Teacher Tip Video – Creating a Classroom Website with Weebly (Part 2)

Happy Friday teachers!

This week, we are continuing where we left off last week. Last week, we published part 1 of 2 teacher tip videos on how to create a classroom website using the site builder Weebly. We created an account, a new site, and added content to the Home and About page on the site. Now we’ll learn how to manage pages on the site, format text, add videos, and an assignment form. Check out the second video below!

If you missed the part 1 video from last week, you can find it here: http://wp.me/p52XYO-1L.

If you have any suggestions for future videos, leave them in the reply box below or email julee@webteaching.com

PDI also offers online courses for teachers that can be found here: http://www.webteaching.com/. Including many courses on integrating technology into the classroom.

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Happy teaching,

The PDI Team

Teacher Tip Video – Creating a Classroom Website with Weebly (Part 1)

Hello teachers!

At this day and age, a classroom website is always a good idea. Not only to integrate technology into the classroom and empower students to acquire tech skills, but also to make learning more accessible for everyone! Classroom websites are gateways to connecting with students, parents and colleagues. They offer an easy and quick method for communicating information (announcements, deadlines, school events, etc.), as well as collecting information (parent forms, student polls, electronic assignment submissions, etc.).

Site builders such as Google Sites, Squarespace, and Wix have made it increasingly easier to create a classroom website. Our favorite? Weebly–for its seamless interface, useful tools and beautiful themes! If you have yet to try Weebly, follow along with us this week and next week as we guide you through a two-part video series on how to create a classroom website with Weebly. Oh, and did we mention it’s absolutely free? Let’s get started!

This is part one of a two-part video series so stay tuned for the second half of this teacher tip next week!

If you have any suggestions for future videos, leave them in the reply box below or email julee@webteaching.com

PDI also offers online courses for teachers that can be found here: http://www.webteaching.com/. Including many courses on integrating technology into the classroom.

Or, click here to like us on Facebook!

Also, don’t forget to join our email list (Follow button on the left) to make sure you never miss a video!

Happy teaching,

The PDI Team

PDI Teacher Tip Video – Creating an Interactive PowerPoint Presentation

Hello teachers!

Last week, we discussed the importance of integrating interactive features into a presentation; and as promised, this week we show you how to create an interactive PowerPoint presentation. With just a few buttons and links, you can create an engaging presentation that allows for students to easily and flexibly explore content independently from home! Check out this week’s teacher tip video below.

If you have any suggestions for future videos, leave them in the reply box below or email julee@webteaching.com

PDI also offers online courses for teachers that can be found here: http://www.webteaching.com/. Including a course titled Using Microsoft PowerPoint in the Classroom.

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Have a great weekend and happy teaching,

The PDI Team

Using VoiceThread for Collaboration – Teacher Tip

Happy Friday teachers!

This week’s teacher tip video guides you through the steps for creating a VoiceThread. For those of you who aren’t familiar with VoiceThread, it’s an awesome web-based tool that allows you to use media (e.g., images, videos, documents, etc.) to create a presentation. What makes VoiceThread unique is the way it fosters collaboration through the use of text, voice, and video comments.

For example, suppose you created a slideshow presentation using various photos and shared the presentation with your students. Your students can then create an account/identity and comment on a specific slide in the presentation using text, their own voice, or a video recorded from their webcam. Students can also respond to their classmates’ comments, which creates an ongoing dialogue that can be done entirely from their home (or school) computer!

Check out our new 4 minute teacher tip video on how to use VoiceThread below.

If you have any suggestions for future videos, leave them in the reply box below or email julee@webteaching.com

PDI also offers online courses for teachers that can be found here: http://www.webteaching.com/. Including many courses that teach you how to integrate web-based tools such as VoiceThread into the classroom.

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Have a great weekend and happy teaching,

The PDI Team

How To Use Prezi (Part 2) Teacher Tip

Hello teachers!

Part two of the teacher tip video series on how to use Prezi is up! This week, we provide you with a step-by-step guide on how to create your very own prezi. Be sure to sign up for a free Prezi account at http://prezi.com/ and follow along with us as we create a prezi from scratch.

If you missed the first video, you can find it at http://wp.me/p52XYO-15. We recommend watching part one first so you can learn the basics of Prezi before viewing the second video below.

If you have any suggestions for future videos, leave them in the reply box below or email julee@webteaching.com

PDI also offers online courses for teachers that can be found here: http://www.webteaching.com/

Or, click here to like us on Facebook!

Also, don’t forget to join our email list (Follow button on the left) to make sure you never miss a video!

Have a great weekend and happy teaching,

The PDI Team

Best Videos to Use in a Flipped Classroom

Happy Tuesday teachers!

This week we’re discussing the best resources for videos that you can incorporate into flipped learning lessons (or any lesson for that matter!). YouTube is well known for videos on any and all topics but it can be tedious to sift through YouTube’s bottomless reservoir of videos. We know this process first-hand. Here at PDI, we are currently developing a course on flipped learning which requires that we search the web for the best resources for teachers who are looking to flip their classrooms. We’ve done our research and figured, why not share these resources with everyone?

Below is a list of some of our favorite sites for quality educational videos. You can use them to integrate technology into any lesson. Plus, what better way to engage students than through videos? Just accompany these videos with some hands-on activities and you’re well on your way!

Teachers, if you have any other helpful sites for educational videos you want to share (or just want to say hello!), post a comment below. We always love hearing from you!

Also, keep an eye out for our flipped classroom course that is currently in the works and will be offered at http://www.webteaching.com very soon!

Happy teaching,

The PDI Team