United Nations Pitches

For the second straight year, Grade Six students have produced stupendous work incorporating research from all core subjects.

They produced incredible Pecha Kuchas* for the Q2 performance task. Their video presentations are between 10-20 slides, and the narration on each slide is between 10-20 seconds long. Their task was to research the impact of certain products on food chains and groups of people.

Situation: The UN has raised the question of whether or not certain products should stay on the market due to their questionable effects on the environment and people. They have appealed to certain NGOs for their help in determining positive and negative impacts on the environment and people, so that they can make an informed decision.

I.T. Connections: Students learned about Creative Commons and how to search Flickr and Google Image Advanced Search for Creative Commons photos. Students were encouraged to use Compfight to find appropriate photos.

To view the videos, click on the topic below:





*What is PechaKucha ?

PechaKucha 20×20 is a simple presentation format where you show 20 images, each for 20 seconds. The images forward automatically and you talk along to the images.
To read more about the Pecha Kucha format click here.

31 Cool Ways to Use Google Stuff in Education

This is a google presentation, you can create your own and embed them in your blogs just as I have done here. One of the fun things you can do is share the presentation with your students and then you can have them make comments in a ‘chat’ window. Click the “open in a new window button” (next to the page counter) and then click “View Together” (which appears at the right hand side of the bottom tool bar.)

(Incidentally, this presentation is embedded using the “Embed Iframe” plugin.)

A Fair(y) Use Tail

“Professor Eric Faden of Bucknell University created this humorous, yet informative, review of copyright principles.” via Standford Law School


This ties in well with a site that Fred had passed around, called “Teaching Copyright“. The course may not be applicable to your individual subject, but the content surely is!

TED: Ideas Worth Spreading

As you may know, TED is a collection of speeches that, “bring together the world’s most fascinating thinkers and doers, who are challenged to give the talk of their lives“ (in 18 min or less). There are some fantastic resources available on TED, but recently they began also adding non-TED speeches.

“On TED.com, we make the best talks and performances from TED and partners available to the world, for free. More than 450 TEDTalks are now available, with more added each week. All of the talks feature closed captions in English, and many feature subtitles in various languages. These videos are released under a Creative Commons license, so they can be freely shared and reposted.”

TED speakers
These could potentially be used for a variety of subject areas.

Take a look!: http://www.ted.com/talks/list

TED videos

Creative Commons in the Classroom

The Internet can be a goldmine for offering students the chance to create, research, collaborate, and share their work. However, with this immense resource comes the opportunity for misunderstanding what is freely available, and what is not. Thankfully, there are a number of resources available to help you and your students to access Creative Commons media. The presentation below helps to introduce “What is Creative Commons”.

There are some very helpful resources available to assist you and your students in searching for freely available works. Many of these tools utilize the powerful network that Flickr has become, but instead of having to tediously search through Flickr’s site, these search engines can bring up only the works which apply to your needs. Some resources are:

Looking for music? ccMixter is a community music site featuring remixes licensed under Creative Commons where you can listen to, sample, mash-up, or interact with music in whatever way you want.”

And for freely available sounds, check out the Freesound Project

I borrowed the following information from Mr. Millette’s wonderful post on Creative Commons.

byAttribution: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your copyrighted work — and derivative works based upon it — but only if they give credit the way you request.

saShare alike: You allow others to distribute derivative works only under a license identical to the license that governs your work.

ncNon-commercial: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform your work — and derivative works based upon it — but for noncommercial purposes only.

ndNo derivative works: You let others copy, distribute, display, and perform only verbatim copies of your work, not derivative works based upon it.

Look for those symbols when downloading images.  They will at least have the attribution, which means that you’ll need to make a citation of the image for all that are not your own creations.

Hopefully these resources prove helpful!