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Learning Videos

Obviously part of my job this year includes encouraging you to utilize Safari Montage. (Use Safari Montage!) However, Im not one to shoot a good learning video down just because it isn’t on Safari Montage. I’m a firm believer in finding the right material to engage your students, encourage their thinking, and promote their learning.

Today, I’m stepping away from Safari Montage to introduce you to a couple of  video resources I have came across.

The first is one of my all time favorites TedEd.

We have all been exposed to the growing number of Ted talks, but TedEd is a whole new world of learning material. According to their website, “TED-Ed’s mission is to spark and celebrate the ideas of teachers and students around the world….TED-Ed has grown from an idea worth spreading into an award-winning education platform that serves millions of teachers and students around the world every week.”

Their platform includes

  • original animated videos
  • the ability to create your own interactive lesson
  • global network of over 250,000 teachers.

While you’re checking out TedEd don’t forget to check out their Facebook page Constantly Curious. This group is just getting started but there are a few great videos that will encourage your students curiosity.

I recently came across this next video resource on a YouTube channel called Crash Course Kids. This channel has several videos that are well done and center around the Science core.



For you older grades check out Crash Course. I haven’t had a lot of time to go through all of their material but it looks super promising.

Finally, no home, life, or classroom is complete without music. Ahh… the science behind music is mind blowing so engage your students with music. My all-time favorite learning group is They Might Be Giants. I dare you to watch the video below and not learn something while you are tapping your foot.

Ever thought about having your students evaluate a song for facts? Learning to fact check a song is a great way to help your students learn to evaluate resources.

Now you made it all the way down here what is your favorite video resource (besides Safari Montage ;P)?

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Flip Grid

**Strangely, the code below is working for some teachers and is not working for others. There appears to be no rhyme or reason for this. Remember that they still offer a free program that is pretty darn good. If you are really itching to try the paid version I am happy to share my username and password for my account.***

Many moons ago, before school started, when your brain was being filled to the brim with new information, and the new school year was hours away I introduced you to a program called Flip Grid.

I showed you this video-

(This video is linked through Safari Montage, login to SFM to view)

Some of you even played along with my craziness and shared your ideas.

Well this week I read a tweet and learned that Flip Grid is giving away a one year free subscription for a Teacher Upgraded account. Which just expands the amazing things you can do with Flip Grid. I checked it out and if you follow the directions below you can get your very own FREE subscription.


I love this tool for giving ALL your students a voice.


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