remotes reduced Resources for Recorded ShowsTelevision can be a great resource for the classroom when used correctly. Many educational shows can easily be used in the classroom to expand upon topics already being covered. The trick is to find shows that both provide appropriate educational material and are available at the correct time.

Cable in the Classroom provides an easy solution to the first problem – finding content. Through their website, Cable in the Classroom provides information on upcoming shows including the subject, grade level and a short description as well as links to resources to aid in using the show in your classroom.

You can search for resources based on grade level, subject or resource type. A quick search for history videos turns up information on everything from the history of Thanksgiving to profiles on political leaders and important events in history.

Bonus for those schools with NBC Learn, Cable in the Classroom has links to resources specifically from NBC Learn.

As for finding TV content that is airing at right time to be used in the classroom, MediaCAST is here to help. With our IPTV add-on module, teachers are able to search a digital TV guide and select shows to record from anywhere with internet access. The recorded shows are then stored in MediaCAST and available for use in the classroom as needed.

It is important to note that TV shows are copyrighted and there are specific rules about recording them for use in the classroom, including how long recordings can be saved from the original air date. In order to help schools comply with copyright rules, MediaCAST includes a Copyright Compliance tool that allows schools to set criteria for uploading resources to MediaCAST as well as set expiration dates for all resources. Each district has their own set of rules regarding recording shows, so check with your district to find out their particular rules.

TeacherAtWhiteboard reduced Combine Lecture Capture and Smart Boards to Capture Interactive Lectures

Don’t loose all the interactivity of an interactive whiteboard. Use Lecture Capture to save it for review.

Do you use interactive white boards in your classroom? These boards have become popular because of their versatility. By being able to use them to display a computer screen or as an electronic white board, teachers are more easily able to share information with their classes. Additionally, students are able to interact with the content through the interactive white board.

Unfortunately, once the lesson is over, all the interactivities are lost forever. A lot of important information is often imparted through these interactive lessons. While the files used are saved, the learning experienced through the interactivity cannot be viewed again. However, there is a simple way to save these interactions: use Lecture Capture.

By using Lecture Capture to record what is going on at the white board, these memories can be saved indefinitely. Sometimes simply looking at a static file is not enough to jar the memory back to what was important. That’s where these recordings come in.

Record, save and share classroom interactions with students so that they may view them at a later time. This can be especially helpful when students are completing homework or studying for a test.

Alternatively, a special instructional video can be recorded demonstrating the task to be completed that day. This video can then be shown while students work, freeing you to walk around the classroom providing individual attention as needed.

One more solution is to record lesson summaries for absent students and those that need a refresher to watch. This allows students to keep up with class, even when they miss it, and keeps parents informed about classroom activities.

How often do you use an interactive white board? Have you ever recorded an interactive lesson?

graduation2 reduced Graduation Day: Share the Excitement by Broadcasting the CeremonyGraduation season is almost upon us and it’s time for all the excitement that goes along with it. Parents, students and school administration alike are excited to watch this year’s crop of students move to the next phase of life.

But what about family members that can’t be there in person to watch their student receive the diploma they worked so hard for? Don’t exclude them from the excitement simply because their schedule doesn’t allow them to travel to the ceremony. Instead, broadcast your school’s graduation ceremony over the internet.

With SportsCAST, wirelessly broadcasting live events has never been easier. SportsCAST works with the MediaCAST platform to broadcast to any device with internet access. It can even be used to broadcast board meetings, sporting events, musical performances and other events throughout the school year.

Don’t want just anyone watching your broadcasts? No problem.  Access to broadcasts can be restricted to internal users, password restricted or made available to everyone in the community.

Never let a scheduling conflict get in the way of watching a beloved student graduate again. Your student’s and their families will be thrilled.

Broadcasting events over the internet can also be a great way to allow parents with younger children watch their older child’s achievements (sports/music/dance) without having to worry about keeping the younger children in their seats the whole time. The older children can participate in their chosen activity knowing their parents are watching, even if they aren’t physically present.

Additionally, broadcasting sporting events, concerts and board meetings is a great way to get the community involved with your school, creating a stronger community bond.

To see how one school made an engaging graduation broadcast, read this post.

What events would you share with your community if you could broadcast events over the internet?

StudentPointingOutComputer reduced 15 Ways to Integrate Digital Media ResourcesThere are endless ways and reasons to integrate more digital media into your curriculum. Start with these ideas and see where you end up.

  1. Supporting Resources – Use videos to provide support and context for lessons. By adding images to the material, students are able to form more connections, thus increasing their recall of important information.
  2. Multimedia Presentations – Engage students by embedding video clips and images into your PowerPoint presentations.
  3. Reading support – Add captions to videos to increase student’s reading skills without them realizing it. Captions encourage students to read along with the narration increasing both their reading skills and their comprehension of the material being covered. Further reading: Adding Captions to Videos Benefits all Students
  4. Science Demonstrations – Use videos and images to demonstrate dangerous or expensive science experiments that can’t be performed in class.
  5. Current events – Film students discussing current events or have them compare articles on the same subject from two different newspapers. See Further reading: Teaching Current Events (Hint: Content integration partner NBC Learn provides excellent current event resources.)
  6. Encyclopedia – The internet is the new encyclopedia. Let students search videos and images in your digital library to find answers to questions asked in class.
  7. Coming Soon – Create short video slips to show students what they will be learning throughout the week in order to create a sense of anticipation.
  8. Writing prompts – Use images in your digital library as writing prompts and encourage students to write a creative story about what happened before or after the image was taken.
  9. Center Time – Create playlists to use at centers so students can guide themselves through the desired material during center time. Further reading Playlists Help Control Center Time
  10. Morning Announcements – Have students create a daily news show that is broadcast to the rest of the school.
  11. Get Moving – Create movement breaks throughout the day with videos meant to get students out of their seats and working off some energy. Further Reading: Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools puts URL Builder to Good Use
  12. Social Studies and Geography – Show students clips about different cultures or geographical areas and have students guess what culture or geographic area they are seeing depicted.
  13. Book Trailers – Have students create book trailers and use QR codes to link library books to the student-created trailers. Further reading Book Trailers and QR Codes
  14. Discussion Starter – When introducing a new topic or idea, show students a video clip that discusses the subject, then ask students to share their opinions on the ideas stated in the video.
  15. Professional Development –Create video clips to show during meetings to stimulate discussion and encourage teachers to revisit new techniques covered in training. (Okay, this one is more for teacher use, but can still inspire the use of more digital media in the classroom.)

What ways have you found to add more digital media into your classroom?