Uploading Video onto YouTube with iOS Device

1. Open your Capture app. Rotate your iOS device to record video, or tap on the ALL VIDEOS icon at the bottom of the screen to choose a video you already took. Then choose the video you would like to upload from the video list on the right.

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2. You can add music at the top of the screen. You can also edit the video by adding a new clip or adding an existing clip.

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3. Title your video, change your privacy settings, choose a social media site to share your video, and then tap on UPLOAD at the top right corner.

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Uploading Video onto YouTube with Android Device

1. Open your YouTube app and tap on the Uploads menu button on the sidebar. You will then find and tap on a button that has a up-facing arrow with a line under it.
2. This will provide you with a group of apps where you can locate video on your device.
3. Choose your video.

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4. Type in the title of your video.
5. Choose one of the viewing options (Public, Unlisted, or Private).
6. Then tap on UPLOAD at the top right corner.

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Phoster to Create Posters for Pre-K

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Pre-K students can create posters with a photo of themselves and their first initial using the iPad app Phoster. This would be great to use for the “Letter of the Week.” Bring in an item that starts with the “Letter of the Week” and have students take a picture of it. They would have to type in the letter onto their posters. These posters can be shared through email or through different social media networks.

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Provide Background Knowledge with Crash Course (High School)

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Crash Course is a YouTube channel that posts entertaining videos of two brothers, John and Hank Green, teaching topics in core academic subjects. These subjects include U.S. and world history, chemistry, biology, ecology, and literature.

Classroom Application: Background Knowledge

In Building Background Knowledge for Academic Achievement,” Robert J. Marzano explains how the background knowledge of students in a topic can indicate how successful they will be in acquiring new knowledge.  Since research shows that there is a correlation between academic achievement and background knowledge, it is important for teachers to provide students with information prior to the start of a lesson or unit. What better way to do this then require students to watch entertaining (and informative) Crash Course videos! For example, if the next lesson is on the War of 1812, you can have your students watch this video the night before.

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The images in this post are screenshots from the Crash Course YouTube channel.

Apps Status Dashboard For Google Apps Outages

Google reported that there were some issues with their Google Apps services for a small population of their users on April 17th. I did not notice the outage at all, but I am sure that there were some teachers who were trying hysterically to access their online content. If this ever happens to you, don’t flood your tech coordinator, edtech specialist, or IT team with phone calls about how you can’t access your Google apps. First, simply go to Apps Status Dashboard to check whether or not it is an internal school issue or a disruption to all Google users.

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The colored circles indicate when the disruptions happened (yellow: No Issues, orange: Service Disruption, red: Service Outage). You can also click on the circles to find out the full details.