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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Showing students that writing for a blog is different.

“The speed of reading in the age of the digital has changed, and we need to help students navigate this…Reading on the internet requires two separate skills: one, the quick analysis to find what is worth reading, and the second, a switch to slow analysis to carefully consider what has been found. What RSS does is allow students to make this distinction, to receive content as “bits” easy to scan, and then to select what they want to read.”

Weblogg-ed » Reading and Writing with RSS

Quite an interesting article (linked to from Will Richardson's blog) about the importance of showing students that putting their writing into a blog puts it into a different context than writing an assignment in class.

This leads on to examining and developing key skills in websearch/research, the ability to use RSS to quickly identify and scan useful content.

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Searching Google Video for educational content.

Cool Cat Teacher Blog: How to search Google Educational Videos

It's a fairly simple couple of steps but considering how much video content is available these days, this is a very valuable tip for finding the educational stuff.

1 - Go to Google Video - http://video.google.com
2- In the search box, type: genre:educational
3 - Follow it with anything you want to find video for.

eg. I typed genre:educational computer science

You can type genre:educational chemistry ( just follow my hyperlink) and there are some AMAZING chemistry videos from college professors. Talk about showing students what college will be like, how about letting them hear a lecture from a college prof, maybe they'll appreciate you for a change!

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