This an amazing website!!!! It links to Google Classroom, or you simply share the code with your class and get them to use it that way.

You can upload content or use content already there. 


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Making a youtube playlist for your class

Making a youtube playlist for your class


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This a great way to store videos for your class so that students can access them anytime they want, and it uses no space on your computer.

It also allows you to share one link with your class and they can see all the videos in one easy to acces place.

Education Perfect

Education Perfect


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Home of Language Perfect, Education Perfect Science, Education Perfect Maths, Education Perfect English, Education Perfect Science and Education Perfect Social Sciences.

This website is great for setting homework, assessment tasks, and tracking students performance. The company have great communication and are happy to ring you and help anytime.



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Newsela takes a range of different news articles from different subjects that you teach. It puts them into 4 different reading levels for your class and has a short test associated with each one at the end. It may be a way to bring some literacy-based activities into your classroom.

SAMR Model

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Ruben Puentedura (2013) - Creator of the SAMR model
(Crossover of Technology and Pedagogy)





In a substitution level, teachers or students are only using new technology tools to replace old ones, for instance, using Google Docs to replace Microsoft Word. the task ( writing) is the same but the tools are different.

Though it is a different level, but we are still in the substitution mentality but this time with added functionalities. Again using the example of Google docs, instead of only writing a document and having to manually save it and share it with others, Google Docs provides extra services like auto saving, auto syncing, and auto sharing in the cloud.

This is the level where technology is being used more effectively not to do the same task using different tools but to redesign new parts of the task and transform students learning. An example of this is using the commenting service in Google Docs, for instance, to collaborate and share feedback on a given task task.

If you are to place this level in Blooms revised taxonomy pyramid, it would probably correspond to synthesis and evaluation as being the highest order thinking skills.  "Redefinition means that students use technology to create imperceptibly new tasks. As is shown in the video below an example of redefinition is "when students connect to a classroom across the world where they would each write a narrative of the same historical event using the chat and comment section to discuss the differences, and they  use the voice comments to discuss the differences they noticed and then embed this in the class website".

Lesson: Writing a Short Paper

Original Assignment: A hand written paper.
  • Substitution: A Word Processor replaces a Pen/Pencil in a Writing Assignment.
  • Augmentation: A Word Processor and text-to-speech function are used to improve the writing process.
  • Modification: The document created using the Word Processor and text-to-speech function is shared on a blog where feedback can be received and incorporated to help improve the quality of writing.
  • Redefinition: Instead of a written assignment, students convey analytic thought using multimedia tools.
  • Lesson: Geography & Travel

    A modification of an idea found at https://edofict.wikispaces.com/SAMR+Examples.
    Original Assignment: An overview of a location consisting of hand written content supplemented with compiled cut-and-pasted magazine clippings.
    • Substitution: Use presentation software (like Powerpoint or Prezi) to construct a presentation providing information about a selected locale.
    • Augmentation: Incorporate interactive multimedia – audio, video, hyperlinks – in the presentation to give more depth and provide more engaging presentation.
    • Modification: Create a digital travel brochure that incorporates multimedia and student created video.
    • Redefinition: Explore the locale with Google Earth; seek out and include interviews with people who have visited the local.

    Lesson: Understanding Shakespeare

    Original Assignment: Read a Shakespeare play in traditional printed format.
    • Substitution: Read Shakespeare texts online.
    • Augmentation: Use online dictionaries, study guides, history sites, to supplement reading.
    • Modification: Use multimedia resources like text, audio, and video tools to jointly construct knowledge, learning, and understanding of a portion of a play, or a character, as a group project.
    • Redefinition: Answer the Question, “What did the culture of the time have on the writing of Shakespeare’s plays” my using a Concept Mapping tool and constructing a mind map demonstrating key elements through words and images.

    An Assessment Exercise

    Idea taken from: https://sites.google.com/a/msad60.org/technology-is-learning/samr-model and slightly modified. In this example, we take a simple form of assessment and evolve it into a collaborative group project.
    Original AssignmentTake a quiz, answers handwritten in a printed form.
    • Substitution: Distribute the quiz in a Word Processor file format and have student fill in answers on a computer.
    • Augmentation: Use a Google Form to deliver and complete the quiz. “There is some functional benefit here in that paper is being saved, students and teacher can receive almost immediate feedback on student level of understanding of material.  This level starts to move along the teacher / student centric continuum. The impact of immediate feedback is that students may begin to become more engaged in learning.“
    • Modification: As an alternative form of assessment, students could be asked to write an essay around a relevant theme. The written essay could then be narrated and captured as vocal recording.
    • Redefinition: “A classroom is asked to create a documentary video answering an essential question related to important concepts. Teams of students take on different subtopics and collaborate to create one final product.  Teams are expected to contact outside sources for information.”
    Following are some example lessons, evolved through the SAMR model, that I have tried my hand at creating. It's easy to get caught up in worrying about how effectively an approach constitutes “modification” or “redefinition”, but that's not the point of the exercise. To my way of thinking, it's more about understanding the difference between a just replacing or augmenting a “paper” lesson with a “digital” one and actually evolving it in a beneficial way and exploring new possibilities.

    Lesson: Art/Painting

    Original Assignment: Drawing a picture using traditional brush, paint, paper. Of course, there is a a big difference between doing this “by hand” in the traditional manner and doing it digitally – digitally is by no means “better”, it is just different and opens up some interesting possibilities.
    • Substitution: Use a digital drawing/painting program (like MS Paint) to draw/paint a picture.
    • Augmentation: Use a tool that allows the creation of your masterpiece to be “played back” (like Educreations, for example).
    • Modification: Pull a background image to use as a “canvas” – you could even scan something hand drawn and use that.
    • Redefinition: Create Artwork Collaboratively using a Collaborative Online Whiteboard (like Twiddla or one of these other tools).

    Lesson: Email Etiquette

    Original lesson: Review printed copies of Email Etiquette concepts and guidelines.
    • Substitution: Students read an online article discussing Email Etiquette concepts and guidelines.
    • Augmentation: Student read an online article discussing Email Etiquette concepts and guidelines that includes links to examples, and offer comments online indicating their top 5 favorite tips.
    • Modification: Student watch a video discussing Email Etiquette concepts and guidelines and after reviewing the guidelines, they create a Twitter account and Tweet their top 5 tips.
    • Redefinition: Student watch the guidelines video, then assess examples of Email Etiquette ‘violations’ and indicate which guidelines should be applied to correct/improve on the examples.

    Lesson: Learning Fractions

    Original Assignment: Show understanding of fractions on a worksheet by coloring in blocks.
    • Substitution: Use an Excel Worksheet to let students “color in” the blocks.
    • Augmentation: Use Google Sheet to let students “color in” the blocks, where the teacher can offer feedback directly on Google Sheet.
    • Modification: Use Google Sheet and direct students to online examples and supplementary learning materials for areas that they might struggle with.
    • Redefinition: Use a Fractions App instead (here’s a handful of examplesfor iOS devices).

    Lesson: Phys Ed – Learning To Hit a Baseball Well

    Original Assignment: Learning how to hit a baseball by watching and listening to a Coach or Phys Ed instructor show you and then trying it yourself.
    • Substitution: The coach/teacher videos the training exercise and uses this as the lesson.
    • Augmentation: The coach/teacher videos the training exercise and provides links to other training content (videos and articles from other coaches, etc).
    • Modification: The coach/teacher videos the training exercise and “flips” the lesson, having students watch it as homework, and using class time to practice and reinforce techniques.
    • Redefinition: Students watch video examples and practice the techniques, then the coach/teacher videos them hitting balls and provides feedback about their technique.




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Virtually the ice age

Virtually the ice age

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This is a great site that includes timelines for the ice age and a interactive timeline through the history on earth.

eLearning Trends To Watch In 2017


eLearning Trends To Watch In 2017

Here are the top 10 eLearning trends to watch in 2017.

1. Contextualized Learning

Expect to see a wider acceptance of microlearning and digital learning design that addresses needs of the modern learner. Learning and Development teams will use modern design thinking to modernize typically boring eLearning courses like Onboarding.
The Learning and Development world is waking up to this idea that we need to move beyond just resource-based approaches for eLearning. We need to think about multi-pronged approaches that fit in different consumption windows and patterns, as well as delivering against needs.

2. Two-Way Conversations In eLearning

Changing how you think about learning can help you evolve your content instead of falling into the trap of being out of sync with modern learners’ needs. It’s now easier than ever to capture feedback from learners within content. You can now open up for users’ input and ideas on what they’d like to see or what they need help with.
For example, use your eLearning authoring tool to gauge needs and wants upfront: send out some polls, questionnaires, or content to seed thinking and then capture opinions. Then shape your strategy around it.

3. Better Use Of Data

Using data in an intelligent way can help shape your learners’ experience. For example, using Elucidat you can view analytics to learn how to quickly see where you need to improve your eLearning content.
Data offers a smart way to personalize learning content. For example, show learners how their thinking compares with their peers’ by presenting live social-polling results. Personalize content and serve up certain pages of content specifically for someone’s needs because they answered questions A, C, and F in a certain way.

4. Video, Video, Video

Video content use is increasing. By 2019, video will be responsible for 80 percent of internet traffic around the world. Expect users to share almost one million minutes of video content every second by 2019. Thus, it’s no surprise Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg projects that video will be the most shared content on Facebook within in the next five years.
This opens the door to integrate video platforms, social learning, and video learning in your courses. You can use authoring tools like Elucidat as a video platform and drop in clips from YouTube, Vimeo, Wirewax, and more. And yes, you can build scenarios around them or go for interactive video.
Expect to see more video sharing activity among employees, and live video streaming via video platforms, such as Periscope.

5. Microlearning

Microlearning is more than a fad. It provides a structure to deliver learning content in a way that that fits with what we know about how people learn - short, focused, regular challenges that stretch and, perhaps, reward us. It’s huge in the United States and gradually gaining worldwide popularity. You’ve seen it in learning apps, such as Duolingo, and it’s a model that grows with the learner.
In 2017 you’ll see less discussion on “resources not courses”, and more focus on approaches that use microlearning to personalize and structure content in digestible sizes.

6. Social eLearning

In most organizations, social learning and informal learning happens around eLearning experiences.
There is great power in social polling, where learners can give their opinion or rate something, like a video, and then see what everyone else thinks. This enables learners to explore the gray spaces rather than the strict black and white or right and wrong spaces eLearning has often limited itself to in the past.

7. Content Curation


Curation of content will be on the rise in 2017. Expect to see more carefully selected, user-focused eLearning content, including blogs, forum threads, guides, videos, and articles.
This will help learning teams create a modern and holistic set of learning content delivered via designed content or multiple resources that don’t need to be made from scratch.
Christopher Pappas has a good guide on curation for learning, as does Anders Pink with their checklist for Learning and Development professionals.

8. Mobile Learning

Learning content is accessed via mobile devices by about 70% of learners. That’s why we predict that mobile learning will continue to rise in popularity in 2017. Oftentimes, learners are switching from one device to another depending on their location or needs.
Let’s hope everyone gets their content genuinely responsive, as this has been slow in parts!

9. Performance Support Vs. Learning Experiences

Expect to see Learning and Development teams considering on-the-job support needs for each project in 2017. You will see more learners opt for Google’s and YouTube’s quick look-up materials as a first point of call, and especially when they have an urgent need.
This leaves room for true learning content, and by that we mean learning experiences, not just content. The lengthy “everything goes in” approach will make way for performance-enhancing content that builds competence, reflection, exploration, and personal growth through challenging and provocative content.

10. Go Beyond “eLearning”

The debate about what to call “eLearning” is expected to continue in 2017. Whether you call it “online learning” or “digital performance enablement”, it’s important to realize that what’s needed is a mindset shift to modernize learning design.
We need to think of terms like “eLearning” as being much, much broader than they were five or more years ago. Don’t get obsessed with a “new way” or new name that will inevitably change in a few years anyway.