BrainPOP is a suite of digitally animated products that presents curriculum-based topics for students in grades K-8. The site strives to spark curiosity while delivering introductory material covering a wide range of topics. BrainPOP is subscription-based.
BrainPOP strives to spark curiosity while delivering introductory material covering a wide range of topics. The site is organized into myriad modules, each of which showcases a short movie on a particular topic, accompanied by quizzes, interactive activities, and learning games. BrainPOP also creates monthly featured playlists on broader “Spotlight” topics such as ancient civilizations or cyberbullying.
The eponymous product, BrainPOP targets students in grades 3-8; BrainPOP Jr. is geared for students in K-3; other products (i.e. BrainPOP Español, BrainPOP ESL, etc.) have been created for other specific audiences. BrainPOP is also home to GameUp, an online learning games portal featuring vetted titles developed by leading game publishers. BrainPOP Educators is a hub for free professional development, teacher tools, and best practices.
Teachers select a topic to teach, and watch the movie with their class. They can then use the quiz provided by BrainPOP or use the materials provided to engage their classroom with the topic at hand. Additional modules related to the initially chosen topic are also displayed on the site.
Alternatively, teachers can assign movies and activities to be watched and completed. Available with certain subscriptions, the "My BrainPOP" suite of features allow teachers to track students’ progress through the work. Students can also view their past progress using My BrainPOP.
BrainPOP activities and quizzes align with a variety of standards, including the Common Core State Standards; educators can search for movies and activities by state or national standards, grade level and subject.
BrainPOP’s is primarily a web-based tool available for any browser running Flash. Apps are also available for all major platforms, including iOS and Android, though not all features are available on all versions of the app. A projector screen or large television may be used when watching movies as a class.
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Public Domain: a copyright-free media database
Public Domain is a copyright-free media database which provides filmmakers, musicians, designers, teachers, students and all those who want to get involved with multimedia contents and creative works free from any copyright restrictions. It is a project by Pond5, and all the resources are free.
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black and white
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Sonofind: sound and music albums
A rich repository of audio and sound resources, as well as music albums and composers. Suitable for professional and home use.
Azahar Portal: Improving communication of people with autism
Azahar is a set of applications available for free download, for communication, leisure and planning via tablet, computer or smartphone, to help to improve the quality of life and autonomy of people with autism and/or intellectual disability.
The applications contain pictograms, images and sounds which can be adapted to each user. New icons, photos of the person and his/her family voices, etc. can also be used, in order to ensure the maximum level of personalization for each application.
In this way, Azahar the applications can be adjusted to the users preferences and needs, according to the level of complexity he/she can handle.
In addition to the applications, the platform Azahar includes a configuration interface, which enables tutors (carers, family, teachers, etc.) to personalise Azahar to ensure the user can gain maximum benefit from each application.
Azahar it is based on the TEACCH programme philosophy for offering a clear visual structure. One of the applications, the SENTENCES CONTRUCTION takes its inspiration from the PECS system.
Azahar is compatible with the Windows, iOS (iPad/iPhone) and Android systems.
Learn languages by singin, a website full of music clips and videos that invite you to sing along with the lyrics. 7 languages (English, French, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German) and many genres (from Pop and dance to children's music, country and opera... built in language games test your knowledge, for beginners as well as advanced.
MIL - Media and Information Literacy
The United Nations Alliance of Civilization (UNAOC) and UNESCO have joined efforts developing a multi-lingual clearinghouse focusing on Media and Information Literacy (MIL). The clearinghouse’s aims at facilitating access to MIL resources on any language, creating at the same time a global network of MIL practitioners. Content can be uploaded by all registered users.
The goal is to provide a user-friendly tool which will help educators, researchers, policy makers, young media makers, and students to find the information they are looking for in a timely and organized manner. You will find information and direct links to ORGANIZATIONS from around the world that are active and are relevant to media literacy education. You can search by keywords or limit and better target your search by specifying language, country, other topics, type, etc. You can also use the world map and while having an overview of a particular area you can also identify the country you would like to search regarding media literacy education.
Content can be uploaded by all registered users. The resources can be uploaded in many different languages: French, German, Russian, Catalan, Portuguese, etc.
SVEA Web 2.0 Guidelines
The SVEA guideline offers tips on how to implement social media in the management process of training institutions, as well as an orientation for trainers who want to use such tools in their courses. Some important issues connected to copyright and privacy are also discussed.
2.1 How to implement social media in the knowledge management process of your training institution?
2.2 Organisational Preconditions
2.2.1 What infrastructure is needed to start using web 2.0 in your institution?
2.2.2 What impact does the integration of social media in the organisational
setting of your institution have on your staff policy?
3.1 Changing roles
3.2 How to implement successful e-learning 2.0 courses
3.2.1 For what educational purposes can you use social media tools?
3.2.2 Which online learning methods exist?
3.2.3 How to structure a course when using social media tools,
and what role do you, as a trainer, have in each course phase?
3.2.4 How can you moderate/mentor activities during the online phase?
3.2.5 How to organise feasible evaluation?
3.2.6 How to achieve high-quality learning results?
3.3 What are the main important legal issues to be respected when using social media
tools in the training environment?
3.3.1 Protecting IPR in your work
3.3.2 IPR in the work of others
3.3.3 Creative Commons
3.3.4 Privacy issues
3.3.5 Dos and don’ts
LibriVox - public domain books podcasts
LibriVox is a project which objective is to make all books in the public domain available, for free, in audio format on the internet (generally podcasting). It has a database-driven catalog where every podcasting project can be found using the search page.
Once you have found and clicked the link for a book/recording you want to listen to, there are several things to note about the individual catalog pages. Each catalog page contains a description of the book, and helpful links about the book and author. You can also find a link to an online source for the text, if you wish to read along.
You'll find that you can download files in several places. You can download the individual chapters by choosing 128kbps MP3, 64kbps MP3 (smaller file size), or the Ogg Vorbis files. You can also find a link to a zip file of the whole book at the top. Another option is to find the recording with !BitTorrent, but not all recordings have been seeded.
The first step before you listen is to get the audio files onto your own computer. Once you have found an audiobook that interests you, there are many ways to download the files, and save them onto your computer. Each chapter is offered in three (3) formats: 64 Kbps MP3, 128 Kbps MP3, and Ogg Vorbis.
The audio files are hosted by the Internet Archive (see http://www.media-and-learning.eu/resource/internet-archive)
It is a totally volunteer, open source, free content, public domain project.
Librivox contains books in English, German, French, Spanish, Italian and a few other languages.
GCF Learn Free
GCFLearnFree.org provides quality, innovative online learning opportunities to anyone who wants to improve their technology, literacy and math skills. Users can choose among over 1,000 free lessons including include video and interactive contents.
Wikiversity is a learning community which aims to further the discovery and distribution of knowledge by helping people to learn and to share learning resources. Users can use Wikiversity to find information, ask questions, or learn more about a subject, to explore knowledge through advanced study and research and also to share their knowledge about a subject with others by building learning materials.
Wikiversity is available in 15 different languages, with a different number of learning resources for every language, varying from a few hundreds to over 20k.
The library of learning materials is growing and contains materials of all types, including a wide variety of multimedia course materials. They are designed, not just for self-study, but also as material which can be used in your classroom.
Everyone can create and revise teaching materials. Anyone can participate in the learning activities. Everyone can take a course. Everyone can teach a course. There are no entrance requirements and no fees. All content in Wikiversity is written collaboratively, using wiki software, and everyone is welcome to take part through using, adding and discussing content.