube Eduthis site contains some of the most popular educational videos from across Youtube.
  4. EduTube: This site organizes the best educational videos, making it easier for teachers to find high quality educational videos
  5. Classroom Clips: This site was created to assist teachers in finding on-demand media to support their students’ instructional needs.
  6. Cosmo Learning: This educational site offers videos that can work well for students as well as free video courses.
  7. Google Educational Videos: This blog post from Cool Cat Teacher descusses how to find educational videos on Google Video.

General Video Collections

Network TV, inspiring talks, documentaries and more are all available in these collections.

  1. Hulu: Hulu is known for carrying TV shows, but it can also be useful to teachers because it streams programs from PBS and National Geographic.  
  2. Internet Archive: The purpose of this site is to provide permanent access to the general public to historical collections that exist in digital format. It has thousands of videos, texts, audio, etc.
  3. TED: Get your students or even yourself inspired with the amazing lectures posted on this site.
  4. MIT World: Hear from some of the world’s foremost scholars in lectures provided by MIT.
  5. Big Think: Check out this site from video programming that asks you to truly think about a topic. Not all videos may be appropriate for the classroom, but there are definitely a few that could spark some interesting conversation.
  6. The Open Video Project: If you want access to loads of public domain digital video, go through the archives collected on this high-tech library site.
  7. @Google Talks: Hear from experts in fields like history, technology and business in this impressive collection of lectures from Google.
  8. Forum Network: This PBS site is absolutely full of video lectures from authors, academics and thinkers, but you’ll also find some great free PBS programs on topics that are especially relevant to history, science and technological education.

Teacher Education

Featuring higher-level learning, these video sites are great resources for finding education that’s fit for teachers.

  1. Teacher Training Videos: If you need a little extra instruction on working with technology or students with ESL needs, check out the free content on this site.
  2. Classroom 2.0 Video: Those who struggle with implementing technology in the classroom should check out the videos on this site. You’ll learn how to do a wide range of technological tasks and there are lesson-worthy videos on the site as well.
  3. iTunesU: Take some of the free courses and lectures on this site to brush up on your knowledge of your specialty subject matter or just about anything else.
  4. Videos for Personal Development: Check out this site for a listing of some truly great personal development videos that will help your general teaching skills as well as your technological knowledge.
  5. While you will find a great deal of video content that can be of use in the classroom, the real wealth of this site lies in the great personal development materials for teachers.
  6. MIT Open CourseWare:  this site makes the materials used in the teaching of MIT’s subjects available on the Web.

Lesson Planning

These video sites offer some great content to add to your lesson plans, and many are geared towards students so they can use them at home as well.

  1. Teachers Domain: Create a free profile on this site and you will get access to hundreds of lessons with accompanying videos, photos and other media.
  2. WatchKnow: Designed for younger students, this site is home to some great educational videos on everything from inspirational biographies to ESL help.
  3. BrainPOP: While not all the content on this site is free, teachers can still find some great animated videos on a wide range of topics on this site for use in the classroom.
  4. Kids Know It Network: This site contains videos on topics like dinosaurs, biology, geography, history and math that are free to use and share.
  5. Khan Academy: This not-for-profit organization wants people everywhere to have access to educational content, and on their site, you can find instructional videos on numerous topics.
  6. Awesome Stories Video: Use the videos on this site in all kinds of lessons. You’ll find content that ranges from discussing the lives of penguins in Antarctica to the role of African Americans in WWII.
  7. Nobel Prize Lectures: Why not augment a lecture about a famous face in history with a real clip of them giving a Nobel Prize lecture or a documentary about their life? You’ll find both here.

Science, Math and Technology

On these sites, the videos focus on the fields of science, math and technology.

  1. Research Channel: The programming on this Internet TV site highlights some of the latest research being done in science, technology, medicine and even the humanities so you can educate yourself and your students on the next big things.
  2. BioInteractive: Explore biology with a little help from this site, offering videos and animations that can be a big help in teaching complex topics.
  3. ARKive: For lessons about the natural world, this site is perfect. It contains a wide range of videos on the animal and plant life of Earth.
  4. Math TV: If your students are struggling to understand a mathematical concept, augment their lessons with some of the material found on this site.
  5. The Vega Science Trust Videos: Let your students see potential science careers, discuss important issues and see inspirational figures in the field with videos found on this site.
  6. The Science Network: See interviews with big names in science that touch on important topics like stem cell research, evolution, neuroscience, genetics, learning and more on this site.
  7. Pop Tech: Inspire your students with the videos found on this site, showing individuals who are using science, technology and plain old hard work to change the world.
  8. Channel N: This site is full of lectures and videos on the human brain and psychology.
  9. SciVee: Give your students a view into the real working world of science, with this site that allows scientists to post videos of their real-life research for students and other scientists to use.
  10. The Futures Channel: This online channel is full of lessons and video clips on all types of math and science topics, from how to predict the weather to how to build stronger snowboards.

History, Arts and Social Sciences

Here you’ll find a great collection of videos to illustrate the past and help your students see the beauty of the arts.

  1. Kennedy Center Archives: Through this site you can show students performances from some of the most amazing musicians in the world.
  2. The Archaeology Channel: Help your students to explore the history of mankind through the great free content offered here.
  3. Historyteachers: is a great place to find music videos about dozens of topics in World History. The videos come from a mix of movies, music videos, and documentaries and are set to popular songs with the lyrics changed.
  4. Timelines TV: Here you can find six timelines of important eras in U.S. and European history. Each timeline includes short (3-10 minute) videos about people and events in the era.
  5. Peoples Archive: This site collects the biographies of well-known people around the world told by the people who know it best–themselves.
  6. Steven Spielberg Film and Video Archive: On this site you’ll find an amazing collection of WWII-era footage of the horrors of the Holocaust.
  7. Culture Catch: This site will let you see some of the work being done by up-and-coming artists.
  8. Folk Streams: Use this site to show students documentaries about traditional and folk culture in America.
  9. Digital History: With lesson plans and interactive online experiences for students, the videos found here are just the icing on the cake.
  10. History Matters: This site explores the primary historical documents central to understanding American history.
  11. Social Studies Video Dictionary: Your students can look up vocabulary words in style with this video dictionary.

Network and Program Videos

These video sites are maintained by TV networks, offering videos of their programming for teachers to use for free.

  1. PBS Video: With this site you’ll be able to bring the great content from PBS right into your classroom for free.
  2. National Geographic Video: From nature to ancient cultures, you’ll find videos aplenty on this site.
  3. Nova Teachers Watch Video Online: Using this site you can show clips or whole programs from the television series Nova.
  4. Discovery Education: The Discovery Channel has compiled the videos on this site just for teachers and students.
  5. C-SPAN Video Library: Students learning about government can see it in action through the videos here.
  6. History Channel Video Guide: Bring history to life through biographies and historical documentaries found here.
  7. Let your students learn more about famous figures in history using the short clips from the Biography Channel found here.
  8. BBC Learning: BBC Learning offers thousands of clips that have been pre-edited and selected to work well in the classroom.

Free Movies and Clips

Visit these sites to get access to free documentaries, public domain films and short clips.

  1. Film Clips Online: Here you’ll find short, and legal to use film clips that are perfect for the classroom.
  2. Free Use this site to find some free documentary films for the classroom.
  3. ABC Documentaries: This site offers free documentaries from an Australian television station, including many shorter TV programs that can work well in school.


If you’ve got no clue how to use a technology or want to see how things work in video form, these tutorial-filled sites should be your first stop.

  1. Wonder How To: No matter what you’re trying to accomplish around the classroom, this site likely has a video to help you do it.
  2. Instructables: Learn how to make some great crafts that can accompany your lessons, play new games, or just figure out how to do something you’ve always wanted to do through this site.
  3. Howcast: If you want to know how to do something, this site is a great place to start looking for instruction.

Government and Organizations

Go through these sites to get great videos and footage from the past and present of American history.

  1. Smithsonian YouTube Channel: Here you will find playlists about all 19  Smithsonian museums, their exhibits, and short lessons based on the work of the museums.
  2. National Science Foundation Multimedia: Here, the NSF provides educators and interested learners with videos of nature, interviews, animations and a whole lot more.
  3. National Archives You Tube Channelinclude everything from old propaganda films like this one to lectures from historians to short lessons about items in the National Archives.
  4. NASA e-Clips: Use these short clips as a way of showing students about our world and the universe that lies beyond.
  5. NASA TV: From live footage of space shuttles and space stations to programming geared towards use in the classroom, this NASA site is an invaluable resource for teachers looking to add to lessons about space travel.
  6. Library of Congress Teacher Webcasts: This site helps bring together some of the best material offered by the Library of Congress for use in a range of lesson plans on American History.
  7. American Memory Motion Pictures: If you prefer to look through the material on your own, this site will let you search through the multimedia material held by the Library of Congress.

How to sort files in your Google Drive

Today at Murray Avenue we had our second GAFE training session on Google Drive. One of the questions that came up was how can you sort your fsorting-hat-675364_640iles in drive. In Google Drive you can sort by file name, last modified, last modified by me and last opened by me by clicking on the sorting options in the top right hand corner. You can also sort by file owner, file type & file size which I will describe below:

To Sort by Sorting Option
  1. Go to or open one of the Docs, Sheets, or Slides.
  2. In the top right, click the sort icon .
  3. Choose an option:
    • Name: Orders files alphabetically by filename.
    • Last modified: Orders files by the last time any user made a change.
    • Last modified by me: Orders by the last time you changed a file.
    • Last opened by me: Orders by the last time you opened a file.


To Sort by Owner

  1. At the top of the file list, click Owned by anyone and switch to either Owned by me or Not owned by me.
  2. You can also search for a file owned by a specific person by :
    • On your drive home page go to the search bar and click on the upside down triangle “∇” to bring up the drop down menu
    • On the drop down menu go to owner, click specific person and put in a name

To Sort by File Type

  1. On your drive home page go to the search bar and click on the upside down triangle “∇” to bring up the drop down menu
  2. The drop down menu allows you to search by file type however if you try to search for more than one file type it will organize them by name & mix the various file types together

To Sort by “shared with”

  1. On your drive home page go to the search bar and click on the upside down triangle “∇” to bring up the drop down menu
  2. On the drop down menu go to shared with and type in a specific name or names

How to Sort by File Size

  1. In Google Drive, hover over your storage usage in the bottom left corner.
  2. Click Drive in the box that appears & your drive will organized by quota used (file size)

How to Edit a Google Doc on the iPad

One issue that many teachers have encountered is that when they assign a worksheet ot return a document to students via Google Classroom the students cannot edit the doc when they open it. The best solution to the problem is to follow the steps below:

  1. Have the students log into the Google Docs App to open the file
  2. When they pull up the document they should see a pencil in a blue circle at the bottom right hand corner of their screen
  3. They should click the pencil to pull up the keyboard & begin editing


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4. If they do not see the pencil then they need to click on the forward arrow (red box below) to pull up the keyboard and begin editing the document

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Wednesday Web Resource Roundup: Take it Outside!

Spring is right around the corner and since Pine Road has a fabulous Nature Trail to use Screen Shot 2016-03-09 at 12.52.19 PMmany teachers wanted to know if there was anything on outdoor learning that I could round-up. Below  are some of the best resources that I could find:

Natural Resources

  • Virginia Tech has a delightful elementary unit on Natural Resources that includes hands on activities, worksheets, puzzles, coloring pages and standards of learning.
  • The Soil Science Society of America has a great resource page with lessons and hands on activities broken down by subject and grade level.
  • California Academy of Science’s Natural Resources Bingo lesson plan is a fun way for students grades 2-8 to categorize common things we throw in the trash according to the resource from which they are made.
  • The Natural Resources Defense Council has a great resource page for elementary lesson plans, activities, websites and videos related to Natural Resources.


Living Things

  • The Living Things vs. Non-Living Things Lesson plan on PDESAS has K-2 students identify characteristics of living and nonliving things. The lesson is tied to the PA state standards,  includes an interactive smartboard set and suggested  instructional strategies for differentiation. It also links to a fun lesson from the Utah Education Network where students participate in a Living vs. Non Living Murder Mystery. Note: the links to the Utah Education Network lesson are inactive, use this link instead
  • The free Leaf Peepr App helps students to find and report on leaves in their area and
    share that information with the world. Students Screen Shot 2016-03-16 at 2.24.59 PMcan also make foliage reports by posting photos, writing comments, and rating foliage status for their location which will be
  • PBS Learning’s K-5  Living vs. Non Living lesson  helps students  explore the characteristics that distinguish living from nonliving things.The lesson includes videos, photos and handouts.
  • The National Wildlife Foundation’s grades 2-5 Explore the Backyard Scavenger Hunt is an interesting lesson that includes a printable Scavenger Hunt List and challenges students to put qualifications on the objects that they found as well as look for signs of wildlife.
  • How to Nest For Less has a terrific K-2  Nature Scavenger printable for students to use as they explore nature
  • Garden Answers app is a free app that allows students to take pictures of flowers & plants and then the app identifies & provides information about the plants
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  • Scholastic’s Teach Now Weather Watchers website has K-3 weather related lessons & activties. Highlights include a internet field trip, weather related experiments and student created plays.
  • Discovery Education’s Connect With Weather website was created with the help of The Weather Channel. Highlights include a virtual behind the scenes field trip to The Weather Channel headquarters, videos, hands on activities and a family preparedness take home activity
  • The University of Oklahoma’s Storm Evader App is a free interactive way for kids to learn about weather. The app encourages students to see meteorology as a problem-solving tool by putting them in the pilot seat to navigate a plane during weather events.
  • PBS Learning’s K-2  What’s the Weather? Lesson helps students learn about meteorology and weather changes, and discuss how weather affects daily life.The lesson includes worksheets, interactives and videos.



  • Life Lab, a national leader in the garden-based learning movement, is a great resource for K-12 composting activities, lesson plans & videos. Highlights from this page are the worm guide, a vermicomposting activity for pre-K and how to build a soda bottle bioreactor.
  • My Kids’ Adventures Getting Dirty: Five Fun Composting Projects for Kids has great activities for creating not only a compost bin but also allows explains how composting helps students’ to reduce their carbon footprint. It also has a link to The Nature Conservancy’s interactive calculator for determining their or their families carbon footprint.
  • PBS Learning’s K-3 Recycling and Composting lesson helps students learn about the value renewable resources hold for our society and the broader community of living things. The lesson includes worksheets and videos for teachers to use.



  • Learning to Give’s What is a Watershed? lesson plan helps students understand the importance of watersheds and ways in which water pollution occurs through hands on activities, research and experiments.
  • NJDEP Water Wash lesson illustrates watershed function, ground water contributions, flooding, and nonpoint source pollution.
  • PBS and its Watershed Quest is a  website explaining the concept of a quest and a one-hour lesson plan that enables students to explore their watershed and water movement using topographic maps.
  • Project Wet has a website that contains fun Interactive activities and video about watershed parts (tributaries, source or headwaters, mainstem) and human impacts on watersheds (dams, pollution, runoff).

Wednesday Web Resource Roundup: Google Draw

This is the 1st of a weekly series oScreen Shot 2016-03-09 at 12.52.19 PM.pngf posts where I will focus on a particular educational topic  and round up great resources for you to explore. IN addition to the post, all of the resources for the weekly round ups can be found on LMTSD’s Symbaloo.  Symbaloo is a visual bookmarking tool that makes it simple to organize your favorite sites into one visual interface. Below is LMTSD’s Symbaloo containing all of the resources that I am discussing today:

Google Draw Resources

Google Drawing is a part of GAFE so you can easily access it through your LMTSD account. You & your students can use the drawing feature to make flow charts, diagrams and other simple graphics. You have a good amount of control over what tools you use, including a variety of line, shape and arrow drawing tools. The best thing about Google drawings is that they are stored in your Google drive, so once one is made it can be shared, updated and uploaded from anywhere. Also  any changes you make later will automatically update even if you have it posted on a Google Site. You can open a Drawing as a standalone document or you can add it  as an element of other google docs & slides by using “Insert” on the tool menu and selecting “Drawing”

Below I are some great of the great Google Draw resources from the web that I was able to round up.  These can also be found on  the LMTSD Symbaloo

  • Teaching with Google Apps post on Google Drawing includes a video tutorial Intro to Google Docs Drawing, offers many ideas for using Google Draw in the classroom and has a great Google Draw Basics infographic
  •  Google Apps PD this post by Pam Shoemaker of Walled lakes Consolidated Schools has great video tutorials including Intro to Google Drawings, Create Graphic Organizers with Google Drawings,  and Interactivity with Google Drawings
  • Coffee Nancy has a great Google Draw Basics infographic
  • Ctrl Alt Del- Eric Curtis’ Google Drawings resource page has everything that a teacher would need to get started using this tool. not only does it have tutorial videos but it also has handouts, presentations and templates for you to use. This site also contains math specific Google Drawing Resources
  •  Ditch That Textbook– Matt Miller has compiled 10 Engaging Google Drawing Activities For Classes including interactive posters and comic strips
  • Cue 14 Diane Main’s presentation Google Drawing No Longer Drive’s Ugly Step Child has great ideas for using Google Draw in your class including Lego stories and having students complete maps via Google Draw
  • Shake Up Learning has two posts about Google Docs in Collaborative Magnetic Poetry With Google Draw Kasey Bell provides you with a template to help students create poetry and in 10 Ways to Use Google Drawings in the Classroom  she offers suggestions such as how to create digital badges and mindmaps.
  • Last but not Least Alice Keeler  the GAFE guru has tons of articles on Google Drawings geared towards beginners or more advanced users


Google Sites: Copying & Deleting

Copying your site:

  1. In the top right corner of the page, click on the Gear Flower and under Site Actions select Edit Site Layout
  2. In the left sidebar, click “General” (this is the default selection so it may already be Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 1.44.49 PMchecked- will appear in red)
  3. Scroll down and click “Copy this Site”
  4. Give your new site a name and unique URL.
    • If you don’t want to share the site with the same collaborators, uncheck “Copy Site Collaborators”
    • If you don’t want comments to carry over to the new site, uncheck “Copy Comments”
    • If you want to carry over your revision history, click” Include Revisions
  5. Click “Copy”


Deleting your site

    1. In the top right corner of the page, click on the Gear Flower and under Site Actions select Edit Site Layout
    2. In the left sidebar, click “General” (this is the default selection so it may already be checked- will appear in red)
    3. Scroll down and click “Delete this Site
    4. At the prompt, click” Delete.”  If you delete a site by accident, you can restore it up to 30 days after it was deleted. You can find deleted sites under the deleted sites tab on the My Sites Page




Google Sites: Sharing & Adding Collaborators


Since LMTSD does not use Gmail in order to share your site you need to share the link. You can also add collaborators if you want others to be able to edit the site.

To “share” your site:

  1. At the top right of your site’s homepage, click Share.
  2. You have 2 options for sharing your site
  • Share Link- you can share the link to your website with others. This is the best way
    Screen Shot 2016-03-07 at 11.26.21 AMto share you site at LMTSD since we do not have Gmail. You can share the link via email or share on your Google Classroom site. If you choose this option you need to identify the group you want to share the site with and what level of access they have (they can edit or they can view)

    • Identify Groups to Share Site With:
      • ON Public On the Web- this options allows anyone to find & access the site. Sign-in with an LMTSD account is not required.
      • ON Anyone with the Link– this option allows anyone with the link to access the site. Sign-in with an LMTSD account is not required.
      • ON Lower Moreland Township SD– this option allows anyone with an LMTSD account to find & access the site.
      • ON Anyone at Lower Moreland Township SD with the Link– this option allows anyone with an LMTSD account & the link to access the site
      • Off Specific People– the site is shared with only the people that the author of the site identifies.
    • Invite  People-  the site is shared with only the people that the author of the site identifies &  the author can send a message with this option

        3. Click Save

To Add collaborators:

  1. Under Who has access, click Change.
  2. Choose the visibility. For the option you choose, set the access level. Anyone who has Can edit or Is owner access can collaborate on your site. As the site owner, you can control who can view and edit your site by adding others as owners, editors, or viewers.
  3. Click Save.


Enabling Page Level  Permissions

You can also allow people to view or edit only specific pages of your site. To allow this click on  Share and then click on “Page Level Permissions” in the top right hand corner of the page