Today’s challenge focuses on a very useful tool called Sketchcast. I wrote about Sketchcast in the previous post. This is a tool that appeared to be lost to us, but it is back now, and I’d encourage you to try it out. When you do, post a link in the comments to your drawing. I think you’ll really enjoy this!
Ready for a new challenge? Today’s involves the videoconferencing and online telephone (VOIP) tool Skype. As usual, you can view the video below or at this link. Be sure to leave a comment when you’re done. If you’d like, leave your username, too, and other BISD teachers can easily find you and add you as a Skype contact.
So far, 18 teachers and administrators have participated–a great start! Today’s challenge focused on podcasts. Specifically, it focuses on the iTunes tool and its vast library of free, educational podcasts. When you complete the Challenge, be sure to leave a comment here or on the video site and tell everyone what podcast(s) you subscribed to. If you can’t view the video below, click on this link. Thanks, and have fun!
Oh, one more thing. If you missed out on either of the first two 12 Second Challenges, please don’t hesitate to go back and catch up. There is no due date, other than for the prize drawings, which will occur late in the spring, so feel free to join in!
Today’s new 12 Second Tech Challenge is now available for viewing. You can view it below or at this link. Remember to leave a comment here when you’ve completed the challenge. Oh, and why not include a link to a video you found during the challenge? Thanks, and good luck!
12seconds is a site that I joined a few months ago as an Alpha user, but haven’t gotten around to really exploring until now. The site functions as basically a video blog, allowing users to record short (12 seconds…you probably guessed that.) videos, which are posted to a user’s homepage, where they can be visited by others. Visitors can then leave text or video comments or replies. While at first 12 seconds seemed awfully short, I recalled the incredible films I once enjoyed in an online movie contest where the entries could only last 10 seconds. So, I decided not to be so dismissive, and, after some consideration, I can see some interesting educational possibilities for the site.
To get myself more familiar with 12seconds and to encourage my campuses’ teachers to try some new things, I am going to use my own channel to create the 12 Second BISD Tech Challenge. Here is the general idea.
I post a video with a new tech challenge.
BISD teachers complete the challenge.
The teachers then post a comment here, indicating the completion of the task.
At the end of the year, I will put the participating teachers’ names into a drawing, with 1 ticket placed for each successful challenge. I will draw two names, one of which will receive a cool tech tool, such as a presentation mouse, and the other a similar, yet smaller prize. Today’s video is ready, and the task is a simple one, just to get things rolling. If the video below will not display, it can be viewed at this link.
BISD 12 Second Tech Challenge on 12seconds.tv
I think this site might be an engaging way to get students involved in classroom discussions. They might also use a class channel to give very concise book reviews, daily learning summaries, or single word vocabulary lessons. Additionally, administrators might post discussion topics, taking advantage of the more time efficient format over traditional blogging. Other possibilities abound. 12seconds is, on the surface, an odd idea, but, in our time-crunch, video-centric world, it might just be brilliant!