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MinutePhysics – Educational and Entertaining Science Video Shorts

I stumbled upon a YouTube Channel called MinutePhysics. Under it’s description it describes itself as, “Simply put: Cool physics and other sweet science – all in a minute!” (Although the videos run about 2 to 4 minutes or so but you get the idea.) The videos really break down complex topics such as ‘The Big Bang’ or ‘Does the Universe Have a Purpose?’ As the video is narrarated you can see a hand drawing several simple drawings with markers to help the viewer understand the narration. It’s a great visual aid that really complements the voice over. I am positive many science and math teachers can put these videos to good use in the classroom. I find them not just educational but entertaining as well. I’ve always had a fascination with space and I find myself just scrolling through all the videos and watching ones with interesting titles that really peek my curiosity. There are currently over 80 videos to choose from. Here are just a few for you to check out. Enjoy!

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Great Source for Digital Storytelling Apps & Sites

Erin Klein, author of educational blog site Kleinspiration.com, has posted an excellent entry called 10 Apps & Sites for Digital Storytelling & more! Her site is a superb site for resources on technology in the classroom. Here is a sample of her post on digital storytelling as well as the source link.

10 Apps & Sites for Digital Storytelling & more!

    Have your Students Tell their Stories Digitally!

What is digital storytelling?

Students can tell their story in a digital manner the same as they would orally or on paper. Digital storytelling is simply applying one’s creative ideas in a manner that allows him or her to add multimedia (video, images, and audio) to their voice.

Why use digital storytelling?

Using technology can be engaging. We use a variety of mediums to tell stories in our class. Many of our stories start out as oral rehearsals. We tend to incorporate a variety of webs, outlines, fold-able templates, and graphic organizers to start our planning process. Sometimes I use MindMaple and Popplet to brainstorm ideas. Then we begin drafting our story using pencils and paper. However, Google Docs and Storybird are a great way to have students draft their stories on the computer. When we share our work, students enjoy the choice of creative outlet to express their learning. This is where we use a variety of tech tools to support our publishing efforts.

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