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Excellent Song and Music Resources for Parents and Teachers

It has been a while since I posted anything directly to my site.  I thought I would consolidate four of my favourite resources into one post here that are a seemingly endless and FREE collections of excellent online resources for music, singing, dancing, and nursery rhymes.  Without further adieu:

Bus Songs – This one is great for young kids.  It is sortable and searchable.  For example, if I want to find all the songs that are about Transport; of course they have that…and I can see which ones have audio and which have video.

Bus Songs

Cosmic Kids Yoga – Youtube – This channel is neat because the yoga instructor takes you through a story and teaches different moves.  The stories are done with ‘blue screen’ techniques so it seems like she is in far off or imaginary places.

Cosmic Kids Yoga

Just Dance – Youtube – I have seen kids in grade 5 (age 10) who all love the videos from this channel.  This means younger ones will like them too.  The teachers are able to sit back and have the video teach the kids the dance moves.  Forget the square dance.  It is time to doh-see-doh your partner over to these fun, hip videos.

Just Dance

Intellidancing – Youtube – When you have had enough of yoga, hip-hop and pop dancing, and nursery rhymes, it is time for a little modern, conceptual dancing and movement.  This is when these videos are for you.  Enjoy.

Intellidancing

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Downloading Youtube Videos: How to

Attention:

Everyone wants to know, “How can I download videos from Youtube?”  Well, it’s never been easier.

Proof:

The fact that I get asked at least once a week about how to download Youtube videos should be proof enough that people are asking this question.

However, the fact that there are 2,220,000 hits in Google when you search, “Download Youtube videos” added to the fact that there are tonne of programs and ways to do this compounds my evidence that we can and should be able to do it pretty easily.

Strategy:

In my short video below, I explain how to download videos from Youtube through Firefox.

 
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Posted by on September 12, 2011 in Education, Technology

 

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Sneak Peak: End of the Year Video

Attention: 

For those of you who would like a sneak peek at the end of the year video I made for the MYP kids at Concordian International School, this blog post is the embedded video and link to it.

Proof:

 

Strategy:

Want to make one yourself?

  • Subscribe to Animoto
  • Upload, or choose pics/video from your computer or even Facebook
  • Choose some music – Animoto has lots of nice stuff, but you can upload your own
  • Choose the theme and transitions
  • If you would like longer than 30 second videos, you need to pay $5.00
  • Download high quality videos for $3.00 per video
  • Use Freemake Video Converter to edit, change formats, and add images

I was using Adobe Premier, but with all its bells and whistles I wanted to use something a lot simpler.  Freemake definitely does everything I needed and the quality seemed better than what Adobe was giving me.  Freemake feels like early versions of iMovie that were easy to use with an easy learning curve.  Try it yourself to see what I mean.  Good luck and happy video making.

  • A great plugin for Firefox is called netvideohunter which allows you to download videos directly from Facebook, Youtube and many other sites.
 

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A website worth featuring

Attention:

I don’t do this often, but the Academic Earth website it definitely worth featuring.  The website features videos from some of the best educational courses the world has to offer.  For example lectures from: Berkley, Columbia, Harvard, Khan Academy, Maryland, Michigan. MIT, Norwich, NYU, Princeton, Stanford, UCLA, UNSW, UCS and Yale are all embedded within it.

The site is simple, intuitive and to the point.  Videos load quick as they are often embedded directly through Youtube.

Proof:

I am not going to get into the debate about whether education is good for you or not.

However, I am going to point you to a study that actually says that online learning could be better than learning in a classroom.  The study is called Evaluation of Evidence-Based Practices in Online Learning.  It is summed up well in this article by the New York Times.

The Bakers Guide also supports this theory.  Alas, they are an online learning community and could therefore be viewing their evidence with a bias.

Whichever way the debate goes, you can’t go wrong with watching a view videos from the Academic Earth for educational growth, as opposed to the latest on the television.  So what can you do?

Strategy:

  • Save Money. Instead of spending thousands of dollars for courses that you would like to take, go to the Academic Earth website and view the best of the best
  • Search by Subject
  • Search by Top Rated Instructors
  • Search by Top Rated Lectures
  • Search by Top Rated Courses
  • Search by Top Rated Playlists
  • Read more about online free learning here
 

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Get better at Youtube

Attention:

Did you know that you can become more efficient at watching videos on Youtube?  That’s right, you can. If you spend a lot of time watching videos through this forum you might as well get better at it, and I bet you hadn’t even thought about something like this.

Proof:

On videos, YouTube allows users to select from 240p, 360p, 480p, 720p, and 1080p. These are all resolutions.

Without going into too much detail, this number refers to the vertical resolution of the source video in pixels, and generally the larger the number the more crisp the video. H3xed

Strategy:

  • Click on the bottom right number, possibly showing 1080p, 720p, 480p, 360p setting and choose the lowest number, which is probably 240p
  • Try clicking any place on the loading bar.  The video should load from there.
  • Allow the video to load first by pressing the pause.  You know it is loading because the red line should appear all the way down to the end
  • NOTE: Sometimes you might notice the video is loading at a slow, but steady rate and all of a sudden the red bar jumps to the end.  This probably means the video is truncated.  Refresh your browser to load the video again
  • There are other options to install accelerators and downloaders that this eHow article mentions

I hope that makes your already pleasant Youtube viewing day a bit pleasanter.  For a few things that you can learn on Youtube, check out this Tomash.Soup blog.  Happy viewing!

 
 

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The Royal Wedding exposed to me

I hate to admit it, but yes I am on Facebook too much and yes, I play Cityville.  I don’t know why I play such a silly game as this, but I did just find out it is the biggest game on Facebook to date.

It gets me a little giddy knowing that Cityville is going to update their game depending upon what events are coming up.  For example, when it is winter, you have snow in your city.  You even have the option to buy and build a big Christmas Tree when it is nearing the season.  At summer’s crest, the snow melts and you can buy surfboard shops.

But now, for a limited time only, you can also cash in your coins and get four items pertaining to the Royal Wedding: The British Flag, Waving Royal People, Royal Guard, and the Royal Palace Gate.  Sadly, I only have the flag and gate.

What does this lead me to talk about on a tech, design and education blog?  Beside the fact that the game is played on a computer, which is technology, it also reminds me of elementary school when many, if not most of the projects and themes revolved around events that were current.  I assume the demographic the game is appealing to is one of younger children.  However, I would presume to say they are tapping into the kids inside us who are also loving the retro-feel we are getting because we are being taken back to this theme idea.

In fact, if it wasn’t for Cityville I might not have been as excited as I was to workout and watch the live feed on my iPad via Youtube on the Royal Channel in T-minus 1hour and 30Mins.

 
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Posted by on April 29, 2011 in Technology

 

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