By Maia-Heyck-Merlin-775166

Maia Heyck-Merlin
Advance planning is essential for a week of effective teaching, yet the most effective planning system will let you incorporate and track those on-the-fly changes.

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By Elizabeth Fairbanks – 192962

Heather Lambert
Motivate reluctant readers by engaging them with the three critical elements of healthy child and youth development: connection, contribution, and competence.

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By Keyana-Stevens-774566

Keyana Stevens

Editor’s Note: VideoAmy here … I’m excited to have Edutopia’s new Web Video Strategy Coordinator, Keyana Stevens, guest curating today’s Five-Minute Film Festival. You may be seeing more of Keyana in this space moving forward, I’m sure you’ll love her picks as much as I do!

All the attention around the World Cup last month got me thinking: sports offers a perfect opportunity to explore scientific concepts like force, motion, potential energy, velocity, and torque. Use these videos to inspire your students to look beyond the surface of the game’s latest score and find out why a ball bounces, how physics keeps a bike upright, and how a football slices through the air to travel long distances. You just might be able to spark a sporty kid’s interest in science — or vice versa!

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By Jennifer – 231241

Jennifer B. Bernstein, Ph.D.
Why limit Genius Hour to a small block of time? Through conversations and dares, students can turn this creative, self-directed approach into a life practice.

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By Lee Skallerup Bessette

An academic type who doesn’t actually enjoy solitude.

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By By KATHERINE SCHULTEN

Comment here by 7 a.m. Eastern on Aug. 8 to enter this week’s contest. Our guest Penguin Young Adult author will be K.A. Harrington, and winners will be announced on Aug. 19.

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By Charlie Tyson

New book argues that education schools too often neglect teacher training — leaving it up to teachers to figure things out on their own.

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New book explores how we can train effective teachers

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By Michael Stratford

Congress approves measure that effectively requires states to offer in-state tuition to recent veterans and their families. The bill won approval over the concerns of some public universities.

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By Colleen Flaherty

Among ideas discussed at conference: Free cleaning service or catering help in return for service work and use of paid sick days to care for aging parents.

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Source: Inside Higher Ed

    

By Charlie Tyson

The deadly outbreak has a few colleges and universities changing plans, but the countries that have been hit hard are not places that send large numbers to the U.S. or that attract many study abroad students.

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By Zaid Ali Alsagoff

WOW! Thanks to my e-mail resource/ideas sharing buddy Paul Kurchina, I just discovered this morning a cool interactive video authoring tool called TouchCast.

TOUCHCAST

TouchCast claims to be a new medium that looks like video, but feels like the web. The Desktop version brings powerful features to video producers, including a robust compositing engine, multi-camera support, video import, and Hot Spot creation.
TouchCast’s unique authoring environment allows you to effortlessly add anything from the web, images, and other interactive features into your video in real-time. As you can do your interactive video features on-the-fly there is no, or little need for post-production editing.

PRODUCTION OUTPUT

I have yet to try the powerful TouchCast desktop version with multi-camera support, but I did explore the iPad version, and this is what I managed to swoosh up within minutes after playing around with it this morning (Direct link to the video).

FEEDBACK

What do you think of the TouchCast iPad (studio) version output (besides my performance)?

If we exclude the lack of crispiness of my cropped self in-front of the background (might be iPad camera quality issue?), it is the coolest interactive video authoring tool I have come across in a long time.

At the moment, you can only create 5 minute videos on the iPad version (for free), and upload up to 60 minutes of your output to TouchCast‘s cloud.

As I am really NOT an expert in video production, and know that there are many other cool video authoring tools, please suggest other ones that can empower you with a video production studio from a mobile smart device, tablet, notebook or desktop (for free, or a small fee)…
Thank you :)

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By Joshua Kim

3 observations.

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By Eric Stoller

Rules, Leadership, Critiques, MOOCS, and Kindness

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By Rosemarie Emanuele

Wishing safety and support for students.

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By Brian – 57586

Brian Sztabnik
Email should be a lifesaver instead of a raging flood. Save time and increase efficiency through developing new habits, using templates, and ruthlessly unsubscribing.

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By Heather Wolpert-Gawron

Heather Wolpert-Gawron
In order for teachers to encourage student innovation, they need the freedom to be innovative as well. Eight ways school leaders can support faculty who want to develop engaging curriculum.

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By Rebecca Alber

Rebecca Alber
Providing students with examples of good writing is vital. Here are tips for using mentor texts in the classroom and ideas on where you can find them.

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By Michael Stratford

Bipartisan Senate bill would stiffen penalties on colleges and require campus climate surveys. College lobbyists are skeptical of much of the legislation.

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Sen. Claire McCaskill (right) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with survivors of campus sexual assult at a news conference about new legislation aimed at curbing sexual assults on campuses

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By Jack Grove for Times Higher Education

Spain, in bid for more foreign students, eliminates entrance exam.

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By Colleen Flaherty

Amid criticism from employees, Oak Ridge National Laboratory calls off voluntary Southern accent “reduction” class.

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By Doug Lederman

  • Parviz Ansari, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics at Rowan University, in New Jersey, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville.

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By Carl Straumsheim

Can a group of liberal arts colleges in the South — institutions that value personal interaction — win over faculty on blended learning?

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Students at Southwestern University attend a blended course in advanced Chinese.

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By University of Venus

A round-up of views and experiences.

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By Matt Reed

Evaluating three points of view on governance.

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By Nate Sleeter

What the research says.

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By Joshua Kim

Are you persuaded?

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By Elena Aguilar

Elena Aguilar
Blogger Elena Aguilar gives teachers tips on ways to stay happy and successful this school year.

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By G. Rendell

Everybody’s counting greenhouse gas emissions, but which emissions? And to what end?

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By Rebecca Alber

Rebecca Alber
Six tips for helping new teachers have a successful first day of school.

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By Kris Olds

My search for MOOCs on Ukraine, Syria, Iraq, Gaza came up with…nothing. Zip. Why?

Source: Inside Higher Ed Blogs